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There’s a big difference between Jimmie and Carl

By admin | October 5, 2008

By Jayson D. Henry

 

Last week Carl Edwards took the approach of, “points be damned, I want to win races”. He flew by Jimmie Johnson going into turn 3 on the last lap but his car wouldn’t stick and he drifted into the wall. Johnson passed him back and went on to win the race.

Winning races, not collecting points, seems to do it for Edwards.

On the other hand, Johnson had an opportunity to win in Talladega on Sunday and instead decided to play it safe. After two “Big Ones” eliminated most of the serious competition Johnson could have gone all out for a win. Instead, he decided to play it safe and have a good points day.

One of those big crashes was the result of Edwards’ racing to win rather than have a good points day.

Johnson cruised to a 9th place finish. He said over his in car radio something to the effect of, “I think I’ve used up my good luck for the day”, when asked if was going to go for it by his crew chief.

Edwards likes to win races and let the points fall where they may. Johnson seems to want to play it safe, not make any big mistakes and let the points fall where they may. At least that seems to be his strategy in 2008.

There is something to be said for both strategies. Johnson has two championships to prove his way works.

Edwards style has not yet produced a championship but he makes things exciting.

Last year, of course, Johnson was the one racing for wins during the Chase for the Championship but he had to. Jeff Gordon pushed him right to the very end.

In the end Johnson’s style of playing it safe may very well result in a third championship, but Edwards’ style will result in the race finishes fans like to see when they pay for their tickets.

Jayson D. Henry is a guest blogger for RacingWithRich.com.

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9 Responses to “There’s a big difference between Jimmie and Carl”

  1. Slip Knot Says:
    October 6th, 2008 at 7:15 am

    Riiiight…seeing Edwards take out several good cars and a half dozen championship contenders with a stupid move should not be celebrated.

    Johnson restarted 10th with 2 laps to go in what amounted to single-file racing for the win since there were only 18 cars on the lead lap. There wasn’t much of a chance for him to win anyways.

  2. Marcus Says:
    October 6th, 2008 at 10:28 am

    Well, causing big wrecks on plate tracks is one thing JJ and Flipper have in common. JJ has caused a good many of those wrecks.

    It was a bit sickening to hear JJ and crew talk about taking it easy. As Andy Petree said, it’s not like they have a huge lead.

  3. Terri Says:
    October 6th, 2008 at 11:17 am

    Marcus, I want you to name the “good many” wrecks that Jimmie Johnson has caused on plate tracks. Betcha can’t.

  4. Jamie Says:
    October 6th, 2008 at 11:24 am

    Jimmie didn’t have the car to win. There was something wrong with the engine - it was running “flat” even after the rev chip.

    If Jimmie had the car, he would have been up there - top 5’s are their goal.

  5. AndrewFromTN Says:
    October 6th, 2008 at 11:52 am

    Exactly Marcus,

    Even though you’re more likely to get taken out by something not of your own making (like Jeff Gordon, Brian Vickers, or Denny Hamlin or the victims of Carl’s poor judgment), you’re not immune from it elsewhere.

    If anyone wants to know, just ask Kyle Busch.

  6. Phil Says:
    October 6th, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    Don’t remember the dates but jj caused 2 big ones at dega

  7. Marcus Says:
    October 6th, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/7726471/

    Terri,
    The title of the article I have linked is “Little E calls Johnson an idiot” and it is about a wreck caused by JJ in a 2005 race at Talladega that took out 25 cars. There have been others.

  8. HMS Hater Says:
    October 6th, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    Marcus,
    You got your facts just a bit wrong on that 2005 race Little Jimmie caused 2 crashes in that race, not just one!!!

  9. 88FANLKJ Says:
    October 7th, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    Carl is just as big of a “pansy” - to use Harvick’s words - as Johnson is. It is sickening that they chose to ride around in the back. Nice for the fans … Then to tear in and cause a huge pile-up yourself. Carl ruined the race for ALOT of the fans in attendance and across the country. Not to mention ruining the Chase hopes of at least a few guys.

    In addition to those above, Johnson also caused a Big One in the fall of ‘05 - taking out about 5 cars at the FRONT of the back. In ‘06, he caused a multi-car crash as well before getting spun by Vickers on the last lap.

    They both panic at places like Talladega and Daytona … and that’s perhaps what they have most in common.

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