Will the sniping between Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon continue?
If anyone needs protection from angry fans this week, it’s probably Gordon. In fact, the Earnhardt faithful who pack Talladega Superspeedway twice a year almost seemed disappointed they had to settle for Vickers as the target of their beer-can-hurling wrath. Gordon provided plenty of fuel for the frothing masses when he accused Earnhardt of bump-drafting (the art of slamming a competitor to gain speed) that was too violent. Earnhardt retorted that Gordon never reciprocates drafting help and that he was done providing aid. Since there’ll be no more bump-drafting until the 2007 Daytona 500, the quarrel seems likely to defuse itself. Though Earnhardt and Gordon will square off in an interview during the Wind Tunnel program at 9 p.m. ET Sunday on Speed Channel, don’t expect anything to escalate but sales figures of merchandise associated with the popular drivers. Q: What’s new with Juan Pablo Montoya this week? A: The Colombian’s stock car education continues Sunday at Iowa Speedway in an