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High speeds of Texas mean it’s time to forget revenge

By admin | November 1, 2011

By Richard Allen

Over the last two weeks there have been plenty of drivers who have had reason to want revenge against other drivers. Broken deals from the 2×2 drafting at Talladega and the beating and banging of Martinsville are in the rear view mirror. And so too should be the desire for retaliation.

For those who might have had an axe to grind, Martinsville was the place to settle some scores. And apparently a number of drivers took that into consideration for actions that took place either before or during the Tums Fast Relief 500. Eighteen caution flags, many for incidents that looked suspiciously intentional, both slowed and spiced the action on the relatively slow speed half-mile track.

However, the time for dealing out retribution has passed. Instead of racing on a short track shaped like a paper clip, the Sprint Cup Series will be on a 1.5 mile, high banked facility that can produce speeds of almost 100mph faster than those of last week. In simple terms, that means any driver who still holds a grudge coming out of Martinsville and Talladega will have to settle his score in some other way besides catching another guy as he enters the corner and turning him around.

The IndyCar race held recently in Las Vegas showed the obvious hazards of crashing on high speed tracks, not that wrecking anywhere is a joy ride.

The best way for two drivers who have a problem with each other to settle their issue is to meet up face to face. However, with each NASCAR star being surrounded by a myriad of ‘his people’ the chances of that happening are remote. So, several of them have resorted to on-track resolutions. That has resulted in plenty of bent sheet metal as a byproduct of “Boys, have at it”.

This weekend is not the place for such shenanigans.

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