Johnson smooths out hard feelings with Gordon

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Four-time defending NASCAR champion Jimmie
Johnson says team owner Rick Hendrick told him and teammate Jeff
Gordon not to let their simmering issues "carry on too far."

Johnson, Gordon and Hendrick spoke together on the phone this
week to smooth over a rough patch in the relationship between the

Johnson made a mistake that ultimately led to Gordon's wreck at
Talladega Superspeedway. That came a week after the two had tangled
at Texas Motor Speedway.

Johnson says he was surprised that Gordon, also a four-time Cup
champion, lashed out at him on national TV after Sunday's race. He
says his relationship with Gordon has changed over the years.

Gordon says Hendrick was concerned that a bubbling feud could
eventually start "breaking apart the organization."

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