Hendrick Tampers Gordon and Johnson

Competition is at the heart of all advancements, some would say, but when that competition turns into rivalry within the same team, nothing good can come out of it. This is what team owner Rick Hendrick must have thought about the hard words and attacks with which his drivers, Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon, tried to settle their disputes in the last two weeks.

According to Autosport, Hendrick stepped in last week and tried to put an end to the growing scandal before any more harm is done. Just to remind you, Johnson caused Gordon to get caught in a crash at the Talladega race, sending him across the finish line in the 22nd position.

"We had a good conversation this week," Hendrick said according to the source. "It's amazing what happens when you get Mr H involved. The three of us had a good conversation. I think we all recognize what contributes to everything that happened at Texas as well as Talladega."

"We laughed about a lot of stuff and I feel like the most important thing is that all the communication that we have during the week and at the race track, what that contributes to our success as a group is too important to let a rivalry escalate out of control."

Reigning champion Jimmie Johnson admitted blame for the 'Dega incident and wasn't offended by Gordon's somewhat outspoken remarks, considering just words thrown "in the heat of the moment".

"So our conversation was pretty good to be honest with you. In a lot of ways from Rick's standpoint, my standpoint, and Jeff's it was just a mistake that I made. And unfortunately coming off the heels of Texas and the fact that Jeff crashed after that and the emotions were high and he got out of the car and said some things that he probably didn't want to."

Gordon on the other hand, although is willing to put everything behind, is not yet ready to make life easy for Gordon on the track. Johnson shares his thoughts.

"I think we're still going to race hard," said Johnson. "Those guys are so good that we know we have to race them for a lot of wins if we're going to win races. We know that there's times that we're going to have to race those guys extremely hard for a win."
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