EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) — Ready to thrill a few hundred school kids, Jimmie Johnson hopped into a replica of his No. 48 car to fire up the engine.
The battery was dead.
He and some members of his group tried to bump start the car. That just bashed in the show car's bumper, led to some odd grinding noises and the car started leaking oil.
Undaunted, the NASCAR star jogged through the parking lot to the grass plot where the kids were gathered, chanting his name.