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Is NASCAR a good thing or a bad thing?
50 ways to think about it.



Luckily I was wearing a Bill Elliott t-shirt the day I first met him at the Evergreen Speedway (WA) in 1985.

Luckily I was wearing a Bill Elliott t-shirt the day I first met him at the Evergreen Speedway (WA) in 1985.

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Can the NASCAR fan and the short track fan live peacefully together is a state of racing harmony?

Recently I received a message from Guy Smith, noted columnist for the Area Auto Racing News.  AARN is one of the largest and most respected racing newspapers in the United States.  I’ve met Guy on a few occasions all across the country.  Guy is a serious student of auto racing when he is not teaching his students on a daily basis at a Pennsylvania high school.

 

Apparently, Guy is not a big fan of NASCAR.  He took the time to list 50 reasons why NASCAR should be beheaded or, at the very least, made to sit in the corner for a good long time.  I want to recognize Guy for the time and effort that went into creating this list.  I wish we had more people who felt strongly enough about the issues of the day to express them like this.

 

I asked Guy if he would mind if I took a similar amount of time to respond to what he wrote.  He told me that would be fine.  Below you will find my comments in response to Guy’s opinions.  There were several points where I found myself in agreement, many items I didn’t agree with and a few points that I have a diametrically opposed point of view.

 

Since even my “non-racing” readers, know a little about NASCAR, I thought I would share these divergent views.  As always, if you have a comment or different idea, let me know and I’ll share it in my next track report.

 

Thanks.

 

Randy Lewis

#1 trackchaser living west of the Mississippi

 

P.S.  I’ve provide my responses in RED lettering.  Since the trackchaser email group does not allow colors (stifling ingenuity and creativity?), I have also provided my responses in all capital letters.

 

 

 

50 reasons to not like NASCAR (in no particular order).

By Guy Smith, Area Auto Racing News columnist

1. Inconstant Penalties. The premise here is that this is still a sport, not
a business orchestrating a work of fiction a la pro wrestling. Sports need
rules. And everyone needs to play by the same rules. That does not happen in
NASCAR. When things happen in violation of the rules, fans generally have to
wait for several days for NASCAR to announce what the penalty will be. This
should not be. In football, roughing the passer is fifteen yards. We all know
this. In NASCAR, roughing the leader may be a fine, or it may be a stop and
go, or it may be the penalty box, or a loss of points, or the dreaded
probation. Do it again and it may even be a double secret probation.

 

I WOULD AGREE THAT NASCAR DOES HAVE PENALTIES THAT ARE NOT THE SAME EACH TIME AN INFRACTION IS COMMITTED. THIS IS NOT INCONSISTANT WITH OTHER MAJOR SPORTS.  AS AN EXAMPLE, IF A NBA COACH CRITICIZES THE OFFICIALS HE MAY BE FINED.  THE AMOUNT OF THE FINE IS NOT THE SAME EACH TIME.  IT IS DEPENDENT ON HOW SEVERE THE CRITICISIM WAS, HOW FREQENTLY THE OFFENDER HAS VIOLATED THIS RULE AND ANY NUMBER OF UNSTATED REASONS THAT MAY EFFECT THE PUNISHMENT.  I THINK ALL SPORTS TRY TO ADMINISTER PENALTIES THAT FIT THE INDIVIDUAL SITUATION AND THAT WILL ACT AS A DETRERANT FOR THE FUTURE.

2. Past Champions Provisional. For washed up has beens that are too slow to
earn their way into the lineup. It started when Richard Petty didn’t qualify
for a race. I think it was at Richmond. He whined that NASCAR should have
been able to do something for him. And soon, they did. The Past Champions
Provisional was born. Darrell Waltrip’s career would be extended by two
years.

 

I DON’T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THE “PAST CHAMPIONS” PROVISIONAL.  NORMALLY 43 CARS START A NASCAR NEXTEL CUP RACE.  IN TERMS OF POPULARITY WITH THE CROWD, VIRTUALLY EVERY PAST CHAMPION WHO HAS EVER TAKEN THE PAST CHAMPION’S PROVISIONAL (PRIMARILY RICHARD PETTY AND DARRELL WALTRIP), IS/WAS ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR DRIVERS AT THE TRACK.  MOST OF THOSE IN ATTENDANCE PAID A LOT OF MONEY FOR THEIR TICKET AND BOUGHT THOSE TICKETS FAR IN ADVANCE.  THE AVERAGE FAN WANTS TO SEE THE RICHARD PETTY’S OF THE WORLD IN THE EVENT RATHER THAN A MIKE WALLACE TYPE DRIVER TAKING UP THE 43RD SPOT. 
 

