NASCAR isn’t in Kansas anymore, Dorothy.
Well, at least not again until this fall’s playoff race at Kansas Speedway.
There was plenty of chatter on team radios throughout Saturday night’s Go Bowling 400 at the 1.5-mile track.
Not only was there jubilation from race winner Martin Truex Jr., there was criticism from Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Austin Dillon, philosophical observations from Clint Bowyer, and Aric Almirola screaming about how much pain he was in after the big wreck with Joey Logano and Danica Patrick.
Here’s some of the top exchanges:
Martin Truex to his team with somewhat of a premonition before the start of the race: “Good luck in there. We’ve been close here before. Let’s close the deal here tonight.”
Dale Earnhardt Jr. when his car started going south: “I hate to tell you this, but we’ve got a vibration, definitely a loose wheel. Are we going to have this all day long? Let’s get these tires on tight. I don’t care how long y’all take.”
More Earnhardt, same problem: “The wheel’s coming loose again. Ugggh, it’s nerve-wrecking? Why’d the stop take so damn long. I guess I did ask for you to take your time.”
Clint Bowyer after getting pushed back from second place on a restart: “Well, let’s start over.”
Aric Almirola screaming to his spotter and crew chief after the big wreck with Logano and Patrick: “My back, my back, my back, arghhhhhh!”
Jimmie Johnson on Almirola’s crash: “Oh my god, that is not good.
Austin Dillon on Almirola’s crash: “Dude, that is bad, bad, bad, bad.”
Austin Dillon’s spotter on Danica Patrick after the crash with Logano and Almirola: “She’s out. You ain’t going to hurt her, man. She’s tougher than a pine knot.”
Austin Dillon likely didn’t earn any points with grandfather and team owner Richard Childress complaining about his race car after wrecking on the checkered flag lap: “Yes, I’m okay. Gosh dang it, man. It’s unreal. Our cars are pieces of (expletive) every week.”
Martin Truex Jr. upon crossing the start-finish line first: “Yeah, baby. We finally got it. Kansas. Woo! Yeah, finally got it. Hell yeah, man. Hell of a job.”