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Denny Hamlin puzzled that David Reutimann is still upset over Pocono crash

Posted by Digory Kirke on August 8, 2009

Denny Hamlin, one of my top ten drivers. Now an Ex replaced by Marco Ambrose

Denny Hamlin, one of my top ten drivers. Now an Ex replaced by Marco Ambrose

Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin says he was surprised to learn that David Reutimann was still upset Wednesday over contact between the two drivers in Monday’s rain-delayed NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway.

Hamlin says he talked with Reutimann Monday night about the contact that sent Reutimann’s Michael Watrip Racing Toyota spinning into the path of Marcos Ambrose and ruining a potential top-10 finish for both drivers.

Reutimann, who entered Pocono 13th in the standings but left in 16th, suffered a severe blow to his hopes of making NASCAR’s Chase For The Sprint Cup while Hamlin went on to win the race and improve his own Chase chances.

Hamlin was somewhat caught off guard by Reutimann’s comments during an appearance on Wednesday that he was still, “mad as heck, to be honest with you, about that whole situation.”

“We actually talked that night,” Hamlin, speaking on Friday at Watkins Glen International, said in reference to the night of the race. “I talked to him and he seemed fine. He didn’t say anything, that he was angry or anything. I’m sure he was, but he seemed fine that night. I’ve been in the situation before where you’re battling for Chase spots. It’s not always about one race. There’s a lot of races that lead up into it.”

While Hamlin’s Chase prospects are fairly safe – he has a 251-point buffer on 13th-place Kyle Busch – Reutimann could be in trouble with just five races left before the championship-determining field is set.

He trails 12th-place Greg Biffle by 121 points for the final championship-eligible spot and would need to leapfrog four drivers to move into that position.

Hamlin believes that he can’t be held solely responsible if Reutimann misses the Chase, however.

“Yeah, you have one bad race, but it’s a culmination of races that are before that that kind of put you in that spot,” Hamlin said. “We definitely didn’t help his Chase chances for sure, but it happens. It really does. And I’ve been in the same situation.

“I’m definitely apologetic about it, for sure. It’s something that I didn’t mean to do, but in the same sense you can’t put the blame all on me that he doesn’t make the Chase.”

MY WORD

Hey Denny, how about we do this. Swap your points with David’s. Then see if you are “fine” with being taken out and dropping a couple of positions?  They texted, which is a far cry from actually sitting down and hashing it out..

Hamlin better keep out of the way for the 47 (Marcos Ambrose) this Sunday or he WILL be moved.

Dirty Denny !! Someone hit it right on the head when they gave him that nickname ! It’s why I dropped you (Denny) from my top ten drivers and replaced you with Marcos. I lost all respect for you that day and at that race.

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Reutimann still angry about Pocono wreck

Posted by Digory Kirke on August 6, 2009

David Reutimann is not ready to forgive Denny Hamlin for the accident at Pocono Raceway that essentially ended his championship hopes.

“I’m not happy. I’m aggravated. I’m mad as heck,” Reutimann said Wednesday during an appearance for Lowe’s Motor Speedway.

“I’m not sugarcoating any of that. I’m still really, really aggravated. Maybe we can get things sorted out.”

Hamlin had dominated much of Monday’s race, but late pit strategy had shuffled him back to 13th when he ran into Reutimann in his charge back to the front. He shoved Reutimann, who was running ninth, through the turn. The contact caused Reutimann to lose control of his car, bounce off the wall and into teammate Marcos Ambrose.

Hamlin went on to win the race, while Reutimann finished 29th and dropped three spots in the standings to 16th — 121 points out — with five races remaining before the Chase field is set. He entered Pocono in 13th place, just 68 points out of the top 12.

The two have not spoken, although Reutimann said Hamlin texted him an apology after the race that didn’t make him feel any better.

“We can talk about it and I can get his take on it,” Reutimann said. “If he tells me he made a mistake and he’s sorry, then that’s the way it is. It doesn’t make you less aggravated or anything like that.”

