NASCAR Sprint Cup Series – Full Race – 2014 Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville
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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series – Full Race – 2014 Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville

October 14, 2019


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>>>GRABBED THE MIKE. YOUR FAVORITE ANTHEM OF THE
YEAR.>>ABSOLUTELY.
THAT’S AS GOOD AS IT GETS PLUS WE WON YESTERDAY.
>>FINAL THOUGHTS?>>I’M LOOKING FOR, KYLE BUSCH
JUST BARELY MISSED THIS CHASE. UNFORTUNATE CIRCUMSTANCES
KNOCKED HIM OUT. I THINK KYLE BUSCH CAN WIN THIS
RACE TODAY.>>I WAS IN THE GARAGE AREA
WALKING AROUND TALKING TO THE CREW GUYS AND THEY SAID, MAN,
YOU GOT TO WATCH THAT 24 CAR. WHY?
HE’S TILLING EVERYBODY. I WANT TO SEE IF HE CAN BACK UP
THAT TALK THEY’RE SAYING.>>INTERESTING TO WATCH.
UPSTAIRS TO THE BOOTH, ALLEN BESTWICK, DALE JARRETT AND ANDY
PETREE. ARE YOU ALL BUTTONED UP THERE?
>>WE ARE BUTTONED UP AND READY, NICOLE.
THINKING ABOUT MARTINSVILLE, D.J. MADE THE VERY START OF HIS
HALL OF FAME DRIVING CAREER HERE AT THIS RACETRACK AND DRIVEN
THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF LAPS HERE AND YOU TOLD ME THERE WERE
TWO THINGS A DRIVER NEEDS TO HAVE TODAY TO TRY AND WIN.
>>YEAH, THOSE TWO ARE GOOD STRATEGY FROM YOUR CREW CHIEF
AND USE YOUR FRONT BUMPER. YOU WILL HAVE TO DO THAT.
THERE WILL BE TIMES THERE’S NO OTHER WAY AROUND A DRIVER THAT’S
IN FRONT OF YOU. YOU MAY BE QUITE A BIT FASTER
BUT HAVE TO BE WILLING THAT USE THAT AND MOVE CARS OUT OF THE
WAY TO GET YOUR WAY TO THE FRONT.
YOU CAN MINIMIZE THOSE IF YOUR CREW CHIEF WILL HAVE THE RIGHT
STRATEGY HERE TODAY AND KEEP YOU UP FRONT MOST OF THE DAY.
>>ONE OF THE THINGS ABOUT USING THE BODY AND BUMPERS AT THIS
TRACK THEY’RE NOT THAT IMPORTANT FOR PERFORMANCE.
DRIVERS AREN’T AFRAID TO USE IT UP.
IT DOESN’T HURT THE CAR TOO MUCH.
CLOSE SPEEDS THAT THEY HAVE, AVERAGE SPEED, IT’S REALLY A
MECHANICAL TYPE OF RACETRACK. YOU WORK ON MECHANICAL GRIP MORE
THAN AERODYNAMICS. I’M SURE WE’LL SEE PEOPLE DO IT.
>>SOMETIMES WHEN YOU USE THE BUMPER IT GOES FROM BEING A
NUDGE TO A SPIN AND WE SEE THE YELLOW FLAG WAVE.
LOOK AT THE CAUTIONS A YEAR AGO AT THIS RACE.
17 CAUTIONS. WE MIGHT COME CLOSE TO THAT
NUMBER TODAY. I JUST HAVE A SNEAKY FEELING.
THIS RACETRACK BEING SO TIGHT AND DEMANDING ON BOTH CAR AND
DRIVER ADDED TOGETHER WITH THE PRESSURE OF THIS NEW ROUND OF
THE CHASE, IT’S GOING TO BE INTERESTING WHAT EFFECT THAT
HAS? A LOT OF PRESSURE ON THESE
DRIVERS AND TEAMS TO PERFORM BECAUSE TO GET A WIN WOULD BE
HUGE BUT YOU GOT TO BE CAREFUL. THIS IS KIND OF A RACETRACK YOU
HAVE TO USE DISCIPLINE AND CAN OVERPOWER THE RACETRACK AND YOU
CAN TRY TO USE TOO MANY RACE AND OVERHEAT THESE THINGS AND YOU
CAN MAKE THE TIRE PAY THE PRICE. WE’VE SEEN THAT BEFORE HERE.
I’M NOT SURE WE’LL SEE TOO MUCH OF THAT.
SEEMS LIKE THE TEAMS HAVE DONE A GETTER JOB OF PROTECTING THAT.
RUNNING GEAR GETS A BIG WORKOUT HERE.
IT’S JUST ONE OF THOSE TOUGH, TOUGH RACETRACKS ON EQUIPMENT.
>>USING THAT FRONT BUMPER BUT WANT TO DO IT WITH PATIENCE HERE
TODAY. THAT’S THE ONE THING, BE PATIENT
WITH ALL YOUR EQUIPMENT AND HAVE SOMETHING TO RACE WITH AT THE
END.>>LONG, HARD, GRUELING RACE AND
ELIMINATOR ROUND BEGINS WITH 500 LAPS AT TOUGH OLD MARTINSVILLE.
THE COMMAND TO START ENGINES IS NEXT.>>>BACK TO MARTINSVILLE GETTING
READY FOR THE 132 KNOTT SPRINT CUP RACE.
THIS RACETRACK HAS BEEN DOMINATED BY DRIVERS WHO HIT ON
IT HERE, OF COURSE, THE KING AND DARRELL WALTRIP, RUSTY HAD HIS
TIME HERE AND IN RECENT YEARS IT’S BEEN JEFF GORDON AND JIMMIE
JOHNSON WHO HAVE BEEN THE MARTINSVILLE MASTER.
ONE OF THOSE MARTINSVILLE MASTERS IS STANDING BY TRACKSIDE
TO GIVE THE COMMAND TO GET TODAY’S RACE UNDER WAY.
>>AND NOW FOR THE MOST FAMOUS WORDS IN MOTORSPORTS, PLEASE
WELCOME YOUR GRAND MARSHAL, HALL OF FAME MEMBER, THE KING, THE
ONE AND ONLY RICHARD PETTY.>>DRIVERS, START YOUR ENGINES.
>>FIRE UP WHEN YOU’RE READY, MAN.
>>CRANK WHEN YOU’RE READY.>>15-TIME MARTINSVILLE WINNER,
THE KING WHOSE FAMILY COMPOUND, OF COURSE, HOMETOWN NOT ALL THAT
FAR FROM HERE, LESS THAN AN OUR’S DRIVE FROM THE RACETRACK
AND HIS FATHER, LEE PETTY WAS THE RUNNER-UP IN THE VERY FIRST
OF THESE 132 SPRINT CUP RACES HELD IN MARTINSVILLE.
THERE’S OUR ESPN IN-RACE REPORTER, CARL EDWARDS MADE IT
THROUGH AND STILL IN THE HUNT FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP.
WE’LL TALK TO HIM ABOUT HIS CHALLENGE FOR THE DAY AT
MARTINSVILLE NEXT.>>>WHAT A PRETTY SIGHT, ISN’T
IT? MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY, SOUTH
CENTRAL VIRGINIA WHERE THE FIRST RACE IN THE ELIMINATOR ROUND FOR
THE CHASE FOR THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP IS ABOUT TO GET UNDER WAY
PRESENTED BY AUTOZONE. CARS SITTING ALONG THE PIT LANE
GETTING WARMED UP ABOUT TO ROLL ON TO THE RACETRACK FOR THE
PARADE IN PACE LAPS. WHILE THEY GET READY LET’S CHECK
PIT ROAD WITH MIKE MASSARO.>>ALLEN, JEFF GORDON STOPS JUST
SHORT OF SAYING IT’S A MUST WIN RACE BUT DOES AT MITT A
MARTINSVILLE VICTORY HAS NEVER TAKEN ON GREATER IMPORTANCE.
THAT’S A PRETTY BIG STATEMENT WHEN YOU CONSIDER JEFF GORDON’S
WON HERE EIGHT TIMES AND THAT RECORD HAS GIVEN HIM CONFIDENCE,
SAYS HE HAS A GREAT CAR, CERTAINLY CAPABLE OF GOING TO
VICTORY LANE TODAY. HE’S LOOKING FOR A GOOD RUN, ONE
THAT WOULD PUT HIS STAT ON THIS RUN.
>>DENNY HAMLIN SAYS TO ADVANCE TO THIS ELIMINATOR ROUND OF THE
CHASE YOU CAN’T AFFORD BAD LUCK OR BAD PERFORMANCE.
WELL, YOU CAN’T CONTROL LUCK BUT YOU CAN CONTROL THE PERFORMANCE
AND HAMLIN’S CREW CHIEF DARIAN GRUBB SAID TRACK POSITIONS AND
RESTART WILL BE THE KEYS TO A PERFORMANCE RUN TODAY.
>>THEY SAY TALLADEGA IS THE PLACE WHERE YOU FIND OUT WHO
YOUR FRIENDS ARE BECAUSE AFTER ALL YOU NEED THEM IN THE DRAFT.
THIS PLACE, MARTINSVILLE, IT REVEALS YOUR ENEMIES.
PEOPLE HAVE BEEN WAITING AND BIDING THEIR TIME TO PAY YOU
BACK. NOW, IN THE AFTERMATH OF
CHARLOTTE, IF BRAD KESELOWSKI, SHOULD HE BE WORRIED TODAY?
WE’RE ABOUT TO FIND OUT. DAVE BURNS.
>>CAN KEVIN HARVICK ACHIEVE HAPPINESS AFTER QUALIFYING 33rd
AND END UP IN VICTORY LANE? WELL, HIS OWN HISTORY SAYS
PROBABLY. 36 TO THIRD FOR YEARS AGO AND
RACED FROM THE BACK TO THE FRONT SEVERAL TIMES WITH A BROKEN RACE
CAR SCORING A TOP TEN. IT MIGHT BE TIME FOR A SECOND
GRANDFATHER CLOCK AT THE HARVICK HOUSE, ALLEN.
>>TIME WILL TELL, DAVE. AND YOU SEE THE FIELD NOW OUT ON
THE TO RACETRACK GETTING WARPED UP AND START THE PACE LAPS
MOMENTARY. THIS THE FINAL SHORT RACE OF THE
SEASON. UNDER A MILE WHICH THERE ARE
THREE. SO SIX RACES TOTAL ON THE YEAR
AND YOU SEE CARL EDWARDS, OUR ESPN IN-RACE REPORTER IS ONE OF
THE WINNERS ON A SHORT TRACK THIS YEAR TAKING THE BRISTOL
RACE IN MARCH. CARL GOT A PRETTY GOOD START
LINED UP IN 11th.>>HEY, QUARREL, DALE JARRETT,
ESPN. YOU GOOD TO TALK.
>>I GOT YOU.>>WE WERE SHOWING THE NICE
RECORD YOU HAVE ON THE SHORT TRACK AND MAIL BAG QUESTION FROM
CHRIS IN MAINE. YOU’VE HAD SUCCESS ON A SHORT
TRACK THIS SEASON. WHAT, IF ANYTHING, CAN YOU USE
TO YOUR ADVANTAGE TO GET THAT ALL-IMPORTANT WIN TO MOVE ON IN
THE CHASE?>>WELL, THE BIGGEST THING IS
JUST EXPERIENCE OF MY CREW AND THE — JIMMY FENNIG ON THE BOX.
THEY’RE ALL — THEY’RE HARD-CORE RACERS AND THIS GIVES US AN
OPPORTUNITY TO USE THAT EXPERIENCE AND HOPEFULLY A
LITTLE BIT OF SPEED THAT WE HAVE IN THIS ECOBOOST FORD AND GET TO
THE FRONT HERE TODAY.>>CAN YOU EXPLAIN TO OUR
VIEWERS A LITTLE BIT THE BALANCE AS A DRIVER THAT YOU HAVE TO
HAVE HERE TODAY BETWEEN PATIENCE AND AGGRESSION KEEPING YOUR
FENDERS ON YOUR CAR BUT BEING READY TO MOVE SOMEBODY OUT OF
THE WAY AS A DRIVER IN THIS VERY TIGHT CONFINES OF THIS TRACK?
>>THAT’S A GOOD QUESTION. SOMETHING I WAS JUST THINKING
ABOUT. I MEAN, MY BLOOD IS PUMPING.
I’M READY TO GO RACING. THIS IS WHAT WE LIVE FOR.
THIS EXCITEMENT OF BEING HERE AND HAVING TO PERFORM BUT YOU DO
HAVE TO BALANCE THAT. YOU CAN’T WRECK YOUR RACE CAR.
YOU HAVE TO BE THERE AT THE END AND LOOK AT THE BIG PICTURE.
I THINK YOU’LL SEE A LOT OF TROUBLE WITH THAT AND PROBABLY
END UP IN SOME TROUBLE FOR SOME PEOPLE AND HOPEFULLY WE CAN KEEP
OUR NOSE CLEAN.>>YOU DO THAT.
GOOD LUCK OUT THERE TODAY. THANKS FOR TALKING WITH US.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO TALKING TO YOU LATER ON, CARL.
>>OKAY. HAVE FUN.
>>WE WILL. CARL EDWARDS LINED UP IN 11th.
OUR ESPN IN-RACE REPORTER AND HAVE HIGH DEFINITION VIEWS.
BRAD KESELOWSKI HAS THE FORD ECOBOOST ON BOARD AND KEVIN
HARVICK HAS OUR OUTBACK STEAK HOUSE CAMERA.
DENNY HAMLIN THE WINNER WITH THE TOYOTA ON BOARD AND TONY STEWART
WITH A GOOD QUALIFYING SPOT OUTSIDE ROW 2, MOBIL 1 ON BOARD.
JEFF GORDON HAS THE SUNOCO ON BOARD.
IS TODAY HIS DAY? RYAN NEWMAN ONE OF THE
CHAMPIONSHIP CHASERS STILL WITH THE QUICKEN LOANS ON BOARD.
ARIC ALMIROLA HAS OUR SMITHFIELD ON BOARD DRIVING THE FAMOUS 43
AND CARL EDWARDS AS YOU HEARD FROM WITH OUR SMITH ON BOARD
CAMERA.>>GREAT WORK ON THIS HISTORIC
RACETRACK FROM OUR AERIAL COVERAGE PROVIDED BY GOODYEAR.
EVERYTHING THEY LEARN MAKING TIRES WITH THE GRUELING DEMANDS
OF NASCAR INSPIRES WHAT THEY ROLL INTO YOURS.
GOODYEAR, THE OFFICIAL TIRE OF NASCAR.
JOEY LOGANO STARTING ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE FRONT ROW FOR
ROGER PENSKE’S TEAM TODAY.>>500 HERE AND BE THERE AT THE
END.>>BE THERE AT THE END TO WIN
IT. HAVE TO HAVE THE FENDERS ON IT.
>>400, SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST FOR POSITIONING.
>>TALKED WITH ROGER IN THE GARAGE AREA STANDING BY THE 22
CAR. HE’S EXCITED BUT YOU COULD SEE
THE EDGE THAT COMES TO WITH THE PRESSURE OF BEING THIS CLOSE TO
A CHAMPIONSHIP AND TRYING TO WIN IT.
HE KNOWS, COMPETITION IS TOUGH AND NOT GOING TO GIVE HIM
ANYTHING.>>YEAH, NOT GETTING ANY EASIER
AS THESE EIGHT TRY TO VIE FOR THAT OPPORTUNITY TO RACE FOR THE
CHAMPIONSHIP. THIS IS ONE OF THEIR TOUGHEST
TESTS THEY’LL FACE TODAY. ONE OF HIS TOUGHEST COMPETITORS
HIS TEAMMATE, BRAD KESELOWSKI TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP TOO.
HAS A GOOD THING GOING ON AT PENSKE.
>>PIT ROAD, PLEASE.>>SMOOTH, GOT A GREAT PIT
STALL. DO THE WORK.
GOING TEDDY ALL DAY.>>ON THE ONE TO GO LAP AS PAUL
WOLFE GETS READY TO WATCH HIS DRIVER, BRAD KESELOWSKI GO TO
WORK. UNPRECEDENTED SITUATION WITH THE
NEW CHAMPIONSHIP FORMAT EIGHT DRIVERS TIED FOR THE
CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD WITH JUST FOUR RACES TO GO IN THE SEASON, NEVER
BEEN THIS WAY BEFORE AND THE PRESSURE AND THE INTENSITY,
EVERYBODY FEELS IT DOWN IN THAT GARAGE AREA EVEN THE TEAMS NOT
INVOLVED IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHT ANYMORE.
YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT PRESSURE AND INTENSITY, 500 LAPS.
IT’S GOING TO BE A GOOD ONE. READY TO GO IN MARTINSVILLE.
JAMIE McMURRAY LEADS THEM TO GREEN.
FIRST ACCORDION OFF OF THE TURN THREE.
CARS STACKED UP. LOOKS LIKE JEFF GORDON GOT IN
THE BACK OF CARL EDWARDS PRETTY GOOD.
KEEP OUR EYES ON THE 24. SEE IF HE HAS DAMAGE.
>>THE OUTSIDE LANE IS NOT GOING TO BE THE PLACE TO BE.
NO RUBBER DOWN THERE WHATSOEVER. 20 AND 22 WERE BATTLING GETTING
A CHAMPIONSHIP POINT HERE EARLY ON BY LEADING A LAP.
VERY IMPORTANT TO THESE DRIVERS.>>SEE SOME DAMAGE ON THE 78 OF
MARTIN TRUEX JR. LEFT FRONT.>>GOT A PRETTY GOOD TIRE RUB.
>>LEFT FRONT TIRE RUB.>>ONE OF THE THINGS THAT CAUSES
THAT ACCORDION EVERYBODY FIGHTS TORE THAT BOTTOM LINE AND TRYING
TO GET THERE AND NOT ENOUGH SPACE.
EVERYBODY IS TRYING TO CHECK UP LIKE TRUEX PAID FOR THAT.
>>SPINNING.>>YEAH.
>>FIRST CAUTION OF THE DAY.>>CAUTION IS OUT.
CAUTION. WE GOT A TURN.
WE’LL NEED TIRES.>>LAST TIME WE HEAR THAT PHRASE
ON A RADIO AFTER A CAR IS SPINNING AROUND.
>>NO, NOT AT ALL.>>THAT’S KIND OF A TYPICAL
MARTINSVILLE DEAL GETTING DOWN IN THAT CORNER AND SPACE RUNS
OUT AND GET UP ON THAT CURB.>>KEVIN HARVICK.
>>THREE WIDE. GOT YOU, WATCH HIM.
WATCH HIM. GO HIGH.
THERE YOU GO. OH, YEAH, KEEP DIGGING.
GOOD JOB.>>TRYING TO COME FROM WHERE
HE’S AT HE’LL SEE QUITE A BIT OF ACTION.
>>ONE OF THE THINGS THAT MAKES THIS MARTINSVILLE TRACK UNIQUE
THAT CURBING DOWN THE INSIDE OF THE CORNERS THAT BECOMES JUST
ANOTHER OBSTACLE FOR DRIVERS WHEN TRYING TO FIND RACING ROOM
WHERE LITTLE EXISTS.>>A COUPLE THINGS CAN HAPPEN.
YOU HIT IT — IN THE WRONG POSITION WITH THAT LEFT FRONT
TIRE AND CAN ACTUALLY MESS UP THE FRONT END OF YOUR CAR AND
MESS UP THE HANDLING. THE OTHER THING, VERY FEW TIMES
WHEN YOU GET THROUGH THERE WITHOUT CREATING AN ACCIDENT
WHETHER YOU SPINNING LIKE WE SAW THAT, ALEX BOWMAN OR GETTING
INTO THE CAR YOU’RE TRYING TO PASS.
>>YEAH, THEY MAY HAVE PAINTED THAT CURB PINK BUT IT’S STILL
PRETTY MEAN.>>YEAH, IT IS.
>>IT CAN CAUSE A LOT OF DAMAGE.>>WHAT DO YOU SEE THERE, ANDY?
>>I DON’T SEE ANYTHING THAT WORRIES ME SO FAR AT LEAST FROM
MY ANGLE.>>ALL RIGHT.
SLIGHT DAMAGE TO THE NOSE, 99 CHECKED UP IN FRONT OF ME.
SHOULDN’T BE TOO BAD.>>JUST USUALLY ONE OF THE GUYS
THAT CAN KEEP HIS CAR CLEAN ALL DAY LONG.
UNCHARACTERISTIC FOR HIM TO GET DAMAGE EARLY.
>>YEAH, IT LOOKS PRETTY CLEAN.>>GETTING THROUGH THE FIRST LAP
THAT LOOKS REALLY GOOD. REALLY WITH EVERYBODY TRYING TO
GET THERE DOWN THE INSIDE, HOW ABOUT THIS 78, DAVE?
>>JUST RETURNING THE LEFT FRONT DAMAGE, CHECK IN WITH THE TEAM
TO SEE IF THEY KNEW WHO MARTIN TRUEX GOT INTO.
THEY COULDN’T DETECT ANYONE SO WE’RE BLAMING THE ACCORDION.
TRUEX WILL GET THAT REPAIRED AND SEND IT BACK OUT.
>>I’LL BE A VERY APPROPRIATE SOURCE OF BLAME.
>>YEAH, THE ACCORDION CAN’T TAKE AFTER HIMSELF.
>>OKAY, THERE YOU GO.>>THE ACCORDION ON THE INSIDE
LANE THAT CAUGHT UP TO TRUEX WHEN GREG BIFFLE HAD TO TAKE
EVASIVE ACTION OVER AUSTIN DILLON.
>>ONE TO GO. QUICK REMINDER THAT YOU CAN
CHECK OUT NASCAR.COM/RACEBUDDY DURING TODAY’S GOODY’S HEADACHE
RELIEF SHOT 500 AND GET ENHANCED RACE ACTION FROM MARTINSVILLE
SPEEDWAY, ALL THE VIEWS AND A LITTLE MORE.
>>SO I SAID WE GOT TO GIVE THAT 17 CAUTION NUMBER A RUN.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?>>I THINK IT’S A VERY GOOD
POSSIBILITY.>>GOT A GOOD START HERE.
I THINK WE’LL PROBABLY SEE A LOT LIKE THAT WHETHER A SINGLE CAR,
JUST A SLIGHT DAMAGE TO THE CAR BUT THERE WILL BE A LOT OF
ACTION HERE TODAY.>>MATT KENSETH LEADS THAT LAP
TRYING TO MAKE THE OUTSIDE WORK TO GET AROUND JAMIE McMURRAY.
>>NOW, AFTER WE RAN A FEW LAPS AND CLEANED OFF THAT OUTSIDE A
LITTLE BIT, WHETHER HE USED IT. I THINK HE KNEW THAT WAS HIS ONE
CHANCE FROM THAT OUTSIDE WAS STAY ALONGSIDE THERE TO GET THAT
BONUS POINT FOR LEADING THAT LAP KNOWING HE’LL PAY THE PRICE
BEFORE HE CAN GET DOWN THERE. HIS TEAMMATE WON’T EVEN LET HIM
IN. ALSO BATTLING FOR A CHAMPIONSHIP
TOO.>>RIGHT THERE.
JEFF GORDON TRYING TO FIND A WAY TO THE INSIDE LANE.
RYAN NEWMAN TO KEEP HIM FROM DOING SO.
>>HOW HARD NEWMAN IS TO PASS. NOT GOING TO GIVE MUCH BUT
NEWMAN IS GOOD AT THAT AND A LOT OF TIMES YOU CAN EASE YOUR WAY
DOWN THERE TILL YOU FEEL THAT CONTACT AND GET THAT GUY TO BACK
OUT FOR JUST A SECOND THEN YOU CAN KIND OF GAS IT UP AND LET IT
GO AND GET THAT SPOT. LOOKS LIKE WHAT HE DID RIGHT
THERE.>>SOMEBODY DOWN IN THE GARAGE
POSED AN INTERESTING THEORY TO ME THIS MORNING.
HE SAID, THIS RACE MIGHT NOT BE AS WILD AS YOU THINK BECAUSE I
THINK ALL OF THESE GUYS IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP ARE REALLY GOING TO
CUT EACH OTHER A LOT OF SLACK UNTIL WE GET RIGHT DOWN TO THE
END. HE SAID, NOW, EVERYBODY ELSE
MIGHT NOT BE IN ON THAT BUT I THINK YOU’LL SEE A LOT OF THESE
GUYS AND SAW IT WITH NEWMAN AND GORDON GIVE EACH OTHER A LOT OF
ROOM BECAUSE THEY WANT TO GIVE BACK AS THEY GO TO DECIDE THE
RACE.>>I KNOW.
YOU JUST SAID IT BUT THE ONLY PROBLEM IS THERE’S ONLY EIGHT OF
THEM AND THERE’S A WHOLE LOT OF OTHER GUYS WITH A WHOLE OTHER
AGENDA.>>FOCUS ON KEVIN HARVICK,
STARTED IN 33rd PLACE. RUNNING 29th NOW.
>>CHECKING UP, CHECKING UP HARD.
INSIDE THREE WIDE. TWO WIDE.
ALL GOOD.>>HARD ENOUGH TO GET SOME
DAMAGE ON THE FRONT OF HARVICK’S CAR.
DAVE.>>NOTHING REPORTED SO FAR, D.J.
BUT I DID TALK TO THAT VOICE YOU HEARD, TIM, HIS SPOTTER EARLIER
TODAY AND SAID, HOW DO YOU HELP KEVIN RUN?
HE SAID, FIRST OF ALL, KEVIN IS REALLY, REALLY GOOD AT IT.
HE’LL HEAR ME SAY CHECK UP A LOT TO LET HIM KNOW THAT LINE IS
STOPPING IN FRONT OF HIM. OBVIOUSLY IT WASN’T ENOUGH TIME
THAT TIME.>>CAR IN TWO AGAIN UP AGAINST
THE WALL.>>TRAVIS KVAPIL.
>>PRETTY GOOD DAMAGE ON THE LEFT REAR CORNER.
>>YOU’RE GOOD. GOOD.
>>HE GOT HIT IN THE LEFT REAR AT THE END OF TURN ONE.
>>98 CAR, JOSH WISE LOOKS LIKE IT GOT INSIDE THERE.
SO SECOND CAUTION OUT, BOTH OF THEM IN TURN ONE WHERE CONTACT
FROM THE INSIDE SENDING A CAR SPINNING TO THE OUTSIDE.
>>NOW, ANDY, THE TIRE THAT GOODYEAR HAS BROUGHT HERE IS
DIFFERENT THAN THE ONE THEY RACED ON IN MARCH AND THERE SEEM
TO BE FROM PRACTICE SOME GIVE-UP IN THE SPEED OF THE TIRE AS YOU
RUN LAPS SO NOW THE QUESTION BECOMES HOW SOON IS SOON ENOUGH
TO COME ON TO PIT ROAD?>>I TALKED TO A LOT OF CREW
CHIEFS THIS MORNING ABOUT THAT AND THE TIRE DOES GIVE UP SPEED
WITH LAPS AND WORRIED ABOUT POSSIBLY RUNNING OUT OF TIRE SO
YOU MIGHT THINK THEY WOULD TRY TO STAY OUT HERE.
>>HAVING PASSED THE COMMIT POINT FOR PIT ROAD AND LEADERS
WILL ALL STAY OUT. SECOND CAUTION OF THE DAY HERE
IN MARTINSVILLE.>>>BACK LIVE AT MARTINSVILLE
GETTING READY FOR THE RESTART IN THE RACE.
TELECAST PRESENTED BY AUTOZONE. A TRAIN ON THE TRACKS BEHIND THE
TRACK SCREAMING OFF TURN ONE.>>JOEY LOGANO CAN TAKE
ADVANTAGE OF THAT OUTSIDE LANE TO GET A BONUS POINT, NOT QUITE.
>>I THINK THAT WAS HIS CHANCE RIGHT THERE.
>>I THINK THE OPPORTUNITY WILL GO AWAY FROM THIS POINT.
MURRAY IS GOOD ON THE EXIT OF THESE CORNERS.
>>MATT KENSETH TRYING TO KEEP THAT DOOR CLOSED SO HE CAN’T GET
DOWN TO THE BOTTOM.>>LOGANO, KURT BUSCH.
TRAPPED IN THAT LANE AFTER THE FIRST COUPLE LAPS OF RACING.
WASN’T EXPECTING TO SEE DENNY HAMLIN GIVE HIM ANY SLACK.
>>I DON’T THINK JOEY IS EXPECTING IT EITHER.
WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO IN THAT OUTSIDE LANE IS RACE AS HARD AS
YOU CAN AND WHEN IT OPENS UP YOU HAVE TO GO FOR IT OR IT WILL
CLOSE.>>THERE WAS A TIRE THAT
GOODYEAR BROUGHT HERE EARLIER. DIDN’T SEEM LIKE THAT OUTSIDE
LANE WOULD COME IN. I’M NOT SURE WE WANT TO SEE A
LITTLE BIT OF THAT TODAY WITH THIS TIRE.
IT COULD TAKE A LITTLE RUBBER AND MOVE THE GROOVE UP A LITTLE
BIT. I’D LIKE TO SEE HOW IT
PROGRESSES.>>JEFF GORDON AROUND KYLE BUSCH
FOR EIGHTH PLACE. BROTHER KURT, THE WINNER HERE IN
MARCH RIGHT BEHIND IN THAT 41.>>THESE DRIVERS ARE HOPING THIS
TIRE WILL GET SOME RUBBER DOWN ON THE RACETRACK.
IT’S BEEN PRETTY COOL THE FIRST FEW DAYS.
HASN’T RUBBERED UP THE WAY THEY WANTED TO.
LOOSE OFF TURN TWO. I’M SURE IF THEY DIDN’T GET HIT
BY THE 24, HE GOT EXTREMELY LOOSE AS HE TRIED TO GO THROUGH
THAT CORNER.>>LIKE A FREIGHT TRAIN HERE.
>>ONCE HE GETS A GOOD RUN AND FORCE HIS WAY DOWN.
>>TRYING TO RUBBER UP. COULDN’T GET IT.
THAT’S ONE THING THAT THE GUY THAT USED TO DRIVE THAT WAR WAS
ALWAYS SO GOOD, RUSTY WALLACE BEFORE HE BEAT SO MANY.
DRIVE UP OFF THAT CORNER.>>RUSTY A WINNER HERE AT
MARTINSVILLE.>>SO KESELOWSKI HAS LOST ONE,
TWO, THREE, FOUR, FIVE WITH NEWMAN BY HIM.
THAT’S SIX WITH MENARD BY HIM AND ALLMENDINGER WILL FILL THAT
SPOT BEFORE HE CAN GET BACK IN LINE.
>>I THINK HE’LL LOSE DWIGHT A FEW SPOTS.
THAT’S SURPRISING TO ME BECAUSE I TALKED TO A LOT OF GUYS AND
THOUGHT THE 2 CAR WAS ONE OF THE BETTER CARS AND YOU CAN SEE
RIGHT THERE HE WAS TRYING TO FORCE HIS WAY DOWN IN BUT WHEN
IT’S LOOSE ON EXIT IT MAKES IT TOUGH.
HOW ABOUT, DOC.>>D.J., YOU’RE RIGHT.
THEY WERE WORRIED WHEN THE TRACK RUBBERS UP GETTING TIGHT IN THE
MIDDLE AND PUTTING A LOT OF WHEEL IN IT.
WHEN THEY WENT OFF THEY WERE PREPARED FOR THE TRACK TO GET
TIGHT. RIGHT NOW THEY ARE JUST WAY TOO
FREE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CORNER AND CAN’T GET BACK ON THE GAS
AND SITTING DUCK ON THE OUTSIDE.>>IF THEY WAIT FOR THE
RACETRACK TO RUBBER UP I THINK IT MIGHT TAKE 100 LAPS OR SO.
>>THOUGHT HE A SHOT TO GET BACK DOWN TO THE INSIDE LINE, BRIAN
VICKERS BUT BRIAN DROVE IT OFF —
>>THERE YOU GO, RIGHT THERE.>>FINALLY GETS IN LINE IN FRONT
OF BIFFLE.>>THAT’S 11 SPOTS THAT HE LOST
IN GETTING SHUFFLED UP THERE OUT OF TURN TWO.
>>WELL, MUCH BETTER TO HAVE THAT HAPPEN NOW THAN LATE IN THE
RACE. THAT JUST SHOWS YOU HOW QUICKLY
THAT CAN HAPPEN. HAVE A LATE RESTART.
SOMEBODY IS LOOKING PRETTY GOOD. LOSE A LOT OF POINTS.
>>TONY STEWART IS LOOKING BACK A LITTLE BIT.
JEFF GORDON AROUND HERE. TONY STARTED FOURTH BACK TO
SEVENTH AND GORDON, WHO STARTED IN 13th PLACE NOW UP TO SIXTH.
>>THAT CAR JUST LOOKS ROCK SOLID.
EVEN IN PRACTICE BEFORE QUALIFYING.
>>I TALKED TO ALAN GUSTAFSON. 13 WAS THE BEST THEY COULD DO
WHEN IT CAME DOWN TO GETTING THAT SPOT AND TRYING TO MAKE IT
UP NOW.>>UPDATE ON JEFF GORDON FROM
MIKE.>>TO ELABORATE MORE ON THE JEFF
GORDON SITUATION IN THIS RACE COMPARED TO WHERE HE WAS IN THE
SPRING, ANDY, HE SAID EARLIER THE REASON THEY TESTED HERE IS
BECAUSE THEY HAD A REAL PROBLEM WITH THE TIRE THAT WAS BROUGHT
HERE IN THE SPRING. THEY STRUGGLED WITH IT A LITTLE
BIT, OF COURSE, THE TIRE HAS BEEN CHANGED BUT THAT TEST
DEFINITELY REACHED THE BENEFIT FOR THE 24 TEAM.
THEY’RE ABLE TO FIGURE IT OUT. THE OTHER THING THEY HAD TO WORK
ON THROUGHOUT THE FIRST OF THE WEEKEND IS UP OFF THE CORNER AND
WHAT THEY CONCENTRATED ON YESTERDAY AND GOT REAL GOOD AT
IT.>>IT LOOKED THE STRONGEST DOING
A HIT FROM THE PIT STUDIO AND YOU COULD SEE HOW THEY WORK AND
GET OFF THE CORNER, WHICH CARS WERE REALLY GETTING HOLD OF
THAT — GET THE REAR TIRES ON THE RACETRACK AND HOLD.
IT WAS REALLY WORKING ON THE 4.>>SEE SOME SMOKE AS THE CARS GO
INTO TURN THREE. THE 44 CAR OF TIMMY HILL HAS
GONE BACK BEHIND THE WALL IN THAT PART OF THE RACETRACK AND
IT’S COMING FROM THE 44 CAR WHOSE HOOD HAS BEEN RAISED AND
SEE THE REMNANTS OF IT NOW. JUST LIKE MAYBE A FIRE
EXTINGUISHER HAS BEEN DISCHARGED OVER THE 44.
JAMIE JAMIE IS ON FIRE, NOT LITERALLY.
HE’S LEADING. HE’S HOT.
COME ON.>>>JAMIE McMURRAY LEADING EARLY
IN TODAY’S NASCAR SPRINT CUP RACE AT MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY
PRESENTED BY AUTOZONE McMURRAY WITH A PRETTY GOOD GAP AND
SECOND PLACE DRIVER DENNY HAMLIN WITH JEFF GORDON MOVING UP TO
THIRD AS WE RUN UNDER THE GREEN FLAG HERE IN THE EARLY STAGES OF
THE RACE. AND SHUFFLE UP HAMLIN, GORDON,
JOHNSON. THEN MATT KENSETH AND TONY
STEWART, KEVIN HARVICK IS THE BIGGEST MOVER IN THE RACE SO
FAR. THAT BROUGHT TO YOU BY SPRINT.
KEVIN STARTED BACK IN THE 33rd POSITION AND YOU SEE HE’S
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SO ALL THOSE PEOPLE IN THE GARAGE THAT SAID THE 24 LOOKED
GOOD IN PRACTICE.>>YEP, KNEW WHAT THEY WERE
TALKING ABOUT.>>APPARENTLY SO.
I’M NOT SURE WHAT DENNY HAMLIN IS DOING HERE.
HE LEFT JEFF GORDON GO ON THE OUTSIDE.
BUT I THOUGHT THAT WAS PRETTY SMART TO BE ABLE TO HOLD THAT
SPOT. I WAS TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHY
HE’S GIVING UP SO MANY OF THEM. HAVE AN ANSWER FOR THAT, VINCE.
>>YEAH, JUST REALLY NOTHING ON THE DRIVE OFF.
THAT’S ONE OF THE THINGS THAT THEY, OF COURSE, THROUGHOUT THE
COURSE OF THE DRIVE EVERYBODY WANTED TO BE ABLE TO ROLL THAT
CENTER AND HAVE GOOD DRIVE OFF. HAMLIN RIGHT NOW NOT GOOD
EXITING.>>SO DENNY BACK TO FIFTH PLACE
NOW WITH MATT KENSETH BACK TO SIXTH AND JOEY LOGANO BACK TO
SEVENTH. JAMIE McMURRAY’S CAUGHT THE TAIL
END OF THE FIELD IN THE 1. THE FACT THAT McMURRAY QUALIFIED
ON POLE AND OUT LEADING LAP, CERTAINLY NOTHING NEW WHERE
RECENT TRENDS ARE CONCERNED. BUT JAMIE HIMSELF IDENTIFIED THE
TREND THAT HAS TO CHANGE IF THEY’RE GOING TO WIN THIS OR ONE
RACE SOON.>>WE’VE SEEN IT HAPPEN A NUMBER
