The talk finally caught up with Kenny Irwin, who will race as a lame duck today in the Frontier at the Glen at Watkins Glen International in New York.
Eight months after winning Winston Cup rookie of the year honors, Irwin lost his ride in the famed No. 28 car of Robert Yates.
"We had a talk Wednesday," he said after wrecking his car during practice Friday. "At first, it was a little loud. But when it was over, I felt good."
"At first, you could hear us on the other side of the track," said Yates, who had hoped Irwin's performance would give him a strong car to team with that of runaway series points leader Dale Jarrett.
"He wants this 28 team to run as good as the 88," Irwin said. "I couldn't come up with it. I don't think there was just one thing."
The decision appeared to involve a lack of communication in a sport where communication is paramount for success.
Irwin initiated what turned into a six-hour, sometimes heated conversation with Yates about his ride in the car.
"I probably tried to get an answer out of him earlier than he wanted," said Irwin, who began the year by finishing third in the Daytona 500 but has had only one top 10 finish since and ranks 20th in the points race. "But I needed to know."
Second-round qualifying for today's race was canceled after torrential rain yesterday morning, forcing NASCAR to set the field on the basis of time tests Friday.
CART: Dario Franchitti was the beneficiary of a steady drizzle that kept most drivers off the track for the final qualifying round of the CART Miller Lite 200 in Lexington, Ohio. That meant the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course record of 124.394 mph Franchitti set Friday held up, giving the Scotsman and Team Kool Green their first pole position of the year.
FORMULA ONE: Mika Hakkinen won the pole position for today's Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest, and Eddie Irvine earned the starting spot he would rather have avoided: the outside lane on the front row. By sharing the front row, the two contenders for the Formula One championship set the stage for a possibly spectacular showdown in the all-important start of the race.