Photos NASCAR FONTANA – NASCAR Nextel Cup team members go up and down pit road during races, making deals with other teams. It’s a time-honored tradition in the sport. Help someone and in the future, they’ll help you. Especially among drivers on the same team. Last week’s Daytona 500 was a prime example. Kevin Harvick was sixth entering the final lap. He received a draft from Matt Kenseth, who is not Harvick’s teammate, to overtake Mark Martin and win the race. “Matt Kenseth helped Kevin Harvick because he thought he was going to get the best finish he could by doing that,” Burton said. “He didn’t think, ‘Oh, there is Kevin Harvick . I am going to help him win the Daytona 500.’ “ Cup race is cut-throat and those drivers who do not make immediate impressions usually find themselves out of a job very quickly. “We are selfish, self-centered, arrogant people who drive race cars,” Burton said. Stick to racingHopefully, Jimmie Johnson will do better on a snowboard than the Lakers’ Vladimir Radmanovic did during his break. And it’s all hogwash, said Cup veteran Jeff Burton, who will start today’s Auto Club 500 at California Speedway eighth. “The stories about teammates talking about helping each other are so exaggerated,” he said. The Cup Series has next week off before returning to Las Vegas in two weeks. Johnson, the 2006 series champion, said he is going snowboarding next week. Radmanovic separated a shoulder boarding during the NBA All-Star break. Johnson hasn’t done well with other sports lately. During the off-season, he fell out of a golf cart and broke his hand. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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