Monday, November 12, 2012

NASCAR: After Wreck Clint Boyer's Crew Waylays Jeff Gordon

There is no other way to say it, no better way to describe what took place two laps from the finish Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway.

Jeff Gordon was mugged, plain and simple.
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The offenders weren't some scraggly thieves looking for Johnson's wallet for a quick cash score.

Rather, the offenders were nothing short of the kind of hooligans you'd find in the most egregious soccer matches in either Europe or South America.

Those offenders were disguised as members of the No. 15 Michael Waltrip Racing team, but in reality, they were nothing more than out and outright thugs.

Sure, 30 or 40 years ago, when drivers had a dust-up on the race track, they'd more often than not settle their differences man-to-man and fist-to-fist behind the nearest hauler. Who can forget the infield skirmish between Donny Allison and Cale Yarborough in the 1979 Daytona 500?

But this is modern day NASCAR. We've come a long way—or at least I'd like to hope we have—than from things like the Allison-Yarborough throwdown in the infield of Daytona International Speedway 33 years ago.

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