He doesn't seem to have the fire in the belly anymore, just content to collect a paycheque.
I'm going to have to disagree there. At the most recent race, his team ran him out of gas on the last lap while running second. He cheated a bit (cut a corner) to coast the car across the finish line rather than retire, even though his finishing position would have been the exact same (last car on the lead lap, 33rd place I believe).
He was also irate with his team, saying they should have told him to save gas during the last laps, since he had a gap of about 6 secs to 3rd place (a gap of 6 secs in NASCAR is HUGE).
Two more things:
-He regularly threatens (to his team) to intentionally crash (the word in NASCAR is 'dump') other racers who he feels are being unfair to him on track. He definitely scraps out there.
-Sometimes he finds himself one or more laps down. At every restart, he always asks "who else is on our lap?" and races the hell out of them, whether it's for 30th place or whatever. I've actually seen some epic battles where he's fighting tooth and nail for some position in the 20s and two laps down. When he doesn't grab the spot, after the race he sighs and apologizes to his team "Sorry guys, I couldn't get him. I tried as hard as I could." And this is for P25 or what have you in a field of 43.
I'm not saying that he goes for it with the ferocity of someone who's younger, but he still cares. He's not doing it for a paycheck, he's doing it because he loves to race.
Also, frankly, I think he likes the cowboy mentality and the contact in NASCAR.
Edited by OfficeLinebacker, 25 June 2013 - 19:02.