Golden Tate of the Seattle Seahawks ruffled NASCAR drivers and fans when he tweeted that driving a car doesn't show athleticism.
And some drivers still are not very happy with the football player.
Brad Keselowski thinks Tate had his head stuck somewhere wrong and certainly attracted plenty of attention if that's what he wanted.
"You can say that about a lot of sports," Keselowski said Friday. "Whether it's looking at John Daly in golf or a kicker on a football team, and some kickers are (athletic), there are sports where you don't have to be an athlete to do it, but you have to be an athlete to do them well. Racing's one of those."
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Tate tweeted when Sprint Cup driver Jimmie Johnson was included in the Best Male Athlete category for the ESPY awards. NASCAR fans immediately stuck up for their favorite drivers so much that Tate relented and even acknowledged he might be wrong.
Current truck series points leader Johnny Sauter agrees with Keselowski, but he'd like to see anyone who thinks drivers aren't athletes accept a challenge.
"I'll invite anybody to come sit in the truck for two-and-a-half to three hours and let me know how they feel at the end of it," said Sauter.
Heat flashes: With the forecast calling for a high of 96 degrees and a feels-like temperature over 100, drivers have to be smart when they strap into the cockpit at the Nashville Superspeedway this weekend for races on the trucks series Friday night and the Nationwide Series on Saturday night.
Most have spent the week over-hydrating to help combat the extreme heat that they'll face during practice sessions and in the race.
"We train for this pretty much all year," said Elliott Sadler, the Nationwide points leader. "I've been doing this a long time so I know how to get my body ready."
Sadler knows his body so well that he's been physically active all week.
"I've been on the roof of my house and played in about six softball games this week in over a 100-degree weather," he said. "It's actually not too bad in the truck because the sun's not shining on me."
Austin Dillon gets creative to beat the heat, including ingesting a liquid made for kids who have been running a fever.
"I feel like I haven't done anything but drink water and Pedialyte," said Dillon, the grandson of car owner Richard Childress. "Anything that can just help me stay ready for this weekend."
Keselowski's season: Brad Keselowski hasn't enjoyed much about his Sprint Cup season so far this year. He is currently 23rd in points, 177 behind leader Carl Edwards. However, he hasn't given up hope of a rebound.
"The Cup series has been up and down. We've shown a lot more speed on a consistent basis lately," said Keselowski, who drives for Roger Penske. "I feel a lot more comfortable with where we're heading as a team. It's just a matter of getting consistent execution, which is really tough."
Keselowski won the STP 400 at Kansas on June 5.
Indy cars in Edmonton
Heavy rains washed out the first day of practice at the Edmonton Indy on Friday, and series leader Dario Franchitti says that sets the stage for racing on Sunday that will be closer and a little crazier.
"You're going to see more unpredictability," Franchitti told reporters after IndyCar officials, waiting hours for the rain to let up at the City Centre Airport track, threw in the towel at 3 p.m.
The rain was forecast to run its course late Friday night, with clouds on Saturday but sunny and hot for the race on Sunday afternoon. It means a busy Saturday. The 26 IndyCar drivers will practice once in the morning, once in the afternoon then run qualifying late in the day.
The wild card is the track, which is new to the IndyCar series this year. It underwent a complete change after the closure of a runway forced organizers to scramble. The race was in fact briefly canceled at one point in a dispute between the city and the event organizer, Montreal-based Octane Racing, over who would pay for it.