The number of NASCAR Sprint Cup teams having problems between drivers this season continues to grow. Internal battles between Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon) and Jeff Gordon yielded the most buzz though Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch at Joe Gibbs Racing had a confrontation after the All-Star Race, and Kasey Kahne and AJ Allmendinger (Los Gatos) exchanged words after contact at Pocono. Casey Mears (Bakersfield) has now joined the growing number of drivers with team issues.
While running side by side early in the race at Michigan International Speedway, Mears, who was driving the No. 83 for Brian Vickers, washed up the track and into his Red Bull Racing team mate Scott Speed (Manteca). Speed did not hide the fact he felt that Mears was racing him too hard, especially as a team mate. The wreck virtually ended the day for Mears, who finished in 36th position. Speed was able to continue for a 28th place finish.
Though Mears was not expected to race in the No. 83 Red Bull Toyota in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Infineon Raceway, he learned his services would not be needed in the near future. It would appear that Speed may have had a hand in getting Mears out of the No. 83 in Loudon.
Red Bull general manager Jay Frye did not rule out Mears returning to the organization at a future time.
“I didn’t get a lot of answers. Obviously, we weren’t running well, which was problematic. They have a lot of great people over there, but we just couldn’t put it on the track,” commented Mears.
Mears has struggled to find a seat after being released by Richard Childress Racing last season. Mears had previously raced for Gannassi Racing as well as Hendrick Motorsports.
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