OF TIMES THIS YEAR. YOU THINK ABOUT THE CONCRETE AND
BRISTOL, THE CORNER BEING CONCRETE AND SEEN HIM A NUMBER
OF TIES BE REALLY GOOD AT THE BEGINNING, IN THE MIDDLE OF
RACES ON LONGER RUNS AND THINGS BUT NOT ABLE TO FINISH IT OFF
AND SOMETHING THE TEAM WILL HAVE TO WORK ON.
COULD TODAY BE THE DAY?>>THESE TRACKS CHANGE.
I MEAN THEY REALLY DO AND HAVE TO KEEP UP WITH THEM.
THAT’S ONE THING HE AND HIS CREW CHIEF AND THEIR COMMUNICATION,
THEY HAVE TO GET THAT COMMUNICATION RIGHT SO THE CAR
IS ADJUSTED TO THE WAY — WHEN IT’S MOST IMPORTANT AT THE
BEGINNING OF THE RACE.>>EIGHTH PLACE CHANGING HANDS
THERE. JOEY LOGANO SLIDING BACK INTO
THE NUMBER EIGHT SPOT. KYLE BUSCH MOVING UP TO SEVENTH.
WHETHER YOU’RE A FAN OF KYLE’S OR NOT YOU HAVE TO FEEL FOR THE
CIRCUMSTANCES LAST SUNDAY AT TALLADEGA THAT HE BASICALLY IN
MY OPINION HAD AN ACCIDENT AVOIDED AND GOT HIT BY ANOTHER
CAR AND WOUND UP PILING THE INSIDE WALL HARD AND BY THE TIME
THEY WERE ABLE TO GET ALL THE DAMAGE REPAIRED THEY MISSED THE
CHASE BY A FEW SPOTS.>>REALLY DONE EVERYTHING RIGHT
IN THE TWO RACES PREVIOUS HAVING GOOD, SOLID RUNS AND PUTTING
THEMSELF IN POSITION ON THE BACK STRAIGHTAWAY.
KYLE SLOWED DOWN, I GUESS RUNNING FROM BEHIND AND TOTALLY
OUT OF CONTROL OF WHAT HAPPENED FROM THAT POINT.
>>YEAH. RELATIVELY SAFE GOING INTO
TALLADEGA. WAY UP THERE AHEAD OF A BUNCH OF
OTHER CAR, PLAYING IT SAFE ON THE RACETRACK AND THEN JUST GET
CAUGHT UP IN SOMETHING. SO FRUSTRATING ABOUT TALLADEGA.
CAN’T CONTROL A LOT OF THINGS THERE.
>>OF COURSE, KYLE CAN FINISH AS HIGH AS FIFTH IN THE
CHAMPIONSHIP AS WE CONTINUE TO MOVE TOWARD THE FINAL ROUND IN
THE FINAL RACE OF THE SEASON AT HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY BUT
HEARTBREAK CERTAINLY AT TALLADEGA LAST SUNDAY FOR KYLE
BUSCH. JAMIE McMURRAY OUT IN FRONT NOW
JEFF GORDON OFF TO SECOND HERE IN MARTINSVILLE.
>>>THE GREEN AT MARTINSVILLE AND LOOKING AHEAD TO THE REST OF
THE SEASON THE NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES BACK IN ACTION AFTER A
COUPLE-WEEK BREAK AND CHAMPIONSHIP DOWN TO THE FINAL
THREE RACES AND FROM TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY SATURDAY AFTERNOON,
3:30 HERE ON ESPN. CAN CHASE ELLIOTT GET HIS WIN IN
TEXAS? NEXT SUNDAY, NASCAR SPRINT CUP
SERIES TELECAST FROM THE LONE STAR STATE PRESENTED BY
FEDERATED AUTO PARTS, 2:00 EASTERN TIME.
CHASE RACE NUMBER EIGHT, JOEY LOGANO, THE WINNER IN TEXAS BACK
IN APRIL. WHO WILL WIN THAT ONE AND PUNCH
THEIR WAY THROUGH THE CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND?
HERE IN MARTINSVILLE TODAY, AFTER A COUPLE OF QUICK
CAUTIONS, NOW UNDER GREEN, THE 46 CONSECUTIVE LAP, JAMIE
McMURRAY THERE IN THE 1 HAS LED ALL BUT ONE OF THE LAPS TODAY,
MATT KENSETH EDGED HIM ON A RESTART TO LEAD A LAP BUT NOW
McMURRAY YOU SEE HAS BEEN GROWING HIS GAP ON SECOND PLACE.
JEFF GORDON. THERE’S JEFF, JIMMIE JOHNSON.
TONY STEWART, DENNY HAMLIN YOUR TOP FIVE.
>>THESE LAP TIME, SLOWING DOWN QUITE A BIT.
TO SEE HOW MANY OF THESE TIRES ARE GIVING UP SPEED.
>>SO ALL THE WAY BACK THROUGH THE FIELD.
JOEY LOGANO STARTED ON THE FRONT ROW WITH JAMIE McMURRAY BUT NOW
LOGANO FINDS HIMSELF ALL THE WAY BACK IN NINTH PLACE AND AS CARS
HAVE PASSED HIM, DROPPING FROM THEM QUICKLY.
LOOK HOW FAR BACK LOGANO IS NOW FROM A GUY WHO WAS RACING FOR
THE LEAD JUST A LITTLE WHILE AGO.
WHAT DID THEY SAY, MIKE?>>ALAN, IF YOU WATCH THE 22
MAKE ITS WAY THROUGH THE CORNERS, YOU SEE HE CAN’T KEEP
IT GLUED TO THE APRON BECAUSE HE’S EXTREMELY TIGHT IN THE
CENTER. AFTER THAT TEAM STRATEGY GOING
INTO THE RACE WAS TO BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL HERE IN THE
FIRST 400 LAPS OR SO, PROTECT THE FENDERS, NOT PUSHING THE
ISSUE ALL THAT MUCH. GOT WORK ON IT NEXT TIME — THE
FIRST TIME DOWN PIT ROAD.>>YEAH, THE ISSUE IS YOU CAN
RUN INTO BY HAVING A TIGHT CAR IN THE CENTER, SOMEBODY ROLLING
THROUGH THE CENTER COMING UP TO YOU BEHIND YOU AND YOU HAPPEN TO
SLOW DOWN JUST A LITTLE BIT YOU CAN GET RUN INTO IN THAT LEFT
REAR QUARTER PANEL AND MIGHT FIND YOURSELF IN TROUBLE THERE.
>>SO THE PENSKE CAR STRUGGLING EARLY IN THIS ONE, LOGANO BACK
TO NINTH. KESELOWSKI ALL THE WAY BACK TO
21st PLACE. CARL EDWARDS NOW WORKING ON
LOGANO FOR A SPOT.>>I HAVE TO TELL YOU I’M PRETTY
IMPRESSED WITH WHAT CARL EDWARDS HAS DONE HERE IN THESE FIRST
70LAS MUCH WATCH HIM YESTERDAY IN PRACTICE.
LOOKED LIKE HE WAS REALLY, REALLY STRUGGLING WITH HIS CAR.
DIDN’T HAVE THE SPEED AND REALLY DIDN’T HAVE MUCH ON A LONG RUN
EITHER BUT APPARENTLY MADE SOME NICE ADJUSTMENTS AND DID A GOOD
JOB HERE STAYING INSIDE THE TOP TEN.
>>SO THAT IS THE UPDATE ON CARL.
EARLIER WE TALKED ABOUT KEVIN HARVICK’S CHARGE IN THE OPENING
LAP FROM 33rd UP TO 17th. NOW HE’S LOSING SOME OF THE
GROUND THAT HE GAINED AND IS RACING BRAD KESELOWSKI THERE FOR
20th PLACE.>>WHEN I GO TO PICK UP THE GAS
AND SHOVES THE FRONT, CAN’T FINISH MY ROLL AND CAN’T HIT THE
GAS.>>HEARING ALMOST THE THEME OF
PEOPLE SHOVING THE FRONT TIRE. IN FACT A LITTLE TIGHTER THAN
THAN IT PROBABLY WAS IN PRACTICE.
>>KEVIN HARVICK PIT.>>KEVIN HARVICK, I’M NOT SURE
HE EXPLAIN WHY HE QUALIFIED 33rd.
ANOTHER CAUTION. WE’LL DO THAT ANOTHER TIME.
>>KYLE FOWLER MAKING HIS NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES DEBUT.
>>RIGHT FRONT NOW. TALKED ABOUT THIS —
>>RIGHT SIDE.>>HOW YOU CAN OVERHEAT THE
RIGHT FRONTS WITH BRAKE HEAT, KIND OF CHARCOALS THAT AND LOOKS
LIKE WHAT MAY HAVE HAPPENED.>>A YOUNG DRIVER — PROBABLY
BEEN WARNED ABOUT THAT HERE BUT EASY TO OVERDO IT THINKING THAT
YOU’RE NOT.>>DAVE, YOU WERE SAYING.
>>ON THE 4 CAR, 33rd, RODNEY CHILDRESS TOLD ME HE LEFT IT TOO
LOOSE AN SENT HIM OUT TOO EARLY AND KEVIN TRYING HARD AS DAMAGE
IN THE QUALIFYING SESSION SO EXTRA 30 MINUTES IN THE GARAGE
FOR NASCAR AFTER PRACTICE YESTERDAY, SATURDAY AND GOT 30
MINUTES EARLY — SORRY, SATURDAY MORNING.
AN EXTRA HOUR TO PREPARE THAT CAR AND DID A GOOD JOB.
>>ALL RIGHT, DAVE, THANKS. SO TIME FOR SOME PIT STOPS FOR
SURE FOR ALL OF THE RACE LEADERS.
WE HAVE 36 CARS ON THE LEAD LAP. DAVID RAGAN SHOULD GET THE FREE
PASS, FIRST CAR, ONE LAP DOWN AND THE 34.
HALL OF FAME TRIBUTE CAR FOR WENDELL SCOTT.
A LOT OF CARS STILL ON THE LEAD LAP HERE HAVE TO WATCH THERE’S
CONTACT. TIGHT PIT ROAD.
>>SOME OF THE SMALLEST PIT BOXES ON THE CIRCUIT.
DAVE.>>FROM A PIT STOP JIMMIE
JOHNSON ONE FROM THE FOUR. FOUR-TIRE CHANGE FOR JIMMIE
JOHNSON. THE CAR NEEDS A LITTLE HELP FROM
THE CENTER OFF THE CORNER. VINCE.
>>BIG ADVANTAGE FOR TONY STEWART.
HE’S GOT AN OPEN SPACE ENTERING HIS PIT BOX.
GIVES HIM A LITTLE MORE ROOM. HELPS ROTATING THE CORNER, AIR
PRESSURE AND A ROUND OUT OF THE LEFT REAR.
>>JEFF GORDON SAYING HE’S BEEN LOSING THE MIDDLE A LITTLE BIT
OVER THE COURSE OF THAT LAST RUN.
TAKE A ROUND OUT OF THE LEFT REAR.
FOUR TIRES AND FUEL FOR THE 24. MEANWHILE, THE GUY WHO LED MOST
OF THIS RACE, JAMES JAMIE UP FRONT, FOUR-TIRE CHANGE, ALSO A
TRACK BAR ADJUSTMENT. HE’S AWAY AND OFF PIT ROAD
EASILY.>>THE AUTOZONE RACE OFF PIT
ROAD. DENNY HAMLIN GOING TO BE THE
LOSER IN THIS ROUND OF STOPS.>>>McMURRAY AND GORDON FOR THE
RESTART AT MARTINSVILLE.>>JEFF GORDON RIGHT THERE.
LEAD LAP TRYING TO TAKE THAT ADVANTAGE AWAY FROM HIM AND THAT
HIGH SIDE KNOWING IT PROBABLY WASN’T GOING TO HAPPEN KNOWING
HOW GOOD IT IS TO PASS McMURRAY TO GET THE LEAD.
PUT HIM — IN A POSITION TO LOSE FOUR OR FIVE SPOTS.
>>I THINK IT HELPED THAT McMURRAY GOT SUCH A GOOD START
AND PULLED ONE FOR JIMMIE JOHNSON.
GET DOWN.>>TONY STEWART, THE ONE ON THE
OUTSIDE LANE, JOEY LOGANO TRYING TO KEEP HIM OUT THERE.
SIXTH PLACE. ABLE TO SLIDE IN IN FRONT OF
CARL EDWARDS. FLECKING THOSE MUSCLES AND TAKE
THE LEAD.>>NICE TURN OFF THREE.
HE JUMPED OFF THERE.>>ENCOURAGING HIS DRIVER.
>>SO THERE IS A BONUS POINT FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP FOR THE LEAD
LAP FOR JEFF GORDON. BECOMES THE FOURTH DIFFERENT
LEADER OF THIS RACE, AND –>>GORDON IS HOPING AT THE END
OF THE DAY THAT POINT COULD MEAN ANYTHING THAT HE’S PUNCHED
THROUGH TO HOMESTEAD BY WINNING THIS.
I TALKED WITH JEFF HERE ON SATURDAY.
>>TALKED TO HIM ABOUT WHAT HIS EXPERIENCE WAS LIKE AT
TALLADEGA. GOING THROUGH THAT ROUND, THAT
RACE KNOWING THAT HE COULD BE LEFT OUT OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP IF
THINGS DIDN’T GO RIGHT. HE SAID IT WASN’T A FUN DAY AND
REALLY, REALLY HARD AND HE SAID, I HOPE TO NOT BE IN THAT
POSITION COME THEN. WE TESTED PHOENIX.
WE’RE REALLY GOOD. FEEL GREAT ABOUT MY CAR BUT
WOULD RATHER NOT BE IN THAT SPOT AND FIX IT BY WINNING HERE.
>>I TALKED TO ALAN GUSTAFSON AND HE SAID THAT WAS SOY
STRESSFUL ON HIM AND THAT WHOLE TEAM BUT HE SAID AFTER IT’S OVER
IT’S OVER AND WE’RE THROUGH AND THAT’S ALL THAT MATTERS BUT TOOK
YEARS OFF HIS LIFE, HE SAID.>>CHANGE FOR FOURTH PLACE.
MATT KENSETH AROUND KYLE BUSCH TO PICK UP THAT SPOT.
>>A NUMBER OF THESE DRIVERS AND TEAMS HAD TO ADJUST AND WORK ON
THESE RACE CARS. THEY’LL HELP THEM ON THE
RACETRACK. A LOT OF THEM ARE REALLY
STRUGGLING THERE IN THAT LONG RUN.
>>MENTIONED DENNY HAMLIN LOSING FOUR SPOTS ON THE PIT STOPS.
HE MIGHT LOSE NINTH PLACE TO DALE EARNHARDT JR.
AND TENTH PLACE. WHAT HAPPENED ON THE HAMLIN PIT
STOP?>>TRACK POSITION IS SO
IMPORTANT. THAT’S WHY YOU CAN’T AFFORD
MISTAKES ON PIT LANE FROM THE CREW OR DRIVER.
DENNY, A LITTLE TOO CLOSE TO THE INSIDE WALL AS HE CAME IN FOR
THAT SPOT AND HAD TROUBLE JACKED ON THE LEFT-HAND SIDE.
THEY KNEED IT TO BECAUSE HE WAS SO CLOSE TO THE WALL.
>>THAT’S REALLY IMPORTANT BECAUSE THIS IS A TEAM — I’M
SURE DENNY WAS COUNTING ON GAINING SPOTS ON PIT ROAD
BECAUSE OF THIS’S BEEN SO GOOD ALL YEAR LONG.
>>WHERE HIS PIT IS RIGHT THERE AS IT STARTS TO MAKE THE TURN.
DOWN IN TURN — IN TURN ONE BASICALLY.
CAN BE A LITTLE BIT DIFFICULT. YOU CAN MISJUDGE THAT AND GET
YOURSELF TOO CLOSE. I’M SURE DENNY WILL LEARN FROM
THAT AND HAVE SOME PRETTY FLAWLESS PIT STOPS FROM THIS
SPOT FORWARD.>>OUTSIDE THE TOP TEN FALLING
BACK TO 11th PLACE. REALLY NICE RUN IN THIS LAST
STRETCH OF THE RACE FOR ARIC ALMIROLA, STARTED BACK IN 27th
PLACE IN THE 43 AND ARIC HAS MOVED UP TO 12th PLACE.
HOW IMPORTANT THE BRAKES ARE IN MARTINSVILLE AND HOW BUSY THE
DRIVER IS INSIDE THE CAR. HERE’S A GREAT LOOK.
>>A LOT GOING ON. YOU CAN SEE LEFT FOOT ON THE
BRAKE THERE, THE ONE THING HAVE TO BE CAREFUL, MAKE SURE YOU’RE
NOT JUST RESTING YOUR FOOT ON THE BRAKE BECAUSE THAT CAN
CREATE HEAT TOO WITHOUT YOU KNOWING IT.
LIKE TO GET ON THE BRAKE BACK OFF IT, LET YOUR CAR ROLL.
MAY HAVE TO USE IT IN THE CENTER.
HE’S TESTING IT THERE BUT NOT A LOT OF BRAKES THERE.
>>HE HAD SPACE IN FRONT OF HIS CAR AND A LITTLE SPACE BEHIND
HIS CAR SO HE’S ABLE TO KIND OF GO EASY ON EVERYTHING.
BACK TO ANDY’S POINT ABOUT HOW HARD THE PLACE IS ON THE
EQUIPMENT. THAT’S A MOMENT TO BREATHE THE
EQUIPMENT. WHEN YOU’RE NOT BEING PRESSURED
FROM BEHIND AND NOT RIGHT UP ON SOMEBODY IN FRONT OF.
>>YOU WHEN I FIRST STARTED CUP RACING, I TALKED TO KEN
SCHRADER. I DON’T KNOW IF IT WAS A GOOD
IDEA OR NOT. ALWAYS ENTERTAINING —
>>KEN, A GREAT RACER AND SHORT TRACK RACER, HE SAID HERE THE
RACE IS SO LONG, IT’S 500 HARD, LONG LAPS AND SAID THERE ARE
TIMES I JUST WARRANTED TO TAKE CARE OF THINGS.
HE SAID IT WOULD GIVE ME THAT CUSHION I NEEDED WHERE THE CAR
IN FRONT OF ME WAS JUST GOOD ENOUGH, I’D HAVE TO ABUSE MY
EQUIPMENT AND USE TOO MUCH BRAKE BUT TRY TO KEEP SOMEBODY OFF MY
BUMPER SO THEY’RE NOT RUNNING OVER THE BACK OF ME EITHER AND
KIND OF WHAT ARIC IS DOING, GOOD POINT, ALLEN, TAKE CARE OF YOUR
EQUIPMENT RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW.>>RYAN NEWMAN RIGHT BEHIND HIM
AND DENNY HAMLIN IN FRONT OF HIM.
ALMIROLA JUST OUTSIDE THE TOP TEN.
FORMER WINNER HERE. CONTINUES TO ADVANCE IN THIS
CHAMPIONSHIP. PEOPLE ARE FAIRLY QUICK TO POINT
OUT — YEAH, BUT HE HASN’T WON. HE COULD WIN HERE.
HE’S DONE IT BEFORE.>>GOT THIS ONE AND THE NEXT
COUPLE. GOT SOME GOOD TRACKS COMING UP.
TALKED TO LUKE LAMBERT. HOW THEY’VE GONE ABOUT THIS YEAR
AND NOT WINNING — KEEP PUSHING THESE POINTS EVERY WEEK.
THEY KEEP, YOU KNOW, BEING VERY, VERY CONSISTENT.
HE SAID HE’S NOT GOING TO CHANGE MUCH.
KEEP DOING WHAT THEY’RE DOING AND IF THEY HAVE A GOOD ENOUGH
CAR TO WIN, THEY’LL WIN LAST WEEK.
>>SO RYAN NEWMAN RUNNING BACK IN 13th POSITION IN THE QUICKEN
LOANS CAR RUNNING IN FIRST IS JEFF GORDON, THE FOUR-TIME
CHAMPION LOOKING FOR YET ANOTHER GRANDFATHER CLOCK TROPHY FROM
HERE AT HISTORIC MARTINSVILLE.>>>GREAT RIVALRY GAME ON MONDAY
NIGHT FOOTBALL, THE 109th MEETING OF THE REDSKINS AND THE
COWBOY, OF COURSE, DALLAS WINNING SIX STRAIGHT.
IT’S WASHINGTON AND DALLAS, 8:15 EASTERN ON ESPN AND LIVE ON
WATCH ESPN. NO OTHER NIGHT IS MONDAY NIGHT.
AND HERE IN MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY, JEFF GORDON CONTINUES
TO LEAD, DEVELOPING STORY IN THESE LAST FEW MOMENTS.
JIMMIE JOHNSON, FROM THIRD POSITION, HITTING PIT ROAD UNDER
THE GREEN FLAG WITH A PROBLEM ON THE 48 CAR.
HE LOST TWO LAPS IN THE EXCHANGE.
DAVE, WHAT HAPPENED?>>ALLEN, ON LAP 92 HE HAD A
FUNNY VIE BRAKE, THOUGHT IT MIGHT BE RUBBER BUILDUP BUT GOT
SO BAD HE HAD TO BRING IT TO PIT ROAD AND CHANGED ALL FOUR TIRES,
ALL FOUR TIRES ARE UP BUT THE RIGHT FRONT INSIDE THE WHEEL HAS
SOME FUNNY SCUFF MARKS AS IF IT HAD BEEN LOOSE A LITTLE BIT.
>>SAW THE FRONT TIRE CHANGER THERE HAVING A GOOD LOOK UNDER
THAT WHILE HE HAD THE TIRE OFF BEFORE HE PUT IT BACK ON.
NOW, AFTER JIMMIE WENT TWO LAPS DOWN HE CAME BACK ON THE TRACK.
THE PRESSURE TIRES HE GOT ONE BACK FROM JEFF GORDON.
THIS ON TAPE A FEW MINUTES AGO, JIMMIE IS NOW ONE AND
THREE-QUARTERS LAPS DOWN TO JEFF GORDON AND HE IS THE FOURTH CAR,
ONE LAP DOWN.>>THAT WAS CRITICAL TO GET THAT
BACK TO MAKE SURE YOU GOT BACK ON JUST ONE BEHIND, ONE LAP DOWN
SO THAT HE CAN POSSIBLY MAKE THAT UP ON A WAVE-AROUND OR GET
A SITUATION IN WHERE HE BECOMES THE FREE PASS LATER ON.
>>I SEE HIM GETTING THIS LAP BACK.
UNFORTUNATELY BUT HAPPENED EARLY AND I THINK HE’LL HAVE PLENTY OF
TIME TO GET BACK ON THE LEAD LAP AND BE A CONTENDER TO WIN THIS
THING.>>OTHER THAN HIS FIRST SPRINT
CUP START AT MARTINSVILLE, JIMMIE HAS ALWAYS FINISHED ON
THE LEAD LAP EACH AND EVERY RACE.
>>PRETTY AMAZING.>>I THINK HE WILL AGAIN.
>>THERE’S WAY MAN ON THE MOVE RIGHT THERE, KEVIN HARVICK.
RESTARTED 22nd AND PUT HIM IN THE 10th SPOT RIGHT NOW.
>>KEVIN STARTED IN 33rd PLACE. GAINED SOME SPOTS IN THE OPENING
RUN AND THE HANDLING WENT AWAY, SLID BACK, NOW RODNEY CHILDRESS
AND COMPANY HAD A CHANCE TO PUT THEIR HANDS ON THE CAR AND
THERE’S THAT SINCE THE RESTART. STEADILY FORWARD IS HIS MARCH.
>>GOT HIMSELF IN A GOOD SPOT AND HAS A HAM ON THIS A LITTLE
BIT BETTER. GOING TO BE ABLE TO MAKE TODAY
HAPPEN THE WAY THAT HE WANTS TO NOW.
HE’S DONE THE HARD WORK TO THIS POINT ALTHOUGH IN THE SPRING
THEY HAD TO DO IT A NUMBER OF TIMES BECAUSE OF ISSUES THEY
HAD. VERY SMOOTH AND MAKING PASSES
AROUND HERE.>>STARTING TO SEE SOMETHING
RIGHT WHERE YOU SEE KEVIN GOING STARTING TO SEE RUBBER BUILDUP
WHENEVER THE TEMPERATURES GET UP A LITTLE BIT THIS TRACK STARTS
TAKING RUBBER AND GET IN THERE WHERE THEY NORMALLY WITH THEIR
RIGHT SIDE — THE BOTTOM ON THE CURBING.
IT’S A RUBBER BUILDUP SO YOU HAVE TO START DECIDING CAN YOU
GET BELOW IT OR ARE YOU GOING TO TRY TO STRADDLE THAT.
IF YOU DON’T YOU HIT IT AND SENDS YOUR CAR — AND THE CAR,
NO SLIDE THAT YOU GET WITH THE RIGHT REAR YOU GET LOOSE.
>>LOOKS LIKE KEVIN FIND A NICE GROOVE.
LAST LAP HE WAS THE QUICKEST ON THE RACETRACK, NOT RIGHT ON THAT
CURB.>>SOMEBODY ELSE FOUND A NICE
GROOVE, DALE EARNHARDT JR., THE HEARTBREAK OF TALLADEGA LAST
SUNDAY, JUNIOR STARTED THIS RACE IN 23rd PLACE AND JUST PASSED
JOEY LOGANO FROM SIXTH TO MOVE UP INTO FIFTH PLACE IF WE’VE
SEEN THIS TEAM AND DALE JR. AND STEVE LETARTE.
A LOT OF TIMES WHENEVER THE PRESSURE HAS GONE AWAY THEY
PERFORM AT THEIR VERY BEST AND NOT THAT THEY CAN’T HANDLE IT
BUT RELAX AND GO AT IT. 9 SITUATION THEY’RE IN NOW, JUST
GO AFTER WINS.>>BRAD KESELOWSKI IN THE 2
STARTED IN SIXTH PLACE, WAY BACK IN THE OPENING RUN OF THE RACE,
GOT SUFFICIENTLY HADDED UP IN THE OUTSIDE LANE AND HANDLING ON
THE CAR IS NOT WHAT HE WANTED. NOW AS HE RUNS IN 18th WE GET
THIS.>>THIS IS RIDICULOUS.
>>A LOT OPEN THERE. I’M NOT SURE WHAT’S GOING ON
>>THAT’S ALL I CAN DO.>>IT’S ALWAYS TOUGH TO KEEP THE
CAR COOLED. THE LOW AVERAGE SPEED.
YOU DON’T GET A LOT OF AIRFLOW FLEW THE RADIATORS AND CARS
EVERYWHERE. DISTURBED.
DOWN IN A LITTLE BOWL BECAUSE OF THE GRANDSTANDS.
ONE OF THE THINGS YOU FACE, SOUNDS LIKE THEY’RE ON THE EDGE
WITH THOSE TEMPERATURES THOUGH, DOC.
>>THEY ARE, ANDY AND TOOK A LITTLE TAPE OFF WHEN THEY MADE
THOSE ADJUSTMENTS ON THE FIRST STOP AND THEY CHECKED WITH THEIR
TEAM CAR, THE 22 OF LOGANO AND APPARENTLY HE HAS SAID THEY HAVE
SOME HEATING ISSUES TOO SO MAYBE IT’S A PENSKE ISSUE AS OPPOSED
TO A RACETRACK ISSUE. BOTH WILL BE PULLING MORE TAPE
OFF RIGHT NOW AS YOU HEARD BRAD, TAKE IT EASY, MAKE SURE THEY GET
SOME AIR AND DON’T PUSH THAT ENGINE EARLY ON.
THEY CAN ILL AFFORD THAT TO HAPPEN IN THE CHASE.
>>I USED TO HAVE A MOTTO WHEN I CAME TO HERE AND BRISTOL, NO
TAPE RACE. DIDN’T PUT ANY TAPE ON THE
GRILL. DIDN’T SEEM TO HELP AS MUCH AS
IT WOULD HURT IF YOU HAD TOO MUCH.
>>DESCRIBED AN OVERHEATING PROBLEM IS REALLY HOT HERE,
DUDE.>>I DON’T THINK HE EVER SAID IT
QUITE LIKE THAT. DALE JR. AROUND MATT KENSETH TO
MOVE UP TO FOURTH PLACE.>>>THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES
FROM MARTINSVILLE ON ESPN. TODAY PRESENTED BY AUTOZONE.
JEFF GORDON, 24, THE RACE LEADER, JAMIE McMURRAY, ONE,
FOLLOWING HIM UP THROUGH THE TRAFFIC AND HANGING RIGHT THERE
WITH HIM. SLIDING WIDE.
RICKY STENHOUSE FOR A NUDGE THERE.
NOW TRY TO GET ALL THE MARBLES OFF THE 17 CAR’S TIRES.
WE STAY UP THE GREEN FLAG, STENHOUSE BACK IN 28th PLACE.
REMINDER THAT DURING THIS GOODY’S HEADACHE RELIEF SHOT
500, YOU CAN CHECK OUT NASCAR.COM/RACEBUDDY FOR
ENHANCED RACE ACTION TODAY. LIVE FROM HERE IN MARTINSVILLE.
JEFF GORDON, JAMIE McMURRAY, ONE AND TWO.
>>I REALLY THOUGHT THAT JEFF GORDON WOULD BE ABLE TO STRETCH
IT OUT ON McMURRAY AS LONG AS HE LOOKED AND TOOK THE LEAD.
McMURRAY STAYED RIGHT WITH HIM.>>BY THE WAY, WHILE WE’RE
SEEING LANDON CASSILL, HOW ABOUT HIS PERFORMANCE LAST SUNDAY IN
TALLADEGA? IT WAS FANTASTIC.
DID A GREAT JOB GETTING IN THE RIGHT LINE POSITION, HAVE AN
OPPORTUNITY TO WIN THAT RACE. AND A LITTLE OFF IN THIS LONGER
RUN RIGHT NOW BUT WHAT A GREAT JOB THAT WAS.
GREAT FINISH FOR THAT TEAM AND DRIVER.
>>MIKE AND THE WHOLE GANG AND AGAIN THE CHANCE TO RUN UP FRONT
AND HAD A SHOT AT TAKING OVER THE TROPHY IN TALLADEGA.
JEFF GORDON NOW MOVING PAST — NOW RUSTY INTO SECOND PLACE ON
THE MOST LAPS LED LIST ALL-TIME HERE AT MARTINSVILLE.
LEADING 52 TODAY. HE HAS A LITTLE WAYS TO GO TO
CATCH THE GREAT CALE YARBOROUGH FOR THE MARK HERE, COULD HAPPEN
TODAY.>>VERY WELL COULD, THE WAY THE
CAR LOOKS RIGHT NOW.>>TALKED ABOUT HORSES FOR
COURSES AND THIS IS SO UNIQUE AND DIFFERENT FROM ANYTHING ELSE
YOU RUN ON. WE TALKED ABOUT EARLIER IN
MARTINSVILLE IT SEEMS LIKE WE’VE HAD THESE PERIOD, DECADE LONG
CHUNKS WHERE A DRIVER AND A TEAM JUST HAVE HAD THIS PLACE
DOMINATED. WE SAW RICHARD PETTY AND DARRELL
WALTRIP AND RUSTY AND THEN ON INTO JEFF GORDON AND JIMMIE.
DENNY HAMLIN HAS HAD A LITTLE GO THERE TOO.
THE UNIQUENESS OF THIS TRACK IS WHAT HELPS ITSELF TO SOMEBODY
HAVING THAT DOMINANT RUN.>>YEAH, YOU KNOW, THE TRACK
KIND OF GETS YOU INTO A SITUATION WHERE YOU FEEL LIKE
BECAUSE OF THE WAY THAT IT’S SET UP ATTACKING IT EVERY SINGLE LAP
IS THE BEST WAY TO GET AROUND HERE AND WHAT YOU LEARN AS WE
SEE LOGANO A LITTLE BUMPER TO KYLE BUSCH THERE, THESE TWO
BATTLE HARD. TRYING TO STAY IN THAT TOP FIVE
IS KYLE BUSCH. BUT YOU HAVE TO — YOU REALLY
HAVE TO CHANGE YOUR DRIVING TILE AND THINKING COMPLETELY FROM
WHAT YOU DO AT MOST OTHER SHORT TRACKS AND THIS WASN’T SOMETHING
THAT JEFF GORDON FOUND THE FIRST OR SECOND TIME THAT HE CAME HERE
WAS A TEST SESSION AFTER THAT THAT HE REALLY FOUND WHAT HE WAS
LOOKING FOR AND ONCE YOU FIND THAT, YOU FIND THAT FEEL AND
HAVE THAT AND CAN UTILIZE IT ALL THE TIME AND THAT’S WHENEVER YOU
SEE DRIVERS LIKE DARRELL AND RUSTY AND EVERYBODY TRYING TO
FIND THEIR WAY AROUND HERE AND ON A REGULAR BASIS.
>>RUSTY WON HERE SEVEN TIMES. I KNOW YOU YOU WILL KA IT YOUR
FAVORITE RACETRACKS. DO YOU AGREE WITH THAT SENTIMENT
ONCE YOU FIND THE FIELD YOU’RE ON TO SOMETHING.
>>I TOTALLY AGREE. DALE IS RIGHT ON.
SAME STUFF I USED AT BRISTOL AND RICHMOND AND MARTINSVILLE.
YOU LOOK FOR A SETUP. YOU LOOK FOR A FEEL AND THE
SETUPS CAN BE WAY DIFFERENT THAN RACE TO RACE AS LONG AS YOU CAN
ATTAIN THAT FEEL AND THAT’S WHAT I DID.
AT THIS PARTICULAR RACETRACK FOR ME I REALLY HAD TO HAVE THAT CAR
TURNED AND WHAT I CALL LATE EXIT AND NOT SPIN A TIRE UP OFF THE
CORNER. WATCHING JEFF GORDON’S CAR HARD
AND JAMIE McMURRAY AND THEY’RE DOING THE SAME THING.
KEEP THAT CAR DOWN, THEY CAN MAKE A PASS, THEY CAN ACCELERATE
STRAIGHT UP, BUT, YOU KNOW, I TELL YOU, ANY DRIVER THAT COULD
GET WHAT I WANTS OUT OF THE CAR AT THOSE TRACKS, BY HIS
TECHNIQUE AND WHAT HE KEEPS SEARCHING FOR, PROBABLY GOING TO
HAVE A GOOD DAY.>>RUSTY, I’M NOT TRYING TO
START ANYTHING HERE. OR CAUSE ANY RUMORS BUT IF I
COULD YOU BACK INTO A RACE CAR FOR ONE MORE RACE AT ANY PLACE,
WOULD IT BE HERE?>>NO DOUBT.
EVERY ATHLETE STILL THINKS THEY CAN DO IT.
EVERY TIME I COME HERE I THINK I CAN DO IT.
I GOT A TEXT FROM RICKY CRAVEN. HE SAID I DON’T CARE ABOUT
RUNNING TALLADEGA BUT I SURE WISH I WAS IN THE SEAT AT
MARTINSVILLE TODAY.>>SURE.
>>I TEXTED HIM BACK, I SAID, YOU GOT THAT RIGHT, RICKY.
>>HE’LL BE WITH US ON “SPORTSCENTER.”
HE GOT HIS FIRST NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES WIN HERE AT
MARTINSVILLE ALWAYS. ALREADY ON THE CHARGE ON JEFF
GORDON FOR THE LEAD.>>A LITTLE BIT BETTER CAR THAN
JEFF RIGHT NOW. DOING A GREAT JOB OF CONTROLLING
THE LEAD. I DON’T KNOW HOW LONG HE’LL BE
ABLE TO HOLD HIM OFF.>>ONE THING I SAW WAS JEFF HAD
A LITTLE BIT OF AN ISSUE TRYING TO LAP SOME OF THESE CARS, OF
COURSE, GETTING THE FASTER CARS NOW TO PUT THEM A LAP DOWN WHICH
MAKES IT A LITTLE MORE DIFFICULT.
HE CAN RUN THE LINE THAT HE WANTS TO IS NOT HAMPERED BY
THAT, A CAR BEING ON HIS OUTSIDE BUT PULL AS WAY BUT DISTANCE ON
THE ONE.>>UPDATE ON McMURRAY FROM MIKE.
>>WELL, GUYS, AS YOU KNOW DURING QUALIFYING IN PRACTICE
THESE TEES USE A SOFTWARE THAT ALLOWS THEM TO MIRROR THEIR LINE
AROUND THE RACETRACK WITH THE GUY THEY’RE TRYING TO BEAT.
WELL, IN THIS CASE THEY DON’T HAVE THAT HERE AT THE RACE CAR
BUT ONLY HAVE VISUALS FROM THEIR SPOTTER AND McMURRAY’S SPOTTER
HAS BEEN RADIOING TO HIM OVER THE LAST SEVERAL LAPS TO GIVE
HIM AN INDICATION WHERE THE 24 HAS BEEN BETTER TELLING HIM HE’S
BEEN TAKING A BETTER ARC THROUGH THE CORNERS.
WITH THAT INFORMATION, SKWM HAS BEEN GOING TO SCHOOL ON THE 24
TRYING TO MIMIC THAT LINE TRYING TO CLOSE THE GAP AND HAS BEEN
PAYING DIVIDENDS. STILL HE HASN’T BEEN ABLE TO GET
BY HIM JUST YET.>>THIS IS SO MUCH A DRIVER’S
RACETRACK. YOU GUYS WERE JUST TALKING ABOUT
IT AND BEEN WITH SOME GREAT DRIVERS HERE TOO AND JUST THE
TECHNIQUES THEY USE AND THE RHYTHMS, JEFF GORDON PROBABLY
ONE OF THE BEST I’VE EVER SEEN HERE, YOU KNOW, WE TALKED ABOUT
THE GREATS LIKE RUSTY, JUST THEY HAVE SOMETHING SPECIAL.
EVEN WHEN THEY DON’T HAVE THE BEST RACE CAR THEY CAN FIGURE
OUT A WAY TO DRIVE IT IN THE LONG RUNS AND CHANGE WHAT
THEY’RE DOING AND KEEP IT BALANCED.
IF JEFF FELT SOMETHING GOING A CERTAIN DIRECTION HE’S GOOD
ENOUGH TO CHANGE THE WAY HE DRIVES HIS CAR TO TRY TO HELP
THAT.>>JEFF GORDON FOR NOW HOLDING
OFF THE CHALLENGE OF JAMIE McMURRAY FOR THE RACE LEAD IN A
LONG GREEN FLAG STRETCH HERE NOW 68 LAPS CONSECUTIVELY GREEN FLAG
