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Notes: Haters Cast Wide Net In Wake Of Junior ‘Wronging’

| Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Friday, October 30 2015
Jeff Gordon said Friday that it's not wise to 'wrong' Dale Earnhardt Jr.(RacinToday/HHP file photo by Christa L Thomas)

Jeff Gordon said Friday that it’s not wise to ‘wrong’ Dale Earnhardt Jr.(RacinToday/HHP file photo by Christa L Thomas)

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Perhaps no races generate more emotion from fans than those at Talladega Superspeedway. And with the way last Sunday’s race ended, the “hate mail” to a few drivers has been abundant.

chase 15 logoJeff Gordon said he had even received some and he wasn’t even involved in anything.

“That’s what happens when you ‘wrong’ (Dale Earnhardt) Junior, especially at Talladega. I’m very familiar with that,” Gordon said with a laugh.

Joey Logano, who swept the races in The Chase’s second round and began the Eliminator Round by claiming the pole at Martinsville Speedway, said he enjoyed some of the creative jabs people took at him on social media. However, he rarely responds.

“I look at it and don’t really see where it’s worth my time to have to stand up for myself for one of those haters,” Logano said. “I’ve got more important things to do with my life than do that. It’s fun sometimes when you write back. Some of them are just so lost. They’re just so far out there. It’s like ‘You have no idea.’ And I just think, ‘No, it’s not worth it. I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing.’”

The train that travels behind Martinsville Speedway is almost as legendary as the short track’s hot dogs, so when it came time for track officials to give Jeff Gordon his retirement present it only seemed natural to give him a Lionel train.

Martinsville President Clay Campbell said Friday the locomotive on the model train was a replica of the one that passes behind the historic track’s backstretch. Each one of the eight cars pulled by the locomotive represents one of Gordon’s victories at the half-mile track. A photo from each of Gordon’s victories is on each car.

“You have no idea what that train, not only the symbol of it but also the sound of it, how it never goes away in your mind when you think about Martinsville,” Gordon said. “Where the bus lot is over here, I cannot think of the night before a Martinsville race when I have not heard that train go by. It’s just not Martinsville without it. I’m going to have to get some sound effects to go along with this and place it somewhere where I can hear it at night. It will bring back some great memories. The kids are going to love this (train) as well.”

Gordon said when people ask him if he’ll ever drive a race car again, it’s Martinsville that comes to his mind as a possibility.

| Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Friday, October 30 2015
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