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Gordon, Stewart vow revenge against united Ford teams

By admin | October 23, 2011

By Richard Allen


There is no doubt that someone within the Ford Racing organization developed a plan coming into this past weekend’s race at the Talladega SuperSpeedway. And, there’s no doubt that plan drew the ire of at least two of Chevrolet’s championship drivers before, during and after Sunday’s event on the 2.66 mile track.

Throughout this season the racing at NASCAR’s two restrictor plate facilities in Daytona and Talladega has taken on an unusual form with drivers racing in groups of tight two car drafts. Every driver in the field is only as good as his so called ‘dance partner’ as the tandems allow for maximum speed when executed properly but significantly slower speeds when the groupings come apart.

Taking that into consideration, virtually every driver came into this Sunday’s Good Sam 500 Sprint Cup race knowing who his drafting partner would be. And it was pretty obvious that the Ford teams planned on a policy of exclusivity with so many Chase for the Championship implications for Roush Fenway Racing drivers Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth.

Prior to arriving in Talladega, Ford team owner Jack Roush sent out an edict that instructed any and all drivers using Roush Yates Engines that they were to assist no other Chase contending drivers on Sunday.

Chevrolet’s Tony Stewart immediately took exception due to the fact that he had worked well with Ford driver David Gilliland in other plate races held this season. In a pre-race interview with the MRN Radio Network he said that Roush had vetoed the pairing that had been beneficial to both in previous races.

In that interview Stewart declared of Roush that, “There are some people in the garage area who could make his life miserable over the next five weeks.” Apparently, the implication is that Edwards and Kenseth may receive very little cooperation from those who drive other brands as the NASCAR playoff winds down.

Stewart received help primarily from Ryan Newman and Joey Logano throughout most of the day but no Ford driver pushed or was pushed by the two time champion for more than a brief moment.

During the race it was Jeff Gordon who was most angered by Ford’s team instructions. In particular, during the race’s final caution period Gordon believed his team had struck a deal with Ford driver Trevor Bayne for the two to assist one another. However, when the green flag waved for the remaining two laps the reigning Daytona 500 champion went with Kenseth and left Gordon ‘hung out to dry’.

Upon seeing what had happened, Gordon shouted, “He dicked us! He screwed us!” into his team radio.

After the race the four time champion’s tirade toward Bayne continued. “That’s one for the record books,” Gordon told his spotter over the team radio. “We’ll remember that.”

Both Stewart and Gordon vowed revenge to some degree against Ford drivers as a result of that manufacturer’s pre-race plan. However, at least for now it appears as though the Ford camp came out of the weekend in good shape. Even though a Chevrolet won the Talladega event, Edwards and Kenseth are placed 1st and 2nd in the championship standings.

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16 Responses to “Gordon, Stewart vow revenge against united Ford teams”

  1. JJsux Says:
    October 23rd, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    Well that plan by Ford didn’t help all that much. Not one Ford had a top ten finish. In your face Roush. Explain that one to Ford you idiot. Just let the drivers race and stay out of it. People like you, along with other control freaks like Brainless France are continuing to ruin this sport. I’m sure all the other manufacturers will remember this and it will bite Ford in the a$$ more often than not.

  2. Charles Says:
    October 24th, 2011 at 6:09 am


    Lets not start making Jack Roush and Ford a villian, especially with the ethics of Hendrick and others!

    Example when the caution flag came out, with Ryan Newmans wreck, Carl Edwards who was running in back, stayed out trying to get credit for leading a lap, they told on MRM Radio which I was listening to at the time that Hendrick ordered Mark Martin who is not in the Chase and was leading under caution and fixing to pit ” to “stay out to keep Carl Edwards from getting credit for leading a lap” This is a good example of Hendricks Shrewdness!

    Plus for all of Jr Nation, notice how Jr was told to ride and help Jimmy Johnson all day, when he seemly wanted to lead, but oh I forgot Hendrick doesnt have team orders!

    Have you ever seen Johnson, Gordon and others help Ford, Dodge, Toyota out much???? This comes from a team that has dominated with a combo of 9 point titles, isnt that enough, seems greedy to me!

    Lets see when Chevy who has won 35 manufacterer titles, with the wins at Talledaga aprox 75% wins there, all Daytona 500s etc, Nascar doing nothing to even it up, yes they are the ones who have had team orders!

    On another note, Regan Smith hit the wall hard or harder than Jimmy Johnson did at Charlotte, nothing much was said about his crash, I may be wrong, but I didnt see any soft walls down the striaghtways at Talladaga, now Regan hit on a soft wall, at the excit of the turn, now everytime someone wrecks see to bandstand soft walls ever where!

    Back to comments of Gordon and Stewart by ‘revenge let them do it, just shows how spoiled and greedy they have become….its been high time for some of us fans of other cars and team have our day in the sun!!!!!!For every team order Roush gives Hendrick will give two!

  3. Taz Says:
    October 24th, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Gordon and Smoke should have not been poked now ford will have two more problems to get one of their guys to the trophy. Gordon can block he has nothin to lose and i’am not even gonna think win you piss off “Smoke” anything is possible with my dude!