3. Giving Second Races to Tracks When Some Others Can't Get One. Tracks like Pikes Peak, or Kentucky, or Nashville all should have a Cup race. They want one. The facilities are nice enough. They could afford the purse. But they can’t get one. The sport is now controlled by two companies, whose thirst for Cup dates is insatiable. When all is said and done, they will own all the dates, and the only way a new facility could get one is to sell to the monster. NASCAR should set a price for the purse, and every track that wants to pay it should be able to get a date before second round dates are doled out.

 

IT’S TRUE THAT TWO COMPANIES OWN MOST OF THE NASCAR TRACKS.  SINCE THE INTERNATIONAL SPORTS CORPORATION (ISC) IS THE SAME GROUP THAT OPERATES NASCAR, IT’S DOESN’T MAKE MUCH BUSINESS SENSE TO GIVE UP THE SECOND RACE THAT A TRACK THEY OWN MAY HAVE.  BRUTON SMITH’S COMPANY, SPEEDWAY MOTORSPORTS, OWNS MOST OF THE TRACKS NOT OWNED BY ISC.  IN A SENSE BRUTON SMITH IS A HUGE CUSTOMER OF NASCAR.  IT WOULDN’T MAKE MUCH BUSINESS SENSE TO MAKE IT HARDER TO DO BUSINESS WITH YOUR LARGEST CUSTOMER BY RESTRICTING YOUR LARGE CUSTOMER’S ABILITY TO MAKE MONEY FROM THE NASCAR PRODUCT.  NASCAR IS AT A STAGE RIGHT NOW WHERE THERE IS NO TIME DURING THE YEAR TO ADD MORE NEXTEL CUP RACES.  NEWLY CONSTRUCTED TRACKS, FOR THE MOST PART ARE OUT IN THE COLD.  ISC/NASCAR IS A BUSINESS.  YOU DON’T GIVE UP THE SECOND DATE AT YOUR ISC TRACK AND THE PROFIT THAT GOES WITH IT TO ALLOW YOUR COMPETITION TO EARN PROFIT DOLLARS THAT ISC NOW GETS.  THE SAME THING GOES FOR TAKING A RACE AWAY FROM BRUTON SMITH’S COMPANY, SINCE HE IS NASCAR’S BIGGEST TRACK PROMOTION CUSTOMER.  ALSO, IF NASCAR ATTEMPTED TO TAKE ANY RACES AWAY FROM BRUTON SMITH HE MIGHT JUST TRY TO CREATE HIS OWN SERIES IN COMPETITON WITH NASCAR. NASCAR CERTAINLY DOES NOT WANT TO GET INTO THAT GAME.

4. The Lucky Dog Award. One of the stupidest ideas in the history of racing.
A driver is lapped on the track and when the caution comes out if he is the
lapped car closest to the front he gets a free lap. Spits in the face of
tradition. Spits in the face of fairness. Just another gimmick so that NASCAR
can proclaim how competitive their racing is by having a phony number of cars that finished on the lead lap.

 

I AGREE THE LUCKY DOG AWARD IS A BAD IDEA.  IT’S NOT MUCH HOKIER THAN ALLOWING NOT ONLY ONE, BUT ALSO SOMETIMES MULTIPLE DRIVERS TO GET THEIR LAP BACK WHEN A YELLOW FLAG APPEARED AND THE LEADER SLOWED DOWN AND LET CARS “GET BACK A LAP”.  IN SOME WAYS, THE LUCKY DOG AWARD IS BETTER THAN THE OLD WAY.  WITH THE LUCKY DOG ONLY ONE CAR GETS TO MAKE UP HIS LAP, WHERE UNDER THE OLD SYSTEM USUALLY MORE THAN ONE CAR GOT THEIR LAP BACK.  THE “LUCKY DOG” PHRASE CAME FROM NBC BROADCASTER BENNY PARSONS (THANKS TO JAMES HUNTER FOR THE CORRECTION).  NASCAR TV WATCHERS CAN SEE HOW BROADCAST COMPETITOR, FOX TV, GOES OUT OF THEIR WAY TO NEVER SAY “LUCKY DOG”.

