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First let me say, I've given a fair amount of thought to this blog. Wind Tunnel, with Dave Despain is without doubt the best racing informative show on television. Sometimes, not very often, I don?t agree with him. I think that is good. This last Sunday I disagreed regarding the Gordon/Bower issue.

Second, I believe Rick Hendrick is perhaps the greatest NASCAR owner ever. If you missed the show on SPEED this past Sunday night (Beyond 200) then you have no clue. And, if you missed the "Hendrick Motorsport Story" from 2009 you have even less of a clue. Rick Hendrick is most likely the best leader of people in nearly any industry.

Can you imagine if our country had a leader like that?

In my opinion, NASCAR failed its Cup series competitors and fans on numerous times at Phoenix. Two cars (Jeff Gordon & Danica Patrick), went into the wall (at different times) in the closing laps and NASCAR chose not to call a Yellow Flag for either. We have in NASCAR the biggest, "yellow flag displaying" sanctioning body in all of racing, and they make two obvious glaring mistakes: And why? Just for the show and nothing more. That sucks big time.

In the end, as the race had been controlled by Kyle Bush, he was unable to get the job done yet again and it was Kevin Harvick that found the 'flag.' I can hear KyB and the entire JGR team whining from here in Southern California.

Jimmy's demise puts Brad K in a very good spot to win the title. And I'm perfectly OK with that and welcome it. To find Roger Penske, in his last year with Dodge and with a 'young gun' like Brad K, on the verge of the Cup Championships warms my heart. For me, it can't get much better than that.

And for Danica; as a back marker, she needs to learn to keep out of the way. Heaven forbid, with a full-time Nationwide season in a very well prepared and sponsored car she was only capable of 3 or 4 top ten finishes. How great is that? And next year she goes to Cup full time? Give me a break. "Hey, GoDaddy: Fling the dough." And furthermore; if she's so great why aren't there any IndyCar teams amassing to the "Danica ATM" to give her a ride? I don't have to answer that do I?

Clint Bower and the entire 5-Hour Energy team should be sent home (and maybe tested by NASCAR for overdose) and not allowed to race at Homestead. They went well beyond the respectable line. The only thing Bower showed what he could do was run to the garage (which was so phony it was like a soap opera) in hopes of accosting Jeff Gordon. Clint, and the entire #15 Michael Waltrip Racing team, showed precisely how little they are.

I would love to know the name of the 'brave' 5-Hour team member that 'cold cocked' Jeff Gordon from behind - a real cheap shot. I'm sure he's proud of himself. There, is a person that doesn't belong in NASCAR - send him to the NFL or that other sport where they knock a little puck around on ice and fight half the night about it. You know - the guys with no front teeth. However, Michael might have given him a bonus in the after-race meeting. I was far from impressed with their behavior. Bower will never be a NASCAR Cup Champion, and everybody knows it - just like his team owner.

The whole Gordon/Bower thing was NASCAR media developed and each and every announcer was partially responsible for the mayhem. The entire bunch made me embarrassed to be a fan. Had it been the ultra-dick-head Kyle Bush or the total phony Carl Edwards - which both have personally, on total and complete purpose, wrecked drivers and title contenders - the story would be totally different.

What Clint Bower doesn't understand is that you have to "earn" the right to make the kind of comments he made regarding Jeff Gordon. He showed, at least to me (for what that's worth) just how small a person he can be. Clint is little more than a pimple on someone's butt compared to Jeff Gordon.

November 13, 2012  11:02 AM ET

I agree on the following things you said;
Dave Despain & Wind Tunnell
Rick Hendrick~owner~leader
The Hendrick Motorsport story.
Nascar failing re; both cautions
Brad K winning it (awesome)
Penske getting a last Dodge Championship (also awesome)
Danica's performance this year.
Danica needing to learn how to get out of the way.
*Danica needs to learn how to enter and leave her pit stall too.

November 13, 2012  11:05 AM ET

I also agree that the sponsors made the situation worse.....they had some fans thinking thatr the whole #15 team had Jeffy on the ground, which was inaccurate.....they made other wrong commetns too.

I also agree that the #15 team behaved badly.....teams going after other teams or after a driver is just plain unacceptable.

November 13, 2012  11:10 AM ET

ok Now comes the disagrees.

