Hopefully Gordon has one more rock in his pouch and he can sling by the bad guys at Phoenix. I understand when he tested there he was very fast.
If Brad Keselowski had been in second place in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Martinsville, Dale Earnhardt Jr. would not be listening to the chimes of a grandfather clock this week at his home in North Carolina. Unlike Gordon who raced Earnhardt clean, there is no doubt that “hard racing” Keselowski would have wrecked Earnhardt to claim the win. Since NASCAR deems “hard racing” OK, I think that the 2 car should have a target painted on it, so that drivers can wreck it whenever possible. That is merely driving with Keselowski as he has chosen to race other drivers.
Matt Kenseth and Jeff Gordon are probably the two cleanest racers and most even tempered drivers in the Sprint Cup Series, but in the past four races Keselowski has raised the ire of both to the point that Kenseth and Gordon each wanted to fight him after the races.
To me, good hard racing is NOT bludgeoning another car out of your way. It is following closely, letting the leader know you are on his bumper, showing the nose of your car alongside his rear quarter panel, setting him up, making him think, and when he makes a mistake, blowing right by him. I like watching that kind of racing. I like watching side by side, even three wide racing for lap after lap. If I want to watch bumper cars I can go to a carnival.
I do understand drivers have to be aggressive-and should go for the hole IF it is there. But be smart enough to understand when the hole is only there for a split second. Be aggressive, yet drive with respect for the other competitors. Kenseth and Gordon show it can be done.
NASCAR is certainly getting what they want from the new Chase format. I wonder if Phoenix might be too much of a “good” thing. All 8 drivers remaining in the Chase are in a position to make the final four. All 8 drivers remaining in the Chase are in a position to be eliminated from the championship round. At least half the drivers have issues with another driver-Kenseth, Hamlin, and Gordon with Keselowski and Harvick with Kenseth, and probably Keselowski too. What is going to happen? Well, tune in to ESPN on Sunday-Arizona might not have witnessed such destruction of property since the days when Geronimo was on the warpath. No driver is going to do anything to hurt his chances of racing for the championship at Homestead, but what if a driver can see he isn’t going to make it. Could it be payback time?
Anyway, not all of the sidewinders will be on Rattlesnake Hill. At least one will be on track “racing.”
If the hard feelings aren’t settled after Homestead, NASCAR should not let them fester over the winter. Perhaps the sanctioning body could host a charity event during champion’s week in Las Vegas. Set up a NASCAR style UFC event right at one of the big hotel arenas. Rent sumo wrestling suits for the drivers, outsized boxing gloves, and an inflatable ring. Danica vs. Logano. Hamlin vs. Keselowski. Harvick vs. Kenseth. Kenseth vs. Keselowski. Twitter’s Drunken Brian France vs. Brian France. And the main event, Gordon vs. Keselowski. Do you think that would sell out?
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