5. Cheaters Are Allowed to Keep Wins. When I was but a lad, my parents
taught me that when you play a game, play to win, but play by the rules. It's called Sportsmanship. This is a concept foreign to NASCAR. Teams feel their job is to try to cheat, and it's NASCAR's job to try to catch them. If they don't get caught, it ain't cheatin'. NASCAR fosters this amoral behavior by their stupid stance where if you cheat to win, you get fined, put on probation, whatever, but you're still the winner. Once again the claim is that it's done for the fans, so that when they leave the track they know who the winner is. Once again I say that is bull. There is a prevailing culture in NASCAR that cheating is OK. It's not with me.

 

I AGREE THAT IT IS A NASCAR POLICY TO ALLOW DRIVERS, WHO HAVE BEEN FOUND IN POST RACE INSPECTION IN VIOLATION OF A RULE, TO KEEP THEIR VICTORY RECORDED ON THE TRACK.  THE ONE CONSISTANT THING ABOUT THIS POLICY IS THAT NASCAR TELLS EVERYONE IN ADVANCE, THAT THEIR POLICY, SHOULD A POST RACE VIOLATION TAKE PLACE, IS THE PENALTY WILL BE SOMETHING OTHER THAN TAKING THE VICTORY AWAY.  IT’S RARE THAT A POST RACE INSPECTION REVEALS A VIOLATION BY THE RACE WINNER.  THIS MIGHT HAPPEN A TIME OR TWO EACH SEASON.  WHEN THE RACE WINNER COMMITS A VIOLATION, THERE IS ALWAYS A PENALTY THAT IS INTENDED TO SERVE AS A DETERANT FOR THE FUTURE.  THAT PENALTY IS NOT TO TAKE THE VICTORY AWAY. 
  

6. Changing the Rules at Any Time in the Name of Parity. Manufacturers and
Teams work hard and spend a lot of money to gain an advantage over the
competition. The better they do their job, the more likely it is that NASCAR
will change the rules in the middle of the year to take away the advantage that was earned by ingenuity and hard work. But if you cheat to gain your advantage, you can keep the win. Where's the sense in that?

 

IN A PERFECT WORLD, NASCAR WOULD LIKE TO SEE ALL 43 CARS FINISH ON THE SAME LAP, WHERE A BLANKET COULD BE THROWN OVER THE ENTIRE FIELD.  I LIKE INGENUITY AND CREATIVITY USED AS A MEANS TO BEAT THE COMPETITION.  IN MY TRACKCHASING, I’VE TRIED TO USE INGENUITY AND CREATIVITY, ALWAYS WITHIN THE RULES, ONLY TO BE MET WITH CRITICISM FOR USING INGENUITY AND CREATIVITY.  IT SEEMS LIKE THOSE WHO USE INGENUITY AND CREATIVITY ARE ALWAYS CRITICISED BY THOSE BEING BEATEN BY THAT VERY SAME INGENUITY AND CREATIVITY, BOTH IN NASCAR AND TRACKCHASING. 

 

MORE THAN 20 DRIVERS IN EACH RACE HAVE HUGE FAN BASES.  IF JUST TWO OR THREE DRIVERS WON EVERY RACE, THIS WOULD MAKE NASCAR RACING A LOT LESS ENTERTAINING.  I DON’T THINK NASCAR TRIES TO FAVOR ANY DRIVER OR GROUP WHEN IT MAKES RULE CHANGES.  THEY DON’T WANT ANYONE TO HAVE MUCH OF A TECHNICAL ADVANTAGE.  THIS POLICY WOULD SEEM TO MAKE THE DRIVER EVEN MORE IMPORTANT IN THE OVERALL EQUATION, WHICH I THINK IS A GOOD IDEA. 