RUNNING, THE LONGEST OF THE DAY TO THIS POINT.
>>>A LOOK DOWN AT THE RACE AND LEAD.
OUR TELECAST OF THIS OPENING RACE OF THE ELIMINATOR ROUND OF
THE CHASE PRESENTED BY AUTOZONE. JEFF GORDON, 24, LEADING JAMIE
McMURRAY, 1 IN A LOT OF LAP TRAFFIC.
OUR AERIAL COVERAGE PROVIDED BY GOODYEAR.
EVERYTHING THEY LEARN MAKING TIRES FOR THE GRUELING DEENED
MAS OF NASCAR INSPIRES WHAT THEY ROLL INTO YOURS, GOODYEAR, THE
OFFICIAL TIRE OF NASCAR. CHEVROLET RUNNING FIRST, SECOND
AND THIRD. ENTER FOR A CHANCE TO WIN THE
2015 SILVERADO HD AND THE ULTIMATE SILVERADO ADVENTURE.
DANICA PATRICK IS THE LAST CAR ON THE LEAD LAP, OH, SCATTERING
OFF TURN FOUR, BRIAN VICKERS TURNED AROUND, YELLOW FLAG.
>>KIND OF TEAL THAT ONE COMING. WE WERE TALKING ABOUT IT HERE
DURING THE COMMERCIAL BREAK. AS THE LEADERS CLOSE ON A PACK
OF CARS, THE PRESSURE BEGINS TO BUILD.
IF SOMEBODY IS HOLDING SOMEBODY UP THERE’S GOING TO BE A MOMENT
OF IMPATIENCE THAT’S GOING TO RESULT IN THAT.
>>YOU KNOW, THERE AND TRYING TO STAY ON THE LEAD LAP YOU KNOW
THE LEADER IS COMING. RACING GETS A LITTLE HARDER.
YEAH, KASEY KAHNE IS LIKE, I GOT TO GO.
I CAN’T CUT YOU ANY BREAKS RIGHT NOW.
THEY SURE TURNED HIM AROUND, THOUGH, RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE
LEADERS TOO, I BELIEVE. WATCH HOW GORDON AND McMURRAY
HANDLED THIS. THEIR SPOTTERS TELLING THEM
WHAT’S GOING ON. DANICA SLOWS DOWN.
GOT INTO THE BACK OF HER. SEEMED TO SQUEEZE RIGHT THERE ON
THE CURB.>>WATCH THE BASEBALL BROADCAST
AND SAY IF YOU’RE SCORING AT HOME.
>>YEAH.>>IF YOU’RE SCORING AT HOME
WRITE DOWN 5 AND 55 AND SEE IF THAT COMES BACK AROUND IN THE
LAST THREE LAPS OF THIS.>>I CAN IMAGINE BRIAN VICKERS
NOT HAPPY WITH THAT. WE’VE SEEN HIM REACT
DIFFERENT –>>YES, WE HAVE.
>>PIT ROAD OPEN.>>78, MARTIN TRUEX FREE PASS AS
THE LEADERS COME IN FOR STOPS. DAVE.
>>GOOD RUN FOR HIM. TIGHTENING NEAR THE END SO HE’LL
GET AN AIR PRESSURE ADJUSTMENT AND TRACK BAR ADJUSTMENT.
FOUR TIRES AND SUNOCO FUEL. VINCE.
>>BOTTOM LEFT PORTION OF YOUR SCREEN, SAYS THE CAR HAS GONE
TWO TO THREE NUMBERS TIGHTER THAN THE PREVIOUS ROUND.
ESPECIALLY ACROSS THE MIDDLE SO THEY’LL MAKE A CHASSIS
ADJUSTMENT. FOUR GOODYEAR TIRES AND SUNOCO
FUEL.>>JEFF GORDON HAS BEEN SAYING
THE ONLY THING HE HAS ISSUES WITH, A LITTLE BIT LOOSE IN.
THEY’LL GO A HALF ROUND DOWNEN 0 THE LEFT REAR.
FOUR TIRES, GORDON IS NOW AWAY AND McMURRAY GOING TO WORK ON
HIS CAR, FOUR-TIRE CHANGE THERE AND I THINK HE’LL LOSE THE RACE
OFF PIT ROAD, ALLEN.>>YEP.
JEFF GORDON IS GOING TO GET THE RACE OFF PIT ROAD.
DENNY HAMLIN HESITATING THERE TO TRY TO GET HIMSELF INTO THE
INSIDE LINE FOR THE RESTART. THERE IT IS, MIKE.
BY THAT MUCH. IT’S GORDON.
>>>MARTINSVILLE, VIRGINIA, RIGHT ALONG THE SOUTH CENTRAL
BORDER OF THE STATE BETWEEN VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA
WHERE THE ONLY REMAINING TRACK FROM NASCAR’S ORIGINAL SEASON
STILL HOLDING RACES FOR ITS TOP SERIES IS MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY
WHERE TODAY THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES RUNS IN RACE NUMBER
ONE IN THE ELIMINATOR ROUND OF THE CHASE.
WRAPPING UP CAUTION AFTER BRIAN VICKERS WAS TURNED AROUND BY
KASEY KAHNE, JEFF GORDON HOLDS THE LEAD OFF PIT ROAD.
A REMINDER THAT AFTER TODAY WE MOVE ON TO FT. WORTH, TEXAS, AND
THE NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES RESUMES AFTER ITS TWO-WEEK
BREAK, IT’S SATURDAY AT 3:30 EASTERN ON ESPN, CHASE ELLIOTT
CONTINUING HIS PURSUIT OF THE SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP IN HIS
ROOKIE SEASON. AND NEXT SUNDAY, OUR SPRINT CUP
SERIES TELECAST PRESENTED BY FEDERATED AUTO PARTS, 500 MILES
ON THE BLISTERING FAST TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY, A RACE THAT ENDS
UNDER THE LIGHTS AND SEE WHO PICKS UP A HUGE VICTORY AND PUTS
THEMSELVES POSSIBLY INTO THE CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND OF THE CHASE.
SO DOUBLE UP FOR THE RESTART. NOTE DENNY HAMLIN ON THE UP SIDE
LANE. I MENTIONED IT WHEN WE SAW HIM
COME OFF PIT ROAD LIVE. BACK AND FOCUS ON IT AGAIN AND
SHOW YOU WHAT HE DID.>>JUST LIKE COUNTING CARDS IN
VEGAS? COUNTING CARS.
>>SOMEBODY IS COUNTING FOR HIM TO MAKE SURE YOU CAN SEE —
WASN’T SURE — YEAH. I THINK —
>>OKAY.>>TAKE THAT ODD NUMBER.
>>I LIKE BEING ON –>>AT LEAST THEY DIDN’T HAVE TO
CARRY THE ONE, THEN IT GETS REALLY COMPLICATED.
>>NO, HE CARRIED THE TWO.>>BACK THERE BETWEEN THE 4 AND
1 OFF TURN FOUR, JAMIE McMURRAY FIGHTING GORDON FOR THE LEAD
THREE WIDE FOR A MOMENT BEHIND THEM, SORTS ITSELF OUT AND
DOESN’T WORK WELL HERE FOR VERY LONG, THREE WIDE.
MURRAY HANGING TOUGH ON THE OUTSIDE.
AS LONG AS WE’VE SEEN ANYBODY ABLE TO HANG WITH A CAR THAT’S
BEEN IN CONTROL OF THE RESTART. HE WAS JUST A FEW INCHES OF
HAVING JEFF GORDON CLEARED TO LEAD.
>>DALE JR. TO THE OUTSIDE OF McMURRAY FOR SECOND —
>>A LITTLE CONTACT BETWEEN THE SECOND AND THIRD PLACE CARS.
THE BACK STRAIGHTAWAY. GREAT RUN JUNIOR MADE UP THROUGH
THE FIELD THERE GOING FROM JUST OUTSIDE THE TOP TEN INTO THAT
THIRD SPOT. YOU SEE HE’S GOING TO MAKE THE
PASS WORK. SEE IF McMURRAY FINES A WAY TO
GET INTO THIRD RIGHT HERE.>>LOGANO NOT GIVING HIM ROOM.
>>NO, HE’S NOT GIVING HIM THAT. McMURRAY HAD TO RUN BUT NOWHERE
TO EXCEPT IN THE BACK OF JUNIOR AND HE DECIDED NOT TO DO THAT.
>>THAT WOULD HAVE UPSET A LOT OF PEOPLE.
>>THIS IS WHAT FLARES UP TEMPERS AT MARTINSVILLE.
HE HAS A GOOD CAR PUT IN A BAD SPOT TRYING TO FORCE HIS WAY
DOWN AND MADE CONTACT WITH A COUPLE OF CARS.
GOOD RUN OFF THAT CORNER. NOW HE’LL BE ABLE TO SLIDE IN.
>>1 CAR REALLY, REALLY SOLID ON THE EXIT OF THE CORNER WHERE THE
LONGER RUNS AND ABLE TO KEEP UP WITH WHOEVER IS LEADING OR BE
OUT FRONT AND LEADING.>>SO McMURRAY SETTLES INTO
THIRD PLACE BEHIND JEFF GORDON AND DALE EARNHARDT JR.
ON THE ROUND OF PIT STOPS A MOMENT AGO, BRAD KESELOWSKI
SPEEDING ON THE PIT LANE, EXITING HIS PIT STALL, WAS IN
14th PLACE. WENT BACK TO 23rd IN THE SCORING
LINE BUT BY THE TIME THEY PUT HIM BEHIND THERE HE STARTED 37th
IN LINE.>>MAKES FOR A TOUGH DAY IN THAT
POSITION BUT HAS PLENTY OF TIME WITH A GOOD CAR, MORE CAUTIONS
AND WORK YOUR WAY THERE AS LONG AS YOU’RE NOT PART OF ANY OF
THOSE.>>IN THIS ROUND I THINK HE’S
JUST GOT TO MINIMIZE THE SPACE BECAUSE IT’S ONLY EIGHT CARS
GOING FOR FOUR SPOTS. JUST CAN’T AFFORD TO MAKE THESE
KIND OF MISTAKES EVEN THOUGH IT IS EARLY HAVE TIME TO OVERCOME
IT AND SHORE THOSE THINGS UP.>>EACH WEEK THE PRESSURE WILL
RAMP UP FOR THESE DRIVERS WHO TRY TO MOVE THEMSELVES FORWARD
AND PUT YOURSELF IN A POSITION OF ONCE AGAIN HAVING TO WIN
WHERE POINTS RESPECT GOING TO GET YOU THERE POSSIBLY AND YOU
REALLY ARE BACK AGAINST THE WALL BUT BRAD PROVED LAST WEEK HE’S
UP TO THAT CHALLENGE.>>BORROW A LINE FROM ONE OF OUR
COLLEAGUES WHO TALKED ABOUT IN THE FIRST ROUND OF THE CHASE
ELIMINATE 25% OF THE FIELD. SECOND, 33% AND NOW YOU’LL
ELIMINATE 50% OF THE FIELD TO SET UP FOR THAT ONE LAST
CHAMPIONSHIP RACE. THIS IS WHAT GETTING BACK IN
LINE DOES FOR YOU.>>A LOT OF DAMAGE ON THE FRONT
OF THAT 48. SEE ANOTHER 40 — ALL THESE CARS
STACKING UP, WOW. GET THEM BACK TO CASEY MEARS
PRETTY GOOD.>>GOT SOME REAR DAMAGE THERE
ALMOST A LITTLE BIT.>>40 CAR.
>>LOOK AT THE RIGHT REAR CORNER, KIND OF RIPPED OUT THERE
TOO.>>THAT’S THE PAIN CONCERN
THERE. WE TALK ABOUT AERODYNAMICS NOT
THAT BIG A DEAL BUT WILL AFFECT THE RACE CAR AND COOLING IS WHAT
I WOULD WORRY ABOUT. IT’S DAMAGED AND CAN BLOCK THE
RADIATOR.>>KEVIN HARVICK, AFTER A
DISAPPOINTING QUALIFYING RUN WHERE HE SLIPPED INTO THE
OUTSIDE WALL AND SCUFFED UP THE RIGHT REAR AND LOOK AT THAT HE’S
PICKED UP 25 SPOTS IN THE RACE SO FAR AND WE’RE NOT EVEN TO
HALFWAY.>>REALLY SHOW A TREMENDOUS
AMOUNT OF PATIENCE EARLY ON AND MAKE PASSES WHEN THE OPPORTUNITY
PRESENTS ITSELF BUT PRETTY MUCH FOR THE MOST PART WE SAW ONE
TIME THAT HE GOT INTO THE BACK OF THE CAR ON THE RESTART BUT
FOR THE MOST PART HAS KEPT THIS CHEVROLET PRETTY CLEAN.
MAKE THAT FIRST RUN AND START WAY BACK AND MADE A LOT OF SPOTS
UP BUT DIDN’T START TO GIVE HIMSELF UP IN THE FIRST RUN.
AFTER THAT THEY MADE AN ADJUSTMENT AND MADE THE CAR A
LOT BETTER, KEVIN, ABLE TO KEEP GOING FORWARD.
THE CAR LOOKS REALLY SOLID, DAVE.
>>IN THAT LAST PIT STOP THEY RAISED THE TRACK BAR A LITTLE
BIT TO HELP IT TURN IN THE CENTER.
CHANGED FOUR TIRES AND REALLY THE PHILOSOPHY FOR THE TEAM TO
GET THROUGH ALL IT THE BEST THEY COULD AND WITH KEVIN LOOKING FAR
DOWN THE TRACK AS A VETERAN HE’S ABLE TO DO THAT.
ONE OF THE ADVANTAGES THEY HAD TODAY WITH HIM AND IT DIDN’T
BOTHER HIM TO TART THAT FAR BACK.
YOU CAN GET YOUR LAPS BACK HERE AND WENT INTO THE DAY WITH A LOT
OF CONFIDENCE AND NOT A LOT OF FEAR.
>>SO KEVIN THERE RACING DENNY HAMLIN FOR SEVENTH PLACE.
AHEAD OF THAT SECOND PLACE IS JAMES — JAMIE McMURRAY IS BACK
BY DALE EARNHARDT JR. AND SETS OFF AGAIN IN PURSUIT OF JEFF
GORDON. YOU CAN SEE HE’S GOT SOME GROUND
BEFORE HE CAN CATCH THAT 4 CAR.>>WE’VE SEEN HIM BE REALLY
SOLID. THESE CARS ARE FAST ON THE
RESTARTS, ON THE FRESH TIRES AND HOLDS ON REALLY WELL.
THAT PERFECT CAR YOU’RE LOOKING FOR IF THEY’RE ABLE TO KEEP UP
WITH THE RACETRACK AS IT CHANGES THROUGHOUT THE DAY GIVES JAMIE A
CHANCE OF WINNING. MIGHT BE THAT CAR IN FRONT OF
HIM MORE OF A CHALLENGE OF WINNING THAN THE TRACK WILL BE.
>>A YEAR AGO JEFF GORDON WON THIS RACE.
MORE RECENT HIS EIGHT VICTORIES AT MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY.
HE’S GOT QUITE A COLLECTION OF THOSE GRANDFATHER CLOCKS.
>>>BACK LIVE IN MARTINSVILLE, CAUTION FLAG OUT.
REED SORENSON WENT FOR A LOOP AND WHEN THEY WERE IN 162 HERE
AT LAP 191 COME THE FRONT-RUNNERS AGAIN.
DAVE.>>THAT INCLUDES DALE EARNHARDT
JR. HE SAID THE LAST ADJUSTMENT
DIDN’T HELP AS MUCH AS THE PREVIOUS ONE SO HE’LL GET MORE
TRACK BAR, THE CAR IS TIGHT ON THROTTLE.
VINCE.>>MATT KENSETH STILL NEEDS HELP
ACROSS THE CENTER AND SAID HE CAN’T GET ANY GRIP AND KILLING
HIS DRIVE OFF SO THEY’LL MAKE ANOTHER CHASSIS ADJUSTMENT.
PUT FOUR MORE TIRES ON IT AND TOP IT OFF WITH SUNOCO FUEL.
>>JEFF GORDON SAYING HIS CAR IS GOOD EXCEPT FOR A LITTLE LOOSE
IN AND OFF. THEY WON’T MAKE ANY CHASSIS
ADJUSTMENTS. AIR PRESSURE ADJUSTMENT.
ONLY SLIGHT FOUR-TIRE CHANGE. McMURRAY FOUR-TIRE CHANGE AND
GOOD GETTING INTO TURN ONE. NO SIGNIFICANT ADJUSTMENTS THERE
ALTHOUGH A SLOW STOP ON PIT ROAD FOR McMURRAY AS THEY ARE CAUGHT
BACK IN TRAFFIC OFF PIT ROAD.>>YES, HE WILL.
>>FROM SECOND TO FIFTH FOR JAMIE McMURRAY.
HERE’S THE REASON FOR THE CAUTION.
>>REED SORENSON GETS UP OUT OF THE GROOVE.
>>LOOKS LIKE JEFF GORDON WILL GET BUSTED FOR SPEEDING ON THAT
PIT STOP. UH-OH
>>THAT’S A BIG UH-OH.>>>IT IS I STUNNING DAY AT
MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY. THE OLDEST AND THE SMALLEST
TRACK ON THE CIRCUIT. WE WERE UNDER CAUTION FOR THE
FIFTH TIME. HELLO FROM INSIDE THE QUICKEN
LOANS PIT STUDIO. I’M NICOLE ALONG WITH RUSTY AND
BRAD. IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR TROUBLE.
LOOK NO FURTHER THAN PIT ROAD. FAR AWAY THE DANGER ZONE.
A COUPLE OF ISSUES ON THAT LAST PIT STOP.
MOST NOTABLY JEFF GORDON. TOO FAST ENTERING OH, BY THE WAY
HE HAS A LEAD COMING IN.>>YOU CAN’T HAVE PROBLEMS LIKE
THIS AT MARTINSVILLE. GETS CAUGHT SPEEDING AND HUGE
SETBACK. SOMETHING HE DIDN’T NEED.
>>YOU GET BACK IN THE TRAFFIC AND KNOCK THE FENDERS OFF.
TAKES A GREAT RACE CAR LIKE GORDON HAS AND MAKE IT MEDIOCRE.
>>IT’S POSSIBLE TO PASS. KEVIN HARVICK STARTED 33rd BACK
IN THE TOP TEN. HOW DO YOU DO IT AND HOW DO YOU
PATIENTLY BE AGGRESSIVE AND PASS CARS AT THE TRACK?
>>YOU SAID THE KEY THING. BE PATIENT.
>>I TELL YOU EVERYBODY’S EQUIPMENT IS GETTING WORN AND
BEAT UP AND TEMPERS ARE FLARING. HE HAS TO KEEP HIS COOL AND JEFF
GORDON HAS A GOOD ENOUGH CAR TO GET BACK TO THE FRONT.
HE’LL NEED HELP FROM THE PIT CREW.
>>THE ISSUE LIKE I SAID, 48’S TEAMMATE.
TRY TO RACE IN THE BACK. THE ACCORDION EFFECT.
THAT 48 CAR IS TORN TO PIECES. THAT’S WHAT CAN HAPPEN TO JEFF
GORDON.>>BACK UPSTAIRS TO ALLEN.
>>ALL RIGHT, NICOLE. COMING THE ONE TO GO SIGNAL AND
CLOSING IN ON THE 200th LAP MARK.
STILL SHY OF HALFWAY BUT DON’T FORGET DURING THE SECOND HALF OF
OUR COVERAGE TODAY WE HAVE OUR NASCAR NONSTOP TELECAST
PRESENTED BY AUTOZONE. THERE WILL BE A LOT TO SEE.
THERE GOES JEFF GORDON FROM FIRST PLACE AND RYAN NEWMAN FROM
TENTH PLACE ALL THE WAY INTO THE TAIL END OF THE FIELD.
>>BIG MISTAKE ON MY PART. I APOLOGIZE.
>>ONLY THE SECOND TIME HE’S GOTTEN A SPEEDING PENALTY SINCE
2012. CHARLOTTE RACE THERE.
FIRST OR SECOND CHARLOTTE RACE, THE SECOND CHARLOTTE RACE SO IN
TWO YEARS TWO SPEEDING PENALTIES.
>>IT SHOWS YOU HOW MUCH PRESSURE THESE GUYS ARE UNDER TO
TRY TO MAKE EVERY SPOT, EVERY MILLISECOND THEY CAN.
>>SENDING A CLEANUP TRUCK TO RETRIEVE WHATEVER THAT IS UP ON
THE HIGH SIDE OF TURN NUMBER TWO.
SO WE EXTEND THE CAUTION FLAG AND LOOK WHO BECOMES THE NEW
LEADER. DALE EARNHARDT JR. IS NOW OUT IN
FRONT OF THIS RACE AFTER THE EXCHANGE OF PIT STOPS.
YOU MENTIONED JAMIE McMURRAY. THAT’S GOING TO SET HIM BACK NOT
ONLY TO FIFTH BUT WITH RYAN NEWMAN HAVING HIS PENALTY NOW
PUTS McMURRAY ON THE OUTSIDE LANE BECAUSE THEY HAVEN’T DONE
THE DOUBLE UP YET.>>DIDN’T WORK OUT EXACTLY LIKE
THAT WILL WHATSOEVER. HE’S PROVEN THAT WITH HIS CAR HE
CAN MAKE THAT OUTSIDE WORK. A FEW LAPS ANYWAY.
>>SO JEFF GORDON BACK 23rd. RYAN NEWMAN BACK TO 24th.
AND WE’LL COME BACK FOR THE RESTART IN A MINUTE HERE AT
MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY.>>>A LITTLE UP CLOSE AND
PERSONAL RACING HERE IN MARTINSVILLE TODAY.
DRIVERS NAVIGATE THIS VERY, VERY DIFFICULT TRACK.
YEAH, IT’S THE SMALLEST AND SLOWEST TRACK IN NASCAR BUT THAT
DOESN’T MEAN IT’S EASY.>>DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH THAT
GASOLINE COSTS? A LOT LESS —
>>YEAH.>>I KNOW.
>>COMING DOWN. TUESDAY ESPN BRINGS YOU COLLEGE
FOOTBALL PLAYOFF TOP 25, THE COMMITTEE WILL PRESENT THEIR TOP
25 RANKINGS AND OUR COMMITTEE OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL ANALYSTS WILL
DEBATE THE TOP TEAMS AS WE GET CLOSER TO THE NEW POSTSEASON
FORMAT. “COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF TOP
25” PRESENTED BY ALLSTATE 7:30 EASTERN HERE ON ESPN.
YOU HAVE FLORIDA STATE IN YOUR TOP FOUR, DON’T YOU?
>>YOU HAVE TO RIGHT NOW.>>OKAY, THANK YOU.
CARL EDWARDS IS OUR ESPN IN-RACE REPORTER.
RUNNING IN 13th.>>CARL, DALE JARRETT, CAN YOU
TALK?>>YEAH, I GOT YOU.
>>HEY, CARL, LOOKING AT THIS TRACK MAYBE RUBBER UP A LITTLE
BIT BUT ESPECIALLY DOWN IN THREE AND FOUR, ARE YOU STARTING TO
SEE SOME BUILDUP AND IS THAT CHANGING THE WAY YOU DRIVE?
>>IT REALLY DOES. FEELS WHERE THE RIGHT SIDE TIRES
ARE RUNNING AND MINE DOES NOT GO WELL ON THAT RUBBER SO TRYING TO
FIGURE OUT WHICH LINE TO RUN BUT KIND OF HAVE TO TAKE ONE OR THE
OTHER AND SET YOUR CAR UP FOR. WE MADE AN ADJUSTMENT HERE SO
HOPEFULLY IT IS BETTER.>>WHAT KIND OF ADJUSTMENT?
>>I’M A LITTLE TIGHT IN THE CENTER AND THEN WHEN I GET UP ON
THAT RUBBER GETS TIGHT AND SNAPS LOOSE OFF, REAL HARD TO MANAGE
THE TIRES. IF YOU DRIVE IT LIKE YOU WANT
YOU WEAR IT OUT IN 20 LAPS SO JUST WORKING HARD TO KEEP THE
CAR GOING FOR THE WHOLE RUN.>>OKAY, THANKS FOR TALKING.
GOOD LUCK.>>CARL EDWARDS TODAY, SO THE
BIG STORY OF THIS LATEST MOMENT OF THE RACE BESIDES AN EXTENDED
CLEANUP FOR SOMEBODY DROPPING LIQUID AROUND THE RACETRACK WE
THINK IT MIGHT BE REED SORENSON BECAUSE HE’S TAKING HIS CAR BACK
TO THE GARAGE. WOULD BE JEFF GORDON AND RYAN
NEWMAN WITH SPEEDING PENALTIES AND KEVIN HARVICK HAS THAT TOPIC
ON HIS MIND.>>2 GOT CAUGHT SPEEDING, 31,
24, BEEN A FEW OTHERS. I DIDN’T PAY ATTENTION TO BUT BE
CAREFUL WITH IT.>>RODNEY CHILDRESS TALKING TO
KEVIN AND MAKING HIM AWARE.>>YEAH, THERE’S NOT A WORSE
POSITION YOU CAN PUT YOURSELF IN.
TIME TO MAKE THAT UP HERE TODAY, ESPECIALLY IF YOU’RE AS GOOD AS
JEFF GORDON’S CAR IS RIGHT NOW BUT IT’LL BE A LONG ROAD BACK TO
THE FRONT.>>GORDON, 30th.
NEWMAN, 31st. DALE JR. LEADS HIM TO THE
RESTART. JOEY LOGANO TRYING TO KEEP MATT
KENSETH TO THE OUTSIDE LINE FOR SECOND.
STACK UP, TURN FOUR, DAVID RAGAN AROUND IN FRONT OF JEFF GORDON
AND RYAN NEWMAN. EVERYBODY COMING — CAUTION FLAG
IS OUT.>>SPIN AROUND.
>>THAT WOULD BE A BREAK FOR NEWMAN AND GORDON.
THEY’LL BE ABLE TO GET UP TO AT LEAST WHERE THE LEAD LAP CARS
ARE BUT DAVID RAGAN IN THE BACK RIGHT THERE BY BEING FIFTH IN
LINE. THINGS STACKED UP IN TURN THREE.
>>DAVID WAS ONE OF FIVE DRIVERS WHO TOOK THE WAVE-AROUND AT THAT
CAUTION AND DIDN’T PIT. BRIAN VICKERS, ALEX BOWMAN,
LANDON CASSILL AND RICKY STENHOUSE TOOK IT AND GOT BACK
ON THE LEAD LAP AND HE GOT TO QUOTE HIS SPOTTER, GOT WALLOPED
AND TURNED AROUND.>>THAT WAS IN ONE AND TWO AND
GO DOWN TO THREE AND FOUR AND JIMMIE DOWN ON THE BOTTOM TRYING
TO PROTECT THAT BOTTOM LANE AND EVERYBODY STACKED IT UP.
I THINK EVERYBODY SLOWED DOWN WAY SOONER THAN JIMMIE EXPECTED.
>>JAMMING UP. JAMMING UP.
BOTTOM BLOCK.>>CASEY MEARS GETS A FREE PASS.
I THINK THAT’S WHY JIMMIE JOHNSON’S INTENSITY LEVEL WAS SO
HIGH. WANTED TO TRY TO GET INTO THAT
POSITION.>>SO AFTER A LONG GREEN STRETCH
EARLIER WE’VE HAD ONE EVERY 20 OR 25 LAPS IN THIS LATEST RUN OF
THE RACE.>>>BEAUTIFUL SUNNY 70-DEGREE
DAY IN MARTINSVILLE, VIRGINIA, AS WE GET THE ONE TO GO AND OUR
TELECAST PRESENTED BY AUTOZONE WITH DALE EARNHARDT LEADING THE
RACE. CHECK IN ON THE NUMBER OF LEAD
CHANGES BROUGHT TO YOU BY SPRINT.
TET APPROACHING THE RECORD SET IN THE MARCH RACE YET, TRADED
THE TOP SPOT TEN TIMES. STAY CONNECTED WITH THE SPRINT
FAMILY SHARE PACK. 0 GIGABYTES OF HIGH SPEED DATE
TO TO THEIR FOR $100 A MONTH. THAT’S A PROBLEM FOR BRIAN
VICKERS.>>ALL RIGHT, GUYS.
>>JUST GOT BACK ON THE LEAD LAP WITH THE WAVE-AROUND, CAUTION,
PIT STOP AND THEN THAT FROM 28th SPOT.
>>PROBABLY CAME FROM ALL THAT CONTACT IN THAT LAST LITTLE
CUT-UP WE HAD IN THREE AND FOUR WHERE HE DID GET IT AND WAS BACK
ON THE LEAD LAP.>>HAMLIN PASSING MATT KENSETH,
TEAMMATES TRADING FIFTH POSITION WHILE JOEY LOGANO IS NOW THE NEW
LEADER OF THE RACE.>>REALLY BEEN MAKING THE 22 CAR
BETTER AND BETTER WITH EACH ONE OF THESE PIT STOPS.
GOOD ADJUSTMENT FOR HIM SO FAR HERE TODAY.
WATCH THIS RESTART.>>HAD EVERYBODY SLOW DOWN BUT
LOGANO WAS READY FOR IT.>>YEAH, I THINK AFTER HE TOOK
OFF LOOKED LIKE JUNIOR MAYBE HAD A PROBLEM ON THE GEAR CHANGE.
AROUND THE 22. ONE OF THE PLACES THAT JOEY
LOGANO AND HIS TEAMMATE BRAD KESELOWSKI HAVE BEEN GREAT ON
RESTARTS EVERYWHERE. I THINK THEY HELPED EACH OTHER
WITH THAT. THEY USE IT TO THEIR ADVANTAGE.
>>SO LOGANO THE SIXTH LEADER OF THE RACE.
THERE’S KESELOWSKI TRYING TO DIG OUT FROM THE HOLE FROM HIS
EARLIER PIT ROAD SPEEDING PENALTY.
BRAD BACK IN 19th PLACE. AUSTIN DILLON THREE, RACING FOR
POSITIONS ON THE LEAD LAP.>>DANICA PATRICK IN THAT MIX
HAVING A NICE RUN HERE THIS AFTERNOON.
GORDON RIGHT BEHIND HER. OOPS.
A LITTLE SLIP ON MARCOS AMBROSE AND AUSTIN DILLON.
>>THERE’S JEFF GORDON WHO LED THE MOST LAPS IN THERE RACE SO
FAR. WAY BACK THERE AFTER HIS FIFTH
SPEEDING PENALTY.>>TROUBLE, VICKERS GETS KAHNE.
>>CAUTION OUT. CAUTION OUT INSIDE.
THANKS, BRIAN.>>ALMOST GOT BRAD KESELOWSKI ON
THAT. DAMAGE ON KAHNE’S CAR.
>>PAYBACK FROM AN EARLIER INCIDENT.
AND THE YELLOW FLAG NUMBER 7. WE HAVE SEEN THE BOILING POINT
AT MARTINSVILLE.>>LOOKS LIKE KESELOWSKI HAS
SOME DAMAGE FROM THAT TOO ON THE LEFT FRONT.
HE MAY NOT KNOW THE HISTORY OF THIS LITTLE DUST-UP.
THAT’S GOING TO TAKE SOME TIME TO FIX.
>>OBVIOUS IN TENTH THERE. THERE YOU GO SO MENTIONED
EARLIER ABOUT KEEPING THAT, SCORING AT HOME.
>>THAT ONE IS 1-1 SO FAR. TIE GAME.
I DON’T KNOW, I THINK KASEY KAHNE GOT THE WORST OF THAT ONE.
>>SO THE 5 CAR PRETTY HEAVILY DAMAGED.
ALSO BACK IN THE GARAGE AREA JIMMIE JOHNSON HAS JUST TAKEN
HIS CAR — WE’LL REPORT ON THAT IN A MINUTE.
FIRST ANYBODY COMING TO PIT ROAD AND THE ANSWER IS KYLE BUSCH IN
TENTH PLACE WILL BE THE FIRST ONE.
>>EDWARDS IS GOING TO FOLLOW IN.
KESELOWSKI.>>ALL RIGHT, ON THE JIMMIE
JOHNSON STORY IS DOC.>>HEAVY DAMAGE TO THE NOSE OF
THE EIGHT-TIME MARTINSVILLE WINNER.
BROUGHT THE CAR IN, THE DAMAGE WASN’T THE ISSUE, IT BEGAN
LEAKING OIL FROM THE FRONT OF THE CAR.
NASCAR KNEW IT WAS LEAKING OIL SO AS YOU WATCH THE KYLE BUSCH
STOP, FOUR TIRES, STILL TIGHT IN THE MIDDLE.
CAN’T GET IT TO TURN CHASSIS ADJUSTMENT AND LEFT SIDE TIRES
ON. LET’S GO TO VINCE.
>>CARL EDWARDS IN THE 99. LIKE MANY OTHERS STRUGGLING WITH
TURNING THE CENTER TODAY. JUST THE FOUR-TIRE CHANGE.
AIR PRESSURE ADJUSTMENT FOR CARL.
>>.>>SO THAT OIL LEAK ON THE 48
EXPLAINS WHAT THE BIG CLEANUP WAS REQUIRED ON THE LAST CAUTION
THEN YOU SEE KASEY KAHNE’S CAR IN THE BACKGROUND THERE.
ALSO BEING REPAIRED. DOC, YOU WANT TO PICK UP ON THAT
REPORT ON THE 48?>>YEAH, LISTEN, CHAD KNAUS
TALKED TO HIS DRIVER JIMMIE JOHNSON STILL IN THE CAR AND
APPARENTLY WORRIED THERE WAS SOMETHING IN THE ENGINE AND
FAINTLY SEE A LINE THAT’S PARTIALLY TORN AND TRYING TO GET
DOWN TO THE OIL LINE AND BOTTOM FRONT OF THE ENGINE THAT RUNS
AROUND THE SIDE AND GET THAT OFF, TAKE A LOOK TO SEE WHERE
THE LEAK IS COMING FROM. THAT’S WHAT’S TAKING SO MUCH
TIME BECAUSE OF THE FRONT END DAMAGE IT’S HARD TO GET ACCESS
TO AND THAT’S WHY IT’S TAKING A LITTLE EXTRA TIME.
CHAD AND THE GUYS ARE WORKING TO GET JIMMIE BACK ON THE
RACETRACK.>>ALL RIGHT, DOC, THANKS.
SO SEVENTH CAUTION OF THE RACE. AFTER BRIAN VICKERS MADE CONTACT
WITH KASEY KAHNE.>>OH, DRAG ON THE SPLITTER.
THE CAR WENT STRAIGHT AND GOT DOWN TO ONE.
>>YEP, THAT’S WHAT HAPPENED.>>SO THIS WAS EARLIER BACK AT
LAP 160. AND ABOUT 60 LAPS LATER.
FOR EVERY ACTION THERE’S AN EQUAL AND OPPOSITE REACTION —
>>I’M NOT SURE KASEY KAHNE WILL BUY IT EVEN WENT STRAIGHT.
>>YEP.>>DOUBLED UP FOR THE RESTART.
JOEY LOGANO, DALE EARNHARDT ON THE FRONT ROW.
>>OH, TROUBLE, HARVICK AND KENSETH ARE OUT.
INTO THE WALL.>>HARVICK HAS A LOT OF DAMAGE
ON THAT LEFT FRONT. THAT CAR HIT HARD.
>>FROM SIXTH AND EIGHTH PLACE, KEVIN HARVICK AND MATT KENSETH.
WITH TROUBLE IN TURN ONE.>>I HAVE NO IDEA WHY IT’S SO
TIGHT THAT WHEEL HOP GETTING IN THERE.
>>SOME BIG DAMAGE THERE FOR HARVICK.
>>WE’LL SEE –>>ON THE 20 CAR.
>>MATT KENSETH’S CAR GETTING DOWN INTO THE CORNER.
>>SEE KENSETH. YOU CAN SEE IT STARTS WHEEL
HOPPING RIGHT AS HE GETS ON THE BRAKE.
TONY STEWART GETTING A LITTLE BIT OF DAMAGE.
JEFF GORDON JUST SQUEEZES THROUGH.
>>YOU CAN SEE THE 20 ALREADY STARTING TO WHEEL HOP.
>>JUST HARVICK WRONG PLACE WRONG TIME.
IT WORKED SO CAREFULLY TO GET HIMSELF BACK UP THERE AND TRYING
TO GO AROUND THOSE CARS, SLOWING DOWN AND THEN GETS TAKEN OUT
THERE. RACING IN MARTINSVILLE.
>>INSIDE. INSIDE HERE.
HOLD ON. LEFT FRONT HARD.
>>DID YOU SEE THAT RIGHT REAR JUMPING UP AND DOWN?
>>COMING.>>USE THAT BRAKE LINE.
GOT TOO MUCH IN THE REAR.>>OUTSIDE THE FOUR.
BEHIND YOU. KEEP DIGGING, NO CAUTION, NO
CAUTION.>>DOWN IN THE CORNER A LITTLE
BIT HOT, TRIED TO GET ON THE BRAKE TOO MUCH AND START THAT
WHEEL HOP. RIGHT THERE WHERE THAT
TRANSITION IS GO FROM THE ASPHALT ON THE FRONT TRUEX TO
THE CONCRETE, A LITTLE BIT OF A BUMP THERE AND MAGNIFIES THAT
ALSO. NOTHING INTENTIONAL ON KENSETH’S
PART BUT A BIG MISTAKE.>>AND WHAT IT’S GOING TO END UP
COSTING KEVIN HARVICK AS YOU SEE HIS TEAM IS PUSHING HIS CAR BACK
TO THE GARAGE WITH SOME PRETTY SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO REPAIR ON
THE LEFT FRONT CORNER OF THAT ONE.
VINCE.>>WELL, THE SPOTTER FOR THE 20
GIVING CREW CHIEF JASON RATCLIFF SOME GOOD INTEL AS THEY WERE
PREPARING TO COME IN. BUMPER COVERAGE, REAR PANEL
SEPARATED FROM THE DECK LID A LITTLE LEFT FRONT.
CORNER DAMAGE, AS WELL BUT JASON RATCLIFF SAYING THE KEY IS GET
IT FIXED AS WELL AS YOU CAN BUT WE CANNOT GO A LAP DOWN SO JUST
TAKING A GOOD LOOK AT IT RIGHT THERE TO MAKE SURE THEY DON’T
HAVE ANYTHING MORE SIGNIFICANT THAN IT IS, ALLEN.
>>VINCE, TONY STEWART ALSO ON THE PIT LANE, CARL EDWARDS MADE
