We spend a lot of time here at Racing Fan obsessing over the Cup series and all of its attendant drama. But the recent accomplishments of one
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There'll be plenty of time this season to find the drama in the chase for the Cup. But this week we pause to recognize the biggest moment of the NASCAR season so far.
Much has been made of this post-race video from Pocono, in which ESPN pit reporter
Welch obviously didn't hear what Kahne said to Montoya. Either Welch (or the producer in his headphones) witnessed a discussion between the two drivers and made an assumption based on their body language and facial expressions. That assumption was mistaken, and a simple correction was all that was necessary. I don't know Welch at all, but he would have been remiss in his job as a reporter if he
With the benefit of hindsight, the better way to phrase such a question would have been, "What were you and Kasey talking about?" That probably wouldn't have triggered such an oversensitive reaction from Montoya. But really, this shouldn't have, either. The record could have been set straight without any dramatics, and nobody would have noticed.
Don't get me wrong, sometimes the media absolutely tries to stir up controversy. I just don't think that was the case here. This was a reporter in the heat of the moment, with who-knows-how-many more 30-second post-race hits to do, who blurted out the first poorly chosen words that popped into his head. I've been there many times myself.