  4. Josie Says:
    October 24th, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    Really really sad. The Fords of Menard and Bayne hurt themselves when they dumped the bow ties. It sickened me to see drivers NOT racing for the win but racing for Ford almighty. I hope the Chevy camp takes heed and let’s ALL Ford camps know the remaining races this year and Daytona 2012 it will not go unnoticed ! I really believe Gordon, Stewart and any other driver dumped by a Ford would NOT have pulled that made Roush look small and unprofessional.

  5. Josie Says:
    October 24th, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Whoops! Menard IS a bowtie..shame on RCR! That’s even worse!!

  6. jerseygirl Says:
    October 24th, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    I want to see a fast car be able to win, not this stupidity of having to have 2 cars together or they can’t race for crap.

    Never been a Jack Roush fan. Personally I hope that the other mfg’s make life difficult for the Ford drivers for the next 4 weeks.

    At this point, I’m rooting for Tony - anything but a Ford.

  7. Mike Says:
    October 24th, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Terrible unwatchable race! Tuned back in for the last 20 laps and even then found myself changing the channel.

  8. Kenny Powers Says:
    October 24th, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    Charles nailed it.
    Kind of tough to block when the FR9 is in front.

  9. Mike Says:
    October 24th, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    The Chevy babies have been whining for years and it is a joke. There happens to be a lot of other Fords that can play games with the poor babies. They should be ashamed of themselves such poor losers. Ford deserves to tell there drivers anything they want. Maybe Jeffy and Anthony should call Barrack Obama and get His advice cause He owns GOVT MOTORS.

  10. Jim Jaquet Says:
    October 24th, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    While everyone is complaining about the subject at hand, I bet the drivers who man handled their machines years ago for themselves, their team, the owner and their make of automobile and kept us from changing channels back and forth are just plane disgusted on what is taking place on the big tracks today.


  11. Larry Says:
    October 24th, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    Charles, you should know what you are talking about before you run your mouth. Jeff Gordon pushed Trevor Bayne to his win in the Daytona 500 in the spring. So yes we have seen chevy helping Ford. It isn’t about Ford not wanting to work with Chevy. That is fine. But Trevor had committed to Gordon to work with him. Jack the Axx Roush is the one that threatened Trevor with being fired if he helped Gordon. I’m from Michigan, and have had dealings with Jack there, and he is a jerk of the highest level.

  12. Bill B Says:
    October 24th, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    This wouldn’t be able to happen if it wasn’t for the stupid 2×2 racing. It’s terrible. The fact that Denny Hamlin lost a lap just because there was no partner makes this style of racing unacceptable if NASCAR still wants to be considered a sport, by anyone

  13. Charles Says:
    October 24th, 2011 at 5:54 pm


    What Daytona 500 did you watch, the first one that Jeff Gordon won when Hendrick teamed up on Bill Elliot in the 94 car and Hendrick finished 1234 , or this years when Jeff Gordon was doing no more help, than the other teams, the press just highligtted it, really Bayne helped David Ragan in the Daytona 500 just like the Richard Childress cars helped each other in this race at Talledaga!

    As far as helping someone Bayne helped a Dodge Robby Gordon most of the race the number 7!!!!

    Jeff Gordon owes his career to Ford Motor Company, you Bill Davis and Ford brought him to Nascar in the first place, then you see who dumped who!!!

    It has always been car brands and owners working together, Gordon wanted Bayne to bring him to the front only to dump him when he got to the Chevys, seen this rodeo before!!! Should not even asked Trevor the start with! I have no problem with brands and team owners working together, mabe Ford was just following GMs playbook!

    Larry as far as your negative comments on Roush, I put Jack Roushs ethics as high as Hendricks anyday!He hasnt had to get a presidential pardon yet!!!

  14. Mike Says:
    October 24th, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Jeffy would have dumped Trevor in a heart beat if one of His cry baby Chevy buddies would have come by. They have been cry babies for ever.And also Larry You should check Your facts,it was Carl Edwards pushing Trevor with David Gilliand 3rd at the 500.Funny the bowtie babies didn’t ask for a rules change cause 3 Fords were in front at this years 500.Thats how it use to be years ago. And Charles is right Jack is not an X con like Jeffys owner.

  15. allan h. Says:
    October 24th, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Gordon did help bayne at daytona to some degree,but when the last restart came it was the 47 of labonte pushing him.And yes the 97 daytona 500 and the gangup on elliot is a great example.

  16. Tommy Says:
    October 24th, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    Larry, with all due respect, what Daytona 500 were you watching? Gordon was caught up in the 14 car wreck and finished 30 laps down. He had absolutely nothing to do with the outcome of that race.

    Bobby LaBonte pushed the #21 on the first green white checker lap before he got shuffled back to fourth by Edwards and David Gilliland.

    This whole argument about “team orders” in a restrictor plate race is absolutely ridiculous. This has been going since the plate was introduced. As Dale Sr when he was alive about how many times he was hung out to dry on the white flag lap at Daytona…..