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Johnson says team has 'work to do'

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11:34 AM ET 08.11 | He may have four Sprint Cup titles under his belt, but Jimmie Johnson's recent slump doesn't sit well with the defending champion. "We're optimistic," he said. "We know we need to be finishing better than we are right now, but again the Chase isn't here yet and we've been in this position before late in the regular season ... For whatever reason, when the Chase comes around we typically get our act together and perform. I'm really hoping for that again." Johnson has little to worry about in making the Chase, sitting fifth in points, but could face stiff competition from Earnhardt Ganassi and Roush Fenway drivers.

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August 11, 2010  11:48 AM ET

Yawn.

August 11, 2010  11:50 AM ET

id say most of hendrick motorsports has some work to do..

August 11, 2010  11:59 AM ET

"Johnson says TEAM has work to do" So does the man behind the wheel. 4 time champ or not, he has made some bonehead mistakes this year. Not typical of him.

August 11, 2010  12:01 PM ET

The team that stands pat is a team passed.
NASCAR is way too competitive to stay still saying you are the best

August 11, 2010  12:04 PM ET

Chad has to figure out new ways to cheat.

August 11, 2010  12:12 PM ET

I hate say what he wants stiff from 'Earnhardt Ganassi and Roush Fenway drivers'.

August 11, 2010  12:30 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Chad has to figure out new ways to cheat.

Chad is not a cheater, he's an innovator.

August 11, 2010  12:45 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

"Johnson says TEAM has work to do" So does the man behind the wheel. 4 time champ or not, he has made some bonehead mistakes this year. Not typical of him.

New Father,

Right now starts at the Top of the Chase with 5 Wins along Hamlin.

August 11, 2010  01:14 PM ET

Yeah - MY johnson's team has work to do too ..... GF says we need to be finishing better than we are right now also.

So Jimmy's johnson isn't as impotent as he makes it sound.

August 11, 2010  01:22 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Yeah - MY johnson's team has work to do too ..... GF says we need to be finishing better than we are right now also. So Jimmy's johnson isn't as impotent as he makes it sound.

Jimmy Johnson does not drive a race car.

August 11, 2010  01:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Chad has to figure out new ways to cheat.

Best quote I've seen all day. It has always bothered me that a car like Johnson's could be so dominant week after week without something fishy going on behind the scenes.

Then again NASCAR hasn't been giving this guy the breaks either, specifically the speeding penalty at Dover.

August 11, 2010  02:27 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Chad is not a cheater, he's an innovator.

That's what my first wife said.

August 11, 2010  02:28 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

id say most of hendrick motorsports has some work to do..

so did Rick hisself earlier this year. agreed

August 11, 2010  02:28 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Chad has to figure out new ways to cheat.

nothing wrong with that

August 11, 2010  02:34 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

nothing wrong with that

Yep. Anyone who thinks that every single major team isn't cheating or at least pushing the absolute limits of the rulebook needs to take a 2nd look around. It's harder than ever to cheat especially compared to the days when other legends like Petty, Dale Sr., and Waltrip were racing.

August 11, 2010  03:37 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

The team that stands pat is a team passed.NASCAR is way too competitive to stay still saying you are the best

All sports for that mater.

August 11, 2010  03:48 PM ET

Aw, we're fine.

August 11, 2010  04:47 PM ET

WOW!!.. Team Roush wins one race and they want to give him the championship

August 11, 2010  05:32 PM ET
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Are you that **** stupid? Give everyone here a break and walk in front of a moving grocery cart.

Now, that thers is funny, I don't care who you are.
Earnhardt-Ganassi has turned the corner. Theresa is the best.

 
August 11, 2010  05:32 PM ET
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New Father, Right now starts at the Top of the Chase with 5 Wins along Hamlin.

and thats all good, but he still has spunout a lot and cause way more wrecks than he usually does. I DOUBT its cause hes a new father. Only new age drivers complain of that. Usually agree with you, but not this time. Not at all buddy... Im not saying he wont win the championship, but im saying if you look at his wins closely (this season), he has been fortunate. California, bristol, sonoma, ect.. He ran well, but didnt have the winning car.. Now that may happen in chase again, but what im saying is, even with his wins, he hasnt been dominant like in the past.

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