the one that comes to mind is Denny Hamlin, that it's very fustrating when the younger drivers, and he was talking about Brad Keselowski at the time, actually drive hard and race early in the race when the veterans are out there logging miles, and taking it easy until nearer to the end of the race.
Look at Kevin Harvick. His trademark is he's never up front for the majority of the race, and low and behold with 50 laps, or less, to go there he is in the top ten or five. Don't the braodcatsers call him "The Closer".
What do a lot of the veterans do at Talleega and Daytona at the drop of the green flag. The make their way to the back of the pack. It's almost comical where's they're racing in the wrong direction. One driver at a race this year literally pulled off on the apron, and let the whole field go by him, and they thought he had problems, but he was just letting the field go by.
I think anybody that thinks they're actually pushing the car any where near a 100%, and actually racing their hardest for the whole 400 or 500 miles is delusional.
When drivers actually talk about this subject openly why would I believe anything different?
Do you know how many times over the last 30 years I've seen an interview with a driver who's crashed out of the race, and he's pissed off at the other driver, and he makes the comment "we're only a 100 laps into the race and that jack ass was racing me like there's 10 to go". What does he mean by that?