Yesterday’s Pure Michigan 400 was full of emotions for race fans as every race is. From Greg Biffle taking the checkered flag and snapping Ford and Jack Roush’s six race dry spell to Mark Martin impaling the pit road wall and walking away from it. Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. coming from the back to charge for the lead, the race was one you didn’t want to miss. For one driver though, he was very unhappy with what happened on the track between him and a teammate.
Jeff Gordon was mad at Earnhardt Jr. when he made a move that he did not think was appropriate to do, especially to a teammate. ” “Tell the f****** 88 he can thank me later for not wrecking him,” Gordon said on his radio during the race. “That was f—— stupid.”
Teammate, Earnhardt Jr., driver of the No.88 National Guard Chevrolet had made a move to pass Gordon midway through the race and Gordon didn’t quite agree with it.
Car owner Rick Hendrick took Earnhardt Jr’s side, telling him on the radio, “”Man, you didn’t do anything. Just drive that thing to the front.”
Earnhardt Jr. had won June’s race at Michigan International Raceway and was going for the sweep.
Later in the garage, Gordon talked about Earnhardt Jr’s pass in the garage saying, “”He took me four-wide, then slid up in front of me in Turn 2…I had to check up and it could have wrecked all of us. It wasn’t the smartest thing to do, especially to a teammate. But he chose to do it and it all worked out. I don’t care who does it, I’m going to show my displeasure if they do something like that.”
Earnhardt Jr. finished the race in fourth position while Gordon finished 28th after he had engine troubles.