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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