Sunday, June 19, 2011


I've always championed the underdog in NASCAR. There's nothing greater than to see an unexpected driver pull off an equally unexpected performance, maybe even a win, against bigger teams and even bigger odds.

As I was doing my usual Friday morning look at the Sprint Cup standings in preparation for attending Sunday's race at Michigan, something caught my eye.

Now, don't get me wrong. I have nothing against J.J. Yeley, Michael McDowell or Joe Nemechek. They're about as much of an underdog as you can get on the Sprint Cup series, ranking 38th, 39th and 61st in the standings, respectively.

I've interviewed all three drivers numerous times over the years and have found each man to be friendly, professional and honest – something I can't say about several of their better-known and more successful counterparts.

I don't begrudge anyone of trying to make a living, no matter how menial a job or what they have to do to perform that job. Just so long as it's not illegal, I'm fine with everyone taking advantage of whatever opportunity they can get.

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