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Vickers To Blame For “Big One” At Daytona 500

Posted by Keith Murray on February 16, 2009

Sorry, folks,but the blame is not squarely on Junior’s shoulders for this one. What happened to the rule about blocking someone? That move by Vickers was just plain dumb. If you have the guy cleared and try to block, that’s one thing, but Earnhardt had a fender on him and had to get below the yellow line to prevent wrecking them both. If you look at the above video at the 0:34, 1:30 and 1:54 markers, all three times they show Vickers putting the block on Earnhardt and you can see that Earnhardt’s car gets loose and he takes out Vickers. There is nothing intentional about it from that perspective.

I am not an Earnhardt apologist, nor a fan of his, but he has gotten a bad rap about this in my opinion from numerous writers and commentators, and especially from the FOX commentators during the race. Junior did indeed have a bad day, but he has never been the type of guy that wrecks people or moves them out of the way. As a matter of fact, a lot of fans are disappointed that he has not been more like his dad in that way. When folks saw that #3 in the rearview mirror, it invoked a measure of fear. Not so in this era of politically-correct racing, and especially not for Junior. He drives clean.

Another one of his character traits that some fault is his openness and honesty. I have never known the guy to lie or even stretch the truth in any interview I have ever seen him in. Some say that he is open and honest to a fault. His honesty is something that more people need in this world today, and it is a refreshing change of pace from the norm in society. But it just goes to show who the guy is and why he is so likeable. So when he says that it was not intentional, I believe him until I have reason not to. And as I pointed out, his car looked to get loose as he tried to get back on the track.

For all the whining we heard from Vickers after the wreck yesterday, I guess he forgot that he did the same thing a couple of years ago to Earnhardt and Jimmie Johnson in Talladega on his way to his first (and only) Cup series win. The biggest difference between then and now is that this time Junior is paying oforVickers’ stupidity off the track instead of on it.

In any case, I am sure that Junior is glad to be leaving Daytona after the day he had.


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