Found October 25, 2011 on From the Marbles:
Heart or head. Dreams or reality. Pleasure or business. When you've got to choose between them with a moment's notice, you may end up in the right place without much liking how you got there. Such was the dilemma of Trevor Bayne at Talladega. The Bayne/Jeff Gordon "team orders" story isn't going away, and it's not going away because some of the key players continue to make statements that fly directly in the face of their actions on Sunday night. Step back and put yourself in Bayne's shoes for a moment. You've won the Daytona 500, yes, but you're still very much a rookie. And in one of the biggest races of the year, your idol, a guy you've worshiped for most of your life, comes over your radio and says he wants to pair up with you. This is one of those moments you've dreamed of for your entire life. Are you really going to have the presence of mind to say no? Well, as it turns out, he should have, because Bayne's initial agreement to...

Jack Roush: Trevor Bayne Was Not Ordered to Work With Ford Driver Matt Kenseth at Talladega

Almost everyone involved admits it looked kind of odd. With a few laps to go in the Good Sam Club 500, Trevor Bayne looked like he was all lined up to draft with Jeff Gordon on a restart in the restrictor plate race on Sunday. As the green flag was waved, though, Bayne moved over to run with fellow Ford driver Matt Kenseth. Gordon, who was in contention to win the race, was forced...

Winning title is Roush's only team order

The uproar after Sunday's race has been focused on Trevor Bayne, in his Ford, hanging Jeff Gordon, in his Chevrolet, out to dry late in the race. After spending two days in the garage area leading up to Sunday's race, it became really clear to me the message was: The Fords were not to help another manufacturer in the race. It was even taken a step further: The Ford drivers...

Roush denies giving 'Ford only' edict at Talladega

NASCAR team owner Jack Roush disputes a ''Ford only'' edict existed at Talladega Superspeedway, even though there's plenty of evidence to suggest otherwise. ''At Roush Fenway Racing we expect our individual drivers to make decisions that put themselves in the best position to win each and every race,'' Roush said in response to mounting criticism...

Really! Knaus told Johnson to wreck car at Talladega

With the NASCAR community talking about Trevor Bayne and talk of “team orders” or “strong arming” did we forget there still were some teams doing some actual cheating on the track? Michael Waltrip Racing got hit hard with a penalty due to unapproved modifications to the windshields of the #00 of David Reutimann, #56 of Martin Truex and affiliated #47 car of Bobby Labonte...

'Team orders' concept just makes sense

In Formula One racing, team orders are commonplace. It's an accepted practice for a racing organization to have an alpha driver and a beta driver. And the latter is expected to help the former do whatever it takes to win a race and/or a championship. Fundamentally, I have no problem with the concept of team orders whatsoever. Any success showered on a company benefits everyone...

SPENCER: Think For Yourself

Trevor Bayne should have drafted with Jeff Gordon at Talladega and not bailed on him in favor of Ford teammate Matt Kenseth...

Roush denies giving 'Ford only' edict at Talladega (AP)

NASCAR team owner Jack Roush disputes a ``Ford only'' edict existed at Talladega Superspeedway, even though there's plenty of evidence to suggest otherwise.

CUP: Two-Car Draft Nothing But Hot Air

Trevor Bayne took a lot of heat for dumping Jeff Gordon late at Talladega...

Quick Recap Of All The Crazy Talladega Moments

This past weekend was not only crazy on the Chase, but all sorts of crazy happenings, well, happened. You had Michael Waltrip Racing doing what they do best, which is getting caught cheating. Then you have Trevor Bayne promising to … Continue reading →

Bayne not told to leave Gordon for Kenseth

Daytona 500 champion Trevor Bayne says there were no last-minute team orders for him to abandon Jeff Gordon to work with fellow Ford driver Matt Kenseth in the final two laps of Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway.
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