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  • Seven drivers participated in this event, sponsored by Shell Penzoil, which was for the best burnout on the track
  • I believe it was he who had called Gordon's attempt 'pathetic' in a good-humored way

    • by Orrymain

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      Seven drivers participated in this event, sponsored by Shell Penzoil, which was for the best burnout on the track. The event was put on by the Jeff Gordon Driving School, which provided the vehicles. The prize was a big trophy and $10,000 to the winner’s charity.

      Each driver had thirty seconds. They had two rules to follow. One, don’t hit the wall, and two, don’t go on the grass. If they did, they were disqualified.

      The participating drivers were Jeff Gordon, Darrell Waltrip, Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne, Greg Biffle, Kyle Busch, and Clint Bowyer.

      Gordon was hysterical because he always says he’s not good at burnouts, so to have him even doing this was funny. Of course, it was his company behind the contest this year, so I suppose he felt like he had to. Still, he did okay, making a couple of donuts

      and getting some decent smoke. Of a possible 60 points, he received 50.

      Waltrip has never done a burnout before. They weren’t done back in the day when he raced. He had a blast, but he also went on the grass so was technically disqualified. He and Gordon hugged after the event, both men just having a blast out there.

      Kahne called Gordon’s burnout ‘pitiful’ but came up a little short of winning. Biffle talked big but actually did worse than Gordon, getting only 48 points from the judges. I believe it was he who had called Gordon’s attempt ‘pathetic’ in a good-humored way. Bowyer gave it a valiant effort, but could only finish third.

      It was Kevin Harvick who, with his wife Delana recording the event on her cell phone, captured the crowd’s attention and a standing ovation. He did donuts, created ...

      • a mountain of smoke, and held the car in place, actually popping the tires. His 58 score won the big prize. He announced he would donate the $10,000 to the Victory Gang Junction, a popular charity for the NASCAR drivers. He earned a point with me by actually thanking the Jeff Gordon Driving School for providing the cars and putting on the event.

        The disappointment of the competition was bad boy Kyle Busch who continues to show his poor taste and immaturity. One would have thought that this talented racer who has amassed 50 wins in NASCAR events would have put on quite a show. Instead, he intentionally drove the car into the wall, into various barriers and cones, and onto the grass. He wasn’t the least bit apologetic, making a quip about wanting to get hitting the wall out of the way

        since he normally did that during the All-Star race. He commented, “I might get a bill from Jeff.” I hope he does. He damaged the driving school car severely.

        Here’s the additional kicker. Each driver had a fan in their car. Busch didn’t let his companion know what was happening. The man reported that he wasn’t surprised because it was Kyle Busch, but he clearly wasn’t thrilled about banging against the wall.

        Kyle Busch is a jerk, and he doesn’t even care. He finished last in an event that he should have at least challenged Harvick in.

        However, the burnout contest was a big success. The drivers had a blast. The event was judged by a panel that featured Jimmy Spencer, Kevin Costner, Montgomery Gentry (both singers), Randy Moss, and Rick Flair. They did a good job, scoring based on crowd reaction.

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