The Frontstretch: Did You Notice? ... Mayfield's Next Move?, Silliness Surrounding Sacks, And Quick Hits by Thomas Bowles -- Wednesday May 19, 2010

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Did You Notice? … Jeremy Mayfield’s lawsuit was dismissed on a number of technicalities his own lawyers failed to prove? That’s important to note as his case burns to the ground outside Federal court. In his decision to dismiss the case, Graham Mullen focused not on the actual defamation claims themselves but on a waiver form Mayfield signed to participate in as both driver and owner within NASCAR. Think of that form as a “get out of jail free” card, withholding the sport from liability in the event a driver violates a rule. It gives them the discretion to act, enforcing their penalties without fear from the other party taking them to court.

How did the sport gain so much power under the federal court system? The answer is simple: the Frances may be more transparent than ever before, but a benevolent dictatorship is still totalitarian rule nonetheless. There is no collective bargaining agreement with its members, similar to what other stick ‘n’ ball sports have in their possession. You can bet that if a case like Mayfield’s happened in MLB, you’d have player union lawyers breathing down the commissioner’s neck in a heartbeat. But in Mayfield’s case, there is no driver’s union, leaving him to choose the court system when he felt NASCAR’s appeals process was unacceptable for him.

Understand also that in NASCAR, every driver and owner contract signed makes the members subservient to the sanctioning body. What if they don’t want to lose the right to sue? That’s fine; they just won’t be getting a NASCAR license. It’s that simple, and in the sport’s defense it’s actually a common practice. Such wording has been prevalent in employer/employee contracts for years, although in those cases conflicts are often restricted to binding arbitration only. In this particular case, the surprise NASCAR has that much power comes from a sports world that’s typically a market where the athlete, not the owner, holds the keys to the castle. The sport, through its way of doing business, makes the point that no employee/employer relationship exists, as each member is a private contractor entering into an agreement to participate in the sport; this philosophy was affirmed by the judge in his ruling, along with a number of other factors.

Whatever the reasoning, it’s a shocking end to what has been a yearlong quest for Mayfield to challenge NASCAR’s drug policy. And since the axe wielded down before we ever got to trial, Mayfield has no right to an appeal until the sport’s lawsuit against him is settled. It doesn’t matter whether his lawyer is Mark Geragos or Mark Wahlberg, Mayfield’s Entourage is backed into a corner … right?


For those who think this conflict is over, I refer you to the rising pile of debt Mayfield’s incurred the last few years. Everyone from Triad Racing Technologies, to former lawyer Bill Diehl, to NASCAR itself is seeking money that’s rightfully theirs. The driver had to hold an auction for some of his possessions a few months ago to raise funding, and even that’s not going to be enough considering at some point, Mr. Geragos wants to get paid.

But there’s also a reason Mayfield chose his current attorney; he’s smarter than you think. Geragos has yet to comment, but he knows the courtroom is only one forum to fight a public relations war for his client. There are talk shows, there are news programs, all of which are now fair game until there’s a chance to bring up an appeal. Most importantly, you better believe there’s agents from Hollywood and several publishing companies that would love to see a tell-all book. It’s a way to tell the story, attempting to earn Mayfield 15 minutes of fame while collecting the money that’s needed for him to survive.

Now, if Mayfield has nothing to say, then I guess no one has anything to worry about, right? But considering the amount of time he was involved in the sport, the organizations he worked for, and the people he was depositioning already (Jeff Gordon? Jimmie Johnson?) I’m not 100 percent convinced. And who wouldn’t want to hear his perspective on his suspension and NASCAR’s drug policy alone? Those on both sides of the debate are curious enough not to look away.

Trust me, the question of when this information leaks is not if, but when. And once it does, NASCAR has to cross its fingers that it won’t be dealing with the same type of public relations nightmare as before the case went to trial. In fact, it could be worse, because the information released won’t be controlled by the power of a judge, but by those whose sole desire is to make money and get revenge.

