Jack Roush, left, of Roush Fenway Racing, has determined there is "espionage" going on in the NASCAR garage. Apparently a covert operation took place to steal top secret information from the Roush teams. This highly trained spy then used the part to further their team's successes in the racing world.
The information? A swaybar.
The covert op? It involved pulling a truck up next to the victims and getting out, picking up the part and leaving. They didn't even use a distraction measure. The nerve...
The ringleader of the entire opereation whose ruthlessness has us all on the edge of our seat regarding the villainy of this entire act?
Before you fall off your seat in laughter, let's think about this. Michael Waltrip Racing has been making leaps and strides in comparison to Roush this season. Waltrip, discussing his evil plan with David Reutimann, right, probably should answer for the amazing strides his team has made over Roush.
Roush has been trying to struggle with the inability to keep multiple drivers out of the top ten. That two race winning streak with one of his drivers was a real blow. It would have been three, but the engine in Carl Edwards' car couldn't handle the tension of fighting against the benefits Dale Jarrett, Waltrip and Reutimann, the driver whose team supposedly did the 'slow drive up and grab,' gained by using stolen intel.
Jarrett's highest finish was 16th at Daytona and he didn't even finish at Vegas.
Reutimann managed to get a phenomenal 16th place finish at Bristol.
Then there's Waltrip. Twenty-fourth at Bristol? There's definitely something suspicious going on.
Hopefully the sarcasm dripping off of my comments aren't soaking your floor. I know you're still down there laughing about the whole thing.
Waltrip came out and said they had the swaybar, but that it was taken by accident. When they realized they had it, they acknowledged it. Yes, they kept it for months, but that's only because they didn't know they had it. I know Roush is saying it was sandblasted to hide its identity, but every race fan knows you never repaint any piece of equipment. You sand the heck out of it and put on a fresh coat. Extra coats of paint add weight and that's a no-no.
The worst thing about this whole debacle will be Darrell "DW" Waltrip's need to defend his baby brother at every turn. I was hoping he would keep his voice good and lost for awhile, like it was two weeks ago, but it was not to be. Speed took care of most of the coverage and DW, left with Reutimann, was fairly calm while discussing the incident on FOX. His buddies had his back on the situation so it wasn't up to him alone to defend the younger Waltrip.
If you're managing to find the humor in the entire situation, you're not the only one.
"I think the whole thing is just hilarious. I think it's a great story," Gordon said. "Certainly we've been talking about it. I'm sure it's making for some good entertainment around the garage area and in the media center. But I really hope Jack is not taking it that seriously, because he shouldn't. It really is something to smile about."
Jack's not laughing, though, and his petition to get NASCAR involved has failed miserably.
This surprises me, though. When has NASCAR ever passed up an opportunity to stick their big noses where they don't belong? Maybe something good can come out of this situation. Perhaps Tony Stewart and Kurt Busch will finally be able to trade punches in peace. I'm a little tired of missing the action because it all happens in the oval office or whatever it is they're calling it now.
As to what needs to happen in the future, Gordon is saying that perhaps the FBI should be called in to settle things. With how much he was laughing when he said it, I doubt he'll ever get around to making that call. Like Michael Waltrip, right, I think the whole thing is exhausting.