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It seems as if most rivals in the Sprint Cup garage don’t like Hendrick Motorsports very much

By admin | June 19, 2013

By Richard Allen

There were several things that happened during this past weekend at the Michigan International Speedway. But one of the things that received a great deal of attention was some rather high profile remarks made against Hendrick Motorsports by their chief rivals. It seems as if those who have to compete against NASCAR’s most powerful organization on a regular basis have some deep seeded issues with their rival.

Earlier last week, 2012 Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski ruffled the feathers of “Mr. Hendrick” himself when he complained that HMS steals information from Ford teams by poaching employees from Roush Fenway Racing and Penske Racing.

Brad Keselowski took some verbal shots at Hendrick Motorsports last week.

Rick Hendrick responded by saying, “Brad misrepresents the facts and spends a lot of time making insinuations and accusations about other teams when he should be focused on his own program and competing at a high level. I hope he figures that out and begins representing himself and the sport with more class.”

Keselowski had actually been asked about the relationship between his Penske team and RFR and why the two prominent Ford powers do not share information more freely. It was then that the often outspoken driver called out HMS and Joe Gibbs Racing for their hiring practices. “What keeps it from going too far is the fact Hendrick and JGR have this nasty little habit of going to our teams and outbidding different people and taking those employees and stealing our information,” he said.

This is not the first time Keselowski has taken issue with HMS. Earlier this season, he claimed that others(likely HMS) are allowed to get away with certain infractions that his own team was penalized for. This was followed by rumor and insinuation that it was Hendrick employees who snitched to NASCAR officials regarding some questionable pieces in the rear ends of the Penske cars found during a pre-race inspection in Texas.

Of course, HMS is a likely target to face the scorn of other teams because of the fact that they win so often and have a fleet of the sport’s most popular drivers. Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon have amassed nine Sprint Cup titles between them and have collected a remarkable 150 race winning trophies during their time with Rick Hendrick’s team.

Further, HMS drivers Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Kasey Kahne receive more cheers than do most others when introduced to crowds gathered at tracks across America each week. To not only be beaten regularly on the track but also be outsold in the souvenir lot can be very damaging to the egos of other competitors.

And Keselowski is not the only driver to have hurled a barb in Hendrick’s direction this past weekend. After taking the checkered flag in Michigan, RFR driver Greg Biffle not only celebrated his victory by thanking his team but also by taking a jab at Johnson. “I love it when the 48 crashes trying to catch us!” he exclaimed into his team radio on the cool down lap.

Greg Biffle celebrated the misfortunes of the 48 car after his win in Michigan.

Later, Biffle reworded his comment into a more politically correct statement. “I don’t want to see anybody wreck,” he explained. “I should have said, ‘Make a mistake.’ And that’s truly what he did. We got him to falter, and it makes you feel good when you push the guy over the edge and beat him at his game.”

You can call it rivalry, jealousy or just good ole gamesmanship, but this past weekend in Michigan brought to light something most already knew anyway. Other teams don’t seem to like Hendrick Motorsports very much.

And those rivals got the last laugh just outside ‘The Motor City’ of Detroit when HMS cars finished 28th, 37th, 38th and 39th. But you can bet there won’t be many more of those days in the future. Of course, the best way to resolve whatever issues other teams may have is to simply go out and beat HMS regularly. But that’s much easier said than done.

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14 Responses to “It seems as if most rivals in the Sprint Cup garage don’t like Hendrick Motorsports very much”

  1. Sully Says:
    June 19th, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    Maybe they don’t like them for a reason, and its not because they are “that good”?

  2. Offkilter Says:
    June 19th, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    There are actually people still listening to bad Brad? Maybe its his way of staying news-worthy since his blue deuce is seldom in the same camera shot with the leaders. Mr. H and Gibbs both took exception to his uneducated ramblings by making statements on the specifics of the hiring. They were free of contracts and one was even out of racing.
    Biff’s radio remark was pretty funny considering he has run like a dog turd for most of the year. Him actually believing he had something to do with a 5 time champion wrecking at Michigan is so cute. Whiners can hate on, but it doesn’t change the fact that HMS is a world class organization with the best driver in nascar.