A PIT STOP HERE ON THIS LAP AND KEVIN HARVICK GOES BACK TO THE
GARAGE AREA. THE LATEST HEADLINES IN WHAT’S
BECOMING AN EVENTFUL DAY IN MARTINSVILLE.
>>>A LITTLE RASH OF YELLOW FEVER AT MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY.
TELECAST PRESENTED BY AUTOZONE. SHY OF HALFWAY AND ON EIGHTH
CAUTION OF THIS 500-LAP RACE AND THIS LATEST RUN OF TROUBLES, A
LOT INVOLVES DRIVERS WHO ARE IN THE CHASE FOR THE NASCAR SPRINT
CUP.>>IF I WAS THE 8 RIGHT THERE
AND SEE A LOT ON PIT ROAD AND MATT KENSETH GETTING LOOSE,
GETTING INTO KEVIN HARVICK. A LOT OF TROUBLES.
>>SEE IF WE CAN GET A DIAGNOSIS ON THE PROBLEMS OF THE 4 CAR
FROM DOC.>>KEVIN HARVICK STILL SITTING
IN THE CAR BY THE WAY. HE’S BEEN WATCHING OUR MONITOR
TRYING TO WAIT AND SEE THE REPLAY OF WHAT HAPPENED.
I’M BEING TOLD THEY CUT THE FENDER AWAY AND WILL CUT THE
SPLITTER OFF SOME OF THE BARS TRYING TO GET DOWN TO THE ALL
COOLER. THEY’LL CHANGE THE OIL COOMER
AND RADIATOR. THEY COME IN ONE ASSEMBLY AND
TRYING TO GET TO THAT AND PULL BOTH OUT AND PUT OIL COOLER AND
RADIATOR IN AS THEY REMOVE MORE AND MORE OF THE FRONT END.
HARVICK STILL SITTING IN THE CAR AS THEY HUSTLE TO MAKE HIS
REPAIR.>>HE WAS ABLE TO SEE RIGHT
THERE, CERTAINLY WASN’T ANYTHING INTENTIONAL.
THAT DOESN’T MAKE HIM ANY HAPPIER.
AT THIS POINT IN TIME. PRETTY MUCH PUT HIM IN A
SITUATION OF HAVING TO WIN ONE OF THESE NEXT TWO RACES MORE
THAN LIKELY TO ADVANCE RACE FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP WHICH IS
CERTAINLY SOMETHING HE’S CAPABLE OF.
TEXAS AND PHOENIX AND PARTICULARLY PHOENIX HIS NUMBERS
THERE, DOESN’T MATTER WHO HE’S BEEN DRIVING FOR AND THEN WHAT
PERIOD OR CONFIGURATION OF CAR WE’VE BEEN IN HAVE BEEN STELLAR.
WHAT CONFIGURATION THE TRACK HAS BEEN IN TOO.
>>YEAH, EXACTLY. SO RODNEY CHILDRESS THERE
DIRECTING THE REPAIR EFFORT FROM THE FRONT OF THE CAR WHILE THE
TEAM GOES TO WORK ON THAT LEFT CORNER.
DOUBLING UP FOR RESTART. THE PAPERCLIP FROM OUR AERIAL
COVERAGE PROVIDED BY GOODYEAR. EVERYTHING THEY LEARN MAKING
TIRES FOR THE GRUELING DEMANDS OF NASCAR INSPIRES WHAT ROLLS
INTO YOURS. GOODYEAR THE OFFICIAL TIRE OF
NASCAR. SO EIGHT CAUTIONS, 13 LAPS FROM
HALFWAY. GOING TO VENTURE A GUESS ON A
NUMBER. SEE HOW ACCURATELY WE HIT.
>>SOMEBODY SAID TEN. I THINK IT WILL BE WAY MORE THAN
THAT. TEN FOR THESE NEXT 260 LAPS.
>>RAMP IT UP YET. KURT BUSCH WHO RAN IN THE SPRING
IS UP TO SECOND NOW.>>DENNY HAMLIN ON DALE JR. FOR
THIRD, JAMIE McMURRAY THERE. HERE COPS GREG BIFFLE AND CLINT
BOWYER, REMEMBER, A LITTLE SPLIT AGENDA ON PIT STOPS ON THE ME
SEEDING CAUTION SHUFFLED UP THE RUNNING ORDER A LITTLE BIT.
KYLE BUSCH WAS THE FIRST OF THE CARS OFF OF PIT LANE ON THAT
YELLOW AND HE RESTARTED BACK IN 17th.
>>WATCHING JEFF GORDON GO THERE.
RYAN NEWMAN JUST GIVING EACH OTHER A LOT OF ROOM AND GIVING
THE CARS AROUND THEM QUITE A BIT OF ROOM TOO.
TRYING TO GET THROUGH THIS WHERE THINGS GET SINGLE FILE.
>>BIG STACK UP IN TURN THREE, EVERYBODY GOT AWAY OKAY.
SO 78 THERE, MARTIN TRUEX, REMEMBER WE SAW HIM WITH A LEFT
FRONT TIRE RUB EARLIER GOT A FREE PASS AT LAP 160.
HERE HE IS IN THE TOP TEN RACING DANICA PATRICK FOR THE NINTH
SPOT.>>DANICA PATRICK CAN JUST GMAC
A LAP OR TWO BUT ABLE TO GET THE BETTER OF HIM AND MOVES TRUEX
OUT OF THE WAY AND TAKES THAT SPOT.
BEEN LISTENING WITH THAT FRONT BUMPER.
THAT’S THE WAY YOU DO IT RIGHT THERE.
>>PUT THAT ONE ON YOUR SCORE CARD.
>>YEAH, WE’LL SEE. HERE’S LANDON CASSILL, 40 CAR
HAVING A GOOD RUN AGAIN THIS WEEK.
>>ALL THESE CARS, LEAD LAP CAR, PAUL MENARD, 27 THEN BACK TO
KYLE BUSCH, REMEMBER, ON A DIFFERENT PIT STOP CYCLE.
BRAD KESELOWSKI, STILL TRAPPED IN THE OUTSIDE LANE.
AUSTIN DILLON IN THE 3.>>YEAH, THINGS HAVE BEEN
STACKING UP ON THE INSIDE. BRAD HAS TRIED TO MAKE SOME TIME
ON THE OUTSIDE BUT RUNNING UP ON A CAR THAT WILL IMPEDE THAT
PROGRESS AND BRAD WILL HAVE TO FIND A WAY TO GET BACK TO THE
INSIDE BEFORE HE STARTS LOSING SOME SPOTS HERE.
>>FOR SECOND PLACE DENNY HAMLIN ON KURT BUSCH.
JUNIOR TRYING TO KEEP THE DOOR OPEN.
UNABLE TO DO SO THERE. JAMIE McMURRAY RIGHT BEHIND.
MURRAY LED 84 LAPS IN THIS RACE STARTED ON POLE.
BEEN ONE OF THE DOMINANT FIGURES IN THIS ONE.
SEVERAL BACK ON A PIT STOP EARLIER AND REALLY HASN’T MADE
UP ANY OF THAT GROUND SINCE. JUNIOR ON KURT BUSCH.
THIRD PLACE HERE. SEE THAT 68 CAR OF BIFFLE IN THE
PICTURE. THE SPONSORSHIP FOR HIM FOR NEXT
YEAR EARLIER THIS WEEK. CHEEZ-IT BRAND WILL BE THE
PRIMARY BACKER FOR THE COMING YEAR.
ALWAYS A BIG RELIEF ON ANYONE’S PART WHEN THOSE ANNOUNCEMENTS
ARE OUT THERE AND MADE PUBLIC AND EVERYBODY KNOWS WHAT THE
FUTURE LOOKS LIKE. JIMMIE JOHNSON HAS JUST COME OUT
OF THE GARAGE, 38 LAPS DOWN IN 40th PLACE.
HERE IS THE 48 CAR. ANOTHER DAY THAT’S NOT GOING TO
BE HIS DAY. THE DIFFICULTIES AT TALLADEGA
LAST WEEKEND. SAW HIM NOT ABLE TO GET IN AND
CONTINUE ON IN THIS CHAMPIONSHIP.
SO JOEY LOGANO, DENNY HAMLIN, FIRST AND SECOND.
>>DRIVERS DIFFERENT YEARS EVEN THOUGH THEY’RE BOTH STILL HERE
IN THE TOP EIGHT BATTLING WITH OPPORTUNITY TO WIN THE
CHAMPIONSHIP, LOGANO, PRETTY MUCH A CAREER YEAR TO THIS
POINT. THIS VICTORY, HAMLIN JUST GOT
ONE WIN AT TALLADEGA BACK EARLIER THIS YEAR.
CERTAINLY HASN’T BEEN THE KIND OF SEASON THAT WE EXPECT FROM
DENNY IN A LOT OF WAYS BUT BATTLING HERE AND A TACK THAT HE
KNOWS HOW TO WIN AT THAT COULD GET HIM TO HOMESTEAD BATTLING
FOR A CHAMPIONSHIP.>>UPDATE ON DENNY’S RACE FROM
VINCE.>>WELL, THE WHOLE ISSUE FOR
DENNY HAMLIN THROUGHOUT THE COURSE OF THIS DAY, JUST CAN’T
GET THE CENTER TO ROLL THE WAY HE NEEDS IT.
SO THAT’S WHAT THEY’VE BEEN WORKING ON THROUGHOUT THE COURSE
OF THE RACE FOR HAMLIN. AND DARIAN GRUBB TOLD HIM I’VE
GIVEN YOU ALL THE TRACK BAR ADJUSTMENT I CAN SO IT’LL ALL BE
WEDGE IF HERE ON. TO DOC NOW.
>>THERE ARE 18 PEOPLE BACK HERE IN THE GARAGE AREA.
GOOD COMBO OF TWO TEAMS WORKING ON THE CAR OF KEVIN HARVICK.
YOU CAN SEE THEY’VE CUT THE ENTIRE NOSE OFF THE CAR OFF AND
THE REASON IS, THESE BARS ARE SO CLOSE THAT THE RADIATOR AND OIL
COOLER ASSEMBLY, THE NEW ONE WOULD NOT GO IN SO HAD TO CUT
THE WHOLE NOSE OFF. THEY’RE WORKING TO BE ABLE TO
WELD SOME BARS AROUND AS TO TIE TO BE ABLE TO GET THE RADIATOR
AND COOLER BACK IN AS WE ARE UNDER CAUTION HERE ONCE AGAIN,
ALLEN.>>IN TURN ONE THE REASON FOR
THE NINTH YELLOW OF THE RACE JUST FOUR LAPS PAST THE MIDWAY
POINT. WILL IS THE DEBRIS OR ONE PIECE
OF IT ANYWAY.>>WATCH THE 2 CAR.
>>HIT IT THERE. PLASTIC PIECE IN FRONT OF THE
GRILL.>>YELLOW FLAG NUMBER NINE.
PIT ROAD OPEN. HOPE WE GET THE TAKERS.
>>WHAT ABOUT 20, 25 LAPS TO GO WE SAW SOME OTHER LEADERS BACK
FURTHER FOR THE LEAD LAP PIT. DON’T SEE THE FRONT HALF COMING
IN THIS TIME. DAVE.
>>FOURTH PLACE KURT BUSCH IN. HE LIKES HIS CAR WELL ENOUGH.
FOUR TIRES, SUNOCO FUEL AND DIRECT OF WATER.
SAME FOR DALE EARNHARDT JR., NO CHANGES IN THE CAR.
HE SAYS, I LIKE THE BALANCE. VINCE.
>>TRACK BAR ADJUSTMENT FOR DENNY HAMLIN ON THE PREVIOUS
STOP HAS REALLY MADE A BIG DIFFERENCE FOR HAMLIN AS HE
TRIED TO GET THROUGH THE CENTER SO THAT’S A BIG CHANGE FOR THE
TEAM. DARIAN GRUBB WILL GIVE HIM JUST
A LITTLE BIT MORE BUT WANT TO MAKE SURE THEY DON’T LOSE THEIR
DRIVE OFF. FOUR TIRES, AS WELL.
MIKE.>>JOEY LOGANO LOOKING FOR A
LITTLE MORE DRIVE OFF SAYING HE’S A LITTLE TIGHT IN THE
CENTER AND THEY’LL WORK ON AIR PRESSURE RIGHT AWAY TO TRY TO
GIVE HIM THE FEEL HE NEEDS. FOUR TIRES AND SUNOCO RACE FUEL
FOR LOGANO TRYING TO GET OFF PIT ROAD QUICK.
HAMLIN JUST NIPS HIM AT THE LINE.
>>THAT IS JUST NIPPED. BY LITERAL DEFINITION.
PAST HALFWAY TIME NO GO NASCAR NONSTOP PRESENTED BY AUTOZONE.
>>>NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES AT MARTINSVILLE PRESENTED BY
AUTOZONE. BROUGHT TO YOU BY SPRINT,
INTRODUCING THE SPRINT FAMILY SHARE PACK.
IT’S THE BEST VALUE IN WIRELESS.>>JUSTIN ALLGAIER, THE LEADER
AS WE GO BACK TO GREEN.>>TONY STEWART HAD THAT LEAD
THOUGH.>>ALLGAIER, STEWART, MEARS
DIDN’T PIT UP THE FLAG. LOGANO QUICKLY BY DENNY HAMLIN
TO BE THE FIRST OFF PIT ROAD AS TONY STEWART GOES FOR THE RACE
LEAD. THREE WIDE, TURN THREE.
>>GOING TO SAY WHAT KIND OF PACE HE DRIVES WITH NEW TIRES.
NOT MUCH RIGHT NOW.>>KENSETH MOVED TO THE INSIDE
TO TRY TO PROTECT THAT LANE. LOGANO PUSHING HIM THROUGH THE
CENTER OF THE CORNER.>>EXCUSE ME, FRESHER TIRES
COMING THROUGH.>>25 LAPS.
FRESHER TIRES.>>IT WAS MATT’S CREW CHIEF
JASON RATCLIFF THAT TOLD ME IN THAT SITUATION WHERE YOU’RE
TRYING TO PLAY HOPSCOTCH YOU HAVE TO HOPE THERE’S FIVE OR SIX
CARS THAT DON’T PIT AND YOU’RE FIRST OR SECOND IN LINE THEN YOU
GOT A CHANCE TO GET AWAY. IN THAT CASE THEY WERE ONE OF
THE LAST AND THAT’S GOING TO BE TROUBLE.
>>YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN THE BREAK IS GOING TO COME.
BUT IF IT HAPPENS RIGHT ON YOU AND YOU’RE THE LAST GUY WITH THE
TIRES OR THE FIRST GUY, FRESH TIRES WILL CATCH, YOU’RE JUST IN
TROUBLE. MATT IS IN BIG TROUBLE.
TONY STEWART WAS ABLE TO GET OUT IN CLEAN AIR AND NOT HAVE
ANYBODY HOLD HIM UP. HE’LL MAKE IT WORK BETTER THAN
MATT KENSETH WILL, FOR SURE.>>YEAH.
>>JUST BEATING MATT AROUND LIKE A PINBALL RIGHT NOW.
>>MAIN THING HE NEEDS TO DO IS PROTECT HIS RACE CAR.
HE’S GOING TO HAVE A LOT CHEWING ON THAT CORNER.
>>MAKE A MOVE LIKE THAT, SOMEBODY IS NOT GOING TO LIKE IT
AND HE’LL FIND HIMSELF GET TURNED AROUND HERE.
>>YES, SIR.>>ALMIROLA TO THE INSIDE OF
KURT BUSCH. GREG BIFFLE, KYLE BUSCH, BRAD
KESELOWSKI ALL STACKED UP THERE.>>YOU CAN SEE MATT TRIED TO GET
DOWN IN THE CORNER AND GET AWAY FROM HIM BUT STILL HAVEN’T HAD A
BRAKE ISSUE –>>INTO THE CORNER.
>>KASEY KAHNE HAS COME BACK ON TO THE RACETRACK, NOW KEVIN
HARVICK GOING TO THE GARAGE IN THE 4 CAR.
>>OOH. THAT WAS TIGHT AND THE 20 CAR.
MR. HARVICK WAS GETTING UP TO SPEED.
TWO PROS AS THEY ARE, MADE IT WORK.
>>JUSTIN ALLGAIER IN THE CENTER OF THE SWIRL.
DID NOT PIT UNDER THE CAUTION AND DENNY HAMLIN IS AROUND HIM.
DALE JR. IS TO THE OUTSIDE OF HIM.
>>A LONG TIME SINCE WE TALKED ABOUT SMOKE BEING OUT FRONT.
NICE TO SEE HIM THERE TODAY. SEE A LITTLE DAMAGE ON HIS CAR
FROM A COUPLE OF INCIDENTS HE GOT INVOLVED IN.
>>PARTICULARLY THE ONE WITH HARVICK AND KENSETH WHEN KENSETH
CAR HE WAS TRYING TO AVOID.>>PRETTY UNEVENT FULL DAY FOR
STEWART. BATTLED TIGHTNESS THREW CENTER
AND A VIBRATION A BIT BUT FOR THE MOST PART IT’S BEEN A PRETTY
SOLID DAY. CREW CHIEF OF HIS WAS TELLING ME
THEY FELT LIKE THEY HAD SOME GOOD CARS THROUGHOUT THE COURSE
OF THE SEASON BUT HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO CAPITALIZE ON IT AND
TONY TOLD ME JUST BEFORE HE CLIMBED IN WE NEED A GOOD DAY,
NOT A GREAT DAY, JUST A GOOD DAY.
THIS TEAM REALLY NEEDS SOME GOOD LUCK AND GOOD FORTUNE DOWN THE
STRETCH HERE. GETTING IT HERE THIS AFTERNOON.
>>GETTING A LOT OF PRESSURE FROM JOEY LOGANO AS LOGANO IS
CAUGHT, THE RACE LEADER, LOGANO ALSO BEING PRESSURED BY DENNY
HAMLIN WHO LOOKS LIKE HE’S REALLY IN A HURRY.
>>YOU CAN SEE TONY IS NO MATCH TO THOSE FRESH TIRES ONCE HE GOT
TO THEM.>>A WHOLE LOT BETTER OFF.
LED ON THE OUTSIDE. DON’T GET UP IN THAT OUTSIDE
LANE LIKE MATT DID. ONLY FOUR CARS IN THIS GROUP.
CAN YOU LET THEM GO AND MAYBE HAVE A WHOLE RUN IN.
YOU’RE NOT COSTING THEM ANYTHING AND NOT COSTING YOURSELF NEARLY
AS MUCH TIME OF PUTTING YOURSELF IN A BAD SPOT.
>>SO STEWART SLIDES BACK IN LINE IN FIFTH POSITION NOW
BEHIND LOGANO, HAMLIN, EARNHARDT AND McMURRAY.
DONE A LOT OF LEADING IN MARTINSVILLE.
MORE THAN HE EVER HAS IN HIS CAREER COMBINED.
>>GOT A CAUTION AND WE EXPECTED THAT COMING.
>>LET ME GAS, 5 NEAR THE 55.>>CAUTION IS OUT.
YOU’RE ALL CLEAR.>>DIDN’T FINISH HIM OFF,
THOUGH, SO I DON’T KNOW THAT –>>YEAH.
LIKE RUSTY SAID IF YOU’RE GOING TO DO IT, DO IT GOOD OR IT’LL
COME BACK AND GET YOU.>>I WONDER IF HIS SPLITTER
BOTTOMED OUT.>>HE MIGHT HAVE CAUGHT THE
CURB.>>YOU CAN USE THAT CURB TO YOUR
ADVANTAGE SOMETIMES.>>A LITTLE BIT OF GAP ON THE
CURB. HAVE TO FIND SOMETHING ELSE.
>>SO YELLOW FLAG NUMBER 10. TWO INVOLVING THOSE TWO CARS.
NO, THREE INVOLVING THOSE TWO CARS.
SORRY.>>YEAH, IF YOU’RE KEEPING
SCORE.>>YES, THREE.
>>IF YOU’RE KEEPING SCORE. 2-1 RIGHT NOW.
ADVANTAGE –>>DALE JR. WILL NEED A BREAK
FROM FOURTH PLACE ON IN? VERY INTERESTING AND BRINGING A
LOT WITH HIM TOO.>>YEAH.
>>BUT A LOT STAYING OUT.>>DAVE.
>>IF THE THREE AHEAD OF YOU STAY OUT, PIT, WHY?
THEY DON’T WANT TO RESTART FOURTH ON THE OUTSIDE AGAIN.
THEY LOST HERE SEVERAL TIMES DOING THAT AND THEY’VE LOST
TODAY, AS WELL SO THAT’S THE REASON FOR COMING DOWN FOR TIRE,
VINCE.>>TONY STEWART COMING IN, AS
WELL AFTER LEADING SOME LAPS AND PRETTY DECENT IN AND OFF BUT
JUST NEEDS TO ROTATE BETTER SO THEY’LL GIVE HIM FRESH TIRE,
MUCH NEEDED, MAKE A CHASSIS ADJUSTMENT AS WELL, MIKE.
>>JEFF GORDON RADIOED IN ABOUT LAP 253 HE CAN’T USE THE BRAKES
THE WAY HE WANTS. A LITTLE TOO TIGHT IN THE
CENTER. NOT WHAT HE’S LOOKING FOR.
AIR PRESSURE ADJUSTMENT AND FOUR-TIRE REPLACEMENT.
>>MATT KENSETH GETTING FOUR TIRES AS WELL GETTING HELP WITH
AIR PRESSURE AND PULLING OUT SOME OF THAT LEFT FRONT DAMAGE
WITH THAT EARLIER CONTACT WITH KEVIN HARVICK.
WORKING ON THAT RIGHT REAR, AS WELL.
TRYING TO GET HIM AS GOOD AS THEY CAN MAKING A CHASSIS
ADJUSTMENT IN THE LATE STAGES, ALSO FOR THIS STRETCH RUN HERE,
STILL GOT A LOT OF RACING LEFT TO DO.
>>QUICK COUNT 10 OF THE 31 LEAD LAP CARS DID NOT PIT THERE SO
DALE JR. FIRST OFF THE PIT ROAD WILL RESTART IN 11th POSITION.
FIX IT UP AND GO AGAIN.>>I THINK HE NEEDS TO MAKE SURE
HE HAS FRESH TIRES IN CASE HE HAS TO GET AWAY QUICK.
>>OVER TO THE WONDERFULLY LOCATED QUICKEN LOANS ESPN PIT
STUDIO. LOVE THAT VIEW.
>>VERY GOOD VIEW FOR WHAT JUST HAPPENED ON THE TRACK.
LET ME TELL YOU. WE WERE TALKING ABOUT IN
“COUNTDOWN” PAYBACK WHICH WE’VE SEEN A FAIR AMOUNT OF BETWEEN
KASEY KAHNE AND BRIAN VICKERS. YOU SAID IF YOU’RE GOING TO DO
IT, DO IT RIGHT. YOU SAID WE WON’T SEE IT HAPPEN.
WELL, IT’S HAPPENING.>>KASEY KAHNE DIDN’T DO IT
RIGHT, THAT’S FOR –>>NEITHER DID BRIAN VICKERS, HE
JUST CAME OUT.>>I TOLD BRIAN, LOOK OUT THE
WINDOW, THE 5 IS CATCHING THE 55.
SPUN AROUND AND THAT 5 CLOBBERED THAT 55 AND I TELL YOU WHAT I
THINK IT HELPED THE 55. ANY NEEDED A CAUTION.
DIDN’T HURT HIM WHATSOEVER SO PAYBACK HAPPENED.
>>GOT FOUR UP EARLIER AND TEMPERS STARTING TO GET THE BEST
OF THEM. IT’S NOT OVER WITH SO HOW DOES
THAT INTERFERE WITH WHAT’S GOING ON WITH THE GUYS TRYING TO WIN
THE CHASE OR GET TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND?
WILL IT BECOME A PART OF THE STORY?
>>AND COMING TO THE GREEN FLAG, BY THE WAY, WE’RE JUST PAST
HALFWAY, THIS IS NOT OVER IN ANY WAY.
>>LOGANO GETS CLEAR OF HAMLIN, HOLES ON TO THE RACE LEAD.
DALE JR. TRYING TO MAKE THE MOST OF THOSE FRESHER TIRES BACK IN
TRAFFIC.>>JEFF GORDON TRYING TO FOLLOW
UP THROUGH AS JUNIOR MAKES THESE HOLES.
>>UP FRONT, A LOOK TO THE INSIDE OF LOGANO.
>>THAT MIGHT TURN OUT DIFFERENTLY LATER IN THE RACE.
>>THREE WIDE, EDWARDS AND STENHOUSE GIVES WAY ON THE
OUTSIDE.>>NOW DANICA PATRICK, THAT CAR,
WITH THE TIRES THAT ARE NOT THE FRESHEST AND THOSE TIRES COMING
BEHIND HERE.>>LIKE WHAT WE SAW THE LAST
TIME. MATT KENSETH.
WHEN YOU’RE A DRIVER IN THAT POSITION IT SEEMS LIKE THERE’S
ABOUT 55 CARS OUT HERE. NEVER-ENDING TRAIN THAT YOU JUST
CAN’T FIND YOURSELF IN A GOOD SPOT.
>>WHILE YOU WATCH THIS, LET ME INFORM YOU THAT JUST BEFORE THE
RESTART, NASCAR RACE ASKED FOR A PIT ROAD OFFICIAL TO INFORM THE
CREW CHIEFS OF THE 55 AND 5 THAT THEY WERE DONE.
NOT OUT OF THE RACE BUT THAT THE ONGOING ENTANGLEMENTS SHOULD BE
CEASED.>>ANYTHING FROM THAT POINT
NEEDS TO BE AFTER THE RACE AND THAT DISCUSSION HAD BETWEEN THE
DRIVERS. THEY’VE HAD IT ENOUGH SO FAR
TODAY.>>11 CAR HERE TODAY TRYING TO
THINGS DIFFERENT WITH THEIR SETUP, DIDN’T RUN AS WELL HERE
AND I THINK THEY ARE CAPABLE OF DOING AND KNOWING THIS WAS AN
OPPORTUNITY FOR THEM WITH THEIR DRIVER TO COME HERE AND GET
THEMSELVES PUNCHED INTO THAT NEXT ROUND AND BATTLE FOR A
CHAMPIONSHIP AT HOMESTEAD. YOU SEE DENNY HAMLIN WITH THE
LEAD.>>TOUGH FOR DANNY, HE TALKED
ABOUT OFTEN A COUPLE OF DIFFERENT OCCASIONS HOW ACTUALLY
BEFORE THIS WEEK EVEN HOW IF THEY COULD GET TO THIS ROUND OF
THE CHAMPIONSHIP, IF THEY COULD GET INTO THE ELIMINATOR ROUND,
ALL OF REMAINING TRACKS — OH, WHAT IS THIS.
>>I’M NOT SURE. LOOKED LIKE HE MOVED OVER TO
MAYBE LET HIM GO.>>I DON’T KNOW IF THIS WAS A
MISCOMMUNICATION OR BAD BLOOD.>>WE KNOW THAT PART.
>>WELL, YEAH. THIS PART MIGHT NOT BE OVER
RIGHT HERE EITHER.>>GOT TO CATCH HIM BEFORE HE
CAN HIT HIM.>>YEAH, I THINK DENNY HAS A
REALLY GOOD CAR AND I DON’T THINK JOEY WILL BE ABLE TO CATCH
HIM. YOU CAN SEE HE HAS 200 LAPS.
>>200 TO GO.>>JUST TO FINISH UP THE STORY I
WAS TALKING ABOUT, TALKING ABOUT DENNY THAT HE SAID IF WE CAN GET
INTO THIS ROUND WE’VE GOT MARTINSVILLE, WE’RE GREAT.
TEXAS, WE’RE GOOD. PHOENIX, WE’RE GREAT AND BY THE
WAY WE’VE WON AT HOMESTEAD TOO.>>YEP.
>>IF I’M IN IT I CAN WIN IT AND HE’S IN.
THERE’S THE NUMBERS TO BACK IT UP.
>>SO WHILE WE WERE WATCHING DENNY AND JOEY, THERE WERE OTHER
THINGS GOING ON ON THE RACETRACK ALSO.
>>I HAD ONE EYE ON THE MONITOR AND ONE ON THINGS GOING ON TOO
AS I SAW THREE WIDE. HOW — HOW THAT — AS WE HAVE
ONE NOW LOOKS LIKE DANICA PATRICK.
>>GOT TURNED AROUND. THERE IT IS.
YELLOW FLAG NUMBER 11.>>JUST A BAD SITUATION YOU GET
PUT IN AS A DRIVER.>>DAMAGE HERE.
I THINK THE TIRES –>>OLDER TIRES AND SO MANY CARS
ON THE FRESH TIRES AND EVERYBODY WITH THAT SENSE OF URGENCY WITH
THOSE FRESH TIRES.>>I’M NOT SURE IF TRUEX HAD —
LOOKED LIKE HE HAD SOMEONE ON HIS LEFT REAR CORNER.
BUT DEFINITELY GOT DANICA.>>I THINK YOU REMEMBER
SOMETHING THAT HAPPENED EARLIER IN THE RACE THERE MIGHT HAVE
BEEN A LITTLE CONTACT FROM THE 10 CAR INTO HIS REAR BUMPER IF I
REMEMBER CORRECTLY.>>I SECOND THAT VOTE.
>>THESE DRIVERS GOT LONG MEMORIES.
>>EVEN THE ONES IN THE BOOTH.>>I DON’T REMEMBER.
>>MINE IS PRETTY SHORT, I’LL TELL YOU.
>>IT WAS A LITTLE LONGER BACK WHEN I WAS DRIVING.
>>YOU TALK TO EVERYBODY — TALKING ABOUT PAYBACK FROM
CHARLOTTE AND ALL OF THAT STUFF AND AS WE SEE THESE DRIVERS NOW
COME INTO PIT ROAD, I’LL CONTINUE THAT IN A MOMENT HOW
THINGS HERE RAMP YOU UP MORE THAN ANYTHING IN THE PAST.
JUST WHAT HAPPENS HERE TODAY AND THOSE ARE THE PAYBACKS THAT YOU
GET INVOLVED IN.>>ANOTHER INTERESTING SPLIT
AGENDA HERE ON PIT ROAD. WE GOT 31 CARS ON THE LEAD LAP.
LOOKS LIKE A LITTLE LESS THAN HALF COMING INTO PIT HIRE.
>>YEAH, KYLE BUSCH SAID THE CAR SO TIGHT, THEY MADE MAJOR
ADJUSTMENTS, AGAIN, LEFT REAR AND RIGHT REAR CHASSIS.
KAEPERNICK WILL BE FOUR TIRES AND SUNOCO FUEL.
>>DENNY HAMLIN DID A NICE JOB NOT JUST IN THE PITS BUT STAYING
ON TOP OF THESE CHANGING TRACK CONDITIONS.
NO CHANGES THERE, JUST FOUR TIRES.
>>JOEY LOGANO SAYING THE CAR TOOK OFF MUCH BETTER THAT RUN
AND WAS TURNING BETTER WHEN HE WAS OUT FRONT.
McMURRAY AWAY VERY QUICKLY. THOSE TWO DRAG RACED OFF PIT
ROAD, ALLEN.>>WELL, DENNY WAS THE LEADER.
WE’LL SEE WHERE HE RESTARTS IN JUST A MINUTE.
NASCAR NONSTOP PRESENTED BY AUTOZONE.
>>>DALE JR. LEADS THEM TO THE RESTART.
DENNY HAMLIN FIRST OFF THE PIT LANE OF THOSE THAT STOPPED.
RESTARTED IN 17th.>>REMEMBER THREE OF THOSE CHASE
DRIVERS THAT HAD PIT ROAD SPEEDING PENALTIES, 2, 34 AND 21
ALL RUNNING NOW IN THE TOP EIGHT.
>>CARL EDWARDS PLAYED THE ROLE OF THE GUY ON THE OLDER TIRES
BEING SHUFFLED.>>JUST DON’T WANT TO BE THAT
GUY.>>THE OTHER DAY SITTING OUT
THERE TRYING TO — NOW THEY KNOW EXACTLY THE SITUATION.
>>YEAH.>>TAKE ADVANTAGE OF EVERY
OPPORTUNITY AND SITUATION THAT YOU CAN.
>>EDWARDS FINDS A SPOT IN LINE THERE BEHIND McMURRAY BACK IN
18th PLACE. NOW TRUEX PULLS TO THE INSIDE
WITH THE OTHERS ON THE OUTSIDE. WHILE UP FRONT BRAD KESELOWSKI
TRIES TO HOLD OFF JEFF GORDON, GUESS HE WAS ON THE FRONT ROW
FOR THE RESTART. TRIED TO MAKE UP LOST GROUND.
>>BRAD MIGHT BE BETTER SERVED REALIZING THIS 24 IS PROBABLY
THE FASTEST — ONE OF THE FASTEST CARS HERE.
NOT SURE HOW MUCH PATIENCE HE’LL SHOW RIGHT NOW.
>>SO JEFF BACK UP TO THIRD. WITH TONY STEWART AND CLINT
BOWYER RIGHT BEHIND HAVE NOT CALLED BOWYER’S NUMBER MUCH
TODAY, STEADY AND SOLID AND PLAYING PIT STRATEGY TO GAIN A
LITTLE BIT OF TRAFFIC. OH, SO GOOD HIRE.
PROBABLY — I WON’T SAY SHOULD HAVE WON THE RACE BACK IN MARCH
BUT HAD A SHOT AND CAME DOWN PIT ROAD AS THE LEADER ON THE LAST
STOP AND HAD A PROBLEM ON THE RIGHT REAR AND CAME OUT AND
PITTED.>>BOWYER ALWAYS SOLID ON THE
SHORT TRACK. HAS A GOOD FEEL FOR WHAT HE
NEEDS. CERTAINLY THEY WERE LOOKING FOR
AND HOPING FOR BUT YOU CAN MAKE A LOT OF THAT GO AWAY WITH A
GOOD SOLID RUN HERE TODAY.>>DAVE IS COVERING HIS PIT.
>>FOUR TIRES AND FUEL BEFORE THIS RACE IS OVER AND THERE’S
THAT WORD AGAIN. WHAT BRIAN TOLD ME, LOOK FOR
DRIVERS THAT HAD THAT FEEL HERE AND WHEN HE GETS IT HE CAN
REALLY HUSTLE THIS RACE CAR AND DRIVE IT SO WHILE PATTIE WASN’T
SURE HE KNEW CLINT WOULD DRIVE IT IF HE HAD IT.
>>KESELOWSKI, STEWART AND BOWYER RACING FOR FOURTH PLACE.
JEFF GORDON AFTER PASSING KESELOWSKI HAS AN ALL CLEAR
TRYING TO CHASE DOWN KURT BUSCH FOR SECOND.
>>SORRY, GO AHEAD.>>AS WE WATCH THIS BATTLE HERE,
DENNY HAMLIN AND JOEY LOGANO MADE THEIR WAY INTO THE TOP TEN
BATTLING THROUGH TRAFFIC. MAKING THOSE PIT STOPS.
>>SO 32 CARS ON THE LEAD LAP. MICHAEL ANNETT IN THE SEVENTH
GETTING THE FREE PASS AS THE LEAD CHANGES HANDS.
KURT BUSCH TO THE NUMBER ONE SPOT.
>>I’M SURE HE’D LIKE TO IMPROVE THAT WIN HE HAD EARLIER THIS
YEAR. THIS 41 CAR OUT FRONT.
DO IT RIGHT NOW. LOOKS LIKE JUNIOR IS STRUGGLING
SO GOOD ON THE EXIT OF THE CORNER STRUGGLING WITH THAT A
LITTLE BIT. I DON’T KNOW IF IT’S THE RUBBER
BUILDUP OR SOMETHING BUT IT’S GOT HIM TO WHERE HE’S NOT
GETTING THAT LAUNCH OFF THE CORNER THAT YOU NEED.
JEFF GORDON QUICKLY CLOSING ON DALE JR.
SO KURT BUSCH OUT IN FRONT. TENTH DIFFERENT LEADER OF THIS
RACE. 17th LEAD CHANGES, 11 CAUTIONS
THROUGH 315 LAPS AT MARTINSVILLE.
>>>KURT BUSCH IS THE LEADER OF THE GOODY’S HEADACHE RELIEF SHOT
500 IN MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY IN VIRGINIA AND A REMINDER TO GO TO
NASCAR.COM FOR ALL YOUR LATEST NASCAR INFORMATION.
178 LAPS TO GO AND YOU’RE LOOKING AT KURT FROM THE VIEW OF
JEFF GORDON, THE SECOND PLACE DRIVER WHO IS BEGINNING TO RUN
HIM DOWN AFTER PATTING DALE EARNHARDT JR. FOR THE NUMBER TWO
SPOT. JUST JOINING US, A FEW
INTERESTING STORIES IN THE FIRST TWO-THIRDS OF THIS RACE
INCLUDING PENALTIES FOR THREE OF THE DRIVERS FOR THE CHASE FOR
THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP FOR SPEEDING ON PIT ROAD.
ALL HAVE RECOVERED SO FAR AND TANGLE BETWEEN KEVIN HARVICK AND
MATT KENSETH WHILE KENSETH CONTINUED THAT WHEEL HOPPING
INTO TURN ONE AFTER A RESTART KEVIN HAD TO GO BEHIND THE WALL
AND SPENT 43 LAPS IN THE GARAGE GETTING REPAIRS.
HARVICK RUNNING IN 40th PLACE IN THIS RACE.
OTHER STORY, JIMMIE JOHNSON WITH DAMAGE ON HIS CAR FROM CONTACT
SPENDING 41 LAPS BEHIND THE WALL.
AND THE RUNNING BACK IN 39th PLACE AND BETWEEN KASEY KAHNE
AND BRIAN VICKERS A RUN-IN THAT RESULTED IN SOME PRETTY
SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO BOTH CARS BUT BOTH HAVE CONTINUED IN THE
RACE.>>CLINT BOWYER TRIED TO GET
SEVENTH PLACE FROM BRAD KESELOWSKI AND DOING SO.
>>TWO CARS CONTINUE TO SLIDE BACKWARDS.
A NUMBER OF CARS THAT HAVE TIRES.
>>THE 15, SAME TIME — EXACT SAME LAP AS THE 2 DID SO THEY’RE
ON EQUAL GROUND ON TIRES.>>UP AHEAD OF THEM, JEFF GORDON
IS THERE.>>KENNETH, KURT BUSCH IN
TRAFFIC. SEE IF HE CAN FIND SOME ROOM
AROUND. PLENTY OF CARS AHEAD OF THEM.
TO NEGOTIATE ALSO. AND IF THEY’RE NOT CAREFUL AND
THEY GET MESSING AROUND TOO MUCH WITH EACH OTHER THEY’LL FIND
DENNY HAMLIN RIGHT THERE WITH THEM BECAUSE AFTER RESTARTING IN
17th, 30 LAPS AGO DENNY HAMLIN HAS ROCKED HIS WAY ALL THE WAY
TO FOURTH PLACE AND ABOUT TO TAKE THIRD RIGHT THERE.
