Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Biffle Regrets Johnson Dustup

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Biffle Regrets Johnson Dustup

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Greg Biffle said he plans to apologize to Jimmie Johnson for how he handled his displeasure with the five-time champion Sunday at Martinsville.

Biffle angrily grabbed Johnson by the collar and spun him around while Johnson was being interviewed on pit road after the race. Biffle believed Johnson had run into the back of his car, causing the bumper to fall off and preventing Biffle from racing for the win.

Biffle said Tuesday he's going to call Johnson to apologize. He said he wishes he would have had a private conversation with Johnson, and should have grabbed his arm to get his attention. But he remains convinced that contact from Johnson ripped off the bumper, and fans who claimed the damage was done by Dale Earnhardt Jr. are wrong.

"Maybe I overreacted a small amount, but I wanted him to know I was not happy with what took place," Biffle said Tuesday in an appearance at the NASCAR Hall of Fame

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