Kasey Kahne, Elliott Sadler and Reed Sorenson with Petty, GEM team

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Kasey Kahne , Elliott Sadler and Reed Sorenson will drive for the new team that would be created by the planned merger of Gillett Evernham Motorsports and Petty Enterprises.

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Erik

Langley, WA

#1 Jan 11, 2009
its to bad that kasey has to drive with lesser talented drivers. I hope he does better this year as it could be his last if he ever wants a championship with equipment that's equal to him.
sadler19fan

Matthews, NC

#2 Jan 11, 2009
Kasey had just as bad of season. It isn't the equipment it is how he drives. I'm going to say he wasn't focused as he could have been.
UNCW Girl

Wilmington, NC

#3 Jan 11, 2009
I completely disagree. When Kasey had the equipment in '06 he won more races than anybody else. He won 2 races in 08 with sucky equipment, so he obviously has the talent and it is certainly not how he drives. Judging from the things written on KaseyKahne.com , interviews, and the GEM website, Kasey was extremely focused. Much more than Elliott.
just guessing

Lacey, WA

#4 Jan 11, 2009
UNCW Girl wrote:
I completely disagree. When Kasey had the equipment in '06 he won more races than anybody else. He won 2 races in 08 with sucky equipment, so he obviously has the talent and it is certainly not how he drives. Judging from the things written on KaseyKahne.com , interviews, and the GEM website, Kasey was extremely focused. Much more than Elliott.
its been the equipment, most all the dodges had troubles all season long. kasey had focus, just not great cars. elliott had family (moms health and dads health issues along with other things), besides not so great cars too!
lets hope 09 can be better for the gem guys....
Sara

AOL

#5 Jan 11, 2009
Dodge cars do not perform at the level of the other manufactures. They have been tested in Dyno and in other things and Dodge is usually off compared to the others, its not Kasey or any of the other drivers. its Dodge. I mean as much as I can't stand him, look at Kurt Busch. He won the championship, came to Dodge and where is he now? he finished like 20th in the standings
CDJ

United States

#6 Jan 12, 2009
When you have no guidance within a team this is what happens. Listening to the scanner before and after pits they were clearly confused about adjustments. Kahne would ask Francis to check with Sadler's team, which he already had but both teams were running poorly. There was also no teamwork within these two teams, until AJ appeared and ran in the #10 car. Nothing against Sadler but when you are running plate races you have to have help & Kahne would help Sadler but if the roles got reversed Sadler would dump him to run with his old buddies every chance he got. The last 5 races AJ proved to be a better team mate than Sadler and worked well with Kahne. Kahne also help AJ while Sadler passed them by even though he was down by several laps and had nothing to gain. AJ was on the lead lap & Kahne stayed behind him to help him. That is what makes a team successful, hopefully in 09 Kahne, Reed & AJ can make it work.
littledevil2744

West Orange, NJ

#7 Jan 12, 2009
okay now im not gonna even defend her or start to cause ultimalty(sp?) she will ruin him.....

but if he does have an old crew chief back or at least someone he trusts and likes...im sure the team will follow also(although i know weve all been saying why be in a car that the owner supposedly didnt want you in)...but just maybe there will be that glimmer of hope now that he knows what its like to be dumped by some bigwigs for some dork who really cant drive...and he will get in that car and drive his hot ass off and prove that he can do it and he still has it in him...then after next season tell GEM to go screw themselves and go with someone different after he proves himself...

i know im probably talking out of my butt,,,but we gotta pull for him and im hoping this second chance will open his eyes WIDE and do what hes gotta do....oh yeah and forget COMPLETLEY about her would be nice to!!!!!LOL
just curious

Wilsonville, OR

#8 Jan 12, 2009
littledevil2744 wrote:
okay now im not gonna even defend her or start to cause ultimalty(sp?) she will ruin him.....
but if he does have an old crew chief back or at least someone he trusts and likes...im sure the team will follow also(although i know weve all been saying why be in a car that the owner supposedly didnt want you in)...but just maybe there will be that glimmer of hope now that he knows what its like to be dumped by some bigwigs for some dork who really cant drive...and he will get in that car and drive his hot ass off and prove that he can do it and he still has it in him...then after next season tell GEM to go screw themselves and go with someone different after he proves himself...
i know im probably talking out of my butt,,,but we gotta pull for him and im hoping this second chance will open his eyes WIDE and do what hes gotta do....oh yeah and forget COMPLETLEY about her would be nice to!!!!!LOL
Who is SHE and who is she going to ruin?

