didn't see Dale Earnhardt Jr.
With a car that struggled to crack the top 10, Junior and his team were attempting an off-strategy inside the last 100 laps of Sunday's race at Richmond. As most of the field pitted, Junior did not and he was riding in second place, hoping for a caution to come out so he could keep his newfound track position. The caution came out. But Junior was involved in it. As he drove off the exit of turn 2 on lap 343, Earnhardt
Jr. found himself between his Hendrick Motorsports
teammate and the outside wall. After using the inside line in turns 1 and 2, Johnson
drifted up into the outside lane on the backstretch, completely unaware that Junior was to his right. [Related: Joey Logano
wins at Richmond] "I just have to try to figure out if I just didn't hear it being told to me or if it wasn't told to me," Johnson
said. "I just feel terrible, obviously. Man, I'm surprised our cars even kept rolling after that because I just body slammed him into the wall ...