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David Stremme not making many friends

By admin | August 11, 2009

By Richard Allen

The last two weeks have been filled with run-ins and roughed up sheet metal for David Stremme. The driver has been involved in incidents during each of the last two races and has drown the ire of multiple drivers.

In Pocono, it was Robby Gordon who ran afoul of the #12 Penske Racing South Dodge. On lap 149 of the Pennsylvania 500 the two drivers tangled, but it wasn’t over there. Gordon promised revenge over his in-car radio.

A few laps later the two came together again. Gordon began banging the back of Stremme’s car as the two roared down the back stretch of the triangular track. Gordon was in position to spin his rival but apparently decided not to do so. Then, Stremme moved aside, as if to let Gordon pass. As the #7 Toyota moved by on the outside, Stremme’s car moved up the track and clipped Gordon in the left rear, sending him for a wild ride.

Both drivers were ultimately penalized five laps for their antics. Stremme was disciplined for spinning Gordon under green while Gordon was docked for retaliating under caution.

In Watkins Glen, Stremme again upset fellow competitors. One of those upset also happened to be named Gordon.

On lap 22 of the Heluva Good at the Glen, Stremme lost control as he ran through the grass in the portion of the track often referred to as ‘the bus stop’ during an attempted pass of Brian Vickers. His car spun at the exit of that turn collecting Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick. Just prior to that, Stremme had spun the #55 car being driven by Patrick Carpentier.

Like Robby Gordon in Pocono, Carpentier saw fit to retaliate by slamming into the side of the #12 under caution later on.

Jeff Gordon and Harvick were particularly displeased with Stremme. “That’s two guys who are in way over their heads,” Gordon declared over his team radio, referring to Stremme and Vickers.

Harvick was even more candid in his comments as he waited for his car to be repaired in the garage. “It’s obvious he doesn’t have the skill set he needs to run the pace he needs lap after lap,” he said, also referring to Stremme.

Rumors have abounded that Stremme may well lose his ride to another driver. Perhaps he is pressing in the hopes of impressing. Unfortunately, he is not winning races or friends.

Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly column appears in The Mountain Press every Wednesday.

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6 Responses to “David Stremme not making many friends”

  1. wahoos1973 Says:
    August 12th, 2009 at 7:17 am

    why would jeff gordon say Brian Vickers is way over his head? Vickers had nothing to do with no driving stremme

  2. Dave Says:
    August 12th, 2009 at 9:44 am

    I never heard a quote from Gordon regarding the Stremme incident. I find it hard to believe he would say that out Vickers considering how he is running this year.

    There are a handfull of drivers you can guarantee to see spin their cars out and bring out a caution every race because they are driving way beyond the cars means or they just have no car control. This list includes Stremme, Paul Menard, Robby Gordon, Patrick Carpantier(when he is in a ride), and Sam Hornish(but he is getting better of late). I may have left off a couple of names but they are the first that come to mind.

  3. Justin Says:
    August 12th, 2009 at 10:55 am

    I have been noticing this trend for several races now, all the way back to the July Daytona race. I have DirecTv, and I am a Jr fan (yes, I know, he isnt as good as his daddy, etc…). With that being said, Jr is always one of the 4 drivers that has a channel on DirecTv. So I always watch his channel. And since he is always in the back this year (unfortunately), he is racing with and around Stremme lap after lap. To use Daytona as an example, I was noticing for about 10 laps, that the 12 lacks patience in a big way. He would pull out and pass, and then instead of getting in line, and picking his moment to pass the next car, he tries to pass everyone, all at once. So he gains 3 spots, loses 2, gains 2, loses 4, gains 1, loses 3, gains 2, loses 3, etc….. Instead of gaining one,waiting, gaining one, waiting, gaining one, etc, until he is in contention.

    My point is, at a track like Daytona, where handling is a factor, it is smarter to pick your moments, and make a pass. But, with Stremme trying to do it all at once, and bouncing back and forth between 29th and 20th for about 10 laps, eventually he got together with another driver, and caused a wreck (including the 88, who cant buy a break, lol).

    In the races following Daytona it has been happening as well. Stremme is trying too hard, trying to do too much at once. It works for Kryle, because Kryle is immensely talented, but it isnt working for Stremme, and he isnt learning from his mistakes…..

  4. Elliott fan Says:
    August 12th, 2009 at 11:59 am

    I don’t think Vickers is held in very high regard at Hendricks

  5. midasmicah Says:
    August 12th, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    Screw Hendricks. They think they’re better than everyone else in the garage and they’re treated better than all the other teams in the garage with the exception of Stewart-Haas who? Which is in actuality Hendricks-Stewart. Who in the hell are they fooling? Gordon has NO business calling out Vickers for a Stremme mistake. But that’s the Hendricks entitlement talking. The favortism in nas$car has me on the verge of vomiting on a regular basis.

  6. Frankie Says:
    August 22nd, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    I never write on these things, but after reading what “Dave” wrote on August 12, I felt I had to say something. He lists those that he thinks “are driving beyond the cars means or they just have no car control.” He includes Robby Gordon on his list, which shows how much “Dave” knows. Robby is one of the best drivers in the world, and one of the people you can ask about that statement is Tony Stewart (I’m assuming Dave thinks Tony can drive since he’s not on his list), who is currently 1st in points in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. I’ve heard Tony say that, as well as others. Robby has made the decision to drive for the team he owns, which keeps him at a disadvantage compared to the bigger, well-funded teams, but he has the skill to run with the best when he is in good equipment. In fact, if you look at his record when he drove for Richard Childress, he won 3 Cup races in the few years he was in the 31 car, more than some have won in a career. I could go on and on, but please don’t state things as fact when you don’t know what you’re talking about.