That’s a dangerous combination, and anyone who doubts it need to remember the damage one Jose Canseco inflicted on Major League Baseball a decade ago. There’s a way to come clean, while at the same time lighting everyone ablaze with a fire hazard they’ve chosen to ignore.

So at this point, whether Mayfield is guilty or innocent is irrelevant to the future of this story. It’s if he’s got any dirt on anyone else, and who’s willing to give him a forum to spread that dirt on a national scale.

Let’s see what happens.

Did You Notice? … The furor over one Greg Sacks driving a JR Motorsports car in July? Sacks, 57, hasn’t even started a race in any of NASCAR’s top three series since 2005, and hasn’t finished one since 1999. The only reason he’s getting a chance is the team’s new primary sponsor, Grand Touring Vodka, is a company he also partially owns.

Certainly, in a world where young talent has been pushed aside I can see where people will make a big deal about this move. But remember, Sacks is no slouch on plate tracks. July marks the 25th anniversary of his only Cup win (Daytona), and he was well known as a Jamie McMurray-type guy who could get you up front at the big tracks in his prime. Sure, it’s been 11 years, but do you really think these guys forget how to drive a car? It’s not like we’re doing Bristol; it’s Daytona, a track that’s just as much mental as it is physical.

At 57, Greg Sacks’ one-race deal to drive the prestigious JR Motorsports No. 88 has raised a lot of eyebrows throughout the NASCAR community.

Sacks was competitive in drafting, posting the 22nd-fastest speed and will doubtless be handed top-notch equipment. Will he win? No. But it’s not like he’s going to be embarrassing the sport, and with 295 career starts under his belt in Cup and Nationwide I think he can be trusted to play it smart. This guy just wants one last hurrah in the sport, given a chance to succeed after being pushed out following a harrowing crash at Texas in April, 1998. Can’t we all relate to that, a veteran trying to end his career on top?

In the long run, the 24 other races Sacks’ vodka company funds will give up-and-coming drivers the opportunity they deserve at JRM. So everybody back off, take a deep breath, and give this guy his one moment in the spotlight. Considering how few sponsors are entering the sport these days, this one-race deal is of small consequence when you consider the long-term positives it’s poised to bring.

My only worry over the long-term is whether the company will have the funding to pay for it all. The only financial investment I see is $600,000, and you wonder whether a startup will suddenly have the millions needed to support a top-tier organization. We’ll see.

Did You Notice? … Some quick hits before we’re done for the day …

- How bad has it gotten for Ford? Kasey Kahne and Matt Kenseth are currently the lone Blue Oval participant in the All-Star Race. Kenseth, Carl Edwards, and Greg Biffle also underperformed at Dover this past weekend, a track where top-3 finishes used to be a given for the Roush Fenway bunch. With Charlotte usually the time to make major changes, it’s one organization to keep an eye on over the next two weeks.

- Just as disturbing as Dover attendance is the list of start-and-parks we had: seven, the most we’ve seen all season at the Cup level. And with Robby Gordon and David Stremme’s teams on shaky ground, things could get worse before they get better.

- Best wishes to Brian Vickers for a quick and speedy recovery, and I respect whatever decision he makes on whether to return to the track. But I think I’m not alone in breathing a sigh of relief he’s choosing to opt out for about three months. Coumadin can have dangerous side effects, and the last thing he needed was to get in a wreck, suffer a small bruise, and have it develop into a life-threatening situation. Vickers is one of the smartest, most talented drivers out on the circuit nowaday. I’m glad he’s using his brain when it counts the most … and there’s no doubt he’ll return to the track stronger than ever before.

