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Why the surprise over Jeff Gordon’s aggressive behavior?

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.

Why?

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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6 Responses to “Why the surprise over Jeff Gordon’s aggressive behavior?”

  1. Overra88ted Says:
    November 10th, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    Maybe somebody ought to ask Mike Bliss about a black eye courtesy of Jeff Gordon after the race in Chicagoland, which I think was in 2007, and I recall at possibly the airport.

  2. allen Says:
    November 10th, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    The only thing that surprised me was that he took his helmet off this time….what everyone seems to forget about the Kenseth incident was that Gordo actually punted Kenseth first, but Kenseth saved it. when he paid Gordy back, Jeffy threw his little helmet wearing tantrum

  3. Jay Says:
    November 10th, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Actually, Gordon never touched Kenseth at Bristol. Matt thought he did, and punted him for nothing.

  4. allen Says:
    November 11th, 2010 at 12:31 am

    um…no Jay. i have that race and have watched it many times. Gordon hit Matt and sent him up the track, but Matt hung on and didn’t wreck. Matt caught up to him later and returned the favor and Gordon could not hold it. then came the infamous shove with the helmet on. i love it when Gordon gets wrecked he is ready to fight , but when he wrecks 15 people in on race, its just racing….what a putz

  5. nomore24 Says:
    November 11th, 2010 at 12:39 am

    jay is right someone else punted kenseth in that race. he needs to take a swing at chad for takin his crew….he needs to loose his crew chief. talk about poor performance that vegas race set the tone for his season .i could have made that call from the couch thanks rick for lettin yr boy chad kick gordon and his fans to the curb. dump hendrick get ray on speed dial n buy petty motorsports

  6. allen Says:
    November 11th, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    neither one of you know what you speak of…gordon is the only one behind kenseth, gets into his bumper and sends him up the track and almost into the wall…..its plain as day, check the tape….i do hope gordon wins this week in a close pit road sequence that puts jeff ahead of the 48