Some Reasons WHY we don't respect Jeff Gordon
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Do you only Boo Jeffy
because you're a "Goober"? Do your bellies all peek out of Ford shirts? Were all
NASCAR Fans born in Coon Hollow TN? Or are we Cave Dwellers?
NO?? Well, Martin
Fennelly a Tampa Tribune Sports Columnist thinks that's what
From a Jeff
Gordon Fan Club Member
Angry Over Gordon Fan Club Suites
Well, Gordon's fans speak for themselves! Way to go Jeff.
Records...Hog Wash...Media Hype
Jeff Gordon won his 13th race of the season in what has been promoted as tying the "King's", Richard Petty's, "modern day record". Well, for those who haven't been watching our beloved sport for more than just a few years, here is some interestings stats, courtesy of the Wizards, for you to sink your teeth into......
1963-Richard Petty-14 Wins
Who decided what is modern day records and what is just plain records? Who is the guru who decided to over look these records to accomodate Jeffy? It doesn't matter how many numbers or races or records Jeff Gordon notches in his belt, he can never, never, NEVER fill the shoes of the Richard Petty, the King of Stock Car Racing!
After the Pepsi Southern 500 at Darlington - Sept 6, 1998
During a post race interview on MRN, Dale Earnhardt said,
That's about the same thing we think about it.
Jeff of course thanked God again for His blessings and the victory,
but then he said,
NOW HOLD ON JUST A MINUTE, JEFFY BOY!
The following email received from a Jeff Gordon fan prompted us to create this page:
Subj: Web Page
First, I gotta tell you......your web page is impressive. Great job! Except, of course, for the JG content. As you can tell by my e-mail address, I am a diehard Jeff Gordon fan. However, that doesn't keep me from visiting other driver's sites, nor does it keep me from acknowledging the talents of all WC drivers, and their fans. I don't see that in your site. It sure is distressing to continually come across NASCAR fans like you who insist on bashing JG. JG is exactly where your #3 man was a few years ago......dominant. I'm sure you weren't bashing The Intimidator then. Just realize that (unfortunately) JG's time will come too, and learn to acknowledge everyone's talents as they're displayed. It is a family sport afterall. I can see in your site that you and your daughter share the love of the sport. That is great. It's just unfortunate that love has to depend on your dislike of JG. Just my opinion........
Hey JG24 Number1,
Thanks for stopping by our web site. We appreciate you compliments on the site. We work hard on it.
Of course, as you say you are just stating your opinion, we hope that you will respect ours. After all this is a site paying tribute to Dale Earnhardt. We like most all of the Winston Cup drivers and try to congratulate them when they do well. It doesn't matter if they drive a Chevy, Ford or Pontiac. Of course we always are pullin' for Dale Earnhardt. But if he isn't in a position to win we pull for just about any body but Jeff Gordon.
It is not that Jeff is not a talented driver or that Ray is not a talented crew chief. We just don't respect Jeff. Jeff's step-dad and mother sacrificed tremendously for Jeff to be able to succeed. Even, moving from their home in California (where Jeff was born) and moving to Indiana so Jeff could legally race at 8 years old (due to the age limits). They sacrificed time, effort and money to help Jeff succeed. However, when Jeff won the Nascar Future Legend Award, he humbly thanked his wife and Hendricks Motorsports, but not one word about his parents! Have you ever heard him at the conclusion of a race while standing in victory lane say thanks to them for all they have done to help him get there?
Yes, Nascar is a family oriented sport and that is one of the biggest reasons we love it. And most drivers during their careers express gratitude toward their parents for helping them, supporting them and caring for them.
Dale Earnhardt to this day still thanks his dad (who has been dead for twenty years) and says he would give it all back to have his dad back. Listen to Dale Jr., thank his dad. I think that's pretty respectful.
Mark Martin drove his heart out last Sunday (August 16, 1998) to honor his dad.
Shortly after Jeff entered Winston Cup he hired a promotional firm, which is not uncommon these days, to help promote his image. Jeff would rather thank the promotional firm than thank his parents. Even Ray Evernham showed a little disgust earlier this year at Charlotte when Jeff showed up late for practice and Terry Labonte had to take Jeff's car out to run some laps. Ray was asked, "Where is Jeff". Rays response was, " I don't know, you will have to ask his promotional people."
Another reason we don't respect Jeff is because of his treatment of fans. Fans are the life blood of this sport. The King, Richard Petty, to this day can still not understand Jeff's treatment or lack of treatment toward fans. Richard Petty, at Daytona this year (1998) even commented on Jeff's attitude toward fans and how Jeff did not appreciate them.
Jeff has been known to ignore fans, refuse to sign a cap or t-shirt because it was not his or approved by his promotional backers.
Jeff would much rather thank his car owner, Hendrick's, a known and convicted felon. Then in the same breath "Thank the Lord" for helping him win. What about one of the 10 commandments that instructs us to "honor our Father and Mother". Opps, guess Jeff skipped over that one. After all it was his step-dad who worked with Jeff in his formative years helping to develop the talent that he has. Hendrick only gives him a platform on which to display the talent.
