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Second blown tire ruins Johnson's car, day

August 03, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com

'Six-Time' had chugged back through field before second incident

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Jimmie Johnson recovered mightily from an early-race blown tire in Sunday's GoBowling.com 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, working his way back through the field after picking the lost lap back up on a caution only to see his day end early when his No. 48 smacked the Turn 2 wall at Pocono Raceway.

The right side of the reigning champion's Chevrolet took major damage that was too substantial to fix, and Johnson will have to wait until next week to try to break his string of four finishes outside the top 10.

After the wreck, Johnson radioed that there was "no sign of anything, no explosion or tire coming apart. Just went straight (into the wall)."

Talking to ESPN in the garage after he exited his car, Johnson still had no answers as to what happened.

"The first one I got tight off Turn 1 off the fence and (lost a tire)," he said. "Then that (second) one, I'm clueless. It didn’t act like a tire went down. It just went straight. Hopefully we can get a reason why."

He finished 39th in the race.

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