Oh, to be a fly on the wall when Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson have their little tête-à-tête about running into each other during Monday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway.
The two were fighting for second place mid-way through the race when Gordon “took the air off” Johnson’s car between turns three and four, causing him to wiggle. As J.J. fought to maintain control, Gordon slipped past on the inside but Johnson retaliated by whacking his right rear with his left front.
Gordon went on to lead the race but was eliminated 17 laps from the checkers when he was caught up in one of those patented, late-race, NASCAR multi-car ka-boomers.
Johnson eventually finished second behind winner Denny Hamlin.
After his retirement from the race, Gordon told reporter Diego Mejia that he was disappointed with Johnson's aggressiveness.
"He ran into the back of me for no reason," said Gordon. "I am disappointed, but I'll get over it and so will he. We'll talk about it.”
Said Johnson: “It's going to happen in racing. . . I guess he got out and said he was disappointed. So since I have my chance, I can equally say I was pretty disappointed with him today. We'll sit down and get it talked out."
Now, here’s why I’d like to be a fly on the wall.
Jeff Gordon is more than Jimmie Johnson’s teammate – he’s his boss. Gordon is half-owner of Johnson’s car. So when they have their chat, will it be as teammates – or as employer-employee?
Nothing will come of it, of course, but it’s still fun to think about.