Jimmie Johnson takes full responsibility for qualifying accident

AVONDALE, AZ - MARCH 12: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Pro Services Chevrolet, is interviewed during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Good Sam 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on March 12, 2016 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
AVONDALE, AZ - MARCH 12: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Pro Services Chevrolet, is interviewed during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Good Sam 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on March 12, 2016 in Avondale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
AVONDALE, AZ – MARCH 12: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Pro Services Chevrolet, is interviewed during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Good Sam 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on March 12, 2016 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Jimmie Johnson manned up. Saturday the six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion met with the media at Phoenix International Raceway to explain what happened that sent his Hendrick Motor Sports Chevy hard into the wall during Friday night’s final round of qualifying.

Johnson was the only car among the four car Hendrick team to make it into the final session of three rounds of qualifying. During the final five minute session he had just put down a quick lap  eventual pole winner Kyle Busch to go second when disaster struck. Johnson had some sort issue that prevented him from turning. His Chevy crashed hard into the wall forcing the second red flag of qualifying. Johnson was uninjured but the team was forced to a backup car for Sunday.

Late Friday Johnson Tweeted that his steering wheel had come off.

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