I don't care what you say, Martinsville is an entertaining track. Whether it is on the track or off there is always something going on. This is where Bobby Hamilton uttered the comment that Kevin Harvick wasn't even a pimple on Dale Earnhardt's butt. Yep, good times.
Martinsville also has had its fair share of controversy over the years. Speaking of Harvick and controversies isn't this the track that NASCAR gave him his time-out at? You bet it is. Kenny Wallace had to drive the #29 Goodwrench Chevy that race, while Kevin sat at home watching the event on TV.
Well, today's event didn't fail to provide the viewing audience, both at the track and at home, with its fair share of entertainment. Writing purely from the top of my head here are a few of the things that people will be talking about at the water cooler tomorrow;
1) Kevin Harvick: victim of both FF (Foam Fire) and FPF (Fuel Pump Failure) - actually it was the piece that joins the two pieces of the new cable driven fuel pump together that failed. Man, that has got to be real kick in the pants for him and RCR (Richard Childress Racing). Here is something I didn't know about the cable driven fuel pump until just now, "Teams have been running the cable driven fuel pump since Daytona, but they are not required to run it. The can still use the old fuel pump, said Brett Bodine, NASCAR’s director of cost research". -source: Thatsracin.com. Based on what what happened to JBR last week, then why run the stupid thing at all?
2) Juan Montoya is taking no prisoners. After running down the front tire carrier for Ryan Newman's team early in the race, Juan and Newman met up later on the track where Juan forced Newman low and he had to back off as a result. After the race Juan was approached by Newman and they had a "very animated" discussion where the answer to Ryan's question essentially was, no he didn't drive down on him to pinch him low on purpose. Like crap he didn't do it on purpose - I know I would have, especially if it was near the end of the race and for position.
Juan also provided us with some entertainment involving Tony Raines, "It's disappointing," Raines said. "I thought I raced him (Montoya) clean for 10-15 laps. I got by him coming off of (Turn) 4 and cleared him, and he just dove under me entering (Turn) 1. We made contact and I backed into the wall." Hey Tony, if you play with fire, you're going to get burned before too long.
3) I know the ending was great with Gordon working "The Clone's" rear bumper, and trying to nudge him out of the way for the spin and win move, but one must ask the question that is on everyone's mind, "Did Jeff lay-off Jimmy because they are teammates, and Jeff is part owner in the 48 car?" Personally, I think if that were Tony Stewart in front of him, Tony would have been fed the wall on Goodyear Racing Plates.
Enough for today, I've got to pace myself, I have to make sure I have enough material to write about for 2 whole weeks you know.
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