Asked if it upset him further that Hamlin went on to win the race, Reutimann said “that didn’t help.”

Hamlin gave a detailed explanation of the incident following his win, taking blame for the contact but explaining how hard he was racing for the victory. He wanted the win, his first of the season, to honor his late grandmother, who had passed away three days before the race.

“It was a lot of emotion. I got guys in my mirror that I know that I’ve got to race for the win,” Hamlin said. “I’m racing for a win on a particular weekend where it means more than any other weekend. I think emotion was probably part of it.”

Reutimann said he’s not writing off the Chase yet, but knows it will be difficult to earn a berth after the Pocono accident. Next up is the road course at Watkins Glen, where he was 33rd in his only previous appearance and said he looks forward to “as much as a root canal.”

Still, it’s been a breakthrough season for the journeyman driver, who has helped legitimize Michael WaltripRacing. He was in legitimate Chase contention for 20 weeks and won the first Sprint Cup Series race of his career at Lowe’s in May.

He also made the cover of industry magazine NASCAR Scene for the first time in his career this week, under the headline “Why Not Me?” Some team personnel have joked the Aug. 6 edition was much like the Sports Illustrated cover jinx.

“I am not a big believer in stuff like that, but my team, those guys are super superstitious about things like that,” he said.

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Denny Hamlin wins Pocono but at what cost?

Posted by Digory Kirke on August 4, 2009

Denny Hamlin may have gained a few fans Monday, but he no doubt garnered some enemies on the track as well.

Chief among them was David Reutimann who saw his hopes to make this years Chase for the Sprint Cup take a serious hit caused by a tangle with Hamlin.

During Hamlin’s relentless pursuit of the win in Monday’s rescheduled Pennsylvania 500, he was fighting his way back through traffic when on lap 174 he got behind Reutimann pushing his Toyota hard enough to spin Reutimann around and into his Michael Waltrip Racing teammate Marcos Ambrose.

“I got to him coming off turn one. I drove into turn two, got to him, nudged him actually in the middle of the corner. I let go of him,” Hamlin said. He pulled away about a car length, but then he slammed on the brakes obviously to let me know he was upset.”

I plowed him off of two really hard. I said, ‘Man, all right, I understand, I get it.’ In turn three, I got to him again. He got really loose off four. When I got to him and pushed him, I was hoping he was just going to come off the corner, straighten up, I was going to push him down the straightaway. Instead, kept my throttle on him, and when I did I spun him into his teammate.

It was a lot of emotion. I got guys in my mirror that I know I got to race for the win. I’m racing for a win on a particular weekend where it means more than any other weekend. I think emotion was probably part of it. But I got to make it up to those guys somehow, cut them some breaks on the track or something.”

Hamlin went on to win, Reutimann finished 29th while Ambrose finished 34th.

Perhaps the worst news for Reutimann though is the point’s loss. He came into the day in 13th place with a legitimate shot to make the top 12 and earn a spot in the Chase for the Championship. He lost three spots and is now 16th.

“Not sure what happened there,” Ambrose said. “We were running in the top-10 and all of a sudden David (Reutimann) got turned by the 11 (Denny Hamlin) car and I had nowhere to go. That pretty much ended our day.”

MY WORD

Denny Hamlin did not want to be at Pocono. His grandmother died and he was very emotional. Now here’s here’s where I sound like a cold heartless bastard. SUCK IT UP! Denny many of us aren’t where we want to be, or have to do something and can’t be where we want and or are needed; and yes I do inculde when a family member has died.

I was serving my country in a far away land and couldn’t go home for the funeral. I didn’t want to be where I was, but there I was. I had a job to do. I couldn’t be where I wanted to be, however nonetheless there I was. There are plenty of individuals both military and civilian who face this issue and or others like it. You are not an exception nor special because of it or the issue.

