In danger of not advancing to the third round of the playoffs, Jimmie Johnson spun on the front stretch on Lap 189 of the elimination race at Kansas Speedway.
The No. 48 slid down the track and into the infield grass, which had been drenched in rain overnight.
“I got loose,” Johnson told his team over the radio.
After undergoing repairs on pit road, Johnson returned to the track. But his misfortune continued on the ensuing restart when he again spun, this time in Turn 3 while running in the high lane.
Johnson pitted again and returned to the track before a large, multi-car wreck unfolded on the restart, which Johnson was able to avoid.
Johnson entered the race in the last transfer spot, seven points above ninth.