When all else fails, blame it on your tires.
It’s a staple excuse in all forms of motorsports, but it hit new heights this past weekend during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Auto Club 400 at Fontana, Calif.
Driver after driver were pointing their fingers at Goodyear when left-side tires were blowing at an incredible rate — especially late in the 400-mile race.
Six-time champion Jimmie Johnson left no doubt in anyone’s minds why he thought a sure victory was stolen from the No. 48 Chevrolet team.
He had led 104 laps in the 200-lap race and was cruising to a win with seven laps to go when his front left tire exploded.
“When anything happens (to tires), the standard response to all of us is that it is the team’s fault,” he said.
“I guess we’re all at fault this weekend.