>>BEEN CONSISTENTLY 0.2 QUICKER THAN THOSE LEADERS.
>>I KNOW IT’S TIRES BUT EVEN BEFORE THAT WE GOT US A RACE CAR
NOW.>>TEN-FOUR.
LINE YOU’RE DRIVING.>>YEAH, THIS IS WHEN IT’S
REALLY FUN AS A DRIVER. YOU GOT PROBABLY WHAT A LOT OF
THESE — TOP THREE CARS HERE ALREADY THEN YOU’VE GOT BETTER
TIRES THAN EVERYBODY. ALMOST LIKE IT’S NOT A FAIR
FIGHT.>>IT’S NOT, BUT YOU LIKE THAT.
>>ONE THING THAT’S HAPPENED NOW IS THEY’VE ALL RUN LONG ENOUGH
IF WE HAPPEN TO HAVE ANOTHER CAUTION IT WOULD BRING THEM ALL
BACK DOWN AND WOULDN’T SEE THIS SPLIT AGENDA AGAIN.
ALWAYS COMES THAT POINT IN THIS RACE AND THESE 500 LAPS HAVE YOU
THAT LONGER GREEN FLAG STRETCH. IT’S GOING TO BE THAT TIME.
WE WERE HERE LAST YEAR THAT IT WAS KIND OF A MAD HOUSE ALL THE
WAY UP TILL THE END. 70, 71 LAPS.
>>7 AT THE END OF THE RACE, THE LONGEST GREEN FLAG STRETCH OF
THE WHOLE DAY, THE LAST ONE. WE DID HAVE A 79-LAP STRETCH
EARLIER IN THE RACE. OTHER THAN THAT THE CAUTIONS
HAVE COME PRETTY STEADILY FLOWING AND EVENLY SPACED ALSO.
SO KURT BUSCH TRYING TO HOLD OFF JEFF GORDON AND HANG ON TO THE
RACE LEAD, DAVE. IN VERY TIGHT IN THE APEX OF THE
CORNER AND RADIOED THAT IN AND HIS CREW CHIEF TRYING TO COACH
HIM AND LEAD HIM TO A WIN RIGHT BEFORE HE LEAVES TO BECOME
DANICA PATRICK’S CREW CHIEF, A CREW CHIEF AND CREW SWAP IN THE
STEWART-HAAS RACING CAMP. I ASKED DANIEL IF THEY COULD
BRING BACK THE MAGIC FROM THE SPRING.
HE SAID, I DON’T KNOW. MADE A LOT OF CHANGES AS YOU SEE
JEFF GORDON GETTING TO THE INSIDE AND KURT BUSCH WILL TRY
TO GET AN ADJUSTMENT AND SEE IF HE CAN WIN BEFORE THEY SEPARATE.
>>GREG ZIPADELLI FOR STEWART-HAAS SAYING HE WAS GOING
TO MAKE THE CHANGES NEXT WEEK. TONY GIBSON WOULD BE HIS CREW
CHIEF AND DANIEL KNOST — EXCUSE ME, THE OTHER WAY TONE WOULD BE
KURT’S CREW CHIEF AND DANIEL WOULD BE THE INTERIM CREW CHIEF
FOR DANICA PATRICK FOR THE REST OF THE SEASON AND ZIPPY ALSO
DIDN’T HAVE ANYTHING TO SAY ABOUT THE STATUS OF TONY
STEWART’S TEAM FOR NEXT YEAR. SAID HE WASN’T PREPARED TO DELVE
INTO THAT YET. THERE THE LEADERS GO BY, THE
WOUNDED CAR, KEVIN HARVICK FINDING HIMSELF THE ONE ON THE
END FOR THE ELIMINATOR ROUND OF THE CHASE AND NOW HAVING TO LOOK
AHEAD TO THE TEXAS AND PHOENIX AND FIND A WAY INTO THE
CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND AT HOMESTEAD. OF COURSE, BRAD KESELOWSKI DID
IT LAST WEEK AT TALLADEGA WHEN THINGS LOOKED BLEAK, FOUND A WAY
IN. I KNOW WINNING IS NOT EASY BUT
THE FORMULA IS SIMPLE. WIN AND YOU ARE IN.
THAT’S ALL IT TAKES.>>SOUNDS EASY.
DRIVERS DO AMAZING THINGS WHEN THEY GET PUT IN THOSE
SITUATIONS.>>HARVICK RUNNING IN 39th
POSITION AT THE MOMENT. JEFF GORDON, THE LEADER WITH 162
LAPS TO GO. .
>>>ON A BEAUTIFUL SUNDAY AFTERNOON IN SOUTH CENTRAL
VIRGINIA. JEFF GORDON LEADING AT
MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY IN THE EACHING ROUND OF THE ELIMINATOR
SECTION IN THE CHASE FOR THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP.
JEFF’S LED THE MOST LAPS TODAY AND CHECK IN ON THOSE NUMBERS
BROUGHT TO YOU BY SPRINT. JEFF OUT IN FRONT, 121 OF THE
346 LAPS THAT HAVE BEEN RUN AND ADD ONE TO THAT.
JAMIE McMURRAY THE NEXT HIGHEST LAP TOTAL AT 84.
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JEFF AS YOU SAW IN OUR NASCAR NONSTOP, DENNY HAMLIN GETTING
AROUND KURT BUSCH SO NOW HAMLIN CONTINUING TO CLOSE IN ON GORDON
FOR THE RACE LEAD.>>AS LONG AS THEY RUN UNDER
THIS GREEN FLAG STRETCH I THINK THAT ADVANTAGE HE HAS, PRESSURE
TIRES STARTING TO EVEN OUT A LITTLE BIT.
I THINK HE’LL STILL CATCH JEFF GORDON.
HE’S NOT CATCHING HIM NEARLY AS QUICK AS 15 OR 20 LAPS AGO.
>>ONE REASON TOO WHO HE’S DEALING WITH IN JEFF GORDON.
SEE TONY STEWART TAKE THAT FOURTH SPOT AWAY FROM DALE
EARNHARDT JR. HE’S SO GOOD AT TAKING CARE OF
HIS TIRES HE DOESN’T OVERDRIVE THE CORNER, WHICH BUILDS UP THE
AIR PRESSURE IN THE FRONT TIRES AND ABUSE THAT SO HIS CAR WILL
RUN LONGER. GOING TO MAKE IT TOUGH FOR HIM.
PROBABLY EVENTUALLY WILL BUT JUST THAT LITTLE BIT OF
DIFFERENCE IN THE TIRES.>>WHEN I TALKED TO JEFF
YESTERDAY HE TOLD ME — I ASKED HIM ABOUT THAT BALANCE OF RACING
FOR POSITIONS AND RACING HARD VERSUS MAKING SURE YOUR STUFF IS
GOOD ENOUGH AT THE END TO WIN AND HE SAID, YOU KNOW BEHIND THE
WHEEL, YOU KNOW WHEN YOU’VE BEEN RUNNING HARD AND PRESSING THAT
RIGHT FRONT TIRE OR KNOW WHEN YOU’VE BEEN DIGGING THAT LEFT
REAR REALLY HARD AND YOU UNDERSTAND THAT AND IF YOU
UNDERSTAND THE — MY WORD, EBB AND KNOW OR MY PHRASE, AT A
MARTINSVILLE RACE, HE SAID YOU LEARN HOW TO MANAGE THAT AND
MAKE SURE YOU HAVE SOMETHING LEFT TO RACE WITH AT THE END.
>>THAT’S WHERE HIS EXPERIENCE COMES INTO PLAY SO MUCH AND
FIGURED THAT OUT. WHAT HE CAN DO AND, YOU KNOW, HE
COMES FROM OVERDRIVING IT FROM ABUSING IT AND LOSING THE LEAD A
FEW TIMES THAT YOU FIGURE THAT OUT WHAT YOU CAN AND CAN’T DO.
>>I THINK THAT’S WHAT WE WERE TALKING ABOUT.
HOW GOOD JEFF GORDON IS ON THESE TYPE OF RACETRACKS.
I THINK PART OF THE CAR, I MEAN HE REALLY IS FEELING ALL FOUR
CORNERS, HE CAN TELL IF HE’S ABUSING THE LEFT REAR OR RIGHT
FRONT. ALMOST LIKE HE’S PART OF IT AND
I THINK THAT’S WHAT MAKES HIM SO GOOD HERE.
>>THAT’S ONE OF THE THINGS ABOUT DENNY HAMLIN YOU SEE THERE
THAT IT IS CLOSING IN CONTINUOUSLY THAT DENNY DOES A
REALLY GOOD JOB OF THAT TOO AND KEEPS THOSE REAR TIRES ON HIS
CAR AS GOOD AS ANYTHING. VERY SELDOM IF NEVER SEE HIM GET
IT OUT OF SHAPE AND SPIN THE TIRES ON THE EXIT OF THE CORNER
SO THEREFORE, LAST LINE GO ON AND ON AND OTHER DRIVERS CAN’T
GET TO THE GAS DENNY IS ABLE TO AND MAKES HIM LOOK LIKE HE’S WAY
FASTER.>>RICKY CRAVEN TOLD ME, HE SAID
EVERY TIME YOU SLIP THOSE REAR TIRES THAT’S THREE LAPS LEFT
THAT THEY’LL GIVE YOU. A GOOD RULE OF THUMB.
>>DENNY TALKED ABOUT OVER THE YEARS HIS FEEL FOR PLACES LIKE
HERE AND RICHMOND COMES FROM THE SHORT TRACK BACKGROUND.
THE PLACES HE GREW UP RACING LIKE SOUTH SIDE SPEEDWAY AND
THEY’RE MODERATELY BANKED OVALS WHERE THE CARS YOU’RE DRIVING
LATE MODEL STOCK CARS HAVE MORE POWER THAN THE TRACK CAN CONTAIN
SO YOU HAVE TO LEARN NOT TO BURN THOSE TIRES UP AND BE SMOOTH
WITH YOUR ACCELERATION AND YOUR BRAKING AND HE SAID IT’S THAT
KNOWLEDGE FROM THOSE RACETRACKS THAT APPLIES DIRECTLY HERE TO
MARTINSVILLE AND TO RICHMOND. CLOSING IN ON JEFF.
>>I DON’T THINK JEFF WILL GIVE HIM A TERRIFIC FIGHT.
IN NOT AT THIS POINT OF TIME. STILL WAY TOO MUCH.
THE PIT STOP, NOT TIME TO REALLY CONTEST THAT ALTHOUGH JEFF WOULD
CERTAINLY LIKE TO LEAD THE MOST LAPS HERE AND GET THE BONUS
POINT FOR THAT HERE.>>AND SO THERE IT IS, THE PASS
FOR THE LEAD AND DENNY HAMLIN GOES BACK OUT IN FRONT HERE IN
MARTINSVILLE.>>KIND OF LIKE TWO SHIPS
PASSING IN THE NIGHT.>>THEY’RE GOING TO COME BACK
TOGETHER LATER.>>AT A VIRGINIA RACETRACK,
DENNY HAMLIN LEADING AT MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY.
>>>WELL, WE HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE ENTERTAINING EXCHANGE
BETWEEN MATT KENSETH AND KEVIN HARVICK DURING OUR NONSTOP
COVERAGE. OF COURSE, KEVIN’S CAR, THAT
DAMAGE CAUSED AFTER A RUN-IN WITH MATT EARLIER IN THE RACE
AND AS MATT COME UP ON KEVIN –>>COULDN’T JUST LET IT GO BY.
YOU CAN’T TALK TO HIM –>>I GUESS THE PHRASE I WAS
SEARCHING FOR IS WE WERE AMUSED.>>I SEE HERE I THINK WHEN
HARVICK IS GOING — ACTUALLY GOING TO LET HIM GO AND HE DROVE
IT IN TOO FAR AND LOST A SPOT BACK.
>>RACING AGAIN.>>I THINK WE’LL SEE HIM GET
DOWN INTO TURN ONE IF WE FOLLOW LONG ENOUGH THAT HARVICK BRAKE
CHECKS HIM. GOING TO CAUSE A LITTLE DAMAGE
ON THE FRONT END OF THE 20 CAR RIGHT HERE.
THERE WE GO.>>I GUESS THE MESSAGE HAS BEEN
DELIVERED.>>I THINK THAT’S THE END OF IT
FOR TODAY.>>SO MATT KENSETH RUNNING IN
18th PLACE WHILE KEVIN HARVICK RUNS 39th.
>>SORRY, BUDDY.>>TEN-FOUR.
>>SO MATT KENSETH WITH THAT FRONT END DAMAGE ON HIS CAR AND
WE’LL SEE IF IT CALLS ANY SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE, MIGHT HAVE
CAUSED COOLING TROUBLE. THE GRILL ON THESE CARS, THE TOP
ONE IS DECORATOR AND THE BOTTOM IS WHERE ALL THE AIR IS AND
HUDDLED INTO THE RADIATOR. DENNY HAMLIN COMING UP ON CARL
EDWARDS, PUT CARL A LAP DOWN, IN 24th PLACE.
AT THIS LONG GREEN RUN WITH DIFFERENT PIT STOP TIRE
SCHEDULES MIX UP THE RUNNING ORDER A LITTLE BIT.
>>THAT MESS, YOU CAN SEE TONY STEWART CLOSING IN ON THE BACK
BUMPER OF JEFF GORDON FOR THAT SECOND SPOT, THOUGH.
HIS CAR REALLY GOOD IN THIS RUN.>>RICKY STENHOUSE BEHIND
STEWART IS NOW THE FIRST CAR ONE LAP DOWN.
NOT FOR LONG. DENNY HAMLIN CATCHING CARL
EDWARDS BUT.>>HOW GOOD SMOKE’S CAR IS.
TWO CARS THAT PITTED THAT HAD PRESSURE IN THE TIRE, LOGANO AND
THE ONE CAR, JAMIE McMURRAY AND THEY’RE NOT ABLE TO CATCH HIM.
WHEN THEY PUT THEM ON EQUAL GROUND, YOU SEE SMOKE BATTLING
FOR THIS WIN.>>BEEN A WHILE SINCE TONY
STEWART HAS WON A RACE. AND TRYING TO EXTEND HIS STREAK
OF CONSECUTIVE SEASONS WITH A WIN.
IT WAS THE DOVER RACE IN JUNE OF 2013 THE LAST TIME SMOKE WON AND
VINCE COVERING THE 14 FOR US.>>I TALKED WITH CREW CHIEF CHAD
JOHNSON ABOUT THAT STREAK AND HE SAID WE WANT TO WIN SO BADLY FOR
TONY. WE DON’T WANT THAT STREAK TO END
WITH THIS GROUP AND CHAD SAID I CERTAINLY DON’T WANT TO BE THE
CREW CHIEF THAT ENDS IT FOR TONY STEWART BUT FELT LIKE THEY HAD
GOOD CARS THIS YEAR AND TAKE TWO STEPS FORWARD AND THREE BACK AND
FINALLY FEEL LIKE WE HAVE SOMETHING TO WORK WITH THIS
WEEKEND AND THEY CERTAINLY SHOWED IT.
REAL SOLID RUN THIS LONG RUN FOR TONY AND I AGREE WITH ANDY,
THESE GUYS ARE PRETTY CONFIDENT. THEY HAVE SOMETHING TO WORK WITH
HERE TODAY.>>KIND OF A DOUBLE-EDGE SWORD,
VINCE. YOU HAVE A DRIVER LIKE TONY
STEWART, HE’LL GET YOU GOOD RESULTS AND MAKE YOU LOOK GOOD
AS A CREW CHIEF BUT HAS A LOT OF PRESSURE THAT GOES WITH IT TOO.
IF HE’S NOT HAVING THE SUCCESS THAT THIS DRIVER IS USED TO IT
CAN REFLECT BAD. I CAN UNDERSTAND THE PRESSURE HE
FEELS.>>OF COURSE, EVERYTHING THAT’S
GONE ON AROUND TONY STEWART IN THESE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS
SEVERELY BROKEN LEG LAST AUGUST THAT TOOK HIM OUT FOR THE
REMAINDER OF THE 2013 SEASON. COMING BACK FROM THAT THIS YEAR
AND THIS INCIDENT IN UPSTATE NEW YORK THAT RESULTED IN THE DEATH
OF DRIVER KEVIN WARD JR. THAT TOOK TONY OUT OF THE CAR AND
CERTAINLY WITH RESPECTS TO EVERYTHING ELSE INVOLVED IN IT,
SET HIS RACING TO THE BACK BURNER AND THEN TOOK HIM A WHILE
TO GET OVER IT TO BE IN A POSITION TO FULLY SETTLE HIMSELF
IN TO WHAT IT TAYS TO RUN UP FRONT & CONTEND TO WIN.
>>IT TAKES YOUR FULL ATTENTION AND DIFFICULT FOR SMOKE TO DO
THAT. CARL EDWARDS, HE’S HAD A TOUGH
TIME IN DOING THAT AND ALLOWED GORDON AND TONY STEWART TO GET
RIGHT UP TO HIM RIGHT NOW. ALL PUTTING UP QUITE THE FIGHT
TO STAY ON THE LEAD LAP.>>YEAH.
>>AND NOW FOR CARL WHAT’S LEFT THE HOPE THAT HAMLIN DOESN’T GET
TOO MANY LEAD LAP CARS ALTHOUGH IT WON’T BE LONG BEFORE HE LAPS
ANOTHER ONE. DENNY HAMLIN OUT IN FRONT HERE
IN MARTINSVILLE WITH 120 LAPS AWAY FROM THE FINISH.
>>>IN TROUBLE AT THE END OF THE LONGEST CONSECUTIVE RUN OF GREEN
FLAG LAPS TODAY, 88 LAPS OF GREEN AND WE TALKED ABOUT HOW
DEMANDING THIS TRACK IS ON THE CAR, THE BRAKES, HEAT AND SO ON,
SORENSON HAS FOUND THE LIMIT ON THAT AND BROUGHT OUT THE CAUTION
FLAG.>>GOING DOWN INTO TURN ONE.
>>OUCH.>>YEAH.
>>EVEN THOUGH IT’S A SHORT TRACK.
STILL A HARD HIT.>>YEAH, 85 LAPS UNDER GREEN.
YOU START LOOKING AROUND THINKING ABOUT WHO — WHOSE CAR
IS ILL HANDLING AND FIND TOO MUCH BRAKE.
THAT’S WHERE IT WILL SHOW UP FIRST.
>>LEADERS WILL COME TO PIT ROAD IN A MINUTE.
QUICK MINUTE TO REMIND YOU TOMORROW NIGHT ON MONDAY NIGHT
FOOTBALL. REDSKINS AND COWBOYS FOR THE
109th TIME. COWBOYS ROLLING IN WINNING SIX
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NO OTHER NIGHT IS MONDAY NIGHT.>>DID YOU KNOW DALLAS WON 8 OF
THEIR LAST 11 VERSUS WASHINGTON.>>YOU MEAN THE GUY SITTING TO
MY LEFT.>>ALSO A COWBOY HAT ON.
THAT’S WHAT I WAS GOING TO SAY.>>YEAH.
>>PIT ROAD IS OPEN HERE. DAVE?
>>FOURTH PLACE, DALE EARNHARDT JR., THE GONE HAS GONE TIGHT IN
THE CENTER OF THE CORNER AND GET THEIR FOUR TIRES AND A CHASSIS
ADJUSTMENT AS WELL AND TRACK BAR FOR JUNIOR.
VINCE.>>TONY STEWART SAYS HE NEEDS A
LITTLE BIT MORE FORWARD DRIVE. IT’S A LITTLE SNUG CENTER TO BUT
THE MAIN ISSUE, FOUR TIRES, GOING TO BE AN AIR PRESSURE
ADJUSTMENT THERE, AS WELL. DENNY HAMLIN REALLY GOOD.
HE SAID IT’S A BIT SNUG IN THE CENTER BUT OTHERWISE WE’RE
SOLID. MIKE.
>>JEFF GORDON SAYING HE’S A LITTLE LOOSE IN THE MIDDLE.
HALF ROUND DOWN ON THE TRACK BAR.
FOUR-TIRE CHANGE AND FUEL FOR JEFF GORDON.
HERE THEY COME OFF PIT LANE AND DENNY HAMLIN’S TEAM WILL HOLE
THE LEAD. THE GUY WITH THE COWBOYS HAT
LIVES IN WASHINGTON, D.C., DID I MENTION?
>>>107 LAPS LEFT TO GO AT MARTINSVILLE WHEN WE GO BACK
GREEN FLAG RACING WITH DENNY HAMLIN AND JEFF GORDON, DOUBLED
UP ON THE FRONT ROW. 23 CARS ON THE LEAD LAP.
MARTIN TRUEX JR. FREE PASS. AUSTIN DILLON SPEEDING ON PIT
ROAD AND HERE WE GO.>>CONTACT BETWEEN THE 14 AND
24.>>TRIED TO CLOSE THE DOOR AND
TONY TRYING TO KEEP IT OPEN.>>DALE JR. GOING TO GET A
LITTLE BREAK RIGHT THERE.>>JAMIE McMURRAY UP OUT OF THE
GROOVE.>>WAY UP OUT OF THE GROOVE.
AND HERE COMES ALLMENDINGER ROLLING THROUGH IN THAT LAST
LONG RUN OF THE RACE AFTER GETTING PASSED INITIALLY BY CARS
THAT HAD FRESHER TIRES STARTED PASSING THEM BACK LIKE TONY
STEWART DID AND ON EQUAL RUBBER ALLMENDINGER WITH KURT BUSCH.
>>UP TO SIXTH SPOT IN THAT LAST LONG GREEN FLAG RUN.
GREAT JOB BY A.J. HERE TODAY.>>ALLMENDINGER THROUGH KURT
BUSCH. MIKE.
>>A TRULY GREAT RUN FOR NOT JUST A.J. BUT THIS TEAM.
IF YOU LISTEN TO THE RADIO AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS RACE YOU
WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THE 47 HAD NO SHOT OF FINISHING ON THE LEAD
LAP LET ALONE RUNNING INSIDE THE TOP TEN AT THIS STAGE OF THE
RACE. THERE WERE SO MANY ISSUES THAT
ALLMENDINGER WAS FRUSTRATED WITH BUT THIS TEAM WENT TO WORK,
ADJUSTMENT AFTER ADJUSTMENT AFTER ADJUSTMENT.
SO MUCH IN TACT THAT THE LAST TIME DOWN PIT ROAD THEY DIDN’T
NEED ANY ADJUSTMENT, JUST FOUR TIRES AND FUEL.
THE CAR IS GOOD.>>MIKE, ALLMENDINGER UP TO
SIXTH PLACE NOW WITH 102 LAPS TO GO.
DENNY HAMLIN, THE LEADER. TONY STEWART, SECOND.
JEFF GORDON, THIRD, DALE EARNHARDT JR. FOURTH AND CLINT
BOWYER FIFTH. THEN THE DINGER IN SIXTH, JOEY
LOGANO, SEVENTH. KURT BUSCH, RYAN NEWMAN AND BRAD
KESELOWSKI FILLING OUT YOUR TOP TEN, McMURRAY GETTING SHUFFLED
ALL THE WAY BACK TO 21st PLACE AFTER LEADING 84 LAPS IN THIS
ONE EARLIER. JEFF GORDON BY TONY STEWART.
>>LOOKED LIKE TONY’S CAR A LITTLE BIT TIGHT IN THE CENTER.
GETTING A GOOD JUMP ON THE EXIT. A GOOD FORWARD BITE BUT COULD
SEE GORDON’S CAR WOULD ROLL HERE A LITTLE MORE SPEED.
I THINK IT PAYS OFF FOR TONY STEWART IN THE LONG RUN.
HE CAN REALLY MAKE UP SOME GROUND ON THESE GUYS.
HE’S KIND OF COUNTING ON THAT ON EQUAL GROUND ON TIRES IF THIS
THING GOES 70, 80, 100 LAPS OR MAYBE TO THE END HE MIGHT HAVE
THE BEST START.>>SEE HOW HARD GORDON RUNS HERE
TRYING TO RUN DOWN THE 11 CAR.>>WHAT DO YOU EXPECT HIM TO DO.
>>KNOWING WE HAD A LONG GREEN FLAG RUN AND A LOT OF TIMES WE
HAVE THAT AT THE END OF THE RACE I WOULD EXPECT JEFF GORDON TO
TAKE HIS TIME. BIDE HIS TIME GETTING THERE.
>>RIGHT NOW JEFF LEADING THE COUNT AS WE WATCH EARNHARDT JR.
GET INSIDE STEWART FOR THIRD PLACE AND AGAIN, THE WINNERS OF
THE THREE RACES ARE THROUGH AND THE FOURTH SPOT TO BE FILLED
BASED ON THE POINT STANDINGS AND IF WE DON’T HAVE THREE DIFFERENT
WINNERS OR THOSE THREE WINNERS AREN’T CHASE DRIVERS, POINTS
WILL BECOME VERY IMPORTANT SO IF JEFF CAN GET THAT BONUS POINT
FOR LEADING THE MOST LAPS IF HE’S NOT ABLE TO WIN AT
MARTINSVILLE NEXT WEEK IN TEXAS OR THE WEEK AFTER AT PHOENIX
IT’S GOING TO BE REALLY CRUCIAL POINTS LIKE WE SAW IN TALLADEGA
WHERE ONE POINT CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
>>AND IF HAMLIN WAS ABLE TO LEAD TO THE END HE WOULD CAPTURE
THAT SO I THINK THAT’S PUTTING PRESSURE ON HIM.
HE WANTS TAKE THE LAPS AWAY FROM DENNY HAMLIN AND PUT IT IN HIS
COLUMN.>>DENNY IS GOING TO LEAD 80
MORE LAPS JUST TO CATCH JEFF. THERE IN 95 TO GO WIN THE RACE.
JEFF CAN GET OUT FRONT AND — EVEN JUST A LITTLE HE CAN LOCK
UP THAT BONUS POINT FOR HIMSELF.>>PEOPLE ASK YOU, NOT REALLY,
DO THESE GUYS REALLY THINK ABOUT THAT STUFF DURING THE RACE?
>>WELL, YES, THEY DO.>>YEAH, WE’RE TALKING ABOUT
THAT FOURTH SPOT POTENTIALLY BEING — GOING TO THEIR — GOING
TO HOMESTEAD TO RACE FOR A CHAMPIONSHIP, NOT POINTS THEN
IT’S GOING TO BE — WE KNOW THERE WILL BE AT LEAST ONE OF
THOSE SPOTS AND THAT’S YOUR CREW CHIEF THAT —
>>THAT COULD EASILY COME DOWN TO ONE POINT.
>>WE ARE DOWN TO THE BEST EIGHT THAT ARE LEFT HERE NOW.
>>THERE ARE THE LAPS LED TOTAL ON THE DAY.
YOU SEE DENNY CONTINUING TO ADD TO HIS MARKS BUT IF JEFF CAN GET
OUT IN FRONT, AND FIND A WAY TO PACE 20 OR SO, THEN HE COULD
LOCK UP THAT EXTRA CHAMPIONSHIP POINT.
KURT BUSCH, JOEY LOGANO, SEVENTH AND EIGHTH.
>>I THINK LOGANO IS LOST A LITTLE BIT OF A HANDLE LATE IN
THIS ONE. HE HAD A GOOD CAR EARLY,
PROBABLY 30% OF THE RACE.>>LED TWO DIFFERENT TIMES FOR
60 DIFFERENT LAPS. RIGHT NOW THIRD IN LAPS LED ON
THE DAY BUT LOGANO’S LOOKING BACK.
BEHIND KURT BUSCH HERE TO EIGHTH PLACE.
>>WHOO.>>BIG RUN ON THE INSIDE FOR
DALE JR. LIKE 32 CAR OF KYLE FOWLER MAYBE
HAD A MISUNDERSTANDING OF WHAT LANE HE WAS GIVING JUNIOR.
FOWLER IN HIS SPRINT CUP SERIES DEBUT BUT ALL WORKED OUT OKAY
AND GORDON HAS CAUGHT HAMLIN.>>IN AND OUT OF HIS SHADOWS.
IS THAT AN ISSUE FOR THE DRIVERS.
>>IF AN ISSUE — FROM LOOKING AT THAT AND ALSO LOOKING AT THE
TRACK AND BEING ABLE TO SEE WHERE THAT RUBBER IS.
MAKES IT A LITTLE BIT DIFFICULT. WATCH HAMLIN.
I THOUGHT HE WAS THE BEST HE’S BEEN MOST OF THE DAY AND DENNY
HAMLIN HAS HIS CAR HOOKED UP. DOESN’T GET INTO THE CORNER INTO
THE CENTER QUITE AS HARD AS GORDON BUT REALLY DRIVES OFF.
>>WATCH GORDON’S LINE. HE’S NOT ON THE CURB BUT GOING
UP WITH THE RACE CAR A LITTLE BIT.
>>THAT IS THE WAY DENNY HAMLIN DRIVES HIS CAR.
DOESN’T ABUSE THE FRONT TIRES BY TRYING TO KEEP IT AROUND THAT
CURBING THEN YOU CAN KIND OF STRADDLE THAT BUILDUP AND WHEN
YOU’RE DRIVING THROUGH IT YOU’RE DRIVING OFF THE CORNER WITH THE
WHEEL STRAIGHTER SO MUCH BETTER WAY TO GET FORWARD BITE.
THE DRIVER AND A CAR HAS THIS GOOD OF A FORWARD BITE AS 11
DOES MAKES IT DIFFICULT TO MAKE A PASS ON HIM.
YOU ALMOST HAVE TO USE WHAT YOUR STRENGTH IS THERE AND THAT’S
ROLLING THROUGH THE CENTER AND GO UP AND GIVE HIM A LITTLE TAP
AND NOT LET HIM GET TO THE THROTTLE AS QUICKLY AND AS GOOD
AS WHAT HE IS RIGHT NOW.>>YOU SEE RIGHT THERE, JUST
THAT PICTURE IS THAT 88 CAR. HE’S TRYING SOME FAST LAPS ABOUT
THE LAST THREE OR FOUR LAPS AROUND BEEN THE QUICKEST.
>>ROCKETED TO THE FRONT AND LOOKED LIKE THE HANDLING GOT OFF
FOR A STRETCH OF THE RACE. WHATEVER THAT LAST ADJUSTMENT
WAS MADE BY STEVE LETARTE AND COMPANY, DAVE, IT LOOKS LIKE IT
WAS IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.>>TRACK BAR, ALLEN AND HOPING
IT WILL GIVE THEN THE CAR TO TURN
VICTORY LANE. DALE EARNHARDT JR. HAS FINISHED
IN THE TOP FIVE 11 TIMES IN MARTINSVILLE BUT DOES NOT HAVE
ONE OF THOSE GRANDFATHER CLOCKS AND STEVE SAID THAT IS
MOTIVATION FOR MY DRIVER. STEVE HAS ONE FROM 2005 AND
OTHERS BUT 2005 WAS HIS FIRST WIN AS A CREW CHIEF WITH JEFF
GORDON SO SPECIAL MEMORY FOR THEM AND LIKE TO MAKE IT THE
SAME FOR DALE EARNHARDT JR. TODAY.
>>JUNIOR THIRD AND CLOSING ON THE RACE FOR THE LEAD BETWEEN
DENNY HAMLIN AND JEFF GORDON. GORDON — SORRY ABOUT THAT.
>>HE’S STARTING TO PRESSURE THE ISSUE A LITTLE BIT HERE.
>>THINK HE WOULD MAYBE LIKE NOW RATHER GET THE HAMLIN AS THEY
SEE REALLY STARTING TO COME UP TO THE BACK PART OF THE FIELD
AND BEFORE THEY GET IN THAT — CAUTION.
>>PIECE OF METAL JUST PAST THE START/FINISH LINE TOWARD TURN
ONE THAT JUST GOT KNOCKED OFF AGAINST THE INSIDE WALL.
>>I CAN SEE A COUPLE OF PIECES DOWN THERE IN ACTUALLY IT’S
RIGHT OVER THERE, AND THEY’LL BRING OUT THE YELLOW FLAG FOR
THE 13th TIME IN THIS RACE. THAT’S A FREE THROTTLE.
AND THERE’S SOMETHING ON THE TURN FOUR SIDE OF THE
START/FINISH LINE THAT APPARENTLY UP CLOSER TO THE
OUTSIDE WALL. ACCORDING TO RACE CONTROL SO
THAT’S THE REASON FOR CAUTION NUMBER 13.
MR. CREW CHIEF, YOU JUST PITTED AT 388.
WE’RE AT 418 NOW.>>YEAH, CERTAINLY DON’T WANT TO
GET CAUGHT OUT THERE ON TIRES THAT ARE WORN AT THIS POINT.
I WANT TO COME IN AND GET MORE TIRE, TAKE MY CHANCES.
>>AND FROM THE COCKPIT I’LL BE HOLLERING YOU BETTER BE READY
FOR ME BECAUSE I’M COMING TO GET FOUR TIRES HERE.
FROM WHAT I’VE SEEN EVEN IF I SAY STAY OUT I’M COMING IN.
>>I’M NOT GOING TO TELL YOU ANYWAY.
>>YOU DON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT IT.
>>23 CARS ON THE LEAD LAP. RICKY STENHOUSE JR. WILL JOIN
THEM. HE GETS THE FREE PASS, TRAFFIC,
CARL EDWARDS A LAP DOWN. WONDER IF WE’LL SEE ANYBODY GO
FOR TWO TIRES HERE TO STEAL A LITTLE TRACK POSITION.
>>DAVE.>>FOURTH PLACE CLINT BOWYER
COMPLAINING HE CANNOT PICK UP THE GAS ON HIS NUMBER 15 CAR AND
GET AN ADJUSTMENT FOR THAT AND FOUR TIRES.
DALE EARNHARDT JR., HE LIKES THE WAY THAT CAR IS RIGHT NOW THE
WAY IT WAS MOVING FORWARD, FOUR TIRES AND FUEL FOR JUNIOR.
VINCE.>>FOR DENNY HAMLIN, HE SAYS
IT’S GOT A LITTLE TIGHT, THE ADJUSTMENTS THEY’VE BEEN MAKING
HASN’T HELPED AND THE FORD DRIVE IS OKAY, JUST DON’T HURT IT.
THEY’LL MAKE A CHASSIS ADJUSTMENT AND FOUR TIRES.
>>JEFF GORDON SAYING WE TEED TO GET SOME MORE DRIVE OFF.
THEY’LL GO TO WORK ON THE CHASSIS ON THE LEFT REAR, A TURN
THERE, FOUR TIRES AND GORDON IS AWAY.
>>LITTLE CHANGE OF TRACK POSITION ON THE PIT LANE.
CLINT BOWYER’S TEAM GETTING IT DONE AND GIVING THEIR DRIVER THE
RACE LEAD.>>>GOT TO BE AN INTERESTING
RESTART COMING UP IN MARTINSVILLE AFTER A CHANGE OF
TRACK POSITION ON PIT ROAD. OUR TELECAST TODAY PRESENTED BY
AUTOZONE. CLINT BOWYER IS THE NEW LEADER
OF THE RACE. CARS.COM, ALL DRIVE, NO DRAMA
SHOWS YOU THE BIGGEST MOVERS ON THE DAY.
DALE EARNHARDT JR. HAVING A TERRIFIC DAY.
MIKE WALLACE.>>YEAH, MIKE — YEAH, HE WAS A
COUPLE OF LAPS DOWN AT ONE TIME. OH.
>>THAT’S NOT GOOD. ?
KURT WAS RUNNING IN SEVENTH PLACE AND THERE’S LIQUID ALL THE
WAY DOWN THE BACK STRAIGHTAWAY FROM BEHIND THAT 41 CAR.
>>A LOT OF IT TOO. I DON’T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED.
>>WHATEVER JUST LET GO, IT WAS BIG.
>>FLAMES, WATCH OUT FOR FLAMES AS YOU OPEN THAT HOOD.
>>IF THAT IS ALL OVER THE HEADERS AND EVERYTHING ELSE YOU
GIVE IT A LITTLE BIT OF AIR AND THERE IT IS, THE FIRE.
>>OH, THAT’S TOO BAD. WHAT A GREAT DRIVE HE HAD.
>>IT WAS REALLY SOLID ALL DAY.>>MAN, ALL OF A SUDDEN, OIL
COOLER OR OIL LINE, IN FRONT OF THE ENGINE.
I HAVE A FEELING IT COULD HAVE BEEN AN OIL FILTER.
>>WELL –>>TOO MUCH FUN TO SAY THE
ENGINE IS COOKED.>>THEY PUMP A LOT OF OIL.
THERE IS A BIG MESS TO CLEAN UP.>>WHICH COULD MAKE IT
INTERESTING FOR THE GUYS HOLDING UP THE BOTTOM LANE OFF TURN
NUMBER TWO ON THE UPCOMING RESTART.
>>>THE
BEAUTIFUL FALL SCENERY IN SOUTH CENTRAL VIRGINIA IN THE
MARTINSVILLE AREA AS WE COME TO YOU LIVE FROM THE MARTINSVILLE
SPEEDWAY WITH THE FIRST RACE IN THE ELIMINATOR ROUND OF THE
CHASE UNDER AN EXTENDED CAUTION NOW BECAUSE OF PROBLEMS AFTER
THE PIT STOPS FOR KURT BUSCH. HIS CAR GOING UP IN A PLUME OF
SMOKE AND FLAME AND DR. JERRY PUNCH IS WITH KURT.
>>WE WERE JUST COMMENTING ABOUT WHAT A GREAT RACE CAR YOU’VE HAD
FOR A GOOD BIT OF THE DAY AND SUDDENLY SMALL SMOKE.
WHAT HAPPENED?>>I THINK WE RUPTURED AN OIL
LINE IS WHAT I’M HEARING, WHETHER IT WAS A FITTING OR THE
LINE ITSELF, I DON’T KNOW BUT WE HAD A REALLY GOOD RUN.
WE WERE IN THE MIX, RUNNING UP FRONT WITH THE HAAS AUTOMATION
CHEVY AND WE WERE IN THAT SPOT WHERE WE WERE WHEN WE WON THE
RACE THIS SPRING WHICH MEANT 70 TO GO, THERE WAS STILL ANOTHER
YELLOW WE WOULD HAVE BEEN OKAY. IF WE WOULD RUN TO THE END THAT
