Jimmie Johnson’s crew find issue that caused dehydration issue at Richmond

RICHMOND, VA - SEPTEMBER 06:  Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, receives attention as he lays next to his car after finishing the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 6, 2014 in Richmond, Virginia.  (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

RICHMOND, VA – SEPTEMBER 06: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, receives attention as he lays next to his car after finishing the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 6, 2014 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

Jimmie Johnson’s Hendrick Motorsports crew may have found the reason the NASCAR champion collapsed after getting out of his Chevy Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway. After the checkered flag fell on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Federated Auto Parts 400  Saturday night the field for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup field was set. As reporters scrambled to get post race reactions from the drivers on pit road, six time champion Johnson could be seen climbing from his car; he slumped to the ground and lay prone for a moment before being helped up by crewmembers.

Johnson however wasn’t able to stand without help. Crewmen called for medical personnel and Johnson was helped to a waiting golf cart. There he could be seen laying on one side. He was rushed to the infield care center. With temperatures in the 90s at Richmond the heat, the initial reports were that Johnson was suffering dehydration and was cramping.

Tuesday Chevrolet released a weekly preview.  Johnson, who is seeded fourth in this year’s Chase, is quoted as saying that the team found a problem with his equipment. MORE>>>

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