[media-credit name=”Barry Albert” align=”alignright” width=”225″][/media-credit]Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson were by far the class of the field today and one of them should have won the race. The two Hendrick Motorsports drivers combined to lead over 400 of the laps during the race.
What really got my attention was the #10 of David Reutimann. He had literally been in the way of every driver out there during the late stages of the race. Tommy Baldwin Racing has a technical alliance with Stewart-Haas-Racing. Did Reutimann stop on purpose to help set up the green-white-checkered finish?
Replay shows Reutimann having a clear entrance to pit road and clearly intentionally not coming to pit road. “I was trying to come to pit road and the engine shut off.” Reutimann said. He had been traveling at an incredibly slow speed for a quite a while up to that point, so I have to call that statement “Pure BS.” Does he think we were born yesterday? What would have 5 extra laps have done to the Top 35? Nothing. Before the caution had come out, Gordon and Johnson were both battling for the lead and Jr. was running third and traveling about six seconds behind his teammates.
Jeff Gordon or Jimmie Johnson should have been in victory lane today. This is another dark day in NASCAR. NASCAR on the other hand needs to investigate into this incident further.
This type of stuff does not lead to more fans, it drives them further away.