Jimmie Johnson’s day goes from bad to worse

LONG POND, PA - AUGUST 03: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, races during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway on August 3, 2014 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
LONG POND, PA - AUGUST 03:  Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, races during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway on August 3, 2014 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
LONG POND, PA – AUGUST 03: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, races during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway on August 3, 2014 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

If it weren’t for bad luck, it seems that NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson would have no luck at all. After crashing out of two of the last three NASCAR Sprint Cup races, and struggling to a 14th place finish at Indianapolis, Johnson hoped for a turnaround Sunday at Pocono Raceway.  He didn’t get it.

Trouble found Johnson on lap 9 when he slowed with a flat right rear tire after hitting the wall in along the front stretch; the debris brought out the first caution of the day. and sent Johnson to the pits several times for repairs.

Johnson however was able to rally back. By the midpoint of the 160 lap race, Johnson was moving forward again despite the damage to his Hendrick Motorsports Chevy.  By lap 110 he was in fifth and it looked as though Johnson might just turn things around. MORE>>>

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