NASCAR - First Practice for the 2009 Martinsville Race
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  • My favorite, Jeff Gordon, ended up with third fastest time

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      First practice for NASCAR’s 2009 race at the Martinsville short track took place Friday morning on March 27th. Rain was threatening and would eventually rain out qualifying for that afternoon, but the Sprint Cup drivers were able to get in their entire morning practice.

      My favorite, Jeff Gordon, ended up with third fastest time. He was consistently at the top of the charts every time that he took some laps on the track. Denny Hamlin got the nod for the fastest time, though.

      The exciting part of the practice, though, was a temper tantrum

      on track by the driver of the number one car, Martin Truex, Jr. It was so ridiculous. The track was full of drivers throughout the practice, and it was difficult to try and make qualifying runs. At one point, Truex was up to speed and attempting a run when David Stremme, who drives the number twelve car, went out onto the track. Apparently, Truex felt like Stremme should have just moved out of his way. He bumped the 12 car not once, not twice, but at least three times.

      At this ...

      • point, Stremme was a bit perturbed himself. His spotter had told him the track was clear when he’d pull out. Truex had come out of nowhere, something that is very possible on a short track. When Truex finally stopped his bumper tag and went alongside Stremme, Stremme gave the number one car a side tap himself, trying to communicate his displeasure.

        I like Stremme to a point. He’s not perfect, but race him fair, and he’ll race you fair, and he’ll help you when you need it. Truex was being a

        child. It was the first practice. To get so upset so early was ridiculous and then to risk your car by engaging in tons of car bumping is crazy. Stremme shouldn’t have retaliated, but I can’t blame him, especially since the temper tantrum included multiple taps.

        Otherwise, practice was pretty quiet. Mark Martin scraped the wall and got a bit of gravel under his car, but it wasn’t badly damaged.

        Now it’s on to Saturday’s practice, though rain is looming and the guys may not make it back into their cars until race day.

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