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Johnson already took the blame for a mistake that caused Gordon to crash at Talladega. Gordon, who drove his damaged car to a 22nd-place finish, was furious with his teammate after the race.
"The 48 is testing my patience, I can tell you that," Gordon said Sunday at Talladega. "It takes a lot to make me mad. ... I don't know what it is with me and him right now."
Johnson said he was trying to slide in front of Gordon late in Sunday's race so they could draft together toward the front. But, he said Gordon was coming too fast. Johnson's move instead had the effect of a block, and Gordon was forced off the apron in a defensive move.
His momentum gone, Gordon slide back in traffic and was caught moments later in a multi-car crash.
"I just mistimed it, misjudged it," Johnson said. "I think once the dust settled and he had a chance to look at everything, he realized it wasn't an intentional move."
Johnson said that after their conversation, he realized Gordon was speaking out of frustration.
"He's had such a good year going. A few victories have slipped through his fingers, wrecked cars late in the race," Johnson said. "I was like the straw that broke the camel's back. When the microphone was there, it was easy just to go."
Johnson has won 50 races and the last four championships, while Gordon has won 24 races but no titles. Gordon won the last of his four titles in 2001 -- the pre-Chase era.
Johnson laughed when he talked about his plan with crew chief Chad Knaus to avoid future dust-ups.
"I told Chad to put turn indicators or hazards on my car this weekend," Johnson said.
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