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ex this week.Based on recently released guidelines, Johnson could be docked 10 points. That would drop him into a tie for 12th.T Antworten

JOLIET, Ill. -- Martin Truex Jr. was a lap down after he had to make an unscheduled pit stop for a completely unraveled tire.Truex could have cursed his bad luck. He could have lost his cool. Instead, he took a different approach.The mindset was, all right, this isnt good, this is bad, he said. I really wish this didnt happen, but it did. How are we going to overcome it?One furious closing charge was enough.Truex surged to the front on a late re-start and pulled away to give Furniture Row Racing a NASCAR Sprint Cup playoff-opening victory Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway.Ive had a lot of practice at it, Truex said about the on-track obstacles. I think my approach really changed two years ago when (girlfriend) Sherry (Pollex) got diagnosed with cancer. My approach to all those things changed and made me a better driver.NASCAR announced after the race that Truexs No. 78 Toyota failed the laser inspection, but the infraction was not at the level of negating the victory for Chase qualification purposes. Truex is expected to receive a point penalty this week.Rookie Chase Elliott appeared on his way to an easy win until Michael McDowell blew a tire and spun out, prompting a caution with five laps left.Elliott and Truex came in to pit for tires, with Ryan Blaney, Kasey Kahne and Chase contender Carl Edwards staying on the track.Truex restarted fourth and Elliott fifth, and Truex quickly got to the front and held off Joey Logano on the final lap for his third victory of the season. Truex is guaranteed to move on when the Chase field is cut from 16 to 12 in two weeks.Truex, whose team gets technical support from Joe Gibbs Racing, made the last four in the 2015 Chase. His 2016 season started with a near miss at the Daytona 500 and a Coca-Cola 600 win.Pollex is now in remission after battling ovarian cancer.You have to understand, this isnt the end of the world. Truex said of racing setbacks. We can overcome it. Thats what we did today.Elliott, a rookie, finished third, followed by Blaney and Chase driver Brad Keselowski, who sits second in points.Its not yours until its over, the 20-year-old Elliott said. Thats part of life, man. Youre not dumb. Weve all watched this stuff long enough to know these races dont go green that long.Jimmie Johnson dominated the middle of the race, leading 118 laps, until Elliott got by him on lap 176 of 267.Johnson was running second when he was caught speeding on pit road during the last green-flag stop, yelling no way! on his radio when told he had to serve a pass-through penalty. Johnson finished 12th, but his car also failed laser inspection and he could plummet in the points standings.Here are a few more things to watch as the Chase moves to New Hampshire:PENALTIES MATTER: NASCAR will announce the penalties for Johnson and Truex this week.Based on recently released guidelines, Johnson could be docked 10 points. That would drop him into a tie for 12th.Truexs car also failed the laser inspection, but a points penalty wont matter. The victory guaranteed him a spot in the second round and NASCAR said the infraction was not severe enough to negate the win.FRESH TIRES RULE: When the final caution came out, the big question was whether or not to pit. Truex came in, then beat Elliott off pit road to set up the win.That was the right idea, the right call, because everybody took tires except three guys and they were sitting ducks, Truex said.CHEVY LIVES: Elliott nearly won and Hendrick Motorsports teammate Johnson dominated the middle of the race. That after Hendrick and Chevrolet had a subpar regular season.Truex wasnt surprised.They lay in the weeds, sandbag. `Man, the Chevys are struggling. Toyotas are too fast. Got to take something from them, Truex said, smirking. Here they come. Thats just how they play the game.THEY CAN PLAY NICE: There was no second round in the Tony Stewart-Ryan Newman feud. After Stewart wrecked Newman last week at Richmond, Newman ripped Stewart, leading to a Friday meeting with NASCAR executives.Stewart had a quiet day, finishing 16th, while Newman was 19th.Truex, though, was upset at Kevin Harvick for bumping him as they were competing to get back on the lead lap.Typically, its real easy not to run into somebodys left rear on the straightaway, Truex said. As far as I can tell, he did it on purpose. AJ McCarron Jersey . PAUL, Minn. T.J. Clemmings Jersey . Now, correct