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Paul Denton
05/19/2010 04:27 PM

Everytime you write a article Tom about the workings of Nascar you are so hateful and dont relay the facts ,Nascar has a policy all companies do ,read yours,I bet if you failed a drug test they would;ntt offer you a chance at rehab and to be able to come back,as Nascar did Mayfield,Mayfield admitted he had the meth in his system but was trying to pull off a because of the two drugs combined made it positive for meth -Bull.
The judge up held the poicy Mayfield lost because he didnt have a case.Dont feel for Mayfield hes got a life time ,if careful,to put down Nascar and will.Read the points the judge listed for his dimissing the case before you comment And a union in Nascar wont do any good its the owners that control the teams the only thing a union might accomplish is Nascar rellay handing the penalities and dont compare Nascar with othe sports of druggie wife beaters bar room fighters thieves just a ew problems withinNFL,MLB.MBA

Richard in N.C.
05/19/2010 06:28 PM

Besides the contractual issue, the judge also held that JM did not establish a basis for his claims. In any event, what is the big deal? On 6/10/2009 you wrote his use of meth “for those in the media I can tell you it’s been a well-known fact for weeks.”

Kevin from PA
05/20/2010 10:22 AM

I guess a Mayfield “tell-all” book will soon be in the works?

05/20/2010 10:23 AM

Mr. Bowles…one of the comments says in an article you wrote on 6/10/2009 you “suggested” the media was aware of Mayfield’s meth use. I have one question..IF this is true..and alot..or types KNEW Mayfield was doing drugs…why under God’s green earth would not at least one of these media types report it to NASCAR? I understand it is just “hearsay”…but why would the media stand by and put the drivers and fans in harms way? WHY? Was it just to “see what happened” to get a story out of it? Was it other media folks were partying with Mayfield? Was it laziness or thinking you wouldn’t be believed? Now I don’t know what or whom to believe. It’s sad..ANYONE who has a notion something like that is or not..has the obligation to take it to authorities and let them sort it out..BEFORE a tragedy occurs…On or off the track. To the media..if this is true…Shame on you all!

Managing Editor
05/20/2010 11:17 AM

Great comments, everyone. I just want to address the one about the media hearing about meth use. Let’s put it this way … you hear rumors about certain things all the time, (Every national media member could fill a column about the juiciest ones, only about 10% of which are actually true). But in my opinion, when you’re in a position to report ANYTHING, ESPECIALLY something life-changing, an offense that can get someone suspended from the sport (like drug use) you damn well better have your facts in order. The burden of proof is insanely high; just because three sources come to you and say it’s happening, even if they’re reliable sources, doesn’t put you in the position to go to NASCAR and say, “I think this guy’s doing drugs.” I can only speak for me, but it would have taken some hard evidence in this case (like a drug dealer coming forward) to take the next step and go to NASCAR PR and say, “Just so you know, you need to investigate this particular driver.” If I’m not comfortable reporting it, then I’m certainly not telling officials to investigate it. Isn’t that my job too?

So were there rumors? Yes. Did reliable sources tell me some things? Yes. But the evidence was not 98% infallible like a criminal case would be, and no one ever got to the bottom of it before the suspension occurred.

It’s the type of thing where you can’t afford to be wrong; the stakes are too high. This isn’t a Silly Season ride swap we’re talking about – someone’s life is on the line.

05/20/2010 11:39 AM

To respond to the Managing summed it all up in your last line…“someone’s life is on the line”. I’m sorry..but if there were credible and not so credible reports made..and evidently these reports were quite often…SOMEONE SHOULD HAVE STEPPED UP. Sorry..hiding behind your media badge doesn’t work. If it had been brought to the right person’s attention they could have given Mayfield a drug they do here and there to surprise the drivers..and if he were harm no foul…no one need know anything but it was a random test. sit by and wait..maybe to sit and watch a tragedy unfold..was cowardly..and no amount of backpedaling will change it. There were choices..and there were ways to handle the situation….and it was fumbled. I understand it is someone’s living you would be messing with..but better to err on the side of caution then to watch the entire situation literally blow up in your face. Things like drug abuse seldom get better..and never just go away by themselves.’s still shame on you……

05/20/2010 12:27 PM

What I don’t get is if NA$CAR had such a simple out as a contractual breach, why has it taken so long to reach this conclusion? Did they just want to break Mayfield so bad that no one would ever dare to challenge them again or, did Mayfield have such dumbs**t attorneys they didn’t know contract law or, were the attorneys just doing their sworn duty to strip the client of all available funds or, or , or?
Just like in the beginning of this fiasco, something stinks about this “ending” and we’ll never know the source of the odor.

