Wow...well first I have never really bought that it is an "open book" between HMS and SHR. I think in the first few years there may have been more sharing, and the 14 got HMS assistance in the chase last year when JJ fell out of it (Rick H. with his close affiliation with Chevrolet had to do whatever they could to make sure the Chevy won out against Edwards' Ford).
BUT, when HMS was in a slump earlier this year, Tony won those early races, then Ryan helped contribute to the disaster for Gordo and JJ at Martinsville and stole that win, I believe this upset Hendrick greatly and this was the turning point, since then HMS has shared very little with SHR and the results show, as somehow all of a sudden Dale Jr. started outrunning Tony Stewart every week.
Even more I don't buy that Chad Knaus and the 48 share what they have with the other HMS guys. They hold something little back from everybody, just look at the in-car camera of JJ when they show him. Seems like he's never having to put a lot of motion or effort into steering, it's just a nice easy turn, like the car is setup perfect every time. And then they go to Jeff Gordon's in-car camera, and he's wheeling the thing like crazy.
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