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Junior a dirty driver, Zipadelli challenges Logano and other fun quotes from Martinsville

By admin | October 30, 2011

By Richard Allen

*The quotes used in this story were taken verbatim from drivers and other team members and contain language that some may find offensive.

Every NASCAR Sprint Cup race produces a number of notable quotes from those involved in the action. But Sunday’s race in Martinsville seemed to bring about an unusual number of rants and raves made during and after the event.

The race was filled with one emotional roller coaster ride after another and those type of moments cause people to say things that are worthy of discussion later.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is never shy about saying what’s on his mind which makes his in-car radio channel one of the most interesting and entertaining to listen to. At one point in the event, he even went so far as to call himself out in a way that any other driver would be chastised for by the fans of this popular driver.

“I think if we raced more short tracks I might be considered a dirty driver,” Junior declared to crew chief Steve Letarte. “I’d have me a reputation.”

And within that same conversation, Junior jokingly asked Letarte, “You think I’m gonna have much of a car left at the end of this race?” Letarte then laughed back, “That is a concern of mine.”

Like virtually every other driver in Martinsville, Junior had made contact with others several times during the day. Most notably, he got into the left rear of Kurt Busch early in the race which triggered an incident that seemingly involved about half the field.

Another of those mishaps which involved Junior came on lap 151 when the 88 car got into the car driven by Joey Logano. Junior was able to continue pretty much unscathed while Logano suffered a fair amount of damage.

Greg Zipadelli, the fiery crew chief of the number 20 Toyota, was less than happy with the turn of events and angrily challenged his driver take action. “He just dumped me,” Logano said of Junior. “I’m sick of this shit,” Zipadelli shot back. “You better grow some balls and take care of it.”

Junior did request that his spotter find his counterpart for Logano and apologize for the contact.

And staying with the Junior theme, his radio chatter offered up another interesting exchange during the race. After driver Brian Vickers was involved in one of his numerous incidents on the day, the 88 car’s spotter asked, “You think the 83 is gonna take everybody out today?”

But it was moments later when the real fun began in the Vickers discussion by the 88 team. “Hey bud, if you see Vickers watch out. He’s wrecked five people today,” a voice that sounded very much like that of Rick Hendrick told Junior.

“Maybe you ought to wreck him before he wrecks you,” Hendrick jokingly added as he and Junior continued with a playful exchange between the boss and the driver.

Perhaps race winner Tony Stewart made the most noteworthy comment of all when he threw down the gauntlet during his victory lane interview. “He’d better be worried,” Stewart declared in regard to points leader Carl Edwards. “He isn’t going to have an easy three weeks.”

And in such a rough and tumble event as the one that featured 18 cautions, the always opinionated Kurt Busch summed up the race on the paper clip shaped half-mile track at one point when he said, “This race is just a demolition derby, that’s all it is.”

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5 Responses to “Junior a dirty driver, Zipadelli challenges Logano and other fun quotes from Martinsville”

  1. Nascarxtm Says:
    October 31st, 2011 at 8:41 am

    Dale Jr made Martinsville the best race of the year. As usual Jr takes the blame when it’s his fault and when it’s not his fault. He hit the curb trying to avoid KuB who drove down into him, but he still took the blame. He apoligized to Joey because it was his fault. What he didn’t do was blame the drivers who tried to wreck him. He saved his car multiple times when hit by another driver and had fun through it all. His in-car was an asbsolute hoot and had us laughing all day. Even his owner, CC and pit crew were having a ball. I don’t think the people at HMS knew how to laugh until Rick hired Jr. Now they know. Man that was a race to watch and listen to and Stewart’s win didn’t matter to most of us.

  2. Russ Edwards Says:
    October 31st, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Hendricks may have faults, as we all do. However he didn’t get where he is without understanding people. You have to handle some people one way some another. Obviously this how he tries to calm Jr. down.

    Wonder how long before Logano is the former driver of the 20?

  3. loose nut Says:
    October 31st, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    best race of the year! need to race there 4 times a year!

  4. Overra88ted Says:
    October 31st, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    Give a driver with average at best talent like Dale Jr. the best equipment in nascar and the best team, and once every few years that driver will think he’s Dale Earnhardt Sr.

  5. Jake Steed Says:
    November 9th, 2011 at 11:59 am

    So if Kyle Busch had apologized to Ron everything would have been cool? Did Ron apologize for putting Kyle into the wall right before the season-ender dump by KB on Hornaday? I must have missed it when I was peeing my M&M’s jammies knowing Ron’s championship was toast lol.