Rubbin’ is Racin’

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Rubbin’ is Racin’ — but Wrecking is Not

In the movie Days of Thunder Harry Hogge said to Cole Trickle: “No, no, he didn’t slam you, he didn’t bump you, he didn’t nudge you. He rubbed you. And rubbin’, son, is racin’.”

Rubbing may be racing but wrecking is not racing.

There is a code of ethics in racing just like any other sport or business.

It’s OK to nudge a driver out of the way, but turning them into the infield or into the wall is not racing.

Joey Logano learned that lesson when he crashed into Peyton Sellers at the All Star Showdown at Irwindale. That was not rubbing or racing. That was wrecking.

When Kyle Bush slid into Dale Jr’s car at Richmond costing Junior the race win that was not rubbing that was wrecking.

And when Junior paid Kyle back the next race at Richmond that was still not rubbing, that was wrecking.

There’s a fine line in NASCAR between rubbing someone and wrecking them.

Dale Earnhardt used to be the master at banging on someone’s rear bumper just hard enough to disrupt their concentration before he passed them.

That’s rubbing and that’s okay.

But when a driver puts his bumper to the rear of another car hard enough to lift the wheels off the ground and increase the rpm by a couple thousand that’s not rubbing and that’s just uncalled for.

When a driver puts his right front fender on the left rear quarter panel of another car and spins another driver into the infield that’s not rubbing, that’s wrecking.

“He rubbed you and rubbin’, son, is racin’.” ~ Harry Hogge

Rubbing is when two cars are racing door handle to door handle and neither driver will give an inch. They may rub each other but sooner or later the faster car gets by and nobody gets wrecked and nobody is spun out.

Rubbing has always been part of NASCAR racing and probably always will be. But when a driver has to wreck somebody to win that’s just not racing.

After all, would you rather see Dale Jr. wreck Kyle Busch to win the race — or would you rather see Junior simply out-run and out-drive him?

Okay — maybe Kyle Busch is not the best example to use when asking that question.


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12 Comments on Rubbin’ is Racin’

    I watched the race at Irwindale last weekend and thought the outcome was not the way it should have been. Ron Hornaday caused, all together, I think about 20 cars. He drifted up the track and smacked into cars, two separate times but was he disqualified,NO. It made me wonder if Hornaday was trying to wreck the field or if it was racing, or rubbing, or wrecking. I don’t think Logana should have been DQed.

  1. Kasey's Ga Nana on
  2. JOEY LOGANO DID NOT PURPOSELY WRECK ANYONE. HE WON THAT RACE AND SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN PENALIZED. WE SAW CARL EDWARDS MAKE THAT MOVE IN THE CUP RACE GOING FOR A WIN AGAINST JIMMIE JOHNSON AND CARL LOST CONTROL, HIT THE WALL AND LOST THE RACE. NO. 48 WAS NOT TOUCHED AND WON THE RACE. LOOKS AS THO JOEY KEPT CONTROL OF HIS CAR EVEN THO HE HIT THE WALL AND WON LIKE THE CHAMP HE IS. NASCAR CAN STOP THIS LOP-SIDED DECISIONS AND LET THEM RACE!!!!!!!!!

  3. Roadracer75 on
  4. One of the first lessons as a driver is that when overtaking a competitor’s car, it is your responsibility to do it cleanly and safely. That means no contact. Joey Logano did not have control of his racecar. He was wreckless, plain and simple. Disqualification was the correct call. It seems that young Joey has let all the hype go to his head. He needs to mature, both as a person and driver.

  5. Stash on
  6. I remember when Dale Sr. took out Greg Sacks and his reply was, ” I didn’t hit him, I mighta come agin him” and that was racing.

  7. Helen on
  8. I DIDN’T SEE THE RACE BUT FROM ALL THE RACING SHOWS I’VE LISTEN TO AND HEARING FROM SOME OF THE DRIVERS FROM THAT RACE THEY SAID THAT JOEY PULLED A BONE HEAD MOVE AND SHOULD HAVE NEVER TRIED THAT THEY SAID HE SHOULD HAVE KNOWN THAT HIS CAR WOULDN’T HAVE STUCK!! JOEY WRECKED PEYTON WHO WAS LEADING AT THE TIME AND WHEN CARL EDWARDS MADE HIS MOVE ON JIMMIE CARL WAS SMART ENOUGH TO NOT WRECK JIMMIE THAT IS DIFFERENCE FROM A PRO RACER AND A ROOKIE!!
    JOEY IS YOUNG HE WILL LEARN WHAT HE CAN DO AND WHAT HE CAN’T I’M SURE HE WILL NOT TRY THOSE MOVES THIS YEAR IN NASCAR…LET’S HOPE…THESE GUYS MIGHT NOT BE AS NICE TO JOEY AS PEYTON SELLERS WAS!!

  9. randy on
  10. Jr outrunning and outdriving Kyle Busch……thats the funniest thing I ve read this morning. Maybe in his dreams but NEVER on the track!!

  11. harry kimmey on
  12. why don’t we make the cars like the bumber cars at the fair? this way they can bumb a lot more, and just maybe we’ll see some racing like we use to years ago. i wish nacsar would let it go about dale sr.,he wasn’t the first to get wiped out and he w on’t be the last. let these guys race and race hard. harry

  13. Joe on
  14. Prior to E Sr., bumping from the rear was rarely unpunished by NA$CAR if it caused a wreck and/or lost the recipient (a) position(s). Sideswiping (rubbing) pretty much got a pass.

    The determination of “rubbing” vs. “wrecking”, like every other possible rule infraction, is at NA$CAR’s discretion. They will rule for whomever they believe a) gets NA$CAR the most exposure or b) gets NA$CAR the most revenue.

  15. Donna on
  16. I believe that things do happen in racing and once in a while someone will take someone out because of a racing incident, but I do not believe in intentionally taking someone out just to be vendictive. As far as Kyle Busch, anyone could win races all the time if they wanted to drive like an idiot like he does.

  17. OFxMole on
  18. What about Sellers turning Logano sideways on striaghtaway, then in next corner he slams Logano into the wall. Was that rubbing? he knew he couldnt out drive him so he tried twice to wreck him. Maybe if Sellars was half the driver Logano is, He could have saved his car and won.

  19. Roberta on
  20. Hey Randy, guess who is better than who depends on which driver you choose. Respect is the key element both for drivers on the track and for fans in the stands. When drivers begin believing their own press and start believing they are above the rules because no one could possibly be as good or as talented as they are that is where the trouble begins. Many a rookie and veteran both learned to respect the 3 car. You didn’t have to like him. But his ability and his accomplishments commanded your respect.

    I agree that Rubbin is racin and wreckin is wrong. But education is always worthwhile.

  21. Ron Enders on
  22. When Jr. did that to Kyle, it wasn’t rubbin, it wasn’t wrecking it ia called total pay back and it couldn’t happen to a better person. Maybe this year NASCAR will do something about little baby Kyle. Or better yet maybe Gibb’s racing will come to their sense and send him packing his bags!!!!!!!

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