WAS GOING TO THE RUN. WE WERE RUNNING P-7.
WHEN WE WON WE WERE P-3. YOU GOT TO GET TO THE INSIDE AND
EVERYBODY’S ELBOW IS OUT RUNNING HARD.
GREAT RACE AND GREAT RACETRACK AND CHASE GUYS AND YOU DON’T
HAVE CHASE CARS AND TRYING TO MANAGE THAT.
THANKS TO CHEVROLET AND MONSTER ENERGY.
ALL OF OUR SPONSORS THIS YEAR IT’S BEEN A GOOD YEAR.
I WAS HOPING TO GET OUT THE BROOM BUT INSTEED WE GOT A BROOM
CLEANING UP OUR KITTY LITTER.>>I SAW YOU GIVE A BIG HUG TO
YOUR CREW CHIEF. THEY MOVE ON NEXT WEEK.
HOW MUCH DID YOU WANT TO GIVE AS A PARTING GIFT.
>>IT WAS SENTIMENTAL. WE WON EARLY AND WANTED TO BUILD
THAT CONSISTENCY. TODAY YOU COULD FEEL WHAT WE
BUILT ON TODAY ALL YEAR LONG AND DANIEL KNOWS THIS RACETRACK SO
KNOST KNOWS MARTINSVILLE AND WAS HOPING TO DELIVER HIM A
GRANDFATHER CLOCK BUT WE HAD ONE OF THOSE MECHANICAL FAILURES
THAT POPS UP AND BITES YOU. WE’LL GIVE OUR BEST NEXT THREE
WEEKS. THANKS TO DAM AND ALL THE GUYS
ON THE 41 AND STEWART-HAAS FOR GIVING ME THIS CHANCE.
>>A GREAT RUN AND SUDDENLY IT IS OVER AT MARTINSVILLE.
>>YOU KNOW, SOMEBODY HAS A GOOD RUN WHO’S HAD STRUGGLES AND A
DIFFICULT SEASON AND SOMETHING LIKE THAT HAPPENS, JUST MAKES ME
FEEL BAD. DON’T KNOW WHY BUT IT JUST MAKES
ME FEEL BAD FOR THAT GUY. IT WAS GOING TO BE A HIGHLIGHT
RUN FOR A LONG TIME FOR THEM AND NOT TO BE.
>>THIS COULD BREAK YOUR HEART SOMETIMES.
>>BOY, IT DOES IN A HURRY BUT DID A GREAT JOB AND HANDLED THAT
VERY WELL. TOUGH, OUT THERE FOR OVER 400
LAPS BATTLING AND PUT YOURSELF IN THAT POSITION AND HAD THAT
HAPPEN.>>SO KURT WILL LOOK AHEAD TO
TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY NEXT WEEKEND.
DOUBLEHEADER ACTION ON ESPN STARTING WITH THE RESUMPTION OF
THE FIGHT FOR THE NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP
SATURDAY AT 3:30 EASTERN, CHASE ELLIOTT WINNER AT TEXAS IN APRIL
WILL TRY AGAIN AS HE LEADS THE STANDINGS GOING IN.
THEN NEXT SUNDAY, THE SECOND RACE IN THE ELIMINATOR ROUND OF
THIS CHASE, TELECAST PRESENTED BY FEDERATED AUTO PARTS 2:00
EASTERN TIME. JOEY LOGANO, THE BIG WINNER AT
TEXAS BACK IN APRIL, WE WILL SEE HOW THIS ONE PLAYS OUT NEXT
SUNDAY FROM THE LONE STAR STATE. EDDIE GOSSAGE AND HIS WHOLE GANG
BUFFING UP ON HOSS AND ALL THE REST AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY AND
GETTING READY TO WELCOME US DOWN IN FT. WORTH.
ONE TO GO AT MARTINSVILLE. GOING TO GO BACK RACING WITH 1
OF 68 LAPS TO GO. STORIES ON THE DAY SO FAR SOME
OF THE DRIVERS INVOLVED IN THE CHASE FOR THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP
WITH DIFFERENT PROBLEMS. PIT ROAD SPEEDING PENALTIES,
KESELOWSKI, GORDON AND NEUMAN AND THE TANGLE BETWEEN THE TWO
THAT HARVICK GOT THE WORST OF WHILE KENSETH RUNS IN 11th
POSITION ON THE LEAD LAP. HARVICK IS DOWN IN 38th SPOT
AFTER HAVING TO SPEND TIME BEHIND THE WALL TO GET HIS CAR
REBUILT. CLINT BOWYER, THE LEAD ON THE
FINAL STOP IN THE RACE IN MARCH WHEN HIS PIT CREW HAD A PROBLEM.
THIS TIME HIS PIT CREW GOT HIM THE LEAD ON WHAT COULD BE THE
FINAL STOP OF THE RACE HERE IN THE FIELD OF GREEN FLAG.
>>JUNIOR TRYING TO HANG TOUGH OWN THE OUTSIDE AND KNOWS
THERE’S NOWHERE TO GO ON THE INSIDE.
FORD WILL FILL THAT SPOT. GORDON WILL.
>>BEHIND HIM IN THIRD. SEPARATING GORDON FROM DENNY
HAMLIN WHO LOST A FEW SPOTS ON PIT STOPS.
>>SEE, THAT COULD HAVE BEEN THE PASS BY — WE’LL SEE HOW THIS
ALL WORKS OUT BUT GORDON BEING ABLE TO GET BY THERE.
SEPARATE HIMSELF FROM HAMLIN, DO BE BIG AT THE END OF THIS DAY.
>>ALLMENDINGER GETTING BOUNCED AROUND A LITTLE BIT.
>>BRAD KESELOWSKI MOVES IN SPOTS.
NOW HE’S GOT PROBLEMS.>>HOLD ON.
>>HOLD ON. CAUTION, CAUTION, CAUTION,
CAUTION.>>AND MORE COLLECTED.
>>LOST THE TRANSMISSION FOR NO REASON.
I DIDN’T MISS A SHIFT OR ANYTHING.
COMING AT YOU.>>TRANSMISSION PROBLEMS ON THE
TWO LEAD TO THIS MESS ON THE FRONT STRAIGHTAWAY AND ANOTHER
HEADLINE FOR ONE OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP CHASERS IN THE
FINAL 6 LAPS IN MARTINSVILLE.>>TRIED TO GET OUT OF THE WAY
SO YOU COULD TELL SOMETHING HAPPENED TO THE CAR.
>>I’M GOING TO PIT ROAD RIGHT NOW.
>>GOT UP OUT OF THE GROOVE AND OUT OF THE WAY IN THE CORNER.
WHEN HE GOT TO THE STRAIGHTAWAY HE WAS RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF
THE GROOVE AND GOING NOWHERE.>>I THINK IT IS.
GOT ONE-WHEEL DRIVE.>>SAYING NOW THEY BROKE AN
AXLE. WHAT HE BELIEVES HAPPENED.
>>THAT’S A COMMON THING HERE. YOU PUT SO MUCH TORQUE ON THESE
REAR WHEELS. JUST MAKE ABOUT 900 HORSEPOWER
AND HAVE 6.5-1 RATIO AND PUTS THAT MUCH MORE TORQUE.
>>THE FRONT STRAIGHTAWAY A BIG MESS IN MARTINSVILLE.
CASEY MEARS, KASEY KAHNE, CARL EDWARDS GOT A PIECE OF IT,
DANICA PATRICK, AS WELL. THERE’S MARTIN TRUEX.
AND RED FLAG.>>BIGGEST WRECK I’VE EVER SEEN
HERE. CASEY MEARS GETTING OUT AND
KASEY KAHNE. GOOD TO SEE.
>>LOSE SIGHT OF THE FACT THAT YOU’RE STILL GOING IN EXCESS OF
100 MILES AN HOUR.>>OH, YEAH.
>>HERE IN MARTINSVILLE AND YOU HIT SOMETHING, IT’S STILL A BIG
HIT.>>YEAH, THEY WERE ALMOST AT TOP
SPEED WHEN ALL OF THIS WAS TAKING PLACE THERE.
>>SO THIS ALL STARTED WITH TROUBLES FOR BRAD KESELOWSKI,
DOC.>>YEAH, HE WAS JUST TELLING THE
CREW A MINUTE AGO THAT THE THING BEGAN TO VIBRATE AND SHAKE
VIOLENTLY OFF TURN TWO PRIOR TO THAT AND SAID HE CAME OFF FOUR
AND THE THING JUST QUIT PULLING LIKE IT HAD JUMPED OUT OF GEAR.
HE SAID HE PUT IT BACK IN GEAR THINKING HE HAD LOST HIS
TRANSMISSION AND SUDDENLY HAD GEAR, MAYBE IT’S THE DRIVE SHAFT
BUT HE HAD A DRIVESHAFT BUT SAID IT’S GOT TO BE THE AXLE.
IT’S ONLY PULLING WITH ONE WHEEL SO ISOLATED AN AXLE PROBLEM AND
GET EVERYTHING READY AND WHEN NASCAR LIFTS THE RED FLAG WHERE
THEY CAN WORK ON THE CAR THEY’LL TRY TO SEE IF THEY CAN MAKE
REPAIRS AND GET HIM BACK OUT THERE.
LOOKS LIKE A BROKEN AXLE IN THE REAR FOR BRAD KESELOWSKI.
>>ALL RIGHT, DOC, SO LET’S GO BACK AND SEE IT AGAIN.
WHAT COST ALL THAT CARNAGE OFF TURN FOUR.
>>HE’S OUT OF THE WAY AND MIDDLE OF THE GROOVE.
NOBODY EXPECTS TO SEE THAT.>>YOU SEE ARIC ALMIROLA JUST
BARELY DODGES HIM THERE.>>THE BIG HIT WAS KASEY KAHNE
INTO THE BACK OF CASEY MEARS.>>YEAH.
>>CARL EDWARDS GETTING INTO THE 78 CREATE SOME FRONT EDGE DAMAGE
FOR CARL.>>BE ABLE TO SEE DOWN HERE I
BELIEVE HE CAN KIND OF FEEL IT THERE THEN HE’S REACHING FOR THE
SHIFTER HERE IN JUST A SECOND. THINKING HE DOES HAVE A
TRANSMISSION PROBLEM, MAYBE IT JUMPED OUT OF GEAR.
>>JOEY, WATCH. INSIDE, INSIDE.
INSIDE. INSIDE.
BROKE TRANSMISSION.>>STAY HIGH, STAY HIGH, STAY
HIGH. HOLD ON TO IT.
CAUTION, CAUTION, CAUTION, CAUTION, CAUTION.
>>LOST THE TRANSMISSION FOR NO REASON.
I DIDN’T MISS A SHIFT OR ANYTHING.
COMING AT YOU.>>TEN-FOUR.
>>HE CAN HEAR — THAT’S NOT INDICATIVE OF AN AXLE BREAKING.
JUST KIND OF BREAK AND THEY’RE DONE.
YOU DON’T USUALLY HEAR THAT. I’M NOT SURE WHAT THAT IS.
>>SOMETHING STRANGE.>>WHAT A BIG MESS.
>>THAT’S SOME HARD HITS.>>MARTIN TRUEX.
>>EASY, EASY, STAY LOW, STAY LOW, STAY LOW, STAY LOW.
>>IT’S GOING TO BE OKAY HERE.>>THAT WHOLE —
>>NOWHERE TO GO. NARROW FRONTSTRETCH HERE.
>>KASEY KAHNE FOR ALL THE PROBLEMS HE HAD EARLIER IN THE
RACE WHEN HE AND BRIAN VICKERS WENT AT IT.
PROBABLY THINKING, WELL, GOOD, THAT ONE IS OVER.
>>YEAH, ACTUALLY THE HARDEST HIT FOR KAHNE WHEN HE HIT THE 78
OF MARTIN TRUEX. THOUGHT HE WAS IN THE BACK OF
THE 13 BUT IT’S EVEN FURTHER BACK THAN THAT.
>>BACK DOWN TO DOC.>>OKAY, ANDY, PUT YOUR CREW
CHIEF HAT ON AND PRETEND YOU’RE PAUL WOLFE.
UNDER THE RED FLAG YOU CANNOT MOVE THE CAR ONCE IT’S ON PIT
ROAD IN THE PIT BOX. IT’S IN THE PIT BOX BUT WHAT
PAUL WAS TOLD HIS DRIVER TO DO A MOMENT AGO AND WHAT BRAD DID
WITH NASCAR OFFICIALS, HE FIRED THE CAR UP AND LET IT TRY TO
MOVE TOWARD THE FRONT OF THE PIT BOX AND WHAT PAUL WANTED TO DO
WAS SEE IF THERE WAS ONE OF THE WHEELS PULLING AND ONE WAS NOT.
IF IT MAYBE WAS THE REAR END AXLE.
WHAT ELSE CAN YOU DO AS A CREW CHIEF DOWN HERE REALIZING YOU
CAN’T MOVE OUT OF THE PIT BOX TO TRY TO DECIPHER WHAT YOU HAVE TO
FIX QUICKLY.>>TOUGH UNDER RED BECAUSE THEY
LET HIM CRANK IT UP TO AT LEAST TRY TO MOVE IT.
SOMETHING THAT WOULD HELP THEM DIAGNOSE WHETHER IT’S THE RIGHT
OR LEFT. IF IT IS AN AXLE BUT ONCE THEY
REMOVE THE RED FLAG THEY’LL BE ABLE TO DIAGNOSE IT A LITTLE
FURTHER BUT KIND OF A DILEMMA FOR PAUL WOLFE TO FIGURE OUT
EXACTLY WHAT, YOU KNOW, PLAN OF ATTACK THEY NEED TO HAVE HERE.
>>IF IT’S AN AXLE THEY CAN PIT — FIX IT ON PIT ROAD.
THEY MAY HAVE TO GO TO THE GARAGE ANYWAY.
A GEAR THEY’LL HAVE TO YAK IT — JACK IT UP AND CHANGE THE GEAR
ASSEMBLY.>>RODNEY HOLING THE RED FLAG
FROM THE STARTER’S STAND AND THE RACE IS STOPPED WHILE THEY CLEAN
UP THE FRONT STRETCH FROM HALF A DOZEN CARS PILED UP ON TURN FOUR
TRIGGERED BY SOMETHING BREAKING ON BRAD KESELOWSKI’S.
>>>CALM AND QUIET AT MARTINSVILLE.
YOU DO NOT TEED TO ADJUST YOUR TELEVISION OR VOLUME.
WE’RE UNDER A RED FLAG HERE THIS AFTERNOON.
PRESENTED BY AUTOZONE. RED FLAG BECAUSE OF A HUGE
PILEUP ON THE FRONTSTRETCH DUE TO AN ACCIDENT CAUSED BY BRAD
KESELOWSKI. HELLO IF YOU’RE INSIDE THE
QUICKEN LOANS PIT STUDIO. NICOLE WITH RUSTY AND BRAD.
IT’S AN INTERESTING SCENARIO THAT IS PLAYING OUT WITH THIS
NEW CHASE. WE’VE SEEN CHASE DRIVERS HAVE
ISSUES BEFORE. TODAY HAS BEEN A BIG DAY AGAIN
AS WE KICK OFF THE ELIMINATOR ROUND.
OF COURSE, THE EARLIER BIG INCIDENT INVOLVED THE 4 CAR AND
THE 20 OF MATT KENSETH.>>YEAH, THIS IS A BIG RACE,
MATT KENSETH, LOCKED UP THE REAR TIRES, GOING INTO TURN ONE,
LOSES CONTROL AND TAKES OUT KEVIN HARVICK.
KEVIN REALLY DIDN’T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED.
HE WAS A LITTLE UPSET WITH KENSETH BUT THEY LITERALLY
CALMED DOWN BUT NOW KEVIN IS IN A BIG RUT POINTSWISE.
>>HE’S 38th. 43 LAPS DOWN AND THIS JUST A FEW
MINUTES AGO WITH BRAD KESELOWSKI.
>>YEAH, BRAD, OBVIOUSLY SOMETHING HAPPENED IN THE
DRIVETRAIN. HE CAN’T GET GOING.
CASEY MEARS COMES ALONG AND FOLLOWS HIM, BIG WRECK.
A LOT OF REALLY GOOD RACE CARS BUT BRAD KESELOWSKI IS ON PIT
ROAD UNDER RED FLAG CONDITIONS. WE DON’T KNOW WHAT’S WRONG WITH
THAT. THEY CAN’T TOUCH IT.
>>CAN’T TOUCH IT UNDER THE RED FLAG SO HERE YOU HAVE TWO
PRENEAR DRIVER, TWO CHASE DRIVER, ALREADY IN A HOLE IN
THIS FIRST ROUND OF ROUND THREE. WE’VE SEEN THIS BEFORE.
IN KANSAS, SEVERAL DRIVERS HAD ISSUES, IN CHARLOTTE, SEVERAL
MORE DRIVERS HAD ISSUES BUT AS WE SAW LAST WEEK WITH BRAD
KESELOWSKI IN TALLADEGA, HE GOT THE WIN AND WAS ABLE TO ADVANCE.
BEFORE WE GET TOO FAR INTO THAT CONVERSATION LET’S CATCH UP WITH
KASEY KAHNE, WHO THAT’S HAD A VERY BIG TODAY, VINCE.
>>KASEY JUST COMING OUT OF MEDICAL CENTER.
ARE YOU OKAY AND WHAT HAPPENED THERE FROM YOUR PERSPECTIVE?
>>YEAH, I’M ALL RIGHT. I WAS — I SAW HIM SLOWING DOWN
AND MY SPOTTER SAW IT LAST SECOND.
AS SOON AS HE SAID IT I HIT THE BRAKES BUT BY THEN IT WAS WAY
TOO LATE. I JUST WAS LOOKING AT THE 78 AND
HE STARTED SLOWING UP AND I WAS ALREADY INTO HIM.
SO IT WAS A PRETTY GOOD HIT. I HAD A GREAT CAR, THE CHEVY WAS
TIGHT AND TIGHT AT THE START AND GETTING IT BETTER AND, YOU KNOW,
THE INCIDENT WITH VICKERS AND SO THEN WE’RE BEHIND AND JUST NEVER
GOT GOING BUT I THINK WE HAD A MUCH BETTER CAR THAN WHERE WE
WERE RUNNING.>>WHAT WAS THE SITUATION WITH
VICKERS FROM YOUR PERSPECTIVE?>>I ACTUALLY WAS PASSING HIM
OFF TWO AND HE DIDN’T GIVE ME ANY ROOM SO I WAS GOING TO HIT
THE WALL SO I LIFTED A LITTLE AND THEN HE WENT HIGH INTO THREE
SO I JUST — I WAS — THAT’S WHERE I WAS ENTERING SO I WENT
LOW TO PASS HIM AND HE CHOPPED LOW ACROSS AND SPUN HIMSELF OUT
AND I WAS — I WAS SURPRISED THAT HE THOUGHT HE COULD USE THE
WHOLE RACETRACK. YOU KNOW, JUST HALF — RIGHT
THERE. SO HE SPUN HIMSELF OUT AND THEN
LATER ON I WAS — I DIDN’T REALLY KNOW — HE WOULD BE MAD
AT ME. I DIDN’T FEEL LIKE I DID
ANYTHING WRONG IN THE SITUATION BUT SO THAT’S THE WAY IT GOES
AND HE SPUN ME IN ONE.>>I’M GLAD YOU’RE OKAY.
EVENT TOILOLO DAY FOR KASEY KAHNE.
NICOLE? AS YOU PROBABLY HEARD, CAUTION
FLAG HAS COME BACK OUT AFTER A 10:45 RED FLAG.
CARS ABLE TO WORK ON BRAD KESELOWSKI.
LET’S GO BACK AND TALK ABOUT THE SITUATION THERE NOW IN AGAIN.
BECAUSE IT DOESN’T NECESSARILY BECOME A MUST WIN FOR THEM AS WE
HEAD TO TEXAS AND PHOENIX. BUT IT ALMOST DOES.
>>YEAH, IT’S REALLY CLOSE RIGHT NOW.
I WILL GIVE THEM TEXAS. THE 4 CAR, KEVIN HARVICK AND
BRAD KESELOWSKI, THEY MIGHT BE ABLE TO POINT THEIRSELVES BACK
IN IF THEY HAVE A GOOD RUN BUT IF THEY DON’T GET IT DONE AFTER
TEXAS IT BECOMES A MUST WIN LIKE KESELOWSKI LAST WEEK AT
TALLADEGA. KESELOWSKI IS REALLY GOOD AT
TEXAS. HARVICK IS REALLY, REALLY GOOD
AT PHOENIX. IT CAN HAPPEN, BRAD.
>>IT CAN BUT YOU GOT TO REMEMBER LAST ROUND WAS CLOSE
FOR BRAD KESELOWSKI. HE DIDN’T RUN TERRIBLE.
HE HAD A GOOD RUN AT CHARLOTTE LIKE YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT
EARLIER AND HAD TO GO AND WIN THE RACE.
THEY DID HAVE 12 VERSUS 8, YOU KNOW, COMPETITORS IN THE CHASE.
BUT IF HE DOESN’T GET A GOOD FINISH, IF HE FINISHES IN THE
30s OR 37th, SOMETHING LIKE THAT IT’LL BE SIGNIFICANT GOING ON TO
TEXAS. HE’LL HAVE TO WIN ONE OF THOSE
TWO RACE, I DO BELIEVE, TO GET THE TO THE CHASE.
>>ONE OF THE REASON I LIKE TO SEE CHASE FORMAT.
>>CASEY MEARS WAS INVOLVED IN THAT ACCIDENT.
BRAD KESELOWSKI — HE’S OUTSIDE THE CARE CENTER.
>>GOOD TO SEE CASEY IS FIND. HOW DID YOU SEE IT?
>>I DIDN’T SEE IT AT ALL. BEHIND THE 43 AND THAT’S WHY I
DIDN’T SEE AND MY SPOTTER TRIED TO REACT AND RIGHT AT THAT TIME
I RAN TO THE BACK OF THE 2, 43 PULLED DOWN.
I WAS GOING TO USE THE WHOLE TRACK AND DIDN’T REALIZE SOMEONE
WAS STOPPED UP THERE AND HIT HIM HARD AND THEN I GOT HIT HARD
FROM BEHIND BUT WE HAD A PRETTY GOOD GEICO CHEVROLET REBOUPZING
FROM EARLIER WHEN WE HAD TO PULL A LITTLE DEBRIS OFF THE CAR AND
PUT US IN THE BACK AND KIND OF, YOU KNOW, HAD A GOOD RACE GOING
OWE UNFORTUNATE BUT WILD ALTOGETHER.
AND I GUESS THAT’S WHAT MARTINSVILLE IS ALL ABOUT.
I LOVE THIS PLACE, I HATE WE’RE ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THIS.
>>I’M GLAD YOU’RE OKAY. TO DOC.
>>OKAY, 2 CAR BEING PUSHED DOWN PIT ROAD, HEADED BACK TO THE
GARAGE, PAUL WOLFE CUED THE RADIO THEY JACKED IT UP AND SAID
IT’S NOT THE AXLE. GOT TO GO TO THE GARAGE AND JACK
IT UP AND LOOK AT THE REAR GEAR SO BRAD K. GOING BACK TO THE
GARAGE AREA NOW. ALLEN.
>>ALL RIGHT, DOC, THANKS. AUSTIN DILLON IN WAS THE FIRST
ONE IN TO PIT AMONG LEAD LAP CARS THERE.
CARL EDWARDS GETS THE FREE PASS ON THIS CAUTION.
DESPITE GETTING NICKED UP JUST A LITTLE BIT IN THE REPLAY HE WAS
THE FIRST LAP DOWN, GETS THE FREE PASS AND A PIT STOP SO CARL
WILL COME BACK AROUND AND PUT US WITH 25 CARS ON THE SAME CYCLE
WITH THE RACE LEADER. SO KESELOWSKI’S CAR BACK BEHIND
THE WALL AND WE’RE GOING TO HAVE YET ANOTHER WHAT SHOULD BE VERY
INTERESTING RESTART HERE IN JUST A MOMENT.
SHADOWS GOING LONGER OVER MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY.
A LOOK DOWN ON THIS BEAUTIFUL TRACK FROM OUR AERIAL COVERAGE
PROVIDED BY GOODYEAR. EVERYTHING THEY LEARNED MAKING
TIRES FOR THE GRUELING DEMANDS OF NASCAR INSPIRES WHAT THEY
ROLL INTO YOURS. GOODYEAR THE OFFICIAL CAR OF
NASCAR. COMING TO ONE TO GO.
SO THE RESTART WILL BE WITH 58 LAPS LEFT IN THIS ONE.
>>VERY INTERESTING TO SEE HOW DALE JR. HANDLES THIS
SITUATIONMENT JEFF GORDON IS GOING TO RESTART ON THE OUTSIDE.
SKWOOUN REALLY WANTING TO WIN THE RACE BUT OBVIOUSLY KNOWS
GORDON’S CHASE CHANCES, BECAUSE HE ENDS ON A RESTART AND HOW FAR
HE GOES BACK, SO WHAT DOES DALE JR. DO HERE?
DOES HE GIVE GORDON THAT LITTLE BIT OF ROOM?
HE KNEES TO BE IN SECOND.>>AND THEN THERE’S DENNY
HAMLIN, ALSO STUCK IN THE OUTSIDE LINE FOR THE RESTART.
PIT STOP. HOW CAN HE GET DOWN IN FRONT OF
TONY STEWART QUICKLY?>>I’M PRETTY SURE I CAN TELL
YOU HOW. HARD.
AND I WOULD HAVE TO SAY THAT HE WILL PROBABLY RACE GORDON THE
SAME WAY. JUNIOR WANTS TO WIN THIS RACE.
THAT’S WHAT HE’S HERE FOR. THAT’S WHAT HE GETS PAID TO DO.
>>SO AFTER THE HAIL MARY WIN LAST WEEK IN TALLADEGA,
KESELOWSKI BEHIND THE WALL, CLINT BOWYER THE LEADER WITH
GORDON TO HIS OUTSIDE AND DALE JR. BEHIND HIM AND 58 LAPS
TO GO. NO SLACK BEING CUT THERE.
JUNIOR TO SECOND. DENNY HAMLIN WORKS TO THE INSIDE
OF JEFF GORDON FOR THIRD.>>STILL THERE.
>>GORDON TRYING TO FORCE HIS WAY.
LOGANO NOT HAVING ANY OF THAT.>>GO LOW, GO LOW?
FALL IN LINE IN FIFTH PLACE. NOW LOGANO NIPS THE SIDE OF
DENNY HAMLIN’S CAR. HERE COMES GORDON LOOKING FOR A
RUN ON HIM.>>DENNY HAMLIN STRUGGLES
GETTING OFF TURN FOUR. TRY TO GET A RUN.
I HAVE A FEELING JEFF GORDON WILL BE AGGRESSIVE.
NOBODY IS CUTTING HIM SLACK. FASTER CAR AND I THINK HE’LL
MOVE.>>WELL, TIME TO USE THAT FRONT
BUMPER.>>THAT’S WHAT YOU TALKED ABOUT
EARLIER. GOING TO NEED A GOOD STRATEGY
AND A FRONT BUMPER AND BE WILLING TO USE BOTH.
>>STRATEGY IS GONE NOW. STRATEGY NOW IS TO USE THAT
BUMPER. MAKE YOUR WAY BACK TO THE FRONT.
>>LOGANO IS USING HIS FRONT BUMPER ON THE BACK OF THAT 11
CAR.>>AGAIN, TWO GUYS, GIVE AND
TAKE LEVEL WILL BE LESS THAN OTHERS BASED ON PAST HISTORY.
LOGANO AND HAMLIN.>>GO FOR THAT INSIDE THE WAY
HE’S DRIVING ALL DAY THE WAY HE DRIVES THE TRACK.
THIS COULD BE GET INTERESTING HERE.
GORDON IS ON THE INSIDE. HAMLIN KNEW HOW IMPORTANT THAT
WAS TO TRY TO STAY UP THERE. THIS COULD BE HIS CHANCE TO WIN
THE RACE RIGHT HERE.>>CAN HE GET IN FRONT OF TONY
STEWART. NOT IF TONY HAS A SAY.
ANOTHER SPOT GIVEN UP BY HAMLIN. VINCE?
WELL, THE CAR HAS BEEN HAMMING SO WELL OVER THE COURSE OF THE
LAST 150 LAPS BUT THAT’S NOT THE CASE RIGHT NOW AS HAMLIN RADIOED
BACK TO THE CREW CHIEF. HANDLE HAS GONE AWAY SO NOT
QUITE THE CAR THAT DENNY HAMLIN HAD PREVIOUSLY.
>>SO BACK TO SIXTH PLACE. CLINT BOWYER PRESSURING FOR THE
LEAD AND DALE TRYING TO RUN HIM DOWN WITH A TAP TO BOWYER.
>>A LITTLE TAP RIGHT HERE IF GORDON GETS TO THE BACK BUMPER
OF THIS 22.>>I KNOW JUNIOR AND CLINT
BOWYER ARE BUDDIES BUT THAT WON’T HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH
WHAT HAPPENS ON THE RACETRACK.>>BUMP, BUMP, BUMP.
OKAY, SO — OH, YEAH. THEY’RE GOING TO LATCH IT UP.
>>I THINK THAT’S PRETTY GOD ON THAT LAST RUN.
>>JUNIOR’S CAR IS TURNING REALLY WELL ON THE THROTTLE OF
THE EXIT OF THE CORNER. THAT’S THE WAY TO PASS.
>>DALE JR., THE RACE LEAD AT MARTINSVILLE.
STILL GORDON PRESSING ON LOGANO. KNOWS HE CAN’T WAIT TOO LONG IF
HE’S GOING TO GET BY HIM.>>MAKING THAT MOVE RIGHT THERE.
QUITE A BIT FASTER. TRYING TO FINDLY REALIZE IT’S
ONLY GOING TO BE A BAD SITUATION.
>>YEAH, THAT WAS A SMART MOVE BY JOEY LOGANO RIGHT THERE.
THAT COULD HAVE TURNED OUT REALLY BAD FOR HIM HAD HE NOT
GIVEN THAT SPOT UP TO JEFF. I THINK JEFF IS GOING TO TAKE
IT.>>I KNOW PEOPLE HATE THE PHRASE
POINTS RACING BUT THE REALITY IS THAT JOEY LOGANO’S WON A LOT OF
RAYS THIS YEAR AND IF HE DOESN’T FEEL LIKE HE HAS A CAR THAT WILL
WIN THE RACE TODAY, THAT IS INTELLIGENT RACING.
>>HOLDING UP A GUY THAT KNOWS HE CAN WIN.
THAT’S THE PROBLEM AND LOGANO CAME HERE WANTING A GOOD SOLID
RUN KNOWING THAT HE’S GOING TO TEXAS NEXT WEEK THEIR BETTER
OPPORTUNITY TO WIN THAT RACE. IF THEY COULD JUST BE SOLID HERE
THEN IF THEY HAPPEN NOT TO WIN AT TEXAS HAVE A TOP FIVE RUN
WHICH HE’S BEEN MAGNIFICENT AT DOING, THEY COULD POINT THEIR
WAY THERE.>>WHAT’S SO GREAT ABOUT THIS
SYSTEM, YOU CAN MAKE TOP FIVES OR YOU CAN MAKE VICTORIES WORK
BUT YOU GOT TO BE SOLID IN ALL OF IT.
NOT BE MAKING MISTAKES.>>TONY STEWART, SHOWING THE
NOSE ON LOGANO. AND A LITTLE BUMP TO SAY, I’M
READY. WATCHING JEFF GORDON, CLINT
BOWYER AND DALESON. GORDON IS FASTER THAN THE TWO IN
FRONT OF HIM AS STEWART GOES AROUND THE OUTSIDE OF LOGANO AND
STEWART MOVES UP TO FOURTH.>>I THINK THE BIG PART OF
GORDON’S DEAL HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE HIM WHEN HE GETS TO BOWYER.
‘CATCHING BOWYER. HOW LONG IS HE GOING TO TAKE HIM
THERY IS HE GOING TO HAVE PLENTY OF TIME TO TRY TO BRING JUNIOR
DOWN.>>AGREE OR DISAGREE BUT THE
CLOSER YOU ARE TO FINISH THE LESS TIME YOU’RE WILLING TO
WAIT.>>ABSOLUTELY.
FIGURE THAT MADE SENSE BUT I FIGURED I’D ASK YOU ALL A FAVOR.
CAN GORDON HUNT DOWN BOWYER AND EARNHARDT JR.
WHO WILL TAKE HOME THE GRANDFATHER CLOCK.
NASCAR.COM PRESENTED BY AUTOZONE.
.>>>AS YOU SAW IN NASCAR NONSTOP
JEFF GORDON HAS GOTTEN BY CLINT BOWYER, ALSO OF NOTE, BRAD
KESELOWSKI HAS COME BACK FROM THE GARAGE AREA, 32nd PLACE, 28
LAPS DOWN BUT BACK ON THE SPEEDWAY.
SO CAN GORDON RUN DOWN DALE EARNHARDT JR.?
WILL THERE BE ANOTHER YELLOW OR TWO OR THREE?
AND HOW IS THIS ONE GOING TO PLAY OUT TODAY IN MARTINSVILLE?
CERTAINLY THE 24 CAR HAS BEEN THE CLASS OF THE FEEL FOR THE
MAJORITY OF THE DAY EVEN WHEN HE HASN’T BEEN LEADING.
HE’S HAD ONE IF NOT THE FASTEST CAR ON THE RACETRACK.
>>AND THAT ONE GOT CAUGHT FOR SPEEDING ON PIT ROAD PUTTING UP
THE BACK — I THINK HE STARTED LIKE 35th IN LINE.
MADE A NICE RECOVERY.>>HOW ABOUT 30th.
30th. YEAH.
>>JUNIOR’S GOT A CLEAR TRACK FOR A LITTLE WHILE HERE.
WHAT’S GOING TO DETERMINE A LOT OF WHAT HE’S ABLE TO DO IS HOW
GENEROUS THIS TRAFFIC IS ONCE HE CATCHES THE END OF THE FIELD
HERE. THEY WILL GIVE HIM PLENTY OF
ROOM TO RUN THE LINE HE HAS TO RUN.
>>TELL TALE — BOTH TO SEE WHO HAS THE BEST CAR.
>>DALE EARNHARDT JR., A TICK FASTER THAN JEFF GORDON.
0.06 SECONDS. OF COURSE, IN MARTINSVILLE
EVERYTHING IS — ALL THE MARGINS ARE SMALLER.
TICKS CAN MEAN DOZENS OF PLACES IN THE FIELD HERE.
>>SECOND AND A HALF LEAD SO THAT’S PRETTY SIZABLE ON A SHORT
TRACK TOO.>>BUT HE’S GOING TO CATCH
TRAFFIC IF WE STAY GREEN TO THE FINISH.
>>THAT TIME BY JEFF GORDON ABOUT 0.05 SECONDS FASTER.
>>SEE GORDON ATTACK THE CORNER AND LET HIS CAR ROLL GOING UP IN
THE CENTER AND REALLY CUTTING IT DOWN GETTING A BIG RUN OFF THE
CORNER TRYING TO RUN JUNIOR DOWN.
>>DENNY HAMLIN HAS FALLEN BACK TO SIXTH PLACE.
RYAN NEWMAN HAS RECOVERED TO EIGHTH.
MATT KENSETH HAS RECOVERED TO TENTH CHAMPIONSHIP PICTUREWISE.
JAMES JAMIE VERY AGGRESSIVE SINCE LOSING HIS TRACK POSITION
AND HAVE THE HANDLE ON THAT 1 CAR STRAIGHTENED UP AND PULLING
HIS WAY UP THROUGH SOME OF THE TRAFFIC BUT WAY BACK IN 11th
PLACE WITH 26 LAPS TO GO.>>WELL, I’M LIKING WHAT I SEE
ABOUT JUNIOR. RIGHT AROUND THE BOTTOM — A.J.
ALLMENDINGER, OUTSTANDING RUN ALL DAY HAS HE TRIES TO TAKE
ANOTHER SPOT AWAY FROM KYLE BUSCH.
>>8th, 9th, 10th AND 11th WITH McMURRAY CREEPING INTO THE RIGHT
SIDE OF THE PICTURE AND, AGAIN, AS I MENTIONED BEING VERY
AGGRESSIVE SINCE THIS RESTART. HE’S NUDGED A COUPLE OF PEOPLE
OUT OF THE WAY.>>THE THING IS IF WE HAVE ONE
MORE CAUTION, WE’LL HAVE MULTIPLE — JUNIOR IS HOPING
THAT WON’T BE THE SITUATION.>>JEFF GORDON JUST A LITTLE BIT
QUICKER THAN JUNIOR BUT HE’S NOT ENOUGH QUICKER TO MAKE UP THE
DISTANCE.>>JIMMIE JOHNSON ON PIT ROAD
WITH THE GREEN FLAG.>>WATCHING WHAT DALE JR. IS
DOING WITH THE LINE HE’S RUNNING AS HE COMES UP TO THE LAP CARS
THE LINE HE’S RUNNING IS GOING TO BENEFIT HIM BETTER THAN THE
LINE THAT GORDON IS RUNNING TO MAKE THE SPEED THAT HE IS.
YOON-HYE IS RIGHT AROUND THE BOTTOM.
NOT MANY PEOPLE CAN HOLD THEIR CAR DOWN THERE RIGHT NOW.
I DON’T THINK IT’S GOING TO COST HIM AS MUCH TIME AS IT’S GOING
TO COST GORDON.>>AS LONG AS HE DOESN’T CATCH
HIM RUNNING SIDE BY SIDE. THAT’S GOING TO BE THE ISSUE
MUCH THAT’S WHAT HE’S LOOKING AT IN FRONT.
>>YEAH.>>J.J. YELEY AND ALEX BOWMAN
SIDE BY SIDE IN FRONT OF THE RACE LEADER.
DAVID GILLILAND JUST IN FRONT OF THEM.
>>EITHER ONE OF HIS CARS.>>YOU KNOW, JUNIOR IS JUST
HOLDING HIS BREATH HOPING THE –>>A LOT OF TRAFFIC.
>>YEAH, GORDON’S SPOT, GORDON KNOWS THAT JUNIOR’S PROGRESS
COULD BE IMPEDED JUST A LITTLE BIT AND IF IT’S TIME TO POUNCE,
HE SHOULD DO THAT. THIS IS GOING TO BE THE WHOLE
SITUATION HERE. SINGLE FILE AND HE CAN MOVE
THROUGH.>>DAVID GILLILAND GAVE WAY.
YELEY IS NEXT UP. HE HEADS TO THE OUTSIDE LANE.
AND JUNIOR IS THROUGH HIM.>>TRACK OF DALE JR. ALWAYS
REALLY BEEN GOOD AT. BUT NEVER BEEN QUITE THAT BEST
CAR OF THE DAY. AND NOT SAYING HE WAS THE BEST
