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05/07/11
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Scanners reveal NASCAR unprofessionalism  At some point during Saturday night's Sprint Cup race at Darlington Raceway, offensive language will be used by drivers on their in-car radios that will be available to anyone within scanner range.

That includes everyone from a 10-year-old kid to a 90-year-old grandmother.

It could get ugly on NASCAR's toughest track, as it did a week ago at Richmond where Kurt Busch and Martin Truex Jr. went on profanity-laced tirades, Busch saying the "f------ Penske cars are a f------ joke" and Truex telling his crew "You're all f------ fired, every f------ one of you."

Scanner conversations aren't meant for the faint of heart. They're R-rated at best.

If you don't want to hear what's said, don't listen.

It's no different than those who are offended by Howard Stern on the radio or one of the many gory crime shows on television. FYI: The off button on the remote typically is in the upper-left or upper-right corner.

Just don't complain about it.

Having the ability to listen to drivers in the heat of battle is one of the best things about NASCAR. It's something you don't get in the NBA or NFL or any other major sport unless it's a special situation where a player or coach is miked up -- and even then the bad words usually are bleeped out unless it's for a cable channel like HBO.

If not for scanners, we may never have known just how frustrated Dale Earnhardt Jr. and crew chief Tony Eury Jr. were with each other in 2008 when they made the Chase. Remember the explosion in New Hampshire when Earnhardt started falling back apparently because of a bad set of tires?

"I can't figure out why we keep f------ up in the middle of all these races," Earnhardt said. "Every f------ time."

After team owner Rick Hendrick attempted to calm his driver, Earnhardt responded, "This is f------ bull----." ESPN.com

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