I had a lot of respect for you and in fact your one of my top ten drivers, however due to how you decided to race due to the fact you were where you didn’t want to be and decided to run over people and didn’t give one shit about it or how you won has made me decide to drop you from said list. I lost all respect for you when you went out there and decided to be an asshole and do anything to anyone to win just because you HAD to be there, like millions of us have to do day in and day out.

I am ashamed of you Denny and I’m sorry but I don’t feel your loss excuses your tactics used to win a race.


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Two-day Goodyear Tire testing underway @ Atlanta

Posted by Digory Kirke on July 15, 2009

goodyear tire

Goodyear is tire testing at Atlanta Motor Speedway, as four NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers assist the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company in preparing the preeminent tire for Atlanta’s first NASCAR Sprint Cup night race, the Pep Boys Auto 500 on Sept. 6.

Goodyear is tasked with preparing the first tire for Sprint Cup night racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway and the company is utilizing NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin, Jamie McMurray and Tony Stewart in the two-day Goodyear Tire Test.

“It’s definitely tough to prepare a tire for a night race [in Atlanta], because there are unknowns going into a night race – how fast is the track going to be and where do we need to have many of our settings,” said Busch, who won the Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway in March. “I felt like the tire was just fine in March, obviously. With the way our car handled and we drove it into Victory Lane, I wouldn’t change a thing. But, we’ve got a night race now, so we’re here working with Goodyear to find something better and make the racing more exciting.”

All four participating drivers have higher-average finishes in night races than afternoon races in 2009. In five-2009 night races, Stewart has the highest average night race finish of the four at 2.4, compared to his season average of 7.6. Of the remaining drivers, Hamlin has an average night race finish of 8.2 (13.4 for the entire season), Busch has an average of 10.6 (12.5) and McMurray’s average night race finish is 14.6 (20.2).

Tire testing will continue Tuesday afternoon and continue until 10 p.m. Both days are closed to the public.

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HEAD 2 HEAD…a MUST read!

Posted by Digory Kirke on July 14, 2009

Man alive you’re not going to want to miss the page entitled Head 2 Head. Jimmie Johnson and Tony SMOKELESS Stewart go Head 2 Head. Click the link to read/see the battle!

HEAD 2 HEAD: Jimmie vs. Tony

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The BEST in the Field

Posted by Digory Kirke on July 13, 2009

The following are factual stats looking over full seasons.

Jeff Gordon: Wins: 82 Years: 16 Championships: 4 Average Finish: 12.3

Jimmie Johnson: Wins: 42 Years: 7 Championships: 3 (consecutive) Average Finish: 11.7

Tony Stewart: Wins: 35 Years: 10 Championships: 2 Average Finish: 12.5

Mark Martin: Wins: 38 Years: ? Championships: 0 Average Finish: 13.4

Other Drivers

Kyle Busch: Wins: 15 Years: 4 Championships: 0 Average Finish: 16.5

Denny Hamlin: Wins: 4 Years: 3 Championships: 0 Average Finish: 14.1

Johnson needs to win 41 races and/or win one more championship in 9 years to accomplish what Jeff has done throughout his career; attainable.

Kyle Busch needs to win 27 races and 3 championships in a row to attain what Johnson has done so quickly in his career; possible-highly doubtful.
Dale Jr. doesn’t even rate on this blog, as he is such a lousy driver he can’t even begin to hope to progress any further than he has now, or at least not enough to even think about. I mean when you takes you fives years to get a total of three wins. You can’t do anything but agree with me, he isn’t a factor.

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Kurt Busch, Johnson trade paint, words

Posted by Digory Kirke on July 13, 2009

Kurt Busch and Jimmie Johnson traded paint. It might be awhile until they exchange pleasantries.

Busch was fuming with Johnson after two of NASCAR‘s top stars got into some late-race bumping Saturday night at Chicagoland Speedway that left each of them wondering if one has a problem with the other.

Johnson, though, seemed more ready to move on and let the incident slide.

Busch might still be upset when the Sprint Cup series picks up July 26 at Indianapolis.

