Sports Illustrated gathered NASCAR’s most popular driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., four-time defending Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, future champ (?) Denny Hamlin, points leader Kevin Harvick and — why the heck not? — Greg Biffle to sit down together at Michigan International Speedway for a roundtable discussion on the state of NASCAR. Everything you’ve been thinking? Yep, they agree.
- The drivers admitted there is no reason to watch a race at Talladega until the last 10 laps. But we knew that already. Biffle floated the idea of a 20-lap race in Talladaga — which would be AWESOME.
- They agree that the season, and races, should be much shorter.
- Johnson unloaded on the perception that fans do not really know him, saying, "I’m tired of talking about all this s—. For the last eight years of my career I’ve spent more time defending myself and explaining who the hell I am, and if people don’t care or want to find out, then the hell with it. I’m tired of talking about it. I’ve done nothing but carry myself in the right way, thank my sponsors, been respectful to my peers and the people I compete with, and if someone doesn’t like me, that’s fine. Go cheer for someone else. I’ve got plenty of fans. I’m cool."
- Biffle questioned the safety of Pocono, saying, "They’re going to kill somebody there."
- Hamlin said there is a widespread belief that Johnson was vulnerable. While Johnson was sitting next to him.
It’s good stuff. Check out the whole piece at…
Motor Mouths (SI.com)