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"In the overall issue of officiating, I think we need to expect things and when we get to the Chase time of the year — and really we should have it all year — but NASCAR should have people staffed up instead of downsizing," Johnson said. "Not only from the aspect of what we’re talking about right here, but also on restarts and a lot of other procedures that take place.
"It is tough for the (officials in the scoring) tower to take care of it all. They need other people, qualified people, other resources and technology to make these decisions."
Johnson said if there was any question that the race needed to be stopped.
"If there is any question they need to stop the race immediately," Johnson said. "Red flag. Pits are closed. Figure it out and make the best judgment that they can — because trying to go back on a Monday or a Tuesday to fix the situation, that is just too much. I’ve learned something about the ripple effect."
Johnson also said he was bewildered with NASCAR’s non-call on the final restart, when television replays showed eventual race winner Carl Edwards, running second at the time, clearly beat leader Paul Menard to the start-finish line in a move that Johnson said was almost identical to one he was penalized for earlier in the season, costing him a chance of a win at Dover.
"We’ve been working hard to eliminate gray areas and we need to continue down that road," Johnson added. "I’m shocked there wasn’t a call on it, plain and simple."
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