Jimmie Johnson was never a factor last week at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, a place where he’d won three straight races.
So the fact that he swept last year’s races at Atlanta Motor Speedway might not be all that much reason for optimism.
“It was definitely a disappointment,” Johnson said of his 29th-place finish. “But no one is down about it. It just makes us that much more determined.
“We have a lot of talented mechanics and engineers back at the shop who won’t stop until they figure out what was going on with the car.
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"Sometimes you can learn a lot more from overcoming setbacks than you do from your successes. We’ll get it figured out," Johnson said.
"One thing this team doesn’t do is give up.”