The five time champion has finally awaken, I don't remember Jimmie Johnson ever getting so -hombre- until last Sunday at Pocono.
Thank you Kurt Busch for thinking about us fans and making a rather boring race fun to watch.
I find it curious that every weekend this guys get all dressed up in their colorful -race suits- and get into powerful-race cars- and yet they complain when someone wants to -race- them.
Don't you find that odd. It's called racing, isn't it.
The biggest complainers are, in most cases, the elite drivers. The ones foremost in my mind are Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon.
Another curious thing is that these complainers have nine championships between them, could all that whining have something to do with winning.
I suspect if you can get everybody to stay away from you (not race you) because you have earned some kind of -NASCAR PECKING ORDER- you could actually win lots of races, let me explain.
Found this in a text about the social structure of wildlife, this may help explain driver behavior, stop laughing and stay with me on this please.
Pecking order : Structures a social ladder in which each member of the group occupies a certain rank or position. The highest-ranking bird can peck(or rub) every other member of the flock without retaliation. The second highest accepts the pecking (rubbing) only by the highest member and in turn can peck (punt) all lower-ranking birds. Other species besides birds (NASCAR drivers) may also organize social behavior around the general idea of pecking order. However, the actual show of dominance may display itself in a variety of ways. As a result this system is now more generally known as the "dominance order"
Did you fallow that?
NASCAR fans, broadcasters and drivers are always talking about driver longevity and respect earned, in other words a "pecking order"
Last Sunday Jimmie Johnson, who is the highest-ranked member of the NASCAR drivers social ladder, got bumped (raced) by a lower ranking member of the group, Kurt Busch, oh my God you can't imagine what happened after the race, you'd think Kurt Busch killed somebody, Jimmie Johnson was enraged about the fact that another driver wanted to race him.
Let me say that again, Jimmie Johnson was upset because Kurt Busch wanted to race him in an event called "stock car racing" I'm guessing here, but I assume that racing is what one does in an automobile race.
Again I'm just guessing, please correct me if I'm wrong.
Here is quote from Kurt about his tango with Jimmie Johnson, and by the way thank you Kurt Busch, is about time someone told the elite in this sport that there is no crime in racing them. The quote:
"I was racing Jimmie hard there at the end, I was racing-flat out. You want to race, let's race. I didn't know we were supposed to pull over when it came down to five to go. I raced him hard. I raced him smart. I raced him clean, and he wants to come over here and **** about it"
That is the best quote of the year, one more time, THANK YOU Kurt.
It's racing, is not -I'm going to get out of your way because you're Jimmie Johnson or Jeff Gordon - those traditional unwritten rules are a thing of the past, specially for the younger drivers.
A great example of that was in last weeks Nationwide race between Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Carl Edwards, I'm sure Mr. Edwards has earned a very high ranking in the NASCAR pecking order, maybe that gives him the right to run all over Ricky Stenhouse, but the young man would have none of it and raced the hell out of Carl.
The high ranking Carl Edwards was not a happy man after the race, after all how dare does that green pea race him like that. Both Edwards and Johnson gave shots at their opponents in their media interviews.
The point is my dear friends, don't expect this new generation of drivers to move out of anyone's way just because one has a No. 48, 99, 24,5,14 or 88 on the side of their cars, well maybe they should move out of Dale Jr's way, after all you do not want to upset Junior nation.
Now you know the real story about NASCAR and the championship, is all about a pecking order.
Did you stop laughing yet.
As always this is just a fans opinion and from what I understand everybody has one and I thank God for that.