You know the rivalry between Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch? Well, it's far from over.
Check out what Johnson had to say on Friday at Watkins Glen following his incident with Busch at Pocono last week.
On why Johnson was mad at Pocono:
There's two parts to this thing: First part is on the track, second part is on pit road.
The on-the-track part, we come off Turn 1 and Kurt gets to me to side-draft me. I try to break the side draft and from there, he felt it was necessary to run into the side of my car and tear my car up. So yeah, I was mad at that point. And that brings me to the other part, which was on pit road.
I'm not sure if any (of you) have had words with someone before, but when you're in that moment and you're having words with someone and as the crowd starts to build around, that guy all of the sudden gets brave and when you think it's over and you walk away and that guy gets real tough? I don't know about you, but that really makes me mad.
Bottom line, he just started running his mouth. If you look at over the years and what his mouth has done for him: It got my biggest fan, Jimmy Spencer, to punch him in the face; it's led to issues with the NASCAR officials on pit road; I think we all tune in weekly and wonder what he's going to say to his crew guys; you look at what he said to Roger Penske, his car owner (on the team radio).
So that aspect is the part that really got me mad. And at the end of the day, I'm not going to let him run his mouth at me. It's just kind of how it is.
On how Johnson plans to keep Busch rivalry from interfering with Chase:
There's no secret that there's no love lost between the two of us. We can do it; we have done it. We didn't have wrecked race cars at the end of Pocono. I could have easily gone down into the "Tunnel Turn" and done something stupid, but I didn't.
So there's lines that you cross. The stuff on track made me mad, but to have somebody run their mouth like he does and did to me – if you look back at the timeline to when I was the maddest, that's when I was mad.
Will Johnson take out Busch in the Nationwide race at Watkins Glen?
My first option is not to tear up race cars. I have too much respect for the guys working on my race cars and too much respect for Roger Penske and his organization to take it out there. That's not my goal, that's not my objective.
I made zero contact with Kurt at Pocono. Once he hit me, then I leaned on him back. When I went to break the draft, I never touched him. Then he instigated the contact. That's not my goal.
Are we seeing a new Jimmie Johnson? You got really, really angry.
No, that's not the case. We know there's been plenty of history over the years and there's just things that just boil to a head.
When I hopped out the car and started talking to him, he had one level of interaction with me when he's sitting in his race car. When he got out of the car, neither one of us were happy, but we were talking.
Then the crowd started to build and his bravery started to build. I walk away, and he got awfully tough. That part frustrates me, and that's where you saw me engage like I did. If you're going to say something, say it to the man's face eye-to-eye when he's there, not when he walks away.