When Denny Hamlin won at Martinsville last weekend, crew chief Mike Ford talked afterward about how his driver is an "extreme competitor" and Hamlin admitted that he's had trouble dealing with the fact that even the most successful Sprint Cup driver will lose far more often than he wins.
Hamlin is not the only driver who has had to learn that tough lesson.
"It has been really hard for me," Kasey Kahne said.
"I've had an attitude that I think I can win all the time. I think that's the only thing. If I don't win, I'm mad, there's something wrong.
"When you get to the level we're at now, it's so easy to not win races because there's so many great teams and great drivers and crew chiefs and owners and sponsors. The reason that each driver is racing in the Sprint Cup Series is because they've won tons of races in other series."
Kahne hasn't won in his past 47 starts, and he's trying to be patient as his team is off to a better start this season.
"It is difficult," Kahne said. "I know that we're just out there going for top 15s right now and trying to stay as close to the Chase as possible until we get our cars where we know we can win races. I think we're getting closer, but we're still not there."
MY TWO CENTS
Say what you will about the racing in Formula One, but when those lads have a scandal they don't mess around.
If you remember back to late last year, the McLaren team got fined $100 million for using secret data someone leaked to it from its rival team at Ferrari. That's 100 million dang dollars! You would think it'd take a heck of a story to make that an afterthought.
And you'd be right.
Now comes the news that Max Mosley, the president of the F1 sanctioning body known as FIA, spent some time (and a good sum of money) over the weekend getting into some heavy-duty naughtiness with five prostitutes. Their romp in an apartment near Mosley's home in London included role-playing in Nazi-style uniforms, and we know this because there is videotape!
Mosley's parents, by the way, were married in a ceremony held at the home Third Reich propagandist Joseph Goebbels with Adolf Hitler - yes, THE Adolf Hitler - in attendance.
It also just so happens that Bernie Ecclestone, Mosley's boss at F1, is Jewish. And so far, at least, Mosley still has his job!
Wow. Just wow. That's pretty much all I've got to say.
THEY SAID IT
“North Carolina has looked like they are unbeatable so far in the tournament. My thinking is that they sooner or later have to have one off game. I think it'll be when they meet Memphis in the final.”
- Driver Kurt Busch, who correctly picked all four of the Final Four before the NCAA tournament began.