7. Starting Races Under Yellow and Counting the Laps. A recent slap in the
face to the paying fans. This would have never, ever happened twenty years
ago. But the TV schedule is set, so the race has to be finished in a certain
time window. Solution? Have the entire field circle the track to help dry it
more quickly, but cheat the customers by considering this a part of the
race.

 

I AGREE.

8. Any reference in any way to the word boogity. In fact any words out of the mouth of Darrell Waltrip. He was once a great racer and so outspoken
with his opinions he earned the nickname Jaws. It’s sad what he’s become.

 

CONTROVERSY SELLS AND CREATES RATINGS.  RATINGS CREATE MORE VIEWERS.  MORE VIEWERS CREATE MORE ADVERTISING DOLLARS.  MORE ADVERTISING DOLLARS CREATE MORE PROFITS FOR THE NETWORKS.  THE NETWORKS BROADCAST THE RACES TO THE VIEWING PUBLIC SO THEY CAN CREATE A PROFIT FOR THEIR SHAREHOLDERS.  REMEMBER HOWARD COSELL?  HOW ABOUT DICK VITALE AND RUSH LIMBAUGH IN TODAY’S WORLD.  LOVE THEM OR HATE THEM, IF THEY DIDN’T ENTERTAIN THE MAJORITY OF THEIR LISTENERS, THEY WOULD NOT BE ON THE AIR.

 
9. Length of Races. They last too long. The first 80 percent of a Cup race
is just riding around, pitting for minor adjustments, an excuse to show
commercials. Only after the last round of pit stops does the real race begin.
I didn’t watch much of the Daytona race last weekend, but I did watch the end
when Earnhardt, nowhere near the front the entire day, all of a sudden was in
the lead for the first time with five to go because they finally found the right
combination. The rest of the race didn’t matter.

 

I AGREE THE RACES ARE TOO LONG.  THEY SEEM TO BE LIKE WATCHING AN NBA GAME WHERE ONLY THE FOURTH QUARTER IS REALLY WORTH SEEING.  AS A MATTER OF FACT, IN LOS ANGELES, A ONE-HOUR PROGRAM IS BROADCAST OVER NIGHT FOLLOWING EACH LAKERS OR CLIPPER GAME.  THE PROGRAM BROADCAST’S ONLY THE FOURTH QUARTER OF EACH GAME. 

 

I WATCH EVERY NASCAR NEXTEL CUP RACE.  I COULD NEVER WATCH ONE OF THESE RACES ON A LIVE TIME BASIS.  I USE TIVO AND SKIP THE COMMERCIALS.  I’VE EVEN GONE TO DOING COMPUTER WORK DURING THE FIRST TWO-THIRDS OF THE RACE.  IF SOMETHING EXCITING HAPPPENS, I CAN STOP AND WATCH THE MULTIPLE REPLAYS.  I DO LIKE TO HEAR THE ANNOUNCERS AND PIT REPORTERS GETTING INFORMATION FROM EVERY NOOK AND CRANNY.

10. Provisional Starters. This is one of the worst things NASCAR has
inflicted on the sport. The past champions provisional started it all.
Eventually that morphed into a convoluted system of seven provisionals that may or may not be charged to a driver, with each driver’s supply replenished every ten races or so. Any of the drivers for the big teams never seemed to run out of them. If they were close, NASCAR could just change the rules so they would have more. They have the audacity to lie and say they are doing it for the fans. Bull. They are doing it for the millionaire owners, sponsors,
networks, who would not accept their car not in the race. Most fans I know say the fairest thing to do is have the fastest 43 cars get to race, not guarantee a spot to a guy because his car is sponsored by a giant brewing company. This cancer has spread to every level of the sport, and sadly, most fans now accept it as part of the game. Now NASCAR has abandoned this for an even worse policy.

 

I COULDN’T DISAGREE WITH THIS POINT OF VIEW MORE STRONGLY.  MOST FANS BUY THEIR TICKETS FAR IN ADVANCE.  MOST FANS HAVE A FAVORITE DRIVER THEY WANT TO SEE RACE.  IF A JEFF GORDON OR DALE EARNHARDT JR. FAN BUYS THEIR TICKET MONTHS IN ADVANCE, THEY WILL BE VERY DISAPPOINTED IF THEIR DRIVER IS NOT IN THE RACE.