me if Im wrong but I saw one official distinctly pointing at the net indicating a good goal but after an inconclusive review they overturned the goal. Shouldnt the ruling on the ice (good goal) stand after an inconclusive review? Why was this overturned? James Veaudry Pembroke, ON -- Hey Kerry, Youll get a lot of these, but why was the Montreal goal against Nashville Saturday night overturned? Eller puts the puck on net and the on ice ruling from the ref behind the net is a Montreal goal. . -- An ugly goal by Nick Bonino helped the Anaheim Ducks overcome the defensive-minded Phoenix Coyotes on a night when their ragged power play continued to struggle. Marcus Allen Jersey . Tests earlier this week revealed a Grade 2 left hamstring strain for Sabathia, who was hurt in last Fridays start against San Francisco. Its an injury that will require about eight weeks to heal. He finished a disappointing campaign just 14-13 with a career-worst 4. Fred Biletnikoff Jersey . PETERSBURG, Fla. Every championship season has a turning point. For the 1986 New York Giants it happened in Minnesota. It happened when a quarterback found his confidence. It happened when a crack-addicted wide receiver made a catch and converted a late-game fourth down and forever. From his new book, Big Blue Wrecking Crew: Smashmouth Football, A Little Bit of Crazy, and the 86 Super Bowl Champs, Jerry Barca tells the story of the men of this moment.On an autumn Sunday night in northern New Jersey, Phil Simms sat at his kitchen table and didnt say anything. His wife had made a big meal. She always cooked after games. The Giants had beaten the Cowboys 17-14 that day, but the couple sat in silence.The Dallas game was as bad as it ever got. We won the game, but, my God. I was shot. Just shot. I couldnt concentrate on the plays because I couldnt trust the players. I didnt trust the receivers.Simms had posted a 22.2 quarterback rating. It was -- and always would be -- the worst rating in his 164-game career.The Giants beat the Eagles 17-14 in Philadelphia the next week. Simms didnt fare much better than the week before. Receivers dropped fives of his passes. He threw two interceptions and posted a 29.6 passer rating, completing 8 of 18 attempts for 130 yards.Even though we won and were 8-2, I couldnt have cared less. It felt like we were 2-8.Giants head coach Bill Parcells could see Simmss confidence was shaken. Parcells called the quarterback into his office. Youve got your team in first place, he said. I just want you to go out there and be aggressive. Take chances, and lets try to win this thing.Late in the day, when only a few people were still at the Giants facility, Bill Belichick, the teams defensive coordinator, went out of his way to stop Simms in the hallway outside the locker room. Belichick told Simms he saw the quarterback putting work in every day. Youre a really good player. I have great faith in you. Just do your job.The Giants headed to Minnesota to play a 6-4 Vikings team that was eyeing a playoff berth.From the Giants first possession of the game, Simms looked different. He moved with fluidity in the pocket. Stepping up in the face of pressure, he took hits and delivered passes. He completed 11 of 15 throws in the first half for 173 yards. He even rushed for 16 yards on two carries.Up 9-6 with 55 seconds left in the half and the ball at their own 22-yard line, the Giants and Simms stayed aggressive. Simms completed three straight passes and pushed the hurry-up offense, running up to the Vikings 37-yard line. Same play! Same play! he yelled amid the din of the Metrodome.Left tackle Brad Benson took this to mean the ball would be snapped on the second sound, just as it had been on the play before. As Simms came to the line of scrimmage, he yelled, Same play! again and Benson moved, drawing a false start penalty.When the refs marched off the penalty, Parcells started screaming at Benson, F--- you. And Benson gave it back to him. The penalty forced kicker Raul Allegre into a 60-yard field goal attempt, which he missed as time ran out in the half.Parcells and Benson had to be separated at halftime. Benson stood in the showers, away from the head coach and out of the offensive meeting.Down 20-19 with 1:12 to play, Simms took a sack on third down and eight. The Giants called timeout to discuss their options on 4th and 17 from their own 48-yard line. They picked: Half Right W-Motion 74 X In.I was just supposed to run like a clear out, said wide receiver Bobby Johnson. I actually wasnt in the play.As the offense broke the huddle, Simms told Johnson