Truex and Johnson dodge penalties for failing inspection
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR will not penalize Martin Truex Jr. or Jimmie Johnson for failing inspection after the opening race of the playoffs.
Truex won Sunday’s race at Chicagoland Speedway and Johnson finished 12th. Both cars failed the laser inspection with infractions that should have drawn 10-point penalties.
Although the infractions were similar, NASCAR executive vice president Steve O’Donnell said the penalties would not have been equal. Truex advanced into the second round of the playoffs with his victory, but Johnson’s chances of advancing would have been hampered by the loss of 10 points.
Dustin Johnson keeps right on rolling at Tour Championship
ATLANTA — Dustin Johnson hit out of a bunker to two feet for birdie on his first hole and kept right on rolling to a 4-under 66 for a three-way tie of the lead Thursday at the Tour Championship.
Hideki Matsuyama had six birdies and Kevin Chappell played bogey-free to join Johnson at 66 on a tough day for scoring at East Lake.
Johnson only has to win the Tour Championship to capture the $10 million FedEx Cup bonus.
Jason Day was among those at 67. Jordan Spieth was 3-over after two holes and shot 68. Rory McIlroy and Paul Casey also were at 68.