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Johnson says safety was at issue

Updated: September 22, 2009, 6:52 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Three-time defending series champion Jimmie Johnson says NASCAR should have called a caution earlier on the last lap of Sunday's Chase for the Sprint Cup opener at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The governing body waited until the leaders were between Turns 3 and 4 to throw the caution with A.J. Allmendinger's car stalled on the front stretch. That left many drivers, including Johnson, wondering whether to race back to the line.

Johnson said that created an unsafe ...

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