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Driver Jimmie Johnson tries to shift with pliers

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Jimmie Johnson's shifter broke during Sunday's Pure Michigan 400, so he had to find a new way to change gears.

When the six-time series champion hit pit road, a member of his crew handed him a pair of pliers and a vice grip, according to Yahoo Sports' Nick Bromberg.

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Johnson couldn't get the vice grip on the shifter handle, and he inevitably had to pit again so he could get it fixed. He lost a lap during the fix but recovered to finish ninth.

Jeff Gordon took the checkered flag.

"Multiple attempts," Johnson said about trying to get the pliers on. "[The crew] handed me some tools and I didn't have success trying to get that fixed. They had some contraption with a vice grip to try to figure that out and it fell off before I even got back to pit in under caution. So once I could get the wire tie busted and get the boot down I could see what was wrong and we were kind of able to adjust from there and [car chief] Ron Malec dove in the right side window and got it sorted out."

Johnson and Ryan Newman had a discussion after the race regarding some on-track contact in the late laps, Bromberg reports.

- Chris Mascaro

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