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"We've shown already this year that we're very strong," said Gordon, forced to find a silver lining after leading all but 48 laps -- only to be passed by the No. 48 itself. "I think that we've stepped it up a notch.
"You never know within our own organization whether you're working on the right things over the offseason, if you've done every single thing that you feel like you could do to be competitive. It's nice to know we're doing the right things."
Maintaining that path to dominance at Hendrick has long included feeling they're never quite perfect, which is why it's no surprise Johnson spent his entire press conference Sunday trying to downplay the solid start.
"We can't sit still," he said. "Complacency is going to kill you. Richmond [in September] is a long way away from right now. We need to keep collecting points, winning races, make the Chase, then get to work for what we're really here for."
So far, they're well on their way, with only the Richard Childress Racing cars within striking distance at intermediates. Point leader
"We're still in the honeymoon stage, but everything's been going good," Kenseth told me about their relationship. "Todd's been doing a real good job, he's real fired up to be part of this. And our guys are all fired up ... so it's been a fun couple of weeks." With teammate Biffle also flashing some speed, expect Roush to make a little noise next week at a track its usually successful at: Atlanta.
But at least Busch had an excuse. Keselowski and
So what happened to make the lights go all out of whack, funny in hindsight but a serious safety issue when it happened? PR
"We were told on the radio there were 'accidental' cautions," Jimmie Johnson joked. "I'm not sure what 'accidental' means, but maybe somebody leaned up against the switch and turned the lights on." Maybe grand marshal Kim Kardashian slipped in the officials' tower and pressed the wrong button? I don't know. Just expect this to appear on Mythbusters one day, as I doubt we'll ever get the real answer.
Instigating a three-car wreck on Lap 93, McMurray drifted high on a restart, hitting Montoya's left-rear bumper in a wreck that left both cars crushed and his teammate's temper flaring. "McMurray run me high, and then he run me in the fence!" he said, summarizing a radio transmission packed with swears. "I know he's an [expletive] driver, but come on." His wife even got in the act, twittering in Spanish that the No. 1 car would be better off driven by a clown.
But there's reason to be upset; the Colombian's second straight 37th-place finish already puts him 127 points out of the Chase three races in. McMurray's 34th wasn't much better, leaving the curse of the