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| Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Saturday, December 25 2010

Kevin Harvick did his best to end the incumbency of Jimmie Johnson in 2010 but came up a bit short. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer

My favorite part of a typical NASCAR three-day show is when drivers meet the media on Fridays and as they climb out of their cars following that weekend’s race.

That’s when we frequently witness the raw emotion of competitors who make a living by wheeling stock cars at high speeds each week.

On the track, the 2010 season was one of the most competitive in the history of the sport. Off the track, it provided several memorable quotes such as:

1. “(The 48 team) is really good, but they’re really, really lucky, too. I mean, Jimmie (Johnson) is a good friend of mine, but there’s no way of getting around how lucky they are. You don’t win four championships and do all the things they’ve done. They did a good job today in winning the race, but they have a golden horseshoe stuck up their ass. I mean, there’s no way to get around that.”

– Kevin Harvick after finishing second to Jimmie Johnson in Fontana, Calif. in February

2. “It’s disappointing to be honest with you. We had a top-five run going with the Home DepotToyota. I was pretty pumped up about it. Racing the 29 (Kevin Harvick), he let me go in the middle of the straightaway and then decided to dump me in the next turn. I don’t know what his problem is with me, but it’s probably not his fault. His wife wears the fire suit in the family and tells him what to do. It’s probably not his fault.”

– Joey Logano following an on-track altercation with Harvick at Pocono in June

3. “To me, they could offer $100 million to run both of those races or win both of those and it wouldn’t affect my decision, because I’m only going to go there if I feel like I can be

Jeff Gordon won't be doubling up any time soon. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for NASCAR)

competitive. To be competitive, I would need to be in those cars all of the time. This whole Mario Andretti-jumping from one car to the next, to the next, to the next, that doesn’t happen anymore. It’s not like that. You have dedicated teams with engineers and drivers and that is why they go fast is because of that. I think the only one that has a shot at doing that is Juan Pablo Montoya. Guys want to go run the double, that is great, it is cool. But they are not going to win it.”

– Jeff Gordon in May when asked if he’d jump at an opportunity to race at Indy and Charlotte on the same day if a proposed $20 million bonus to anyone who could pull off a sweep comes to fruition

4. “The guys at Hendrick are pretty boys and they get on People Magazine covers and that’s their job. My job is to go out and race cars. That’s what I focus on.”

–  Kurt Busch, who was still stewing over being wrecked in recent weeks by Gordon and Johnson, when asked about the Hendrick Motorsports drivers at Watkins Glen in August

5.  “A.J. Foyt or somebody like that. Bricks come to mind.”

Dale Earnhardt Jr. kind of knows about the Indianapolis 500. (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)

– Dale Earnhardt Jr. when asked in July what he thinks about when someone mentions Indianapolis

6. “There’s been illegal parts in the garage that have not gotten hit as bad as I did.”

– Denny Hamlin when asked in July about a $50,000 secret fine levied against him for criticizing NASCAR

7. “You always want to win races. You’re very proud to win races and I’m still proud of that win. I don’t believe that we did anything wrong. I guess I’ll go on record and say that, first and foremost, in my opinion. I want my fans to know that. There is a lot of integrity that goes into this sport. I’m damn proud of being a part of this sport. I love this sport and I wouldn’t cheat to win a race in this sport. We have a lot more integrity for myself and our race team at RCR.”

– Clint Bowyer at Dover in September when asked about his car failing post-race tech following his win at Loudon five days earlier

8. “You know, restarts were idiotic today. I’ve seen some of the worst driving I’ve ever seen in

Tony Stewart was a drama critic at Pocono. (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)

my life in a professional series right here today. So for anybody that’s looking for drama for the next couple races, start looking because I can promise I’m going to start making the highlight reel the next couple weeks. I know you love that.”

– Tony Stewart following his third-place finish at Pocono in June

9. “To come back and intentionally wreck someone, that’s not cool. You could have killed someone in the grandstands. I know that’s it’s a little ironic that it’s got me saying that, but at least I didn’t do it intentionally when it happened. It will be interesting to see how NASCAR reacts to it. They have the ball. If they’re going to allow people to intentionally wreck each other at tracks this fast, we will hurt someone either in the cars or in the grandstands. It’s not cool to wreck someone intentionally at 195 mph.”

– Brad Keselowski in Atlanta in March after his car flipped when he was intentionally wrecked by Carl Edwards

10. “Do they not allow it? They allow Viagra, so I’m guessing they would allow more than that. If (the number of drivers becoming fathers) gets a little more out of control, we might have to do something. Start passing some out.”

–  Gordon when asked in February if it’s time for NASCAR to allow companies that manufacture condoms into the sport as a sponsor

– Jeff Hood can be reached at jhood@racintoday.com

| Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Saturday, December 25 2010


  • Terry says:

    Comment should have read…..NOT FOR VALVOLINE…..
    sorry for correction.

  • Terry says:

    I assumed on #10 it Jeff Gordon…..not Robbie…..Lord knows what the quote would have been from Robbie. Ask Mark Martin about when he found out that the V the next year on his Taurus was going to be for Valvoline…..
    and yes NO ONE will ever accuse Kyle of being a PRETTY BOY.