Conspiracy theorists are everywhere in the world of NASCAR. Dale Earnhardt Jr is the most conspired against person who never appeared in an X-files episode.
It's always something isn't it? In the past, his step mom was scheming to keep his much loved number - Eight-gate. Lately with eight (there's that number again) DEI engine failures in his Bud Chevy , rumblings of Engine-gate have been common. When a wheel came off of his car Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the blanket, Theresa-gate is what most of Junior Nation probably thought.
But it looks like Earnhardt and the DEI folks are out of the latest weirdness in the kingdom of France. Water-gate. Denny Hamlin apparently ran out of fuel as he led the field to the final re-start. He claims it was due to water in his fuel.
"All day we'd been getting water in our fuel," Hamlin said. "The water displaces fuel and so we weren't getting the full potential of fuel. We just took it apart again and pulled some gas out of the fuel cell and once again, we got water.
How about this quote from the Dave Blaney's camp - thanks to Lee Spenser:
"We didn't know what was going on (with the engine)," said Blaney's crew chief, Tommy Baldwin. "We drained (the fuel cell) and it was half water, half fuel. I'm guessing maybe it was because we were one of the first ones, us and (Hamlin), to get fuel this morning."
Even NASCAR's John Darby is getting Gate-shy, I guess.
"There's no reason to think about conspiracy, going back to the fact you have a Chevrolet team and a Toyota team. There's no connection there that would make anybody think of some evil spirit trying to sabotage somebody's race car."
Oh really? So, where were Ray Everham and Jack Roush on the night of October 27, 2007, huh?