Johnson's repeat hopes go up in flames at the Brickyard

Jimmie Johnson was red-hot after winning the 2006 Allstate 400. He was red-hot again Sunday at Indy after a cut tire sent his No. 48 into the wall and caught fire, writes John Schwarb.

Updated: July 29, 2007, 9:52 PM ET
By John Schwarb | Special to ESPN.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- A year ago, Jimmie Johnson left here on fire.

He did so again Sunday, but under completely different circumstances.

The defending Nextel Cup Series champion failed to defend his Allstate 400 at the Brickyard title or even finish the race, climbing out of the burning No. 48 Chevrolet in 39th place after a blown tire on Lap 62 sent him into the Turn 3 wall and started a fire.

Johnson was unhurt, but he was bruised by another poor finish ...

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