 

WHEN I BUY MY TICKET TO SEE THE LOS ANGELES ANGELS OF ANAHEIM ANGELS PLAY THE NEW YORK YANKEES AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SEASON, I’M EXPECTING TO SEE THOSE TWO TEAMS PLAY.  I DON’T WANT TO HEAR THAT THE NEW YORK YANKEES LOST TO THEIR FT. LAUDERDALE YANKEES FARM CLUB IN A QUALIFYING MATCH EARLIER IN THE WEEK AND NOW I’LL BE SEEING THE ANGELS PLAY THE FT. LAUDERDALE YANKEES.

 

I AGREE THIS RULE IS AS MUCH TO HELP THE COMPETITORS AS THE FANS.  I THINK IF I PROMOTED RACES I WOULD DO EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO MAKE THINGS GOOD FOR MY RACING COMPETITORS.  WITHOUT THEM, I CAN’T ENTERTAIN MY FANS. IF PROCTER & GAMBLE SPONSORS A NASCAR TEAM (THEY DO, THEY SPONSOR THE #32 TIDE CAR), AND BRINGS 500 EMPLOYEES OR CUSTOMERS TO THE TRACK, I WOULDN’T WANT THOSE FOLKS TO BE DISAPPOINTED IF THE TIDE CAR WAS NOT IN THE RACE.

 

LIMITING THE GURANTEED SPOTS TO THE TOP 35 RACING TEAMS IS OK WITH ME.  THOSE 35 TEAMS PROBABLY ACCOUNT FOR 99% PLUS OF THE FAN BASE.  THINK OF THOSE 35 TEAMS AS HAVING EARNED A “FRANCHISE” WITH NASCAR BASED UPON THEIR SUCCESS OF BEING ONE OF THE BEST 35 TEAMS.  JUST LIKE THE NEW YORK YANKEES FRANCHISE, THEY DON’T HAVE TO QUALIFY EVERY WEEK JUST TO BE ON THE FIELD OF PLAY.

11. Pre-Race Traffic.

 

PRE-RACE TRACFFIC IS TERRIBLE.  THAT COMES WITH AN INFASTRUCTURE THAT IS ONLY ECONOMICALLY FEASIBLE FOR A FACILITY THAT HOLDS ONE OR TWO MAJOR EVENTS EACH YEAR.  IF A TRACK HELD A RACE FOR 100,000 PEOPLE EVERY WEEK DURING THE YEAR, THEY WOULD HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO PAY FOR A TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM THAT COULD MOVE THE PEOPLE IN FASTER, BUT THEY DON’T EARN THAT KIND OF MONEY.

12. Post-Race Traffic.

 

POST-RACE TRAFFIC IS TERRIBLE.  I USED TO BE A SEASON TICKET HOLDER AT THE NORTH WILKESBORO SPEEDWAY.  WE PLANNED ON NOT GETTING OUT OF THE TRACK ANYTIME SOON.  FIRST, WE SAT IN THE STANDS AND WATCHED THE HAULERS BEGIN TO LOAD UP THE CARS.  THEN WE WALKED INTO THE PIT AREA, JUST LIKE FOLKS DO FOLLOWING A SATURDAY NIGHT SHORT TRACK EVENT.  UNFORTUNATELY, THIS OPTION IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE TO FANS.  LASTLY, FOLLOWING A TOUR OF THE PIT AREA, WE WENT BACK TO OUR CAR AND HAD A COOKOUT WHILE THE REMAINING TRAFFIC CLEARED.

13. Spotters and Blocking. I came home on Sunday in time to watch the last
20 laps of Daytona. I was disgusted with the comments by Johnson after the
race. He said that he didn’t know why Tony Stewart was upset, because
everybody was just out there blocking like they are supposed to. So now blocking is what the drivers are supposed to do?  Why not try racing instead? I remember when drivers that blocked would be looked down upon, even penalized. Now it’s what drivers are supposed to do?

 

I DON’T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH A DRIVER DOING WHATEVER HE CAN TO KEEP HIS COMPETITION BEHIND HIM.  IF A DRIVER IS TRYING TO PASS BY USING ANOTHER LANE ON THE TRACK, THEN I THINK IT’S PERFECTLY OK FOR A DRIVER TO USE THAT LANE TO KEEP THE LEAD.  IT MIGHT BE A GOOD IDEA TO ELIMINATE REAR VIEW MIRRORS.  IT SEEMS THAT SOME LATE MODEL RACING GROUPS HAVE ELIMINATED MIRRORS WITH SOME SUCCESS. 