And finally, Ray Evernham himself says they work the "gray areas" of the rule book. And I quote, "I want people to know that we don't cheat, we just take advantage of the gray area of the rule book -- and that's not really legal, but not really illegal, either.''--Ray Evernham . You can read that article at Where's the line between a champion and a cheater.
Sounds like something President Clinton said last night (Aug 17, 1998). I didn't really lie, but I didn't tell the whole truth either.
Well the way I was raised (and I am 42 now) a half-truth is not the truth and not telling the whole story to hide the truth is the same as a lie.
These are the reason we do not respect Jeff Gordon. It has nothing to do with his talent and we are not bashing. His words or lack thereof, as well as his actions, speak louder than anything we could say or write.
Hope you have a great day.
Our buddy, Racin' Bob also replied to the above Jeffy fan by sending the email below
I read your letter about Jeff Gordon over at Gary's Earnhardt Page. On behalf of all Gordon bashers everywhere, I'd like to set the record straight. You mention Gordon being in the same position Earnhardt was a few years ago. That may be true as far as success on the track, but far from the truth in more important matters. Earnhardt has always recognized where he came from and made sure his dad got credit for making him what he is. My man, Mark Martin has always done the same. At last years awards banquet, Jeff couldn't even remember to thank his parents for their sacrifices. He managed to heap praise on Hendricks and Evernham, but the people he dumped when he hired a PR firm weren't even mentioned.
You mentioned NASCAR being a family sport. Here's a little something from an interview with Ray Evernham from the October 31, 1997 issue of USA Today. While you read it, remember his son was diagnosed with leukemia the day after his first birthday.
"My son is 6 years old, and I don't spend near as much time with him as I should," he says. "I'd like to say, 'Yeah, I love my son and he comes first', but my actions would prove me a liar." "Other than his first birthday, I've missed all the rest," he adds, his voice finally cracking. "I live with guilt every day because God gave me a son he could have taken, and I'm not paying close attention."
It's not like I needed another reason to dislike the Rainbow Boys, but as a father, that was the capper. I lost all respect for Evernham as a man.
One more thing. How proud are you Gordon fans feeling about Rick Hendricks being a convicted felon? It's not just a dislike for little Jeffy, it's a revulsion to the entire organization, from the top down. We Gordon bashers have our reasons. If the people jumping on the Gordon bandwagon would look past the image, they'd see why he's disliked with such intensity.
Just wanted to straighten up any confusion. We're not just a bunch of good old boys who dislike him because he's winning. It's much deeper than that.
Our Comments after the Pepsi 400 in Michigan - August 16, 1998
YUK! Jeffy wins again. Puke!!!
No doubt the 24 team has it together but maybe the "gray areas" of the rule book that Ray's been working in need a closer look by NASCAR. "I want people to know that we don't cheat, we just take advantage of the gray area of the rule book -- and that's not really legal, but not really illegal, either.''--Ray Evernham
Even Dale Jarrett in a post race interview on MRN said "It
was really fun racing Bobby and Mark,
"Everybody had Gordon beat," Todd Parrott, Dale
Jarrett's crew chief, remarked, "and then they put the miracle tires on. That must
be the same set they put on at Charlotte."
When asked by commentators, "Where did you come from",
Jeffy, himself said, "I don't know "(yeah,
right). "I didn't deserve this". And Nascar OnLine quotes Jeff as
saying, "But the car just seemed to run better. I don't know. You can call me
Houdini today because there was something magic out there. It was a miracle. The car came
to life for 17 laps. I just couldn't believe it."
And in the words of Jeff Burton after the conclusion of the race (RPM2nite):
Goody's Headache Powder 500 - Bristol, TN - August 22, 1998
We don't know if they broadcast it on ESPN, but during
the post race comments Jeffy blamed his 5th place finish on having a cold! Jeffy, try racing with some broken
body parts and then we'll really see what you are made of! (Note: we Do Not wish anyone injured, it is just that many drivers have raced
with far worse than a cold and we think it is pretty funny for Jeffy to say he didn't do
well because he had a cold! So did all the fans at Bristol and they let him know
what they thought of his comments.)
?? Things that make you wonder ??
More Miracle tires for the Miracle Mile?
New Hampshire Farm Aid 300 - Aug 30th- Loudon, NH
We got a tip from our buddies Wayne and Dena
Mark Martin and Jeff Gordon had their pit stalls scrutinized after the CMT 300.
After Sunday's race Jack Roush, owner of Roush Racing, hinted that
In two of the last three races, Gordon's crew chief Ray Evernham has made a daring late-race call to try and help an ill-handling car by putting on two right-side tires under a caution flag.
"For the past three or four weeks there
has been a perception that has been building that there could possibly be something going
on with tires," Helton said. "We simply chose today as the moment to eliminate
that as an option of something that is happening or find out if there is."
The puzzle to most was how a car on two new tires could outrun a car on four. You could believe it at Michigan, where Gordon needed to go only 18 laps to the end. Sunday, he had 63 laps to run after the cold-tire restart.
"Four tires should be faster than two, as many laps as we had to run on them," Martin crew chief Jim Fennig said. Asked whether he'd like to have the other two tires from the set Gordon drew his two, Fennig smiled and said, "No comment."(SpeedNet Article)
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