05/20/2010 12:39 PM

I just want to say one more thing..I understand we are talking about the media..albeit .. sports reporting…but somewhere along the line ;you have to be human..have a conscience..and think about the well being of the greater mass. This is not the Nixon, Deep Throat, Washington Post, Woodard fiasco..this is a conversation about a supposed methed up man driving a 3200 pound stockcar at 190mph+ around 42 other drivers, pit crews, and fans. Heck..maybe we are even talking about the guy driving a golf cart through the infield at Talledega..with all the drivers, their families, fans and crews .. I don’t know. But..somewhere along the line we have to take some or not..

Jim Baker
05/20/2010 12:56 PM

Mayfield is a drug addict. He is addicted to recreational drugs. People are impaired when they do almost any kind of drugs, but the point of taking recreational drugs is to get impaired. I think NASCAR should do everything it can to prevent recreational drug users from endangering other drivers during a race. Mayfield may think his reputation has taken a hit, but it wouldn’t have if he had not been a recreational drug user. So far, no meth addicts have ever admitted they are meth users until they can’t support their habit any more. Other meth users should stop scratching at their skin long enough to see what happens to every one of them.

05/20/2010 01:17 PM

The “technicality” being that nothing in his Complaint was actionable because in order to have the privilege of earning riches beyond his wildest dreams, Mayfield had to sign a standard hold-harmless clause as part of a normal waiver? Had to agree to drug testing both as an owner (where he was given a list of banned substances) and as a driver? Agreed to have it interpreted under Florida law, which is quite specific as to what is allowed or not in these waivers? Um, OK.

Did you take the time to learn that there are certain rules in place in Courts, such as defamation suits must be pled with specificity, and merely alleging the elements does not meet that threshhold? Is it NASCAR’s fault that Mayfield failed to follow that rule, and the Judge noticed? That a good portion of his claims required the leap to an employer-employee relationship that never existed between Mayfield and NASCAR? Did you read the PDF of the decision and understand what the Judge was saying?

Mayfield chose to go through the court system iinstead of appealing his suspension through the forum NASCAR has available to its competitors.

I’m disappointed – usually your articles are well researched and written. This obviously wasn’t. You lost a great opportunity to educate your readers as to the workings of the courts, and how it applied here, instead choosing to look past the obvious in order to push your own agenda of decrying that there’s no driver’s union. Funny how none of the other drivers in Cup have either complained or failed drug tests…

Oh, and by the way, an absolute defense to defamation is that they were telling the truth…

05/20/2010 01:28 PM

Tom I thought I might like you or your writings at some point but then I saw you on a NASCAR post-race press conference where you kinda asked amateurish questions and so I lost interest. And with this article you bang the amateurish gong again. Someone said it earlier about “I realize it’s sports media…” And I do but man you ain’t a lawyer and you ain’t even a paralegal. You ain’t even had a course on law that is relevant to anything.

Dismissed based on a technicality? Don’t be a child. These are complex legal arguments weighed by legal minds who have training in the law. There was no technicality here. In fact you may be surprised at the legal standing your employer has over you. Especially since the publishing bidness is in free fall. But that’s another story.

I have said many times over the past year that a lot of the media that wanted to get back at NASCAR for some perceived wrong was gonna look goofy over this one. I am not a NASCAR—the leadership—fan. They can screw up a race series—at least the current Dunces in Daytona Beach can. But they did this one right but for maybe a few missteps.