 

THE DRIVERS DON’T HAVE MUCH MOBILITY INSIDE OF THEIR RACING MACHINES.  THEY ARE HOOKED AND HARNESSED SO TIGHTLY THEY CAN HARDLY TURN THEIR HEADS.  SPOTTERS CAN TELL THE DRIVER ABOUT A CAR THAT MIGHT BE BESIDE THEM THAT THE DRIVER CANNOT EVEN SEE.  THINK OF THE SPOTTERS AS BEING LIKE YOUR WIFE (HUSBAND).  IT’S ANOTHER SET OF EYES FOR SAFETY.

 

14. The hypocrisy of having the SAFER walls, touting the great benefits and
added safety that resulted from them, yet not having them at all of the
tracks. And NASCAR was a little slow to get with the program; it was Tony
George and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway that was at the forefront of research and development.

 

I AGREE THAT WHATEVER CAN BE DONE TO INCREASE SAFETY IS A GOOD IDEA.  ALTHOUGH SOME SAFETY IDEAS FLY IN THE FACE OF COMPETITION SUCH AS RACING BACK TO THE YELLOW AND SPOTTERS.  WHEN IT’S SAFETY VERSUS COMPETITION, SAFETY SHOULD WIN.

15. Drunken fans. Yes, I realize that this is a problem in all sports. But
Cup races have fans at the facilities longer than any other major sport, and
they are often outside, with no shade, on the hottest weekends of the year.
More perspiration equals more fluid ingestion. If that fluid is alcohol, the
results are not pretty. Besides, I hate that if something is a problem in the
sport, the reaction is to point to other sports that have the same problem.
This is a favorite tactic of the PR Weasels.

 

NASCAR RACING ATTRACTS A DECIDELY LESS BLUE COLLAR RACE FAN THAN IT DID 20 YEARS AGO.  MANY MORE FANS TODAY ARE ATTENDING THEIR ONE AND ONLY RACE OF THE YEAR.  THESE “NEW” FANS WERE ATTRACTED TO THE SPORT BY TV AND BIG COMPANY SUPPORT.  IN MY EXPERIENCES, THEY SEEM A LITTLE BETTER BEHAVED.  I THINK THOSE NEW FANS ARE LESS LIKELY TO BE DRUNK AND OBNOXIOUS THAN THE FAN OF OLD.  I USED TO FEEL SORRY FOR THE FANS SITTING IN THE LOWER ROWS WHEN BEER CANS AND CHICKEN BONES FLEW THROUGH THE AIR.

16. The Myth that Cup Racing has the Best Drivers in the World. Unless they
are old. Or unless they are ugly. Or unless they are short. Or unless they
are fat. Or unless they don’t speak well. Or unless.....

 

I BELIEVE THAT NEXTEL CUP RACERS ARE THE VERY BEST DRIVERS IN THE WORLD AT DRIVING NEXTEL CUP CARS.  COULD NEXTEL CUP DRIVERS, DRIVE WORLD OF OUTLAW SPRINT CARS BETTER THAN KINSER AND SWINDELL IN THEIR PRIME?  I DON’T THINK SO.  COULD KINSER AND SWINDELL DRIVE NEXTEL CUP CARS BETTER THAN GORDON AND EARNHARDT IN THEIR PRIME?  I DON’T THINK SO.

 

17. The Fact that the Grand National Division Lost Most of Their Unique Race
Sites and Have Become cup Lite the Day Before the Big Show. All that’s
left are: Nashville, Kentucky, Milwaukee, Pikes Peak, Gateway, IRP, and Memphis.  RIP to places that carried this series at one time, such as Hickory or South Boston.

 

THOSE PLACES LOST THEIR RACES BECAUSE THEY COULDN’T PAY THE PURSES NECESSARY TO SUPPORT THE RACE TEAMS.

18. And the Same Thing is Happening to the Truck Series.

 

SAME ANSWER AS #17.

