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Dead Heat between the two vying for the championship yesterday.  I thought Tony might be able to pull off three in a row, but it sounds like a small tire pressure change was not a good call by the CC.

On other Crew Chief subject, just read the transcript of the tirade that Kurt Busch laid on Addington when he ran out of fuel.  Sure, it was a heat of the moment thing, and today they will all kiss and make up.  But I think this kind of thing is totally uncalled for, unprofessional, and an indication of how much these guys are now prima donnas.  NO ONE, in any sport, should unload on teammates like that.  Head Coach, team owner, different story.  

Now,  here's my discussion item for the day:  did anyone beside me think it strange that the #18 had TWO engine failures?  yes,  JGR had been plagued with issues earlier this year.  Did somebody in the engine shop just happen to have a bit of an attitude this week?  Is there a potential conspiracy theory here? 

November 14, 2011  07:17 AM ET

and good morning!

November 14, 2011  09:13 AM ET

Beating up on Crew Chiefs and crews has become the norm. Harvick comes to mind with his wholesale firing.

November 14, 2011  09:15 AM ET

Don't know what happened with #18 but Gibbs is going to be using TRD motors exclusively next year. he claims they have a much more extensive R&D Dept.

November 14, 2011  09:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Don't know what happened with #18 but Gibbs is going to be using TRD motors exclusively next year. he claims they have a much more extensive R&D Dept.

I thought the JGR engines were superior to TRD, especially since JGR runs rings around the other Toyota drivers. While they may blow slightly more engines then the other Toyotas they are pulling more speed too. And that doesn't include the human factor of the drivers taxing the engines beyond capability trying to race through the field as fast as possible.

Although the comment was probably more of a political, saving face, move then anything.

November 14, 2011  10:08 AM ET

Prerace report on the engine that blew the first lap pf practice was that somebody "forgot" to tighten down FOUR rockers.

November 14, 2011  10:32 AM ET

This swap to TRD has been in the works all this year.

November 14, 2011  01:41 PM ET

If I remember correct Kryle had a JGR motors in his car and the other two JG drivers had the TRD motors.

November 14, 2011  01:44 PM ET

sounds to me like the formation of another Start and Park Team (from Jayski)

Creation Autosportif is excited to announce a partnership with NASCAR Daytona 500 winner Derrike Cope to form 'Creation-Cope Racing' (CCR). The venture will see the respected British Le Mans LMP organisation teaming up with the 30-year NASCAR veteran Cope, with the capability of entering cars in Sprint Cup, Nationwide, Camping World Trucks and K&N Pro Series, out of its race shop premises in Mooresville, NC.(

November 14, 2011  01:46 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Pre Race report on the engine that blew the first lap pf practice was that somebody "forgot" to tighten down FOUR rockers.

Using UP the old Gibbs engine stock before next Year TuRD FI engines I, guess ...

still say it was the Red M&M who did it! ;-)

November 14, 2011  01:53 PM ET
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still say it was the Red M&M who did it! ;-)

It was yellow!

November 14, 2011  01:54 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

If I remember correct Kryle had a JGR motors in his car and the other two JG drivers had the TRD motors.

I thought Denny was the only one running the TRD engines.

NOVA help!

November 14, 2011  02:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

If I remember correct Kryle had a JGR motors in his car and the other two JG drivers had the TRD motors.

I think you are correct. I know Denny was running TRD and it really didn't matter what Sliced Bread was running.

November 14, 2011  02:44 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

I think you are correct. I know Denny was running TRD and it really didn't matter what Sliced Bread was running.

ha.. TRUE

November 14, 2011  02:46 PM ET

I continue to be somewhat impressed with the improvement Dinger and the Wallabe are making

November 14, 2011  03:03 PM ET

its Dinger & Dingo .... "as in a Dingo ate my baby" ...

November 14, 2011  03:20 PM ET
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its Dinger & Dingo .... "as in a Dingo ate my baby" ...

But Wallaby goes back the the old Nationwide/Busch Series commercial with Kevin Harvick, on a shirt teasing Ambrose.

November 14, 2011  04:04 PM ET
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I thought Denny was the only one running the TRD engines.

NOVA help!

I know Denny switch to TRD at August, Michigan, race 23, ...

at race 3, Las Vegas, #11 Denny start in back engine change, then #18 Kyle blew an engine ..
at race 5, Fontana, #20 LOGO start in back engine change, then #11 Denny blew an engine on lap 105 ...
at race 11, Dover, #18 Kyle start in back Engine change, ...
at race 15, Michigan / June, #20 Logo start in back Engine Change,...
at race 18, Kentucky, #11 Denny start in back Engine Change ...
at race 20, Indy, #11 Denny start in back Engine Change ...
at race 26, Richmond, #20 Logo blew Engine lap 296 of 400 ...
at race 31, Charlotte, #18 Kyle start in back Engine change ...
at race 34, Texas, #20 Logo blew Engine lap 258 of 334 ...
at race 35, Phoenix, #18 Kyle start in back Engine Change, #18 Kyle II blew Engine lap 188 of 312 ...

Final score for Gibbs : 9 Start in Back / 5 Engines in Race = 14 of 105 races between 3 cars ...
and for Denny 3 start in back, 1 in race = 4 of 22 races with Gibbs Engines ...

November 14, 2011  04:07 PM ET

oopys s/b ... 35 + 35 + 22 = 92 races only ;-) ...

Final score for Gibbs Engines : 9 Start in Back / 5 Engines in Race = 14 of 92 races between 3 cars ...

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November 14, 2011  07:46 PM ET
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its Dinger & Dingo .... "as in a Dingo ate my baby" ...

I'll just call him Bruce and avoid

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