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Jimmie Johnson opens up on the bold move that ruined his shot at an 8th title

KANSAS CITY, Kansas – The sting of Jimmie Johnson's early exit from the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs a few weeks ago has worn off. At least that's what he says.

In the first elimination event in the 10-race postseason, Johnson gambled his championship hopes on the last lap at Charlotte Motor Speedway and lost. Chasing Martin Truex Jr. through the half-oval, half-road course, Johnson was dying for his first win of the 2018 season, tried to pass Truex and ended up spinning out.

When asked about any regrets, Johnson simply said, "No." But if he thinks about it, maybe he'd tweak the scenario a little.

"I still wouldn't change what I did," Johnson told For The Win at Kansas Speedway ahead of Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400, the second elimination race of the playoffs. "I would have made a small adjustment or two and hopefully not spun."

The spin just before the finish line forced Johnson to miss a turn on the chicane – NASCAR rules dictated he stop briefly as a penalty for that – and took out Truex too. After Ryan Blaney won, Johnson's No. 48 Chevrolet limped across the finish line in eighth place, which put him in a tie with Kyle Larson and Aric Almirola for the final spot in the Round of 12.

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