19. Taking the Grand National Series all the Way to Mexico City When There
Are Tracks That Would Take a Race Date Much Closer to the Teams. This series has the smaller teams. And NASCAR sends them all the way to Mexico City? The travel expense will be enormous. And is it safe? Two things wrong with Mexico City. It’s a city, and it’s in Mexico. Otherwise a great idea.

 

I AM SURE THAT NASCAR HELPED ITS TEAMS WITH THE EXPENSE OF TRAVELING TO MEXICO JUST LIKE THEY DID WHEN THERE WERE RACES IN JAPAN A FEW YEARS AGO.  IT’S VERY LIKELY THAT NASCAR COULD EXPAND INTERNATIONALLY IN THE COMING YEARS WITH RACES IN ENGLAND, AUSTRALIA, JAPAN, CANADA AND MEXICO.  FOR A BUSINESS TO GROW, THE BUSINESS MUST GET NEW CUSTOMERS.

20. Specialty Paint Schemes to Sell Trinkets. They have no shame. A new
low of tackiness. No doubt soon to be topped by a lower low. Or is that a
Lowe’s low?

 

I DON’T LIKE THE SPECIAL PAINT SCHEMES EITHER.  I LIKE BEING ABLE TO LOOK OUT ON THE TRACK AND RECOGNISE MY FAVORITE DRIVERS BY THEIR RACING COLORS.  I KNOW THAT NASCAR FANS COULD ALWAYS COUNT ON RECOGNISING RICHARD PETTY, DALE EARNHARDT AND THE WOOD BROTHERS CARS AS EXAMPLES.  I BELIEVE THIS IS SOMETHING THAT HURT INDY CAR RACING.  EACH YEAR THE DRIVER’S HAD A NEW NUMBER AND PAINT COMBO, WHICH WAS VERY CONFUSING TO THE FAN.  TEAMS IN OTHER SPORTS RARELY CHANGE THEIR LOGOS AND COLORS.

21. Farewell Tours Designed and Marketed to Cash In. Step right up and get
your Rusty Wallace limited edition a coozie collectible. Pay homage to one of the sports legends. And I do mean pay homage.

 

THIS IS PRETTY MUCH THE AMERICAN CAPITALIST SYSTEM AT WORK.  IF IT WASN’T PROFITABLE, THE DRIVER’S WOULDN’T DO IT.  THEIR FANS ARE VERY HAPPY TO BUY THESE COLLECTIBLES.  NO ONE IS HOLDING A GUN TO THEIR HEADS.  THIS IS JUST ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF INGENUITY AND CREATIVITY.

22. Too Many Cars on Short Tracks. Oops, all the sponsors need their TV
time so we have to start them all.

 

I WISH THAT NASCAR HAD MORE SHORT TRACKS.  I DON’T HAVE ANY PROBLEM STARTING 43 CARS ON ANY OF NASCAR’S TRACKS.

23. The Big Two Buying Tracks and Closing Them. A moment of silence for
North Wilkesboro, Nazareth, and Rockingham. And does anyone not believe
Darlington will be next, regardless of how much they spent on lights? True fans shed a tear for tradition; NASCAR counts their money.

 

NASCAR IS A BUSINESS.  THEY ARE IN A BUSINESS TO ENTERTAIN RACING FANS AND SUPORT THE RACING COMPETITORS.  I’M SURE THAT NASCAR WANTS TO ENTERTAIN AS MANY FANS AS THEY CAN, SINCE THEY ARE IN BUSINESS TO MAKE A PROFIT.  IF YOU OWNED NASCAR WOULD YOU RATHER HAVE 50,000 FANS AT ROCKINGHAM OR 100,000 FANS AT FONTANA?

24. Taking Away Darlington’s Labor Day Race and Ending the Southern 500. Spit in the face of the fans and of tradition, while setting up Darlington to
fail. Good plan.

 

I DON’T KNOW WHY THEY COULDN’T JUST CALL THE NOVEMBER DARLINGTON RACE THE SOUTHERN 500.  SHOULD DARLINGTONKEEP THEIR RACE DATE IF THEY CAN NO LONGER MEET TODAY’S REQUIREMENTS OF PAYING FANS?  SHOULD THIS TRACK BE KEPT IF IT NO LONGER FITS INTO THE BUSINESS PLAN OF ACHIEVING GEOGRAPHIC DIVERSITY, WHICH CREATES A LARGER OVERALL FAN BASE. 

