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.