Sunday, April 29, 2007
opinion: gordon v. earnhardt
I wasn't going to say anything until I posted my lyrics later today, but after reading NASCAR.COM opinion writer David Caraviello's article on how Sunday's race reminded him of Earnhardt's final win at Talladega in 2000, I would like to point out that THIS:
Fearing being shaken out of line late in the Aaron's 499, Jeff Gordon had lagged back in the middle of the pack for more than thirty laps before following teammate Jimmie Johnson to the front with seven laps to go. The winning pass came five laps later after David Reutimann's Toyota blew up, Gordon passing Jamie McMurray for the lead just before the caution came out. After strong contender Denny Hamlin ran out of gas during the prolonged six-lap caution period which forced NASCAR to allow one attempt at a green-white-checkered finish, Gordon remained out front for a full 1/4 of a lap before the field froze when Greg Biffle and Johnny Sauter brought a swift halt to the race. This allowed Gordon to claim his seventy-seventh victory uncontested under the caution flag.
---sure doesn't sound like THIS:
Knowing there were only five laps remaining in the Winston 500, Dale Earnhardt rallied from seventeenth to first to take the checkered flag in one of the most hotly-contested 188-lap races ever run at Talladega. Picking up more drafting help from the rival Chevrolet team cars of Kenny Wallace and polesitter Joe Nemecheck as he reached the top ten, "The Intimidator" pulled out every trick in the book as the field raced four and five-wide around him in the final laps. At one point, Earnhardt dove to the inside and shunted drivers Rich Bickle and Rusty Wallace up the track in a daring pass that put donuts on all three cars. Coming to the white flag, Earnhardt managed to launch his way past leading teammate Mike Skinner on the outside of turn three so fast that Skinner could not block him. Once out front at the stripe, Earnhardt then managed to not only break away with Wallace and Nemecheck from the three-wide pack behind them, but singlehandedly broke up their draft on the final lap to score the narrow victory under green.
Don't understand why those fans were so mad? Try putting yourself in a Senior/Junior fan's shoes who reads this:
"As Dale Earnhardt Day festivities took place in Mooresville on Sunday, April 29, 2007, celebrating what would have been Dale Earnhardt's 56th birthday, Jeff Gordon pulled ahead of "The Intimidator" for sixth on the all-time wins list by scoring a victory in the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., still yet to win at Talladega since 2004 while Hendrick Motorsports has won four of the last five races at the track, led early and was within sight of Gordon in the seventh position when the green-white-checkered finish was halted by a wreck just as the field was getting up to speed."
Junior was only my fantasy pick and it pained me to write that!