 

I GREW UP IN THE CONSUMER PACKAGE GOODS BUSINESS.  FREQUENTLY, WE WOULD HAVE A BRAND THAT HAD BEEN AROUND FOR DECADES BUT NO LONGER SOLD WELL.  THE GROCERY STORE HAD TO DECIDE IF THEY SHOULD KEEP THE OLD BRAND ON THE SHELVES FOR THE VERY FEW LONG-TIME LOYAL CUSTOMERS OR GIVE THE VALUABLE GROCERY STORE SHELF SPACE TO A NEW BRAND THAT WOULD BE MORE POPULAR WITH CONSUMERS (FANS).

25. Twenty Years of Broken Promises to the Modified Tour. If you’ve been
here in the Northeast, you know what I’m saying, brother.

 

I DON’T KNOW THE BACKGROUND ON THIS ONE.

 

 

 

26. The New Rule that Guarantees the Top 35 a Starting Spot. Taking the
provisional concept to a new low. So now the rich teams just have to show up
and they are in the show, while all the rest of the smaller drivers and teams
trying to break into the big time have to fight for the remaining eight spots.
Don’t the multi-car rich teams already have a big enough advantage? Do they
really need this too? What really irks me about this policy most of all is that
back in the late 1990’s when Tony George reserved 25 spots in just one IRL
race for the top 25 in IRL points the media squealed like a stuck pig about how evil he was and how tradition was being cast aside. But when NASCAR does it on a much grander scale, 35 drivers and for every race, the cowardly media look the other way. Journalistic integrity? For sale for the price of a pit
pass. Better to let sleeping dogs lie than to awaken The Beast.

 

SEE RESPONSE #10.

27. Yellow Flags for Debris. The Daytona 500 didn't have enough
wrecks to allow NASCAR to orchestrate the pit stops and the TV commercial time outs.  So out comes the caution for debris on the track. Again and again and again. Debris. Sure. NASCAR wouldn’t lie to us. Would they?

 

THIS CAN BE A TOUGH ONE.  LET’S SAY THERE IS A SMALL PIECE OF METAL ON THE TRACK.  MAYBE JUST THREE OR FOUR INCHES SQUARE.  SHOULD NASCAR THROW A YELLOW FLAG TO PICKUP UP SUCH A SMALL PIECE OF DEBRIS?  IF THAT PIECE OF METAL CUTS A TIRE AND CAUSES A HUGE WRECK THE CAR OWNERS WILL WISH THAT YELLOW FLAG HAD BEEN THROWN.  WHAT IF THAT PIECE OF METAL WAS THROWN INTO THE CROWD AND INJURED OR KILLED SOMEONE?

 

I’M SEEING MORE AND MORE SHORT TRACKS DISPLAYING YELLOW FLAGS FOR DEBRIS THAT DOESN’T LOOK LIKE IT WOULD HURT ANYTHING.  COULD LIABILITY INSURANCE COMPANIES BE HELPING THE TRACK ERROR ON THE SIDE OF CAUTION?

 

IF THE YELLOW FLAG IS THROWN TO INCREASE COMPETITION, MAYBE THAT IS SIMILAR TO A BASKETBALL TEAM CALLING A TIME OUT WHEN THE OTHER TEAM IS GAINING MOMENTUM.

28. Length of the Yellow Flags. Notice just how long it takes to remove
that elusive little piece of debris spotted above? They already know
where it is, they’ve spotted it before they threw the caution. But first we have to close the pits for a round of commercials. Sorry, I meant to say for safety
reasons. Then they have to have the mass pit stop televised live, since that is
where most of the passing takes place in modern Cup racing. Then we need the post pit stop round of commercials. All to pick up one little piece, of
debris, and cheat fans out of racing laps they have paid for.

 

TELEVISION TIMEOUTS ARE NOTHING NEW TO SPORTS.  EVERY OTHER SPORT STOPS THE COMPETITION LONG ENOUGH TO SHOW THEIR SPONSOR’S COMMERCIALS.  WOULD IT BE BETTER TO