Bowyer had a very good chance to win it this year until Texas, and by Phoenix, he had a possible chance.
Jeff is just as guilty as Bowyer in the side bumping and other track issues that have been taking place.
Bowyer and the entire #15 team should not be sent home.....Mikey was fined and he should deal with it internally......but it better not ever happen again.
I would bet good money that Mikey would never give a bonus to someone attacking another driver....he does not condone that sort of thing.....Just like the history of Hendrick, one needs to know the history of Mikey.

November 13, 2012  11:18 AM ET

Bowyer being a pimple on Jeff's butt........definitely NOT. .....Bowyer should watch his mouth as every driver should.....say it privately in your own team meetings or in your trailer but NEVER say it to the media.
No one ever earns the right to say the "R" word.

MWR is not "little".....Bowyer is not "little"........both have come a long way and Bowyer was having a great year.....and Mikey was having his best team owner year , and after so many struggles......MWR is getting better and smarter every year........and will continue upward.

I am proud to be on Team Bowyer and have always been on Team Mikey.
Ironically, I am a Jeff fan too, so this has been a bit wierd.
Sorry that I had to respond in 4 comment sections, but your blog provoked a lot of thoughts .....thus making it a success....again..

November 13, 2012  03:12 PM ET

This is one of the few articles I have read about the incident that is what I would call Pro-Gordon, or at least fully Anti-Bowyer.

Now my opinion is that Gordon was at fault for what happened on the track after the initial contact. Looking at the video, the the 15 got into the 24 in what I would call a racing incident. Then Gordon tried to get revenge at the end of the backstretch and wrecked himself instead. Of course we saw the final contact that led to everything off the track.

The off track altercation is squarely on Bowyer's crew. They are the ones who rushed the 24 and Gordon from behind. If anything it would have been more effective to circle around and outflank Gordon by cutting him off from the hauler...kidding. Bowyer probably hear about the scuffle and when he parked the car on pit road went to support his team.

November 13, 2012  03:52 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

ok Now comes the disagrees.Bowyer had a very good chance to win it this year until Texas, and by Phoenix, he had a possible chance.Jeff is just as guilty as Bowyer in the side bumping and other track issues that have been taking place.Bowyer and the entire #15 team should not be sent home.....Mikey was fined and he should deal with it internally......but it better not ever happen again.I would bet good money that Mikey would never give a bonus to someone attacking another driver....he does not condone that sort of thing.....Just like the history of Hendrick, one needs to know the history of Mikey.

Let me say, I love disagreement: It's what communication is all about. If we all agreed there would be nothing.

You're right. I was out of line in saying Michael may have provided a bonus - I was caught up in the moment with Michael's comments regarding Gordon as a coward (which is untrue in my opinion). I do however believe the #15 team deserves some level of reprimand for their criminal intent to do physical harm to Jeff.

And, the Michael Waltrip story - I know it. He's was the new team owner that was caught cheating, engine wise, from the get go. I add that only as a dig. I have a high level of respect for Michael and what he's accomplished as an owner and on a slightly lesser level a driver.

Your comments are very appreciated. Than you.

November 13, 2012  04:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

This is one of the few articles I have read about the incident that is what I would call Pro-Gordon, or at least fully Anti-Bowyer. Now my opinion is that Gordon was at fault for what happened on the track after the initial contact. Looking at the video, the the 15 got into the 24 in what I would call a racing incident. Then Gordon tried to get revenge at the end of the backstretch and wrecked himself instead. Of course we saw the final contact that led to everything off the track.The off track altercation is squarely on Bowyer's crew. They are the ones who rushed the 24 and Gordon from behind. If anything it would have been more effective to circle around and outflank Gordon by cutting him off from the hauler...kidding. Bowyer probably hear about the scuffle and when he parked the car on pit road went to support his team.

You are right. My bog is probably more pro Gordon and more anti-Bowyer. Bowyer has been running over the #24 for numerous races throughout the season. Still, that doesn't excuse Gordon for making the move he did. Sometimes drivers just get tired of so called "racing incidents" from other competitors and get to the end of their rope. How intentional were the Carl Edwards wrecks of Brad K and that of KyB on Hornaday? This was nothing like that.

Please, Bower did not go to support his team - they were on pit road creating mayhem like a group of thugs with the #24 team - he ran to the #24 team's hauler in hopes of getting a crack at Jeff. Just how many 5-Hour Energy drinks did this guy have before and during the race?

November 13, 2012  04:44 PM ET

I agree that Bowyer did not run to support his team......he was angry.
And Gordon is just as guilty as Bowyer for those racing incidents....he did his share, so it was not all Bowyer doing it to him and he just being nice about it until he snapped.

