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JOLIET, Ill. — There’s a camera operator at NBC Sports who should get a raise this week — or at least a gift basket from NASCAR.

From high above Chicagoland Speedway, somewhere on the roof of the scoring tower, the camera operator zoomed in on the driver motorhome lot — generally off limits to the media and public — and focused on Jimmie Johnson as he approached Kevin Harvick’s bus following Sunday’s Chase for the Sprint Cup playoff opener.

Harvick emerged from his bus with a deceptive smile, put on his sunglasses – and then popped Johnson in the chest. Harvick's strike was retaliation for a 42nd-place finish he blamed on Johnson, who in moving up the track and into Harvick's car after a restart, left Harvick with a tire rub that eventually caused a flat and crash.