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Jimmie Johnson picks a fight

The five-time NASCAR champ avoids altercations on Pit Road. The reason? He learned an important lesson long ago.

Updated: June 3, 2011, 12:54 PM ET
By Ryan McGee | ESPN The Magazine

This story appears in the June 13, 2011 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

THESE ARE TENSE TIMES in the NASCAR garage. A springtime schedule that pairs tight-quarter tracks and rising temperatures has racing's biggest stars blowing off steam and bashing in bodywork.

The May race at Darlington began with NASCAR officials commanding behind closed doors that Juan Pablo Montoya and Ryan Newman bury a hatchet they'd sharpened one week earlier at Richmond when on-track ...

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