So what really drove him to snap?


25% = mad at Bowyer
45% = Mucking up his own payback attempt on Bowyer and hitting the wall.
30% = Jimmie hitting the wall and losing his 6 time shotand that cost Jeff as an owner.
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November 13, 2012  04:46 PM ET

I have to agree with you on Mikye as a driver....He was good in 2001 and 2002......then not any more.

November 13, 2012  05:32 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Please, Bower did not go to support his team - they were on pit road creating mayhem like a group of thugs with the #24 team - he ran to the #24 team's hauler in hopes of getting a crack at Jeff. Just how many 5-Hour Energy drinks did this guy have before and during the race?

I probably should have said "support" with the quotes to indicate Bowyer's support would have been an extra pair of fists in the melee! There is no doubt in my mind he wanted to slug Gordon if he could reach him.

November 13, 2012  05:52 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Sometimes drivers just get tired of so called "racing incidents" from other competitors and get to the end of their rope. How intentional were the Carl Edwards wrecks of Brad K and that of KyB on Hornaday? This was nothing like that.

The initial contact coming out of turn 2 looked like a "racing incident" to me. Bowyer held his line, maybe drifted up a little, and Gordon came down a little to try and block the 15 and they touched. Gordon then attempted payback by getting into Bowyer at the end of the backstretch and wrecked himself. I think we all agree Gordon was head hunting after the fact when he was black flagged by NASCAR.

Brad and Carl had their headhunting days in the Nationwide Series a couple years ago, and I will say yes that got a little dicey. Saying it started at Talledega when Brad got his first win when Edwards tried to block is just plain media hype. Even Edwards has said he was in the wrong (for blocking) in that case. And I honestly don't think he intended to flip Brad when he was driving the 12 at Atlanta. Edwards did want to spin Brad out, but it was a major aerodynamic flaw in the car (the wing) that caused the car to flip.

And Kyle last year was just plain idiocy. He headhunted and wrecked Hornaday under caution, putting safety worker's lives at risk.

I understand drivers get frustrated especially when they feel like they have been wronged all season by on particular driver. And I don't condone what Gordon, or the 15 crew did. I understand the the 24 crew was just protecting their driver, and things got way too far out of control.

But it could easily be said that NASCAR's rise in popularity was directly influenced by a fight, the 1979 Daytona 500 Throwdown between Allison and Yarborough .

November 13, 2012  08:33 PM ET

""But it could easily be said that NASCAR's rise in popularity was directly influenced by a fight, the 1979 Daytona 500 Throwdown between Allison and Yarborough . ""

Raistwalker you are spot on right there.

November 14, 2012  12:29 PM ET

I TOOK THIS OFF FROM T&R, And totally agree with this comment, what transpired was all Bullcrap Bowyer is a punk in My book, Waltrip should boot him out the door.
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Back a few months ago when Gordon won a race, everybody said - way to go Jeff - because he got pis/sed off ( HUMAN Trait ) he all the sudden is a BAD MAN, so much for fair weather Fans, as far as being a Has Been, I think it's better than A Never Was. No body in the near future will beat his record or accolades. BUT, what he did was wrong, and someone could have got hurt bad, I would have made him sit the rest of the yr OUT period.

November 14, 2012  12:30 PM ET

OK Huncle Hub...so your warmed up by a guy who dropped 1000 curse words on national tv for no reason at all...this guy is the best representative of this sport? are you kidding me!, this guy is a public relations disaster....am sure Miller light is loving this ....NOT....lol

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November 14, 2012  01:33 PM ET

I feel as though I wrote this blog myself. Well, except for the stuff about Danica. She has a full-time sponsor and is no more of a problem than than the back 20 cars in the field and she is a helluva lot better to look at. When Clint Bowyer has actually accomplished something, then I will be willing to listen to his side of the story.

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November 14, 2012  03:33 PM ET

Very good comments and suggestions.Agree with Raistwalker, Little E, most of Uncle Hubie

 
November 14, 2012  03:39 PM ET

Paybacks make racin interestin and are mostly understandable. the bad part is when a payback takes out others and puts others in a dangerous position.
I don't agree with Gordon waitin for Bowyer on the track and then puttin him in the wall. Gordon shoulda just dealt with Bowyer off the track, privately, in whatever way he saw fit.
This ruckus hurt, Gordon, Hendricks, Waltrip more than it hurt Bowyer, so in the end it is more like a payback that backfired on many levels.

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