I really hate to beat a dead horse……BUT I got to this time. Look down a blog post or two and you will see my views on blocking in NASCAR, and I hate to say I told you so BUT….. there was a driver Brian Vickers who made a comment that really bothered me, Vickers is a young gun so to speak, he has had a couple shining moments and one not so shining moment at Talladega but we wont go there (right now), anyway he made a statement that really got to me….he said””That’s super speedway racing,” Vickers said “You watch your mirror [and] you try to keep the guy behind you, behind you. My goal is not to let him pass me. People blocked me the whole race — they’d turn left and try to keep me behind them. That’s part of super speedway racing. “ he also said “My goal was to keep Junior [Earnhardt] behind me and I went to block him,” Vickers said. “I beat him to the yellow line and then he just turned us. He hooked me in the left-rear and typically NASCAR penalizes … I think [Jason Leffler] was penalized five laps [Saturday] for doing the same thing.
“I guess they’re not going to penalize him for it. It’s kind of sad. To wreck somebody intentionally like that in front of the entire field is really kind of dangerous. That’s my biggest problem with it, but apparently he wanted a caution pretty bad.”
I hate to bust his bubble but that is NOT racing. not short track , not intermediates, not super speedways. That is NOT racing period.! And then to turn around and blame Dale Earnhardt Jr. (whom I am not a fan of by the way) that is wrong, and bad karma is a bi**h.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. had this to say when Dr Dick Berrgren asked him if it was accidental.“Yeah, it was accidental,” Earnhardt shrieked. “I don’t want to wreck the field. The rain was coming, it was time to try to win the race and I was trying to get back on the lead lap. So I had to run hard. If Vickers could have just held his ground, I had a good run — I was a lapped car anyway and wasn’t battling for the lead. But he drove me down into the grass almost and I didn’t have much control of my car after that.”
I really hate to but I have to give Jr. credit for his actions and the way he answered the question. Real stand up stuff there.
On the the rest of the race, rain shortened, some wild driving the last few laps once everyone realized they were racing to the rain not the end.
Bad day for wonder kid Joey Lagano as he pulls a rookie mistake and then blames it on someone else another rookie Scott Speed but both were running hard and it was not really anyones fault other than these 2 rookies driving over their heads.
Larry Mac was quick to blame Scott Speed for the ordeal, but later changed his view .He must be on the Lagano P.R. Wagon payroll too.
H.M.S. Had a high of 13th Jeff Gordon had that one teammate jimmie johnson would up 31st. 120 points out of the lead.
Take out the blocking and the rain, it would have been a great race! …seriously though, It was a good race, it got the season started and we all got our racing fix. Now its “OK NASCAR what cha got next?” now the real season starts ….. Daytona season is over and now we can go racing, how many of the teams will go to the next race??? more on that later in the week.