to be alert. He might have to throw to him late.The crowd noise forced Simms under center. Simms dropped back. He looked left. Nothing. He scanned the middle of the field. Nothing. The Vikings rushed three, running a stunt with nose tackle Mike Stensrud looping outside on a bull-rush. Stensrud hit Simms just as the quarterback released the ball to the right.The ball spiraled toward the sideline. Twenty-two yards down field, Johnson had found an open spot and made the catch at the Vikings 30-yard line.The Metrodome fell quiet. Johnsoon didnt offer any big celebration.dddddddddddd He clapped his hands together as he jogged back to the huddle.By now, Johnson, a third-year undrafted free agent out of Kansas, had become a full-fledged crack addict.Sometime early in the offseason, Johnson had a teammate and couple of women to his apartment in Hackensack, N.J. One of the women brought some cocaine.She combined it with water and baking soda and boiled the mixture in a spoon. Rocks emerged. She had made crack cocaine. You have to try this, she said, looking at Johnson. She lit the pipe, and Johnson took a hit.It was just overwhelmingly good, he said.He thought he was mentally strong enough. He thought hed do this a couple of times and be done with it. But it dont work like that.By the time the season started, it had gotten to the point where crack was the first thing he needed after practice and the last thing he needed to do before he went to sleep.A few plays after Johnsons fourth-down catch, Allegre hit a 33-yard field goal with 12 seconds to play. The Giants won 22-20.We wouldnt say it aloud. We wouldnt say it in public, but it was almost like divine intervention from that point on. We knew that we were destined to win, said defensive end George Martin.After the game, in a whooping and cheering locker room, Parcells touted his quarterback to the media. He even kissed Simms on the cheek.It was like the only endorsement he gave me in his whole career. He never did that, Simms said.Simms finished the day with 310 yards passing, connecting on 25 of 38 attempts. He threw two interceptions in the game, but he didnt let the miscues dull his confidence. Lets go out there and fight them again. It was a very physical game. I took some hellacious hits in the game, and its just the way I wanted to play. Thats who I wanted to be every week.Later that season, Simms completed 22 of 25 passes in Super Bowl XXI. He won the games MVP and he still holds the Super Bowl record for completion percentage, but the game at Minnesota ranks higher for him.Its my favorite game in my career, not because of the fourth and 17, but because I played the way I really wanted to play.While boarding the plane from Minnesota back to New Jersey, Brad Benson and Parcells exchanged glares. Benson sat in the back, drinking a beer with Simms. A trainer interrupted them to let Benson know Parcells wanted to see him. Simms offered Benson some luck as the left tackle walked up to the front.Parcells greeted Benson with, Sit down. Want a drink?No. Im all right, said Benson, thinking he didnt want to stay that long.Listen, I was a little rough today. Im willing to say Im sorry, Parcells said.Well, Im sorry, too.You know youre one of my guys. Youre one of my lunch pail guys.They spoke for 10 minutes. Benson did take a seat. He felt like it was a great pep talk from his coach.Were okay, right? Parcells asked, closing up the chat.Were okay.Benson stood up to leave. Parcells took his hand. Oh, one more thing. You ever jump offsides like that in a crucial situation, Ill cut your ass.As time ran out in the Giants 39-20 Super Bowl XXI win over the Denver Broncos, Bobby Johnson cried. He knew his time was up with the Giants. No one had said anything to him, but they didnt need to. He knew his drug-fueled behavior would no longer be tolerated. Johnson never played another down in the NFL.After football ended, his drug use worsened. He became homeless. He slept on park benches. In June 1994, the man who caught the most important pass in the Giants 1986 season lost three fingers on his right hand in a work accident at a pencil factory. A couple of years after that, he walked into his mothers home in Smyrna, Tennessee. Son, you look terrible. You look terrible, she said, and she started crying.Johnson never went to rehab, but he ended his drug use after that visit. He has been sober since. He doesnt look back at his time in the NFL with any bitterness. He loves the Giants and Parcells. He calls it a happy ending because Im alive. 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