Anyone that wants to throw spikes at NASCAR via Mayfield is smoking dope themselves. Mayfield has dug himself a whole. HE HAS DONE THIS. Not NASCAR. He stiffed reputable businesses and countless others. He failed two not one but two drug tests—-eeewwww. Writers like you want to place the Boogeyman theory out there. Achems (Occams) Razor man. All this fal-da-ra and fiddle de dee. The simple answer man is the JM is bad. He did this, not Crocker or Evernham or Penske or Brian or the lab or the IRS or Dheil or NC DoR or NASCAR or…the list of the “bad guys” go on and on. Hey I for one hope he doesn’t go away. The public needs a stooge to laugh at especially since Mark Souder resigned…Don’t you love it? A married Lilly White Krishtan stooge railing for abstinence all the while he’s bangin his part-time married staffer. Only in America my man. You are nearly there and certainly JM is there.

05/20/2010 01:37 PM

Oh my word “Ellen.” What a well written response. In my wildest imagination and self-perceived intelligence I couldn’t have articulated as well as you did. And I am being serious. Bowles did I guess what those who thought up the term “hack job” really meant. Slice thru the truth quickly to get to the intended end no matter how goofy you look. That’s what he did. There are more holes in his argument and half truths and disinformation that it makes Karl Rove look like a Boy Scout.

Applause Ellen because that is a very succinct and articulate argument.

Managing Editor
05/20/2010 02:02 PM

Wow. It’s been a long time since I’ve gotten torched on a column. Usually, I won’t respond to comments but I feel like I should step up and defend myself here…

For the record, Ellen, I did read the decision and I did speak to someone about the legal ramifications. Apparently, my mistake was in not arguing my points effectively, and I do apologize for that. It’s one thing to disagree with a point, but nothing frustrates me more than if articles are interpreted as poorly written, and if I’ve failed in this case that’s unacceptable.

I tried to make a point based on what you said, that Mayfield’s allegations are stretching towards an employer/employee relationship that didn’t fly, but according to the judge doesn’t exist in this case. I guess I didn’t get there.

With that said, this case is not the first to claim a stretch towards an employer/employee relationship within sports. Check out these links:

In this case, two Minnesota NFL players were suspended for violating the sport’s drug policy. They appealed, not on a false positive but on the claim the NFL is a joint employer, leaving them beholden to the Minnesota state policy and not their own. While the judge ultimately ruled in favor of the NFL, he also claimed the sanctioning body was indeed a “joint employer” in a standard that could set precedent for future cases. In failing to follow proper protocol, the judge said the NFL violated Minnesota state rules they should have been beholden to, although like in the Mayfield case the power to enforce their own rules was upheld.

In NASCAR, the employee/employer relationship is a much harder stretch to make because there is no franchising; the teams are listed as private contractors, although they do pay an entry fee to participate in races which to me could be interpreted as binding them to the league (NASCAR) in some way. The bottom line is the judge didn’t think that standard was met, along with a long list of other issues.

As for the driver’s union, I stand by my point that the second the policy suspension came down, Mayfield was left on an island. It’s a far cry from other sports, where the power of union often leads to effective appeals of suspensions — albeit under the sport’s own appeals structure and not in that of federal court.

05/20/2010 02:28 PM

For those that need a little help on the Mayfield story:

“(CNN) — Cyclist Floyd Landis has acknowledged using performance-enhancing drugs for most of his career after disputing for years a positive doping test result that led to his suspension from the sport, two news organizations reported on Thursday.”

And by the way maybe we should take up a collection and buy two of Andre Agassi’s book. One for you Tom and one for Mayfield.

And by the way Tom I did re-read your column to be fair. And I just had to chuckle. You are being such a child again. “only 10% of the rumors are actually true…” Now where did you get that figure? Just like the article, you pulled it out of a hat. I can tell you that from a close distance I watched the bumblings of Rod Blagojevich. And I can tell ya that 100% of the 100 rumors out there about him are true.

