By admin | November 9, 2010
By Richard Allen
After Jeff Gordon walked for what seemed to be quite some distance then engaged in a brief scuffle and shouting match with Jeff Burton there were some on twitter, Facebook and even the ESPN television broadcast who expressed surprise at the four time champion’s bold move.
Despite many of his detractors characterization of him as a pretty boy, Gordon has never been one to shy away from confrontation. Remember his shove at Matt Kenseth in Bristol in 2006 after Kenseth had punted him late in the race?
Also, there was a time in which he and Tony Stewart had a face to face shouting match at Watkins Glen after an on track run-in on the road course in 2000.
And more, two of the ESPN broadcasting crew, Dale Jarrett and Rusty Wallace, have had ‘conversations’ with Gordon in the past. Wallace, who was not among those expressing his surprise, recounted one of those incidents and added, “He had it coming,” to his remembrance.
Gordon and Jarrett once found themselves locked together in a post-race meeting at New Hampshire with fingers pointing and promises of reprisals being made.
In none of the cases mentioned above did Gordon even offer the appearance of wanting to back down, and in some of those instances he was the initiator.
Gordon is not a guy who allows himself to be pushed around and he has never been one to hide his feelings for his fellow drivers when something goes against him on the track. No one watching the AAA Texas 500 as he took that long walk toward the battered car of Jeff Burton should have been surprised at what happened once he got there. He has a track record of standing up for himself.
However, as a side note, I found it humorous that a NASCAR official walked side by side with Gordon that entire distance and then the two officials at the scene broke up the fight almost immediately. What did they think was going to happen after Gordon walked all that way? Obviously, NASCAR wanted a highlight moment to occur or else they would have forced Gordon into the ambulance that was parked next to his car.
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