Johnson had lost his lead to Denny Hamlin late in the race and fell back into three-wide racing with Busch and Jeff Gordon. Gordon appeared to get under Johnson, and the three-time defending Cup champion’s No. 48 Chevrolet got loose and made contact with Busch.

Angry at the contact, former champion Busch appeared to deliberately turn into Johnson. Their cars connected, causing a spark of excitement in a 400-mile race that Mark Martin won in mostly dominating fashion.

“The No. 2 (Busch) and I touched and he body slammed me after that,” Johnson said.

Busch and Johnson also spun together and tangled at Sonoma, perhaps one reason for Busch’s ill feelings. Johnson slid into Busch and later apologized.

Another reason could be while Johnson salvaged an eighth-place finish after seemingly having the race won until Hamlin caused him to lose control, Busch fell all the way to 17th.

“It looked like it was pretty crazy up there, but it worked good for me,” said Gordon, who ended strong with a runner-up finish.

Busch said he was starting to lose faith in Johnson’s “ability to be a three-time champion on the track.”

“A couple of runs spoiled by the 48 car,” Busch said. “I’m not digging it.”

Johnson claimed Busch was coming again to intentionally tag him for a second time.

“He’s one of those guys that his temper can get away from him,” Johnson said. “When he first hit me it was like, all right man, this is racing. This isn’t necessary. And then he backed off.”

The bumping was just part of racing and Johnson seemed perplexed about the steady line of questioning after the race. Johnson said he was willing to let it go unless Busch was still really angry at him after a cooling down period.

“The good thing is each week we end up running into one another again and talking at driver intros or something,” Johnson said. “It never fails.”

Johnson did refuse to blame Busch for costing him the victory. After all, the 50-year-old Martin had the car to beat all night long and led 195 of the 267 laps.

Martin and Gordon made it a 1-2 finish for Hendrick Motorsports — and made a Colorado couple $1 million richer.

It was part of a promotion run by LifeLock, the title sponsor for the June race in Michigan and Saturday night’s race at Chicagoland. Donna and Richard Musgrave correctly predicted Martin and Gordon, in any order, would finish 1-2 at Michigan, earning them the trip to Joliet, Ill. to see if they could repeat the feat.

If Martin and Gordon both finished in the top two again, the Musgraves would win the life-changing payout.

Martin won, Gordon was second and the Musgraves went home to New Castle, Colo., to celebrate.

Certainly they went home happier than Busch and Johnson.

MY WORD

PUT KURT’S ASS INTO THE WALL HARD AT INDY, JIMMIE! PAY THAT LITTLE BITCH BACK HARD! LET HIM KNOW WHAT A BODY SLAM IS LIKE BY CRUSHING HIS ASS!

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Johnson, Kurt Busch offer different takes on brush

Posted by Digory Kirke on July 12, 2009

Contact between two champs late in race at Chicagoland

Their haulers were located no more than 25 yards apart in the Sprint Cup Series garage.

But when they climbed out of their respective cars after tangling during Saturday night’s LifeLock.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway, Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch were worlds apart in their opinions about what had just transpired between them on the 1.5-mile track.

An angry Busch thought Johnson wrecked him. A much calmer Johnson said Busch “body-slammed” him.

Objective observers of the incident on Lap 252 of the 267-lap event saw Busch, Johnson and Jeff Gordon go three-wide after Johnson had lost the race lead one lap earlier following contact he absorbed from behind by the No. 11 Toyota of Denny Hamlin. When Gordon got under Johnson’s No. 48 Chevrolet on the inside, with Busch riding high on the outside in his No. 2 Dodge, Johnson appeared to get loose and bump Busch unintentionally.

Busch then appeared to retaliate by deliberately turning into Johnson.

*There wasn’t any appear to it, Busch DID deliberately turn/hit Johnson!*

Asked what happened between the pair shortly after climbing out of his car, Johnson replied: “I’m not really sure. I don’t think there really was anything. We were all just racing up off of [Turn] 4. The 24 [Gordon] got inside of me and got me a little loose, and then the 2 and I touched. When we touched, he just came down and body-slammed me, (Kurt Busch) trying to get some room from me. But it was just a racing thing. The 24 got inside of me and got me sideways.”

