Category: Pepsi 400

Jul 14 2007

Denny Hamlin & Tony Stewart Problems Continue

We hadn’t heard anything official in way of a response from Denny Hamlin concerning Tony Stewart’s comments after their wreck this week, until today, and he’s saying exactly what I said, “Tony threw me under the bus.”

Despite the fact that video replays clearly show Stewart appearing to cause the accident by hitting Hamlin from behind, Stewart claimed it was the result of Hamlin driving a slower car and refusing to get out of his way. The Joe Gibbs Racing teammates were running 1-2 at the time. (read more)

Stewart also claimed that Hamlin had attempted to wreck him one day earlier during practice for the Pepsi 400, and closed by openly questioning whether the younger Hamlin understood the meaning of being a teammate.

“Sure it disappointed me. It definitely did,” Hamlin said. “Even if it had been a situation where I would have wrecked him from behind, he still shouldn’t have thrown me as far under the bus as he did.

“But I was the guy in front.” Source: Hamlin vents frustration over teammate Stewart

In his weekly radio show, here, Tony Stewart kept on talking like Denny was in the wrong, he even said there were things he, Denny, could do differently as a teammate. I wish I knew what Tony was smoking. The guy asking him the questions even knew he was full of it, he kept saying stuff like now, don’t shoot the messenger and I have to ask this. I wonder if Tony thinks they have a pecking order and that Denny should move aside and let him pass?

Here is the video of the incident, judge for yourself.

Denny said he was planning on talking to Stewart about it today, Tony kept telling the press he wasn’t talking about it to them and would not comment on whether he would talk to Denny or not. Denny also said, “I think at the time neither Joe nor J.D. had really seen a pretty good replay. I don’t think they had realized,” Hamlin said. “We’ve talked since then and I think they realize exactly what happened. Millions and millions of people watching with their opinions know what happened. You know, let them judge.

“I don’t need to sit there and blame Tony. There is no need in that.”

Jul 08 2007

Pepsi 400 Videos

Here are a bunch of videos from this years Pepsi 400. Including the wreck between Tony Stewart and Denny Hamlin, the wreck between Bobby Labonte and Juan Montoya, the last 7 laps, the first lap and many others as we add them.

Jul 08 2007

Jamie McMurray Wins the 2007 Pepsi 400

Jamie McMurray beats Kyle Busch by .005 seconds
Was that a good race or what? No Nascar related controversy to speak of, had the usual wrecks, good racing, a wreck between teammates that ended with an owner who wasn’t too happy I’m sure, and a photo finish. What else could you ask for? Not too sure about the change in advertising, it was a little weird at first, need to see how easy it is to ignore.

Jamie McMurray passes Kyle Busch at THE last second to win the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway by only .005 second. This tied the second closest victory margin of all time, the number one being that great finish between Ricky Craven and Kurt Busch in 2003 at Darlington. Talk about another good race. This win one a long time in coming for Jamie, he hadn’t won since his second actual Nascar start while replacing Sterling Marlin in 2002.

McMurray, one of the Roush Fenway Racing drivers, benefited with his first trip to Victory Lane since 2002 when he scored his only career victory as a replacement driver for an injured Sterling Marlin at Charlotte. The win came in McMurray’s second career start, a NASCAR record, and anointed him as the sport’s newest star.

But expected success never followed as McMurray struggled through the next four seasons. Those down times were not lost on him in an emotional Victory Lane.

“I always said for five years, however long, there would never be another victory like Charlotte,” McMurray said. “And you wait so long to win. Every driver out here can tell you how special it is. I started crying, and I said, ‘Why are you crying?’ Because I was so happy.” Source: McMurray ends 166-race streak with Daytona win

Tony Stewart is starting to crack me up, it’s always someone else’s fault not his, as evidenced by his first interview after he wrecked Denny Hamlin. I don’t know about you guys, but it’s really funny that he said something about him being a teammate and wrecking him, when it was the other way around, it didn’t look to me like Denny slowed down that much, but he did slow down. Here is a video from the broadcast of the wreck and how it happened.

Kyle Busch felt snubbed by Gordon after the race, I remember seeing him slap high fives with Gordon after the race, while they were asking Jeff a question, and it didn’t look to me like he snubbed him, but, I wasn’t there. I’m sure Kyle feels like he’s all alone right now, when you leave an organization, you do kinda get put outside. I’m sure Jeff has already talked to him about it.

