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Wednesday, August 4, 2010
A lot of things brewing in Sprint Cup


CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Tony Stewart was having one of his be-cute-and-difficult moments with the media Friday at Pocono Raceway when asked if he noticed Jimmie Johnson's qualifying speed didn't mesh with his practice laps.

"You got to remember, everything doesn't revolve around Jimmie Johnson," Stewart said smugly.

Kurt Busch apparently thinks it does.

Or at least he thinks Johnson thinks it.

When asked about the wreck between him and Johnson that triggered Elliott Sadler's horrific crash, Busch responded, "Got wrecked on the straightaway. Jimmie drove straight through us."

Keep an eye on this one as they head to Watkins Glen. Busch and the four-time defending Sprint Cup champion got into it last year on the road course at Sonoma and had a bumper exchange battling for the lead at New Hampshire in June.

They talked through those, but Busch didn't seem all that interested in mediation as he left the Pocono infield medical center.

"Kurt is not very fond of me, never has been, so I think whenever he has a chance to take a shot at me, he'll probably do so," Johnson said Sunday. "But [it was] certainly nothing intentional, and if he'd like to talk, I'd be more than willing to talk about it."

Stay tuned.

•  Speaking of two people who need to talk, did you hear the radio chatter Sunday between Juan Pablo Montoya and crew chief Brian Pattie during a late rain delay after a four-tire pit stop?

Pattie felt Montoya wasn't quite sharp on that stop and at least one other, so he radioed that Montoya was going to come to Charlotte to practice pit stops. Montoya responded, "Screw you!"

When another voice came over the radio and asked Montoya to calm down, the fiery Colombian-born driver yelled, "Calm down my a--. This is bull----. It's always the same crap."

Montoya muttered something about how taking four tires was a mistake -- again -- apparently referring to the previous week at Indianapolis when a late four-tire stop ended a dominating performance.

Stay tuned.

•  Jeff Gordon on his first race with new spotter Jeff Dickerson: "I thought he did a great job. He gave me all the right information that I needed on the restarts. I mean, we had a solid day as a team. Overall, I thought we had a really, really solid day."

Dickerson was Kyle Busch's Camping World Truck Series crew chief and business partner, but after Dickerson made it clear he had different plans for 2011, the two parted. Gordon's crew chief, Steve Letarte, quickly snatched Dickerson up, calling him one of the best spotters in the garage and a potential difference-maker in putting Gordon back in Victory Lane.

Asked if Dickerson could help Gordon win races, Busch said, "I don't think a spotter can help you win races. I mean, restrictor-plate track, yeah, I think there's some help there. Keeping you out of messes and keeping you out of the wrong lane and stuff like that. Places like [Pocono], it's not going to help Jeff Gordon go to Victory Lane."

Stay tuned.