Busch described the incident a whole lot differently.

“The 48, we got run into [by him] at Sonoma, we got run into again,” Busch said. “I’m starting to lose faith in his ability to be a three-time champion on the track. I’m disappointed. I gave him room and we got pounded into the fence.

*Two lies, first you didn’t give him room, second he didn’t pound you into the fence. Yes you got pushed into the wall but not pounded, and it was unintentional, everyone who commentated on the race saw that and said so!*

“Then we had a left-rear tire rub [as a result of the contact]. Luckily we got a yellow, got ‘er fixed, and finished 17th. A couple of runs were spoiled by the 48, but we kept digging.”

Johnson eventually recovered enough to finish eighth, but that was somewhat disappointing for him after losing the lead on the botched restart so late in the race.

“It was one of those days. I probably had this thing won at one point, and then one of those restarts didn’t work out so well for us,” Johnson said. “Everybody was out of control back there, racing and body-slamming. The 83 [Brian Vickers] and 11 went after it a little bit. We were bump-drafting down the straightaways. That was some wild racing right there. I didn’t think we could race like that on a mile-and-half [track].”

Busch was extremely upset about all the wild racing, which he blamed mostly on Johnson. He also indicated that he’s wondering if Johnson has some issues with him.

“It looked like the 48 just ran out of room. We got spun together at Sonoma and got hit here again. I’m trying to decide what’s going on with the 48. I’ve lost a little bit of respect for him. I gave him room — and he pounded us into the fence coming off Turn 4,” Busch said.

“Then we got a tire rub. Luckily we got a yellow to come in and fix it, instead of fencing it. … I mean, we were running eighth-to-12th and had an OK car. But when he had that bad restart, man, he was like a ping-pong ball just bouncing off guys.”

Johnson said he had no doubts that Busch hit him on purpose — and was making plans to do so again when he thought better of it.

“I don’t know if it cost me the win, but he certainly body-slammed me pretty hard,” Johnson said. “What’s funny is that he was coming to hit me again and he saw the 24 on the apron and I think then he realized I didn’t run him up the track on purpose.

*It most certainly DID cost Jimmie the win.*

“You know, at the end of the race everybody’s tempers are high. He’s one of those guys whose temper can get away from him. When he first hit me, I was like, ‘Man, this is racing. This isn’t necessary.’ But then he backed off.”

Of course, Busch realized nothing of the sort. He made it clear after the race that he didn’t appreciate the initial contact caused by Johnson. Asked if he deliberately gave Johnson a retaliatory shot immediately afterward, Busch replied: “I didn’t wreck him; I got wrecked.”

Busch then was ushered away by Tom Roberts, his public relations man, before he could answer any more questions. Johnson sounded like he thought the incident would be forgotten by the time the two race against each other again in two weeks at Indianapolis. The Sprint Cup Series gets a rare weekend off next weekend.

“First I have to find out if he’s mad. I kind of thought it just was a racing thing. But the fact that everybody’s asking about it makes me wonder,” Johnson said.

“We’ll see. We’ll talk at some point. The good thing is that you always end up running into each other. You end up talking at driver intros or something. It never fails. You run into somebody on the track and the next week you get put in the back of a pickup truck with ’em [for pre-race driver introductions].”

MY WORD

Kurt Busch was involved in another scuffle as usual. Jimmie Johnson after being nudged fair and square by Denny Hamlin fell back and then got loose ending up running into Kurt Busch. It was not on purpose and was just bad luck. So what does crybaby Busch do, purposely slams into Johnson risking a huge pile up just because he felt slighted. In the end he got what he deserved when his own reckless behavior caused a tire rub on his race car and he fell back to 17th, karma will get you, punk.

