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Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson tangle for second race in a row

TALLADEGA, Ala. — The Jeff Gordon-Jimmie Johnson rivalry may now be a full-blown feud.

Gordon and Johnson were involved in an incident for the second straight Sprint Cup race, leaving the pair of four-time champions and Hendrick Motorsports teammates needing to repair more than some cars.

They might have to patch up their differences — again.

"The 48 is testing my patience, I can tell you that," Gordon said Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway after the Aaron's 499. "It takes a lot to make me mad. … I don't know what it is with me and him right now."

Gordon was making a run to the front when he was forced by Johnson to the apron late in the race. Gordon connected with Scott Speed — Jeff Burton also was collected — and the No. 24 headed to pit road.

"The 48 decided to change three lanes and keep me from going by him, and that's just not cool when a car's going that much faster than you," Gordon said. "Maybe he just didn't know."

Gordon finished 22nd and Johnson was 31st.

Gordon and Johnson also tangled on the track last week at Texas Motor Speedway. The drivers and friends made critical comments of each other after the race, leaving team owner Rick Hendrick to defuse the situation.

"He's not sick of Jimmie, he's just on the chip," Hendrick said Sunday, explaining Gordon's mind-set. "… He's fired up. He should have won three races already — three or four maybe. I'm excited about a little bit of a rivalry between them — as long as they don't wreck each other."

HMS teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. downplayed any friction: "Everybody butts heads once in a while. Rick ain't gonna let 'em do too d- - - much."

Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson tangle for second race in a row 04/25/10 [Last modified: Monday, April 26, 2010 12:04am]
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