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Johnson covered bottle of NASCAR sponsor

Updated: August 3, 2004, 12:48 PM ET
Associated Press

Jimmie Johnson was fined $10,000 on Tuesday for using a sign to hide the name of a sports drink made by a NASCAR sponsor because he has his own deal with a rival company.

"It ended up being an expensive move on my part," Johnson said. "The bottom line is I'm just trying to defend my options as a driver."

When Johnson climbed from his car after winning Sunday's race at Pocono Raceway, he placed a sign in front of the PowerAde bottle that NASCAR officials had put on top of his car.

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