Since: Jan 09

Happy Valley, Canada

#9 Jan 12, 2009
Sara wrote:
Dodge cars do not perform at the level of the other manufactures. They have been tested in Dyno and in other things and Dodge is usually off compared to the others, its not Kasey or any of the other drivers. its Dodge. I mean as much as I can't stand him, look at Kurt Busch. He won the championship, came to Dodge and where is he now? he finished like 20th in the standings


DING! DING! DING!
And we have a winner!!!
You said it right, right ty=here!!

Since: Jan 09

Happy Valley, Canada

#10 Jan 12, 2009
There**
newatthis

Port Jervis, NY

#11 Jan 12, 2009
CDJ wrote:
When you have no guidance within a team this is what happens. Listening to the scanner before and after pits they were clearly confused about adjustments. Kahne would ask Francis to check with Sadler's team, which he already had but both teams were running poorly. There was also no teamwork within these two teams, until AJ appeared and ran in the #10 car. Nothing against Sadler but when you are running plate races you have to have help & Kahne would help Sadler but if the roles got reversed Sadler would dump him to run with his old buddies every chance he got. The last 5 races AJ proved to be a better team mate than Sadler and worked well with Kahne. Kahne also help AJ while Sadler passed them by even though he was down by several laps and had nothing to gain. AJ was on the lead lap & Kahne stayed behind him to help him. That is what makes a team successful, hopefully in 09 Kahne, Reed & AJ can make it work.
interesting perspective. 2009 will prove even more interesting.
rebelle

Knoxville, TN

#12 Jan 12, 2009
Sara wrote:
Dodge cars do not perform at the level of the other manufactures. They have been tested in Dyno and in other things and Dodge is usually off compared to the others, its not Kasey or any of the other drivers. its Dodge. I mean as much as I can't stand him, look at Kurt Busch. He won the championship, came to Dodge and where is he now? he finished like 20th in the standings
And they all said "AMEN."

No driver at GEM is getting better equipment than the other drivers because there IS no better equipment at GEM. It's all bad.
rebelle

Knoxville, TN

#13 Jan 12, 2009
CDJ wrote:
When you have no guidance within a team this is what happens. Listening to the scanner before and after pits they were clearly confused about adjustments. Kahne would ask Francis to check with Sadler's team, which he already had but both teams were running poorly. There was also no teamwork within these two teams, until AJ appeared and ran in the #10 car. Nothing against Sadler but when you are running plate races you have to have help & Kahne would help Sadler but if the roles got reversed Sadler would dump him to run with his old buddies every chance he got. The last 5 races AJ proved to be a better team mate than Sadler and worked well with Kahne. Kahne also help AJ while Sadler passed them by even though he was down by several laps and had nothing to gain. AJ was on the lead lap & Kahne stayed behind him to help him. That is what makes a team successful, hopefully in 09 Kahne, Reed & AJ can make it work.
They need the equivalent of a Mark Martin or Jeff Burton to keep them straight and remind them what teamwork is. I love Elliott, but he is no leader.
Miss Nascar

Valley Stream, NY

#14 Jan 12, 2009
maybe this will be a wakeup call for elliott !! he has been very mediocre in his career and most have recognized this.

Since: Nov 08

Philadelphia, PA

#15 Jan 12, 2009
I just heard on Speed that GEM will be testing next week at Rockingham. So how is Elliott going to go on a honeymoon? I bet someone is PISSED!!!
Nicki

Indianapolis, IN

#16 Jan 12, 2009
Just to clarify, teams are allowed to test at Rockingham because... it doesn't have a NASCAR race anymore? Or am I lost again? LOL!
littledevil2744

West Orange, NJ

#17 Jan 12, 2009
just curious wrote:
<quoted text>
Who is SHE and who is she going to ruin?
amanda and she's gonna ruin elliott....where have you been???LOL
Becca

Houston, TX

#19 Jan 12, 2009
elliottsmm38girl wrote:
I just heard on Speed that GEM will be testing next week at Rockingham. So how is Elliott going to go on a honeymoon? I bet someone is PISSED!!!
your happy about his loss I see your "superfan" & super supportive

Since: Aug 08

Miami,FL

#20 Jan 12, 2009
Amanda wont be putting the tires on driving or even strategize what a stupid thing to say.

Since: Aug 08

Miami,FL

#21 Jan 12, 2009
Becca wrote:
<quoted text>your happy about his loss I see your "superfan" & super supportive
jealous fans instead

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