Again all this stuff being written, you now defending yourself…for what? What’s the point of any of this. Mayfield failed two drug tests. That’s has nothing to do with a union. Mayfield has went about a scorched earth policy now. And everything he does from here on out and for the last year is just amusement fodder. It’s the sad acting out of a man that went down the wrong road. What’s a union got to do with that? He has to have the strength to move on and change his life. It’s sad now because he is striking out now so as to not to become homeless. Because he has left so many debtors out there, likely including the lawyer he is using now, that he will never see the light of day. But what he IS laughing at now is about all this free media he is getting from people like you, willing to dance to his tune, all the while he strikes up that pipe—laughing as he hits every keystroke now.

05/20/2010 02:38 PM

First of all, thank you John – that made my day!! :)

Tom, you cannot compare the NFL to NASCAR. Even taking the union out of the mix, the teams employ the players, and the teams are all members of the NFL itself. In NASCAR, not only in most cases do the teams not even employ the drivers (although a strong argument could be made that the drivers are statutory employees), the teams themselves are independent business enterprises that choose to compete in certain NASCAR sanctioned events. The NFL does not stand in the place of a sanctioning body – throwing events that are open to any and all competitors – but rather a league, which sets schedules for its member teams to follow. That’s a big distinction.

NASCAR says “if you want to race, show up here at this time with this equipment that meets these rules, and try to qualify”. You or I could do that. Try showing up with a Romo jersey and telling the Dallas Cowboys you would like to try and play today. See how well that goes…

The Judge has made a couple of rulings that I did, and still do question. His original granting of the TRO allowing JM to drive was one of them – because if he won, the wrong of not letting JM race could have easily been satisfied by money damages. It was suprising that he dismissed the complaint in its entirety, and if there is an appeal, it will be interesting to see how the appellate court views the decision.

I believe I remember reading at the time that Jeremy could have appealed his suspension to the National Stock Car commission, and if my memory is correct, that would have givien him another path to go down. He chose to go to court instead. So, I don’t know whether he was left on an island, or whether he put himself there through his own responses and actions. He started off in the wrong, not informing them of a material change in his heath, and the medication he was taking, and then was in court in less than a month. Not a smart way to go about things if one intends to continue racing in NASCAR

All I can do is put myself in JM’s place, and I cannot believe that any situation should have spiraled out of control as quickly as this one did – think about it for a second – put yourself in JM’s shoes – if you want to race, and the test was truly in error, how would you handle it – would it come to this, or would something have been worked out – perhaps retests every single day leading up to the next event, at random times at your espense? Something else? Certainly not the uncooperative attitude he displayed throughout the entire ordeal.

The least problem JM has is lack of a union…

05/20/2010 03:31 PM

Ditto Ellen. And again your second argument makes a lot of sense. If you go back to day 1, Mayfield went for the jugular. It made me wonder right off the bat. Usually a caged animal does that. And he could have and likely still is under the influence of awful drugs. Why wouldn’t you say, if indeed you weren’t guilty, “test me for 400 days I don’t care I don’t take drugs? Instead all this crap and subterfuge. “The lab sucks, directions were bad, test wrong, tester bad, claritin” and on and on. He could have folded, shored up, bellied up, and be driving now. All the moves of a desperate guy on drugs. And he had for a time big-time junkyard dawg lawyers willing to participate, till they don’t get paid. And as you may know a lawyer doesn’t like to get stiffed.

05/20/2010 05:37 PM

Obviously..between the legal and morale arguments thrown up by the readers…there are a lot of not so “dumb redneck” fans who follow NASCAR. I think at times, the media…especially those who follow NASCAR tend to forget not all us fans come from a past of moonshine and swiggin beer. I for one am happy to see the fans show they may follow a sport who’s leaders think we are dumb..but all in all..we are a pretty intelligent group!

05/20/2010 05:41 PM

While there were rumors about Mayfield, it is strange that JC France was found in possesion of drugs and is allowed to race, because the case was dismissed on a technicality. JC France’s was caught with drugs, but will be allowed to race without ever going through the NASCAR drug rehab program. I guess NASCAR and France family have different rules for family.

