Dale Earnhardt Jr. called Jimmie Johnson an "idiot" and blamed the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series points leader for causing a 25-car accident...
CONCORD, N.C. — Dale Earnhardt Jr. called Jimmie Johnson an “idiot” and blamed the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series points leader for causing a 25-car accident Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama.
“If there was one idiot out there, it was him,” Earnhardt said during a break yesterday in a test session at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. “To be honest about it, I think Jimmie Johnson caused about all the wrecks out there.”
Both Earnhardt and Johnson were at the center of the massive accident in the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega that wiped out more than half the field and ranked as the second-largest melee in track history.
Earnhardt used his car to push another driver ahead. The practice is called “bump drafting” and the drivers had been asked by NASCAR in their prerace meeting to be cautious when doing it.
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Earlier yesterday, Greg Biffle of Vancouver, Wash., blamed Johnson for the six-car accident that knocked Biffle and Earnhardt out of contention in the closing laps. Johnson bounced off the wall, and when he tried to save his car by moving back down the track, the cars piled up around him.
“I hate to point fingers, but if (Johnson) hadn’t been in the race, we wouldn’t have had those wrecks,” Biffle said. “I’ve seen both replays and I don’t care what anyone says. I like Jimmie. He’s a talented driver. But he caused both wrecks.
“Bump drafting had nothing to do with it. Restrictor plates had nothing to do with it. It was orientation to where you are on the racetrack and where the other cars are.”
Johnson deflected the criticism for both accidents, saying the first was a series of events that culminated in the big wreck and the second was “hard racing.”
“I think that our wreck on Sunday was a racing incident,” Johnson said. “If you took one of those components out of what took place to start that big wreck, it wouldn’t have happened. It’s hard racing. You’re an inch and a half apart from one another, cars bouncing all over. They’re hard to drive.”