  3. Robert Green Says:
    June 19th, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    HMS is known as the evil empire in my circle of friends… And all things considered, playing the Imperial March when one of the Hendrick drivers is on his way to a victory seems quite appropriate!

  4. Arnold Decker Says:
    June 20th, 2013 at 6:49 am

    They don’t steal people or drivers, they buy them.

    Gibbs dominating nationwide series with toyota money and cup or ex cup drivers racing against young drivers.

    What does that do for the sport?

  5. Lydia Says:
    June 20th, 2013 at 7:33 am

    The 48 is the only car in the Hendrick stable consistently great..the 88, 5, and 24 show flashes of brilliance…but they don’t have Knaus. I’m hoping after Chad retires he writes a tell all book…it would be interesting to know exactly what Chad “does” to make the 48 heads above the other 42 cars in the field….I’m sure NASCAR would love to know his secret too….

  6. Jim Says:
    June 20th, 2013 at 9:37 am

    I have to laugh a little when I hear Rick H. say Brad needs to show more class. Isn’t he a convicted felon? As for the 48 running circles around all the other competitors, me thinks they have again found something that is being overlooked by the Emperor, that is until someone else figures it out and tries it. Then it will become, what is something detrimental to the Emperor’s well being!

  7. Terry T Says:
    June 20th, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Between Hendrick and Keselowski, one of them has been sentenced to prison and the other hasn’t. That says a lot about which is more trustworthy.

  8. Annie Says:
    June 20th, 2013 at 11:34 am

    All The HMS Kool Aid drinkers can continue to drink it. But it goes to character. a convicted/pardoned felon. Does not sound like a honest boy scout to me.

  9. Steve Says:
    June 20th, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Its not a coincidence that Kes’s makes his verbal thoughts known and shortly after his team or teams get penalized by either failing post race or some violation during the race that hurts their chances (pitting outside the pit box). Nascar gets real creative with it too. They went after his truck team recently. You can bet more will come now. Nascar won’t take kindly to them disrespecting their buddy Hendrick.

  10. Ross Says:
    June 20th, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Brad is partly right: Hendrick has not developed any of his drivers he has bought them all after others have spent their money developing them. (eg) Gordon (Bill Daves), JR (His Dad), Kasey (Ford, Everham) Johnston (Gordon)

  11. Conelly Says:
    June 20th, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    I actually like some HMS staff, Kane is one of the better drivers in the sport and Chad is probably one of the best masterminds since Smokey. The rest of the bunch i don’t much care for. Jimmy and Jr. should be driving trucks (garbage trucks that is). Jimmy wouldn’t be much without Chad nor Jr. without the last name he has.

  12. Tony Geinzer Says:
    June 20th, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    I really would prefer Dodge or Honda back or in NASCAR to wedge us from Toyota. I feel happier if some of these people tried beating Chad “You Can Hate Me Knaus, but that Won’t Stop” Knaus and JJ instead of whining and cheesing off the general public. There are too many trainwrecks and the only way to do things right is to be honest on the job and not try stealing someone else that is a lightning rod.

  13. bob Says:
    June 20th, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    who cares what an ADMITTED (not convicted) felon who seems to be an adopted France has to say. by the way chevy lovers his crime was bribing HONDA officials for more ACCORDS than he was allowed!!!!

  14. Tyler West Says:
    July 1st, 2013 at 7:31 am

    Rick Hendrick is the biggest fraud in the sport. The only reason he’s not in prison is because he supposedly had cancer and then went on this massive sympathy campaign to gather support. Then add in the plane crash and you get this fool getting his way anytime he wants it. He should be in prison over the legal trouble he was in but like most millionaires he slimmed his way out of it. HMS is what is wrong with the sport. The likes of this jackass have turned the sport from single car teams with personalities to these multi-car conglomerates with no personality. So yeah, I hate what Hendrick has helped do to Winston Cup racing. I ain’t about to call it Sprint.