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Did Jimmie Johnson Pass Below Yellow Line In Talladega Victory?

Some fans felt Jimmie Johnson passed below the yellow line en route to his victory at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, which would make his winning move illegal.

Did he?

Before you watch the replay below, keep this in mind: Johnson would have had to not only go below the line, but improve his position (make a pass) while he was down there.

Check out the replay, then decide:

<a title="Wild finish at Talladega" target="_new" href=";from=IV2_en-us_foxsports_articles">Video: Wild finish at Talladega</a>

Before every race at Daytona and Talladega, drivers are warned: Do not pass below the yellow line. So did Johnson pass Martin while he was down there? What do you think?

After the race, Johnson said he hadn't seen a replay yet and had no idea whether he was below the line or not – he was watching the cars to his right in order not to cause a wreck.

Officially, NASCAR senior vice president Steve O'Donnell tweeted that Johnson's move was legal.

@odsteve: Great finish, we don't see any evidence of 48 gaining a position below yellow-sorry if you disagree

Said Johnson: "I don't know where my left-side tires were, but I've heard that a statement has been released and everything is cool. So I'm glad I'm not sitting here having to worry about that."