This morning as I walked through the infield at Pocono Raceway I encountered a fan decked out in Jeff Gordon gear who was sobbing uncontrollably. I was not shocked to see a Jeff Gordon fan so upset because this might be the last time this young lady gets to see her hero in person. An attempt to console young Bernice Charleston from nearby York, Pennsylvania led me to the story of a lifetime.
“How can they do this to Jeff after all he has done for this sport,” asked a weeping Ms. Charleston. “He can’t help it that his cars aren’t competitive enough yet they have to taunt him by putting his name at the start finish line backwards. They know he can’t get there first to enjoy it in that direction.”
Pocono put Gordon’s name on the start/finish line in such a way that the only way he will be able to read it properly is by sliding backwards down the frontstretch in a crash! Apparently Pocono Raceway never got the memo from NASCAR that said tracks, participants and other share holders in NASCAR races are never supposed to bully people inside or outside of the sport.
This week before the NASCAR Sprint Cup returned to the Tricky Triangle the track decided to publicly shame, harass and bully Jeff Gordon with this juvenile stunt!
This sort of behavior has to stop immediately.
That’s the way I see it.