Then he has the nerve to claim Johnson isnt acting like a 3 time champ, give me a break. From what I can recall nearly every driver and announcer always mention Johnson’s clean racing style. It seems like Kurt Busch has a little bit of jealousy to deal with and needs to grow up and stop blaming his failures on better men!

Typical Busch tempers, tactics, game plans (wrecking others on purpose), denying what everyone saw, blaming others, and not taking responsibility. I have a news flash for you Kurt, Jimmie handles his car just fine, in fact way better than you do your own. Stop being jealous and being a little bitch. I can see where Kyle gets his attitude and everything else. Man it runs deep in your family. You’re all psychos, I’m sure your parents are oh so proud of their whiny little bitches, temper tantrum, rage roving bastard schrub boys!

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Johnson on Top in Friday’s First Practice

Posted by Digory Kirke on July 11, 2009

Jimmie Johnson LifeLock 400 2009 Friday's First Practice

Jimmie Johnson LifeLock 400 2009 Friday's First Practice

Hendrick Motorsports’ Jimmie Johnson led the way in the first of Friday’s two NASCAR Sprint Cup practices at Chicagoland Speedway, pacing the session with a lap of 177.200 mph.

Roush Fenway Racing’s Carl Edwards was second at 176.881, followed by Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin at 176.725.

Michael Waltrip Racing’s David Reutimann and Roush Fenway’s Greg Biffle rounded out the top five, as Richard Petty Motorsports’ Kasey Kahne, JGR’s Kyle Busch, Richard Childress Racing’s Clint Bowyer, Red Bull Racing’s Brian Vickers and Hendrick’s Jeff Gordon completed the top 10.

One final practice remains Friday in preparation for LifeLock.com 400, which is scheduled to begin just after 8pm EDT Saturday.

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Team Lowe’s Survives Wild Night at Daytona; Finishes 2nd

Posted by Digory Kirke on July 10, 2009

2009 Daytona Coke Zero 400 Pit Stop

2009 Daytona Coke Zero 400 Pit Stop

Jimmie Johnson survived a wild Sprint Cup event at Daytona International Speedway Saturday night, crossing the finish line 2nd in the third restrictor plate race of the season.

For the second week in a row, Johnson started third after rain forced NASCAR to set the lineup by points.

Despite fighting a tight Lowe’s Chevrolet early in the race, Johnson ran in the top five throughout the event, falling back only once after a pit stop where the No. 48 Chevy had to backup and maneuver around the No. 78 car to leave the pit stall.

“It was a great run for us,” said Johnson, who earned his first top-five result at the 2.5-mile track since his victory there in the spring of 2006. “I feel bad for sliding through the pits maybe two or three stops from the end. My mistake kept us from hopefully being in the lead, second, somewhere in there, on the restart. We had to avoid a couple of accidents since we were so far back in the pack, but we recovered. The car was strong.”

Johnson drove back to the front of the field and the top four cars broke away from the rest. Johnson was in position to contend for his second victory at Daytona as the closing laps neared and was sitting third with a front-row seat when first and second-place running Kyle Busch and Tony Stewart wrecked coming to the checkered flag.

“I had a feeling something would take place coming to the finish and I might be able to improve my position,” explained Johnson. “Everybody was content to stay in line, and you’re just waiting for the second place car to make a move on the leader, and those guys started racing and passing each other and an opportunity came along and I was in the right lane, and off I went.”

Johnson was able to avoid a spinning Busch and followed Stewart to the finish line, earning his 12th top-10 finish of the season. Denny Hamlin, Carl Edwards and Kurt Busch rounded out the top five.

“It was just a strong performance,” added Johnson. “We have really struggled with the COT at Daytona. My teammates have done well at times. But I’m very proud of the hard work Chad (Knaus) put into some setups. We started practice a couple days ago and were terrible, and he had two or three different packages to try, and finally the last package we put under it really worked well for us and got me a good driving car, so we’re happy.”

Johnson remains third in the Sprint Cup Series driver point standings, 194 behind leader Stewart. Gordon remains second with Kurt Busch and Edwards rounding out the top five.

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