Isn't it unfortunate the modern NASCAR driver appears to be a scripted talking head. They sound like they're talking from some kind of NASCAR/owner/sponsor interview manual, you know, like a Ms. America contestant full of standard answers like "lets help the children" "lets end world hunger" you know the script .
One of the main reasons I got hooked by NASCAR was because in contrast to Formula 1 where the guys are drinking Perrier water, eating fancy cheeses or like Mr. Lewis Hamilton having his girlfriend stick her tongue down his throat during practice. The guys in NASCAR (for the most part) are tough guys, serious about what they do and say what they mean and mean what they say.
NASCAR is trying their damndest to take that away. I clearly remember when they spanked and bridled Mr. Stewart for calling out Goodyear on the lousy job they did during the 2008 season.
Tony Stewart was not he same guy after that NASCAR spanking, he was not as much fun, at least that was my perception as a fan.
NASCAR needs to understand why they are in business and stand back a little, let the FANS ENJOY THE PERSONALITIES OF THE DRIVERS, that's what makes this sport fun, that's how a new fan like me got hooked in 2007 when Montoya came over from Formula one.
Pink Floyd's quote in one of their signature songs comes to mind:
HEY! TEACHERS! LEAVE THOSE KIDS ALONE! I'm sending that mp3 to Mr. France, good song for NASCAR.
I hope Denny Hamlin keeps on being Denny Hamlin, when I hear him on an interview I know I'm getting the straight story , I don't get the same feeling from Gordon, JJ or Edwards, again just my opinion.
As always this is a fans opinion and from what I understand everybody has one and I thankful for that.