05/20/2010 06:13 PM

There is only one solution. Everyone has to quit doing illegal drugs. Look at the mess in Ariz. If everyone quit drugs, there would be no problem. It is now un-American to do drugs. If there are no recreational drug users, there would be no addicts. As simple as that. :) (I will now get off my soapbox.)

05/20/2010 07:18 PM

I am not a JC France fan. Sounds like he is or is nearly a thug and so his his half brother side kick. But France is a Rolex racer. Even though they are owned by France family the Daytona series I think isn’t under the same drug guidelines. Don’t make it right, but it’s by the book on that one.

The Mad Man
05/21/2010 06:56 AM

The Grand Am Series is owned by NASCAR and as such have to abide by NASCAR’s drug and alcohol abuse policies. There are no exceptions in the policy. However, as long times fans have observed, there are one set of rules for the France family and another set for everyone else.

The same judge who heard JC France’s case regarding his street racing and possession of cocaine is the same judge who heard a case last year against his cousin Brian regarding criminal charges and dismissed that case also.

05/21/2010 09:48 AM

JC France was suspended immediately and indefinitely from his series upon his arrest. Since I don’t follow either JC or sportscars, I don’t know whether he’s driving this year or not, but he got exactly the same punishment from his series that Jeremy Mayfield did from the series he competes in.

NASCAR has nothing to do with the criminal justice system, so I’m not quite sure why people are complaining about NASCAR in regards to his having the charges dropped, and claiming he was treated differently than Mayfield? That was up to the State of Florida to bring the action and take it to trial.

If you can show me where he was back racing without completing whatever drug treatment program he may have been required to do, I’ll concede it what you’re saying. But, without seeing something like that, you’re mixing apples and oranges…

Evan in WV
05/21/2010 02:49 PM

F*** Jeremy Mayfield.

Get better, Brian Vickers.

05/21/2010 02:54 PM

Amen to both brother Evan. Amen.

05/21/2010 07:22 PM

Tom, Since there is no button to send an e-mail to you at your SI site, I am sending it to you over here, regarding your SI article, today. Tom, I have said right along that Jr. will not be competitive as long as he is at HMS. I think that Jr. needs a proven cc he can trust. He hasn’t had one since Pops quit. Look what it has done for Kenseth this year. I had hoped that with all of the money that Jr. brings into HMS, that HMS would get Addington for him. But I read that HMS is broke & all of the HMS employees had to take a pay cut. Rick got his money from his car dealerships. When the economy dropped Rick said that his dealerships didn’t just slow down, they fell off a cliff. Kellogg’s left, DuPont is leaving, etc.. So now, Jr. is bringing in the money to pay the HMS employees. It must stick in Rick’s craw to have to depend on the name of Earnhardt to keep his racing going & making the payroll. Rick can’t let Jr. go. So it now falls on Jr.‘s shoulders to keep HMS going. I wish the RH would let Jr. go. He has certainly fired enough others, Kyle Busch being one of the more notable. Jr.‘s first 2 years at Hendrick were run in Tony Jr.‘s old 2007 DEI specs. I read that last year Mark Martin’s car were made in the same shop as the 24 & 48. He ran great. This year they are being built with Jr.‘s in the shop out back. What I find odd is that last week after Jr. was 3 laps down, after 2 missed wave arounds & air was let out of his left rear tire, which is never to be done, they fixed his car toward the end of the race & he ran great 3 laps down, with the leaders. But then at Darlington, when he got back on the lead lap from 2 laps down, they can’t fix his car so he can run well…to save their souls…?!? He was going forward & then just started sinking, again. This same scenario has happened many times. Why does this pattern repeat itself over and over…? until Dover. If they get the car fixed to where he can drive it, like the end of Richmond, it is too late to matter. If he is on the lead lap, they can’t get it running well…?


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Did You Notice? ... Keep On Asking, And You Will Receive A Qualifying Sigh Of Relief

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