For all those Junior fans out there, this is not the slide you want to read after yesterday's race. But after repeated reviews and analysis of the footage from last night's crash, this writer has come to one, simple conclusion: both Brian Vickers and Dale Earnhardt Jr. are at fault for the big one. Both driver's are claiming innocence, and saying the other caused the wreck, but the proof is in the pudding.
The mayhem all started at lap 100, when the race was made official. With impending weather looming, all driver's started making their moves to the front. Dale Jr. had troubles all day and was finally making his way back up front. Brian Vickers was a lap down, and staying near the leader so he could receive the lucky dog award.
While Vickers did in fact block Earnhardt Jr. on the backstretch from improving his position, Junior pushed the envelope and kept on the gas instead of letting off. There was no one behind Junior and letting off would have saved a lot of innocent victims. The NASCAR rule book even says, if a driver is forced below the yellow line, they must blend in back in line and not improve his position. Sure didn't look like that was blending in.
If Vickers had not blocked Junior, none of this would have happened, but we could see the beginning of a beautiful conflict that NASCAR needs so desperately.