Here is how they finished:
1 15 26 Jamie McMurray Ford IRWIN Marathon Saw Blades 190/5 160 Running
2 11 5 Kyle Busch Chevrolet CARQUEST / Kellogg’s 175/5 160 Running
3 16 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 170/5 160 Running
4 7 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot 160/0 160 Running
5 1 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Pepsi / DuPont 160/5 160 Running
6 18 16 Greg Biffle Ford Dish Network 150/0 160 Running
7 12 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s 156/10 160 Running
8 3 17 Matt Kenseth Ford R+L Carriers / DEWALT 142/0 160 Running
9 27 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Dodge Dealers / I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry 138/0 160 Running
10 4 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 134/0 160 Running
11 32 38 David Gilliland Ford M&M’s Red, White & Blue 130/0 160 Running
12 24 6 David Ragan * Ford AAA Travel 127/0 160 Running
13 10 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / NWTF 124/0 160 Running
14 14 12 Ryan Newman Dodge ALLTEL 121/0 160 Running
15 25 7 Robby Gordon Ford Camping World / 118/0 160 Running
16 5 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility 115/0 160 Running
17 9 01 Mark Martin Chevrolet Principal Financial Group 112/0 160 Running
18 35 70 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet Haas Automation 109/0 160 Running
19 21 25 Casey Mears Chevrolet National Guard / GMAC 111/5 160 Running
20 17 18 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Interstate Batteries 103/0 160 Running
21 41 15 Paul Menard * Chevrolet Pittsburgh Paints / Menards 100/0 160 Running
22 26 40 David Stremme Dodge Coors Light 97/0 160 Running
23 40 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar 94/0 160 Running
24 38 21 Bill Elliott Ford U.S. Air Force 96/5 160 Running
25 43 78 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing 93/5 160 Running
26 42 00 David Reutimann * Toyota Burger King 85/0 160 Running
27 37 44 Dale Jarrett Toyota UPS 82/0 160 Running
28 34 45 John Andretti Dodge Tire Kingdom 79/0 160 Running
29 33 13 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Charleston S.C. Fire Dept. 76/0 160 Running
30 36 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 73/0 160 Running
31 31 88 Ricky Rudd Ford M&M’s 70/0 158 Running
32 20 42 Juan Montoya * Dodge Texaco / Havoline 67/0 157 Running
33 22 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW 64/0 153 Running
34 8 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 66/5 147 Running
35 19 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Pillsbury / Cinnabon 63/5 137 Running
36 13 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Budweiser 55/0 134 Running
37 30 66 Jeff Green Chevrolet Haas Automation 52/0 131 Running
38 6 20 Tony Stewart Chevrolet The Home Depot 49/0 125 Running
39 23 96 Tony Raines Chevrolet DLP HDTV 46/0 120 Running
40 29 14 Sterling Marlin Chevrolet Waste Management 43/0 114 Out of Race
41 39 10 Scott Riggs Dodge Valvoline / Stanley Tools 40/0 105 Out of Race
42 28 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target 37/0 103 Running
43 2 11 Denny Hamlin

Jul 07 2007

Pepsi 400 Race Predictions

Okay, Tony Stewart has won the last two races here, so he is surely a favorite, Kyle Busch won the Busch race this morning and ran good in the 500 and Busch series race before having trouble, Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson always run good here, the DEI cars in the past have always run good at Daytona and about any restrictor plate race, Kurt Busch has bee running good at Daytona of late, and has stately this week his planning on running with Stewart during the race, which should be interesting. Denny Hamlin is second in the points, and had it not been for some bad endings, he could possibly be leading the points, or, at least a lot closer to Gordon.

Here are my predictions:
1. Jeff Gordon (of course)
2. Tony Stewart
3. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
4. Clint Bowyer
5. Mark Martin
6. Jimmie Johnson
7. Kyle Busch
8. Carl Edwards
9. Matt Kenseth
10. Martin Truex Jr.

But what do I know, I’m just hoping for a good race without any stupid penalties or controversy. Let’s Go Racing!

Jul 01 2006

Tony Stewart wins Pepsi 400

Tony Stewart won the Pepsi 400, and did the traditional Stewart grunt up the fence. Gordon finished a disapointing 40th.

Tony Stewart’s slump is over, his shoulder is fine and his fence-climbing is as good as ever.

His moves in a mosh pit leave something to be desired.

Stewart was back to his on-track dominance and off-track hijinks, winning at Daytona International Speedway by charging to the lead with two laps to go Saturday night. He then celebrated with his trademark climbing of the fence, but made the mistake of jumping into the crowd — where he found himself overwhelmed by rowdy fans.

He had to be rescued by his crew and several NASCAR officials, who cleared a path through the mob for the beloved NASCAR champion.

“I made the mistake of going down the ladder,” he said. “I thought there was a gate there. I didn’t find the gate and was in the mosh pit for a while.”

But Stewart, who started climbing fences with this race last year, wasn’t going to disappoint the expectant crowd.

“There was no way I was going to let those race fans down,” he said. “It started here … I was either going to get all the way up or I was going to fall off and fall on my butt. But I wasn’t going to stop.” Source:

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