ONE HERE TODAY, BUT HE’S GOTTEN HIS CAR AND GOTTEN HIMSELF INTO
POSITION AT THE RIGHT TIME. YOU SEE, THIS IS WHERE GORDON
HAD THAT — HE’S LOSING TIME BECAUSE HE DOESN’T GO AROUND THE
OUTSIDE. HE KNOWS HE’S GOING TO GET TWO
OF THEM AT ONE TIME HERE. STILL COST HIM SOME TIME ON THE
EXIT OF TURN TWO.>>REALLY LIKE CARL EARLIER IN
THE RACE, STEVE LETARTE BROUGHT JUNIOR IN TO GET TIRES.
A LOT OF THEM STAYED OUT AND THE REASON HE DID BECAUSE HE WOULD
ARE TO LINE UP ON THE OUTSIDE LANE ON A RESTART.
I THOUGHT THAT WAS SENATOR AND INSIGHTFUL FOR HIM TO DO THAT
AND REALLY WORKED OUT FOR HIM.>>PITTED FROM FOURTH PLACE BACK
AT LAP 279. AND HE RESTARTED IN 11th AT THAT
POINT. IN YEAH, BUT THROUGH THERE, IT’S
KIND OF PUT HIM ON A GOOD CYCLE SINCE THEN.
>>YOU CAN SEE THE TRAFFIC. GORDON GOT INTO THERE AND JUNIOR
WAS ABLE TO BYPASS THEM PRETTY EASILY BUT IT’S COST GORDON 0.3
SECONDS. HE CUT THE LEAD DOWN UNDER A
SECOND.>>TALKING ABOUT PRECIOUS
POINTS. DENNY HAMLIN, RYAN NEWMAN
FIGHTING FOR SPOTS AND WITH A HAM ON HIS CAR BEING SHAKY HE’S
HANGING ON TO EVERY POSITION HE CAN TO THE CHECKERED FLAG.
>>I THOUGHT WHEN HE MADE HIS WAY UP THERE, I BELIEVE, IT WAS
THIRD, PUTTING HIMSELF INTO POSITION TO GO UP THERE AND WIN
THE RACE. NOW HE’S BATTLING WITH ANOTHER
CHASE DRIVER RIGHT ON HIS BUMPER GNAWING AT HIM
>>A.J. ALLMENDINGER, MATT KENSETH RIGHT THERE IN THE
PICTURE.>>HOW ABOUT MATT KENSETH MAKING
A COMEBACK.>>INVOLVED IN THE INCIDENT WITH
KEVIN HARVICK EARLIER RACING FOR A SIXTH POSITION.
AS HE GETS HIS DAMAGE ON THAT 20 CAR.
NOW YOU SEE THAT ALL THE WAY BACK UP INTO THE TOP TEN.
TROUBLE, TURN THREE AND FOUR. THERE’S ANOTHER ONE HIDDEN IN
THE CLOUD OF SMOKE, I CAN’T SEE. MARCOS AMBROSE DRIVES OUT OF IT.
AND THE YELLOW FLAG THAT DALE JR. DID NOT WANT TO SEE HAS
JUST HAPPENED.>>OH, BOY.
NOT EVEN SURE JEFF GORDON WANTED TO SEE THAT BECAUSE HE HAD
STARTED MAKING HIS WAY BACK TOWARDS JUNIOR NOW.
NOW HE’LL BE — POSSIBLY THEY’LL PIT HERE.
>>YEAH, I MEAN THEY GOT 2 CARS ON THE LEAD LAP AND ABOUT 10 TO
GO. THIS MAY BE ONE OF THOSE
INCIDENTS THAT TAKES A WHILE TO UNFOLD SO ONE OF THOSE THAT
HAPPENS IN A FEW DIFFERENT PLACES AROUND THE RACETRACK.
JAMIE McMURRAY HAD RUSHED UP MARCOS AMBROSE WHEN HE PASSED
HIM. NOW THE TIRES AND AMBROSE IS
CATCHING HIM BACK AGAIN.>>A LOT GOING ON THERE.
>>AND WHETHER THAT’S REELED IN ANY WAY TO, HEY, YOU’RE ROUGHING
UP MY TEAMMATE AND I DON’T LIKE IT OR LARSON TRYING TO TAKE
ADVANTAGE OF GETTING A SPOT ON HIM.
>>BATTLING FOR 12th SO I WOULDN’T THINK THAT WAS THE
CASE. I THINK THAT WAS JUST MORE THAT
LARSON JUST, YOU KNOW, RACING HARD HERE AT THE END.
SAW A LITTLE BIT OF AN OPENING THERE.
ALTHOUGH AMBROSE WAS — NOT LIKE HE WAS HIGH GOING INTO TURN
THREE.>>AND WE ARE GOING TO SEE THE
SECOND RED FLAG OF THIS RACE.>>SO THE FIELD STOPPED WITH TEN
LAPS TO GO. AND THE OUTCOME VERY MUCH IN
DOUBT AND A LOT OF LIQUID COMING OUT OF THE 42 CAR FROM WHERE HE
POPPED THE WALL UP IN TURN NUMBER FOUR.
HE’S OUT OF THE CAR WALKING AWAY.
BUT ANOTHER BIG MESS TO BE CLEANED UP HERE.
AND WHAT’S IT GOING TO BE TO SETTLE THIS ONE?
THERE’S ONLY ONE WAY TO KNOW.>>INTERESTING TO SEE.
WHEN IT UNFOLDS WE WILL FIND OUT.
INTERESTING IS THE WORD DOWN TO THE QUICKEN LOANS PIT STUDIO.
RUSTY AND BRAD, ANY MORE INTERESTING WORDS TO DESCRIBE
IT?>>WE HAVE SOME, FIRST OF ALL,
IF THEY STAY THE SAME THEY’LL START ON THE OUTSIDE BUT HERE’S
THE QUESTION DO YOU PIT, DO YOU STAY OUT?
>>OH, MAN, AS A DRIVER I WANT THE TIRES.
I WANT THE –>>YOU CAN’T.
>>BUT I THINK THEY’LL HAVE SEVEN LAPS TO GO.
I THINK I’D STAY OUT AND ROLL THE DICE AND STAY OUT.
I KNOW IT’S CATCHY OR IT’S TOUGH, BUT, MAN, I HATE TO MAKE
A PIT STOP IF SOMETHING GOES WRONG.
>>I AGREE.>>I’M GOING TO STAY OUT.
>>WHAT IF YOU’RE RICK HENDRICKS —
>>RESTARTING SIDE BY SIDE, JEFF GORDON TO WIN A RACE IN THE
CHAMPIONSHIP. JUNIOR, WHOO.
>>BECAUSE IF JEFF GORDON WINS THIS RACE AS CURRENTLY ELIGIBLE
CHASE DRIVER, A WIN HERE MEANS HE IS AUTOMATICALLY ENDS UP IN
MIAMI AT THE 25% SHOT AT THE CHAMPIONSHIP.
>>HE’S ON THE OUTSIDE.>>DALE EARNHARDT JR. GOES TO
VICTORY LANE, IT’S JUST ANOTHER WIN FOR DALE EARNHARDT JR.
>>AND JUNIOR NATION.>>HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE —
>>LET ME TELL YOU WHAT, IT’S REALLY HARD TO GET A GUY LIKE
DALE EARNHARDT JR. TO THROW THE RACE.
>>OH, I’M NOT SAYING THAT.>>ALMOST.
>>24 CARS — A TOUGH, TOUGH DEAL.
>>I’M JUST SAYING –>>WHOO.
>>AND IN THAT SITUATION, IF YOU ARE MR. HENDRICKS.
LET’S FIND OUT WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE 88 CAR.
>>WE’LL FIND OUT FROM STEVE LETARTE.
MAYBE THIS ISN’T AT ALL. WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL DO?
>>WE’LL FIND OUT WHEN THE PIT OPENS WHAT EVERYBODY IS GOING TO
DO. I DON’T KNOW HOW HE’D BE
SUCCESSFUL WITH NEW TIRES. ALL WEEKEND LONG AND SIX OR
SEVEN LAPS TO GO. WE’LL HAVE TO SEE WHAT EVERYBODY
DOES AND WHAT — TEN MORE GREEN IS ALL I WAS HOPING FOR.
WE’LL SEE. WE HAD A GREAT CAR.
DALE DID A GREAT JOB SO WE’LL SIT BACK AND ENJOY THE SHOW.
>>WHAT’S THE KEY TODAY STARTING WITH A REALLY, REALLY GOOD CAR
BUT BETTER ADJUSTMENTS KEEPING UP WITH THE TRACK.
>>BOTH. I THINK WE DID EVERYTHING WE
NEEDED TO DO AND HIS FEEDBACK HAS BEEN GREAT PATIENT BEHIND
THE WE WILL AND ENGINEERS FORCED ME TO STAY IN FRONT OF THE TRACK
AND THINK WE DID THAT IN OUR ADJUSTMENTS AND TEED TO CLOSE
OUT THE LAST TEN.>>ONE LAST ADJUSTMENT AND SEE
WHAT THEY CHOOSE. DOC.
>>CHECKING WITH BRIAN PATTIE FOR CLINT BOWYER.
OKAY, UNDER RED FLAG, I KNOW YOU ARE TALKING — WHAT DO YOU DO
NOW?>>I KNOW WE’RE PLENTY GOOD ON
GAS. I MADE THE DECISION, WE’LL SEE
WHAT HAPPENS. I CAME TORE THAT CLOCK.
BUT TO DO –>>YOU SAID SINCE YOU GUYS ARE
NOT A CHASE FACTOR IT’S ALL ABOUT WINNING RACES.
IS THE BEST CALL TO GIVE YOU A SHOT TO WIN TIRES HERE OR
KEEP — DOES HE ENOUGH ON THE RACETRACK TO WIN THE RACE?
>>I’LL FIND OUT IN A COUPLE MINUTES.
YEAH, YOU KNOW, OBVIOUSLY WE’RE ON A DIFFERENT PROGRAM.
DIDN’T MAKE THE CHASE WHICH STINKS, BUT, YOU KNOW, WE’RE
GOING FOR TROPHIES AND LAST WEEK WE HAD A GOOD RUN AND THIS WEEK
WE’RE HAVING ANOTHER GOOD RUN SO I DON’T KNOW WHAT THE CALL WILL
BE YET. I’LL MAKE THE DECISION HERE SOON
BUT WHATEVER IT IS, WE’RE GOING TO GO FOR THE TROPHY IF WE’LL
STAND HERE AND WATCH HIM FLIP A COIN.
I HAVE AN IDEA WHAT THEY MIGHT DO.
TALKING IT OVER AND GETTING A LOT OF INPUT, ALLEN AS TO
WHETHER THEY SHUT PUT TIRES ON OR WAIT FOR OTHERS TO MAKE THE
MOVE AND STAY OUT AND TRY TO WIN THE RACE.
>>ALL RIGHT, DOC, CHAMPION CREW CHIEF ANDY PETREE, 22 CARS ON
THE LEAD LAP. TIRES ARE WORTH SOMETHING.
>>THEY’RE WORTH A LOT. PUT ALL THIS PRESSURE ON ME NOW?
>>A MANY. WHAT ARE YOU DOING.
>>DOC, HE TRIED TO GET IT OUT OF BRIAN PATTIE.
WHAT YOU WANT TO DO BUT YOU DON’T WANT TO TELL ANYBODY
BECAUSE THE OTHER GUYS ARE LISTENING.
IT’S GOING TO BE TOUGH. I THINK I WOULD STAY OUT AND
WOULD HOPE I WOULD GET A BUNCH OF MY FRIENDS TO STAY WITH ME.
IF THEY DON’T AND HANG YOU OUT AND HE STAYS OUT AND THE
RESPITE, HE’S DONE BUT IT’S JUST GOING TO BE A TRICKY LITTLE CALL
FOR ALL THESE GUYS.>>I GO BACK TO WHAT JASON
RATCLIFF TOLD ME EARLIER. IF YOU MAKE THAT CALL TO STAY
OUT WHAT YOU’RE HOPING FOR THERE ARE SIX OR ACCEPT OF THEM THAT
STAY OUT AND YOU CAN GET THAT LITTLE BUFFER BEHIND YOU.
SWITCH IT FROM THE CREW CHIEF MODE TO IF THEY STAY OUT, JEFF
GORDON MODE AND NOW AGAIN YOU FIND YOURSELF RESTARTING ON THE
OUTSIDE OF DALE EARNHARDT JR. DESPERATELY RACING FOR A WIN
WITHOUT A LOT OF LAPS TO DO IT.>>YOUR BEST BET THERE IN
GORDON’S CASE GET A GOOD RESTART AND HOPE THE DRIVER ON THE
INSIDE IS CLINT BOWYER THAT STAY THERE IS IN THIRD THAT YOU CAN
GET IN BEHIND JUNIOR QUICKLY AND NOT LOSE ANY MORE SPOTS THAN
THAT AND HOPE JUNIOR GETS A GOOD SPOT AND JUMP IN THERE AND WORK
ON HIM. IF THIS WERE FIVE MORE LAPS OR
FIVE LESS LAPS THEY HAD THE DECISION WOULD BE EASY FROM THAT
POINT. THEY’RE RIGHT AT THAT POINT NOW
IT’S A TOUGH, TOUGH DECISION. I KNOW AS A DRIVER YOU CERTAINLY
WANT ALL THE GRIP YOU CAN BUT AS A DRIVER WHAT YOU WANT THE MOST
IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO WIN THE RACE AND I THINK I’M GOING TO
AGREE WITH ANDY STAYING OUT THERE YOU’LL SEE OTHERS THAT
PROBABLY DO BUT THOSE FIRST TWO WILL BE THE KEY.
>>AS FOR THE QUESTION, THE PIT STUDIO IS BATTING ABOUT
TEAMMATES RICK HENDRICK STATED THERE’S NO TEAM ORDER FOR HIS
TEAM. DON’T WRECK EACH OTHER.
I SEE NO REASON FOR RICK TO VARY FROM THAT.
HE HAS TO ANSWER TO THE FANS AND SPONSORS OF DALE EARNHARDT JR.
HIS DRIVERS KNOW, RACE HARD BUT RACE CLEAN AND MAY THE BEST
DRIVER AND TEAM IN THIS MOMENT TODAY TAKE HOPE THE GRANDFATHER
CLOCK.>>THEY MAY — THEY STAY OUT ON
THESE TIRES THEY MAY WRECK EACH OTHER.
NO, IT WILL BE NOT INTENTIONALLY BUT RISING TO WIN THE RACE.
>>GLAD THEY’RE IN THAT POSITION BUT IT COULD HAPPEN.
>>NOW, BY THE TIME THEY PIT, LINE THEM UP FOR THE RESTART WE
WON’T HAVE ANY MORE THAN SIX LAPS LEFT IN THIS ONE AND IF ALL
SIX GO GREEN AND WITH THE DESPERATION WE’LL SEE IN THE
FINAL LAPS. CHECK WITH VINCE.
>>IT’S BEEN A GREAT RUN FOR TONY STEWART SO FAR TODAY.
CURRENTLY SITS FOURTH. CREW CHIEF CHAD JOHNSON WHAT ARE
THE PROS AND CONS OF STAYING OUT OR COMING IN.
>>YOU HAVE 60 LAPS ON YOUR TIRES SO A LOT OF LAPS ON TIRES.
THEY GIVE UP QUITE A BIT ON THE RUN SO GOING TO DEPEND HOW MANY
LAPS YOU HAVE WHEN YOU GO GREEN AND HOW MANY SWAY OW AND GIVE
YOU A BUFFER TO COME TO TAKE TIRES.
>>BEEN SUCH A GOOD DAY FOR YOU. SOMETHING YOU NEEDED.
A BIG SHOT IN THE ARM BUT HOW IMPORTANT IS THE RESULT TO SHOW
FOR IT HERE.>>I DON’T KNOW.
THAT’S WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT NOW.
YOU KNOW, TRY TO JUST GET A SOLID FABULOUS WHERE YOU’VE BEEN
RUNNING ALL DAY AND TAKE A GAMBLE AND SEE IF YOU CAN’T GET
TO VICTORY LANE.>>A LOT OF BIG DECISIONS TO BE
MADE. DAVE.
>>MR. HENDRICK DOESN’T HAVE TO MAKE THE DECISION, I’M SURE HE
WILL SUPPORT WHATEVER DIGS ARE MADE.
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE HAPPEN HERE?
>>I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE NOT SEEN THAT CAUTION.
THAT’S WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE SEEN.
I CAN’T TELL YOU HOW MANY TIMES WE’VE BEEN UP HERE AND THIS HAS
HAPPENED. I REMEMBER RUNNING ONE, TWO,
THREE AND WE STAYED OUT AND GOT WRECKED, ALL THREE OF THEM IN
THE CORNER. I THINK WE DON’T HAVE A CHOICE.
WE GOT TO COME GET TIRES. I’LL LET THEM MAKE THAT
DECISION. I’LL GO ALONG WITH WHATEVER THEY
DECIDE. I DON’T HAVE TO MAKE THE CALL.
>>WE SPOKE STATING YOU’D LIKE TO SEE YOUR DRIVERS RACE FOR THE
WIN NO TEAM ORDERS. IS THAT THE WAY YOU LIKE TO SEE
YOUR DRIVERS RUN?>>I’M SORRY.
>>NO TEAM ORDERS, RICK HAS BEEN YOUR STANDARD FOR A LONG TIME
AND HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE YOUR DRIVERS RACE TO THE END.
>>THEY’LL RUN EACH OTHER CLEAN. BOTH WANT TO WIN.
JEFF WOULD LIKE TO GET LOCKED INTO THE FINAL ROUND AND DALE
WANTS A CLOCK SO, YOU KNOW, YOU CAN’T HAVE TEAM ORDERS.
JUST LET THEM RACE. THEY RESPECT EACH OTHER.
THEY’LL RACE EACH OTHER CLEAN.>>RICK, IN 2004 IN OKAY, YOU
WALKED AWAY WITH A VICTORY BUT YOU ALSO HAD A TREMENDOUS LOSS
THAT DAY. TEN YEARS DOWN THE ROAD, WHAT
WOULD IT MEAN FOR YOU DALE OR JEFF TO END UP WITH A WIN TODAY?
>>YOU KNOW, IT WOULD MEAN A LOT.
THIS IS — YOU KNOW, WE MISS THOSE FOLKS, FAMILY AND FRIENDS
AND THEY MEANT SO MUCH TO THE ORGANIZATION, IT’S REALLY EVERY
YEAR YOU THINK ABOUT IT BUT THIS YEAR IS SPECIAL TEN YEARS AND SO
IT WILL WOULD MEAN A LOT TO THE ORGANIZATION.
MEAN A LOT TO MY FAMILY AND ALL OF THE FAMILIES.
WE ARE ONE BIG FAMILY AT MOTORSPORTS SO HOPEFULLY ONE CAN
PULL IT OFF, BUT WE’LL ALWAYS HONOR THOSE GUYS IN VICTORY LANE
EVERY SINGLE RACE AND JUST DON’T EVER FORGET THAT.
>>WE’LL WATCH WITH YOU.>>ALLEN.
>>THANKS.>>THEY HAD A SERVICE ON TUESDAY
NIGHT AT HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS WITH SOME 600 PEOPLE IN
ATTENDANCE REMEMBERING THOSE WHO DIED IN THAT PLANE CRASH TEN
YEARS AGO, RICK’S SON RICKY, HIS BROTHER JOHN, JOHN’S DAUGHTERS,
KIMBERLY AND JENNIFER. JEFF TURNER, RANDY THORNTON FROM
HENDRICK MOTORSPORT, JOE JACKSON FROM DuPONT, TONY STEWART’S
PILOT, SCOTT AND THE PILOTS OF THE PLANE RICHARD TRACY AND
ELIZABETH MORRISON. IF YOU HAVEN’T HEAD HIS
DISCUSSION WITH RICK HENDRICK ON REMEMBERING THAT ON ESPN.COM
THIS WEEK, I HIGHLY URGE YOU TO GO AND DO SO.
IT’S A TERRIFICALLY WRITTEN PIECE AND MR. HENDRICK CERTAINLY
POURS ALL OF THE EMOTIONS OF THE SITUATION OUT.
CAN HE TAKE HOME A GRANDFATHER CLOCK TODAY WITH WHAT WOULD BE
HIS 22nd VICTORY AT MARTINSVILLE?
THE YELLOW FLAG BACK OUT. THE RED FLAG WITHDRAWN.
PIT ROAD WILL BE OPEN AS SOON AS THE FIELD IS CLEAR.
THERE’S ONE CAR THAT HASN’T FIRED UP ON THE BACK
STRAIGHTAWAY. MIKE WALLACE CAR BEING PUSHED
AWAY. PIT ROAD JUST BEEN DECLARED
OPEN. SO HERE IT IS, THE MOMENT OF
DECISION. WHO HANGS THE LEFT, WHO STAYS
OUT? THEY’RE IN.
JUNIOR AND JEFF GORDON, FIRST IN.
FIELD KIND OF SPREAD OUT. THIS MIGHT HELP SOME PEOPLE.
SAVE SOME TRACK POSITION ON THE PIT ROAD.
IF SOME OTHERS CHOSE TO TRY AND GO WITH JUST TWO TIRE, DAVE.
>>STEVE LETARTE TOLD HIS DRIVER, THE 8, I LEFT YOU OUT IN
2012. THAT DID NOT WORK OUT SO WELL, I
GOT TO BRING YOU IN FOR TIRES IF WE’RE GOING TO WIN THIS THING.
FOUR TIRES FOR JUNIOR. MIKE.
>>24, WHETHER OR NOT THEY SHOULD TAKE ADVANTAGE AND FELT
LIKE THEY HAD NO CHOICE BECAUSE THE TIRES WERE SO WORN,
RACETRACK COMPLETELY SHADED AND JEFF SAYING IT’S BEEN LOOSE
BECAUSE OF THAT. FOUR-TIRE CHANGE AS THEY TRY TO
MAKE THAT CAR JUST SO PERFECT THAT IT CAN GET BY HIS TEAMMATE
HERE IN THE CLOSING LAPS. GORDON IS AWAY.
WE’RE GOING OUT ON THE 2. LOGANO NOW FEELING LIKE HIS CAR
IS COMING TO A FOUR-TIRE CHANGE THERE AND HE IS NOW AWAY.
>>SO CLINT BOWYER WILL BE FIRST OFF THE PIT LANE.
THERE ARE THREE CARS THAT DID NOT PIT, TONY STEWART, RICKY
STENHOUSE AND DAVID RAGAN STAYED ON THE RACETRACK.
CLINT BOWYER BY BEING FIRST OFF THE PIT LANE WILL RESTART ON THE
OUTSIDE OF ROW NUMBER TWO AND THEN THERE WAS THIS GAME OF CAT
AND MOUSE COMING TO THE END OF THE PIT ROAD BETWEEN DENNY
HAMLIN AND JEFF GORDON TO SEE WOULD WAS GOING TO BE ON THE
OUTSIDE LANE AND WHO WAS GOING TO BE ON THE INSIDE LANE.
>>HARD TO FIGURE IT BECAUSE THE CARS THAT STAYED OUT —
>>A LITTLE CONTACT THERE TOO.>>AND GORDON STOPPED AND DENNY
STOPPED AND THEN THEY HAD TO GO.>>SO TONY STEWART WILL BE THE
NEW LEADER OF THE RACE. RICKY STENHOUSE WILL BE SECOND.
DAVID RAGAN WILL BE THIRD THEN IT’LL BE CLINT BOWYER FOURTH.
DALE JR. FIFTH. DENNY HAMLIN SIXTH.
JEFF GORDON, SEVENTH.>>HEY, WE STILL GOT A SHOT AT
THIS, BUD.>>YES, WE DO.
>>AND THE RESTART IS GOING TO COME WITH FIVE LAPS TO GO.
>>I THINK THE ONE THING THAT TONY STEWART HAS WORKING IN HIS
FAVOR RIGHT NOW THE FIRST CAR WITH ANY TIRES IS ON THE OUTSIDE
LINING UP. THAT WILL BE SMOKE’S ADVANTAGE
IF HE CAN GET A GOOD RESTART. I DON’T THINK WE’VE SEEN THE
LAST CAUTION AND THAT WILL PLAY IN TONY STEWART’S FAVOR TOO.
>>THESE LAST FIVE LAPS PROBABLY CAN’T HOLD OFF GUYS WITH TIRES.
QUICK CAUTION AND THEN ANOTHER ONE.
>>SO HERE WE GO, 22 CARS ON THE LEAD LAP.
FIVE LAPS TO GO IN THE RACE, STEWART, STENHOUSE, BOWYER, DALE
EARNHARDT, HAMLIN, NEWMAN, ALLMENDINGER, WHO WILL WIN IT AT
MARTINSVILLE AND GORDON.>>STENHOUSE SHOVED ASIDE.
BOWYER CAN’T GET THROUGH. THREE WIDE GOING INTO TURN
THREE. JUNIOR, JEFF GORDON THROUGH TO
THIRD.>>GO GET HIM.
>>FOR THE RACE LEAD, NO CONTEST, DALE EARNHARDT JR.
THROUGH, THREE LAPS TO GO. HERE COMES JEFF GORDON THE
SECOND.>>BACK WHERE WE WERE AT THE
FRONT.>>A LOT OF BUMPERS BEING BANGED
BACK IN THE PACK BUT FOCUS ON THE RACE TO WIN.
COMING TO TWO LAPS TO GO. A MILE LEFT IN MARTINSVILLE.
>>STILL FIVE BACK, GOOD TO GO.>>JEFF GORDON SAILING OFF INTO
TURN THREE, TRYING TO GET THERE. ONE LAP TO GO.
WE’RE IN THE LAST LAP.>>WHITE FLAG.
>>NEXT FLAG ENDS IT CHECKER — HE RUN IT DOWN OR CAN DALE JR.
HOLD HIM OFF.>>STILL FIVE BACK.
NO PRESSURE.>>CHECKERED FLAG AND HIS FIRST
MARTINSVILLE WIN, DALE EARNHARDT JR. GETS IT OVER JEFF GORDON.
>>THERE IT IS.>>GUTSY CALL.
>>WAY TO GO. HATS OFF.
>>DALE EARNHARDT JR. EXECUTED IT PERFECTLY.
>>HEY, THAT’S SWEET.>>WHAT A DRIVE.
WHAT A CELEBRATION. OUR GOODYEAR PERFORMER DALE
EARNHARDT JR. TODAY AT MARTINSVILLE HAD HIS
CHAMPIONSHIP HOPES QUASHED LAST WEEK AT TALLADEGA.
COMES RIGHT BACK AS HE AND STEVE LETARTE ARE DOWN TO THE FINAL
FOUR RACES TOGETHER AND A GRANDFATHER CLOCK TROPHY HE SO
COVETS AS A STUDENT OF THE HISTORY OF THIS SPORT GOING HOME
WITH HIM TODAY.>>YOU KNOW, IT’S NOT GOING TO
BE THAT CHAMPIONSHIP YEAR THAT HE WAS HOPING FOR BUT WHAT A
YEAR. DAYTONA 500.
WINNING AT TWO TRACKS, POCONO AND NOW MARTINSVILLE THAT HE HAD
NEVER WON AT. THAT’S A LOT OF SUCCESS FOR DALE
JR.>>CELEBRATION FOR DALE
EARNHARDT JR., ONE OF THE EMOTIONS FOR JEFF GORDON, MIKE.
>>HE CAME UP A CAR LENGTH SHORT OF GETTING THAT VICTORY BUT
STILL A GREAT RUN FOR YOU. GREAT RUN FOR HENDRICK
MOTORSPORTS. HOW DO YOU LOOK AT TODAY?
? YEAH, IT WAS A GAIT FEELING.
GREAT PERFORMANCE, REALLY GOOD FINISH.
I MEAN, I ABOUT DID THIS ON PIT ROAD.
MADE A MISTAKE THERE AND WAS SPEEDING SO THAT WAS A GREAT
COMEBACK. I THOUGHT WE HAD THE CAR TO BEAT
AND, YOU KNOW, THERE AT THE END WE KIND OF STUCK ON THE OUTSIDE
WITH ONE OF THOSE RESTARTS AND GOT OUT THERE SO AT THAT POINT
IT WAS JUST ABOUT CLAWING OUR WAY BACK UP IN THERE AND ME AND
DENNY WERE HAVING A GREAT BATTLE THEN MADE PIT STOPS AND THOSE
LAST COUPLE OF LAPS WERE WILD. CONGRATULATIONS TO DALE JR.
THAT MEANS SO MUCH TO HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS.
YOU KNOW, THAT’S — THAT’S WHERE YOU CAN POSSIBLY PAY TRIBUTE TO
THOSE WE LOST TEN YEARS AGO AND HAVE A ONE-TWO FINISH.
PRETTY AWESOME. I WOULD HAVE LOVED TO HAVE
GOTTEN THAT WIN TO MOVE ON TO HOMESTEAD BUT THIS IS CERTAINLY
A GREAT START AND TWO MORE GREAT TRACKS.
REALLY PROUD OF HIM AND I KNOW THAT MEANS A LOT TO HIM AND THE
FANS.>>THE FANS ENJOY IT TOO.
ROUSING APPLAUSE FOR DALE EARNHARDT JR.
>>WHAT A GREAT DAY FOR TONY STEWART TO LEAD 1 LAPS AND BRING
IT HOME IN FOURTH. SUCH A TOUGH CALL AT THE END.
DO YOU COME AND TAKE TIRES OR STAY OUT AND HOPE THAT THE TRACK
POSITION IS ENOUGH? WOULD YOU THINK OF THE DIG AND
HOW SPECIAL IS IT TO HAVE THIS DAY TODAY?
>>IF WE HAD TO DO THAT 100 TIMES OVER WE’D DO THE SAME
THING BUT SO WINTER DEHAVE ANYTHING TO LOSE.
WORTH THE GAMBLE. YOU KNOW, WHERE WE WERE AT IN
FIFTH YOU DIDN’T KNOW WHO WAS GOING TO GET TWO TIRES OR WHAT
WOULD HAPPEN. SOMETHING COULD HAPPEN.
A LOT OF VARIABLES THAT COULD HAVE GONE WRONG THERE AND, YOU
KNOW, I’D RATHER HAVE TAKEN THE CHANCE AND HAD TO FIGHT AT THE
END LIKE THAT SO, YOU KNOW, WE STILL ENDED UP A SPOT POINTER
THAN WE WERE BEFORE THE CAUTION CAME OUT SO I THINK THAT’S ABOUT
ALL YOU CAN ASK FOR AND MOBIL AND CHEVY, CHAD JOHNSON, ALL
THESE GUYS, DID AN AWESOME JOB. THIS CAR WAS PRETTY GOOD ALL
WEEKEND. IT WAS BETTER TODAY THAN IT HAD
BEEN FRIDAY AND SATURDAY AND JUST CAN’T THANK TONY MORRIS AND
RUSTY RUSH, EVERYBODY AT MOBIL 1, ERIC AND HIS STAFF AND MOST
OF ALL OUR FANS THAT HAVE BEEN — THEY HAVE BEEN PLOWING A
TOUGH ROAD FOR THE LAST 18 MONTHS AND THIS TOP FIVE IS FOR
THE FANS MORE THAN ANYBODY.>>WELL DONE.
ALLEN.>>TONY STEWART FINISHING FOURTH
TODAY UNOFFICIALLY. VICTORY LANE IS SET UP ALONG THE
MAIN STRAIGHTAWAY OF THE MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY.
VICTORY LANE PRESENTED BY 5-HOUR ENERGY.
>>>JUNIOR HAS MADE THE ROUNDS.>>ONE MORE.
>>DALE, A LOT OF REASONS TO WANT TO WIN TODAY.
WHAT STANDS OUT TO YOU RIGHT NOW?
>>OH, MAN, WE WERE TRYING TO WIN SO MANY YEARS AND THIS PLACE
IS SO SPECIAL TO ME. I’VE WANTED TO WIN HERE SO BAD
AND WHEN IT CAME TO THIS, CELEBRATE MORE THAN DRIVING,
REAL EMOTIONAL WIN. THIS TEAM ON PIT ROAD WAS GREAT
AND STEVE AND THE GUYS JUST DID A GOOD JOB ALL DAY LONG AND GAVE
ME A GREAT SHOT AT IT WITH THE TIRES.
I’M JUST — I CAN’T BELIEVE WE WON HERE.
IT MEANS SO MUCH FOR ALL OF US. JUST REALLY EMOTIONAL.
>>11 TOP FIVES BEFORE THIS. JUNIOR, BACK IN 2004, YOU WERE
NOT A MEMBER OF HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS AND YOU LOST SOME
FRIENDS THAT DAY NOT AS A MEMBER OF THE TEAM.
WHAT WERE YOU LOOKING BACK TO THAT DAY AND YOUR UNDERSTANDING
IF YOU BECAME A HENDRICK DRIVER WHAT IT WOULD MEAN.
>>WANTED TO SUPPORT HENDRICK MIGHTSPORTS DURING THAT TIME AND
EVERYBODY IN THE GARAGE AT THAT TIME WAS WEARING HENDRICK —
CAME TOGETHER, I LOST MY DADDY A LONG TIME AGO AND I KNOW HOW
HARD THAT IS. CAN’T IMAGINE LOSING THE
MAGNITUDE OF THE PEOPLE THAT RICK LOST.
HEART WAS OUT TO HIM DURING THIS WEEKEND AND I LOVE HIS CARS ARE
GOOD HERE AND GAVE HIM A VICTORY SO THIS HONORS THEM.
JUST REAL PROUD OF BEING ABLE TO WIN AND MARTINSVILLE AND
HENDRICK CARS ALWAYS WIN HERE.>>AFTER LAST WEEK, JUNIOR,
HAVING TO SAY GOOD-BYE TO A CHAMPIONSHIP RUN AFTER SUCH A
GREAT SEASON WHAT DOES IT PEEN TO SAY HELLO TO VICTORY LANE?
>>I COULD CARE LESS ABOUT THE POINTS.
WE LOVE WINNING A RACE. THAT’S THE BET THING.
KELLY BLUE BOOK, CHEVY AND SPRINT, OBVIOUSLY NATIONWIDE
NEXT YEAR, DON’T WORRY ABOUT POINTS NO MORE, TROPHIES.
I WANTED A GRANDFATHER CLOCK EVER SINCE I WAS A LITTLE BOY
AND GOT IT TODAY AND MY TEAM AND I CAME TOGETHER TO MAKE IT
HAPPEN. WE’RE GOING TO DRINK A LOT OF
BEER TONIGHT. THAT’S WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN.
>>SET THE CLOCK TO CELEBRATION. DALE EARNHARDT JR. WINS AT
MARTINSVILLE.>>THE GRANDFATHER CLOCK
TRADITION STARTED HERE IN 1964. WANTED SOMETHING UNIQUE FOR HIS
WINNERS AND THE COMPANY JUST DOWN THE ROAD IN RIDGEWAY,
VIRGINIA. RIDGEWAY CLOCK COMPANY MAKES
THAT. FIRST PRESENTED TO FRED LORENZEN
INTO THE HALL OF FAME THIS YEAR AND NOW HIS GRANDSON, THE TRACK
PRESIDENT STANDING IN FRONT OF THAT CLOCK IS ABOUT TO PRESENT
ONE TO DALE EARNHARDT JR. TODAY. ONE OF THE MOST PRIZED TROPHIES
IN THE SPORT.>>WELL, ELIMINATOR ROUND TAKEN
BY A NONCHASE DRIVER IN VERY SPECTACULAR FASHION.
SO NOBODY GETS THE AUTOMATIC PASS THROUGH TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP
RUN AT HOMESTEAD. AND THE STANDINGS AFTER
MARTINSVILLE LOOK LIKE THIS. JEFF GORDON HAS THE TOP SPOT
WITH RYAN NEWMAN, JOEY LOGANO AND MATT KENSETH ROUNDING OUT
YOUR TOP FOUR POSITIONS. THEN OUTSIDE THE CUT LINE BUT
BARELY DENNY HAMLIN IS ONLY TWO POINTS BEHIND KENSETH THEN CARL
EDWARDS, BRAD KESELOWSKI AND KEVIN HARVICK, MUCH FURTHER BACK
OR KESELOWSKI AND HARVICK FAMILIAR SCENES FROM THE PRIOR
ROUND OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP WHEN THE OPENING KANSAS RACE WAS
SOMEWHAT CHAOTIC AND DUG AN EARLY HOLE.
>>THIS IS CERTAINLY GOING TO MAKE IT NOW WHERE YOU KNOW THAT
TWO DRIVERS ARE GOING TO GET ON THE POINTS TO BE A PART OF THE
CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE AT HOMESTEAD.
>>AND THE FIGHT FOR THOSE SPOTS CONTINUES NEXT WEEK AT TEXAS
MOTOR SPEEDWAY. THEN ON TO THE FAST MILE IN
PHOENIX AND THE FINAL DAY OF THE SEASON HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY,
WHAT A GREAT RACE THAT’S GOING TO BE ON NOVEMBER THE 16th.
JOIN US AT THE TRACK AND ALL THOSE RACES LIVE ON ESPN.
“SPORTSCENTER” COMING UP NEXT. RICKY CRAVEN UP IN OUR ESPN
STUDIOS TO CONTINUE THE BREAKDOWN OF THE RACE AND HAVE
MORE FROM THE RACETRACK, AS WELL.
WHAT A DAY IT WAS. RESTARTING FIFTH WITH FIVE LAPS
TO GO, DALE EARNHARDT JR. FOUGHT HIS WAY TO THE FRONT AND HELD
OFF JEFF GORDON TO SCORE A HUGE WIN, HIS FOURTH WIN OF THE
SEASON AND HIS FIRST AT HISTORIC MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY.
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  1. Dale Jr. even though you weren't in the chase, congradulations on your huge win. You had nothing to lose. Good luck in Texas, Phoenix, and Miami.

  2. Searched for the most boring video in the world and was directed to this shity NASCAR video. What annoys me more is taking my time to leave a comment here, let alone knowing someone will actually be stuck here 5hrs watching this crap and reading comments. Shot me, now please!

  3. So Brad Keselowski sends a transmission flying through the Charlotte garage area two weeks prior.  Guess what breaks on his car here.

    Ain't saying it's karma, but….

  4. 2:12:51 really? Stop fixing races. 1st that shouldn't be a caution because it's way out of the racing groove. 2nd even if they did hit it wouldn't do anything. 3rd why is ford still using that when it brings out cautions every race? It should be a decal like the other makes (chevy, Toyota).

  5. Hi I'm Jr. I'm eliminated but I'm still going to trap my TEAMMATE on the outside who's not eliminated because I know he's faster than me and I suck. 3:49:05

  6. sounds like your crying there Gordon fan,!,Put your glasses back on so we don't see your tears baby,,,  Woo Hoo!!!  ,Chalk up the win!   Let us 75% Nascar Fans,DALE JR FANS CELEBRATE,,,   PARTY TONIGHT    LMFAO

  7. I can't get over how dumb so many fans are these days. I mean what is with all of the bitching about how Junior needed to let Gordon in line. ITS RACING!!! Championship or not no driver deserves any special treatment when you are racing for a win. If that was the case then about half of the pack should have pulled over for Junior and Jimmie at Talladega the week before. And also saying that Juniors win and Johnson's win the next week were meaningless? Really? To that I just say watch any race from 2003 on back before points racing and the chase came on the scene and you'll see what racing was meant to look like with no lucky dogs, racing to the line for a caution flag, no yellow line rules. I unfortunately didn't get into racing soon enough , I love it to death though, to see that live and in person. I've been watching since 2005 and I gotta say it's painful seeing some of these dumb changes. Just cause I'm 17 doesn't mean i don't enjoy good, old school racing.

  8. IF YOU DID NOT WATCH 
    1st#88 2nd#24 3rd#31 4th#14 5th#22 6th#20 7th#15 8th#11 9th#47 10th#34 11th#18 12th#3 13th#16 14th# 27 15th#17 16th#1 17th#51 18th#26 19th#40 20th#99 top 20 at Finish  

    If you did not want to know do not read above part

  9. SUSAN BRADFORD/GARRYHIXON..NUMBER 36…GREEN CAR…..HEINEKEN…STOCK CAR…HAVENT REALLY RACED IN 14 YEARS

  10. I love listening to the band every time for the Star Spangled Banner at Martinsville Speedway and watching the clean up from the 2 red flag wrecks too.

  11. #406:45 in my opinion that's the dumbest red flag of all time so far (for a wreck) just two spins and hitting the wall soft. That's a waste of nascar time

  12. Did anyone incarcerate Daniel Geisel Martinsville, IN yet? He flipped elementary age child Cameron Willison of Martinsville, IN in the head with his index finger and was never punished for the child abuse. Daniel Geisel is also involved in acts of intimidation and stalking since he is involved in crack cocaine meth trades around Central Indiana. He has worked for one of the biggest crack cocaine dealers in Central Indiana Frank (many aliases, money launders through house building companies while acting as guardian to three elementary age children. Daniel Geisel had sex with Nola Woodland who was 11 at the time (turning 12) as part of a sex offense pact with Terence Shackleford (Avon, had sex with 12 year old Schneider girl living in Geist and Mann Mann (Avon) who had sex with a 15 year old. Daniel Geisel is involved in meth networks that travel across state lines to stalk, harass and threaten people saying anything about his criminal activities. Daniel Geisel makes murder threats while working in teams. Tries to make victims appear mentally ill using tactics such as innuendo, harassment and low voice to make threats such as murder in adjoining motel rooms. Daniel Geisel is also known to use aliases, possibly to work in professional type employment he does not have a legitimate educational background for.

  13. This race, cost Gordon the championship, the race at Texas, he needed the result, but for how this race ended, I will never ever forgive Rick Hendrick for it. I am a lifelong Gordon fan so forgive me if I sound a little biased. But, the fact is, Dale Jr was not in the title fight anymore at this point. He could of won Texas and Homestead and still been just 5th in the points. Jeff needed the win and the team not giving Gordon the win here was a joke. He needed it, not Jr, this is why that team racing does not exist in NASCAR, not does common sense. I understand that each car is built by it's own group of guys with their own crew chiefs, engineers and spotters etc, but why Rick Hendrick did not call for Dale and Jr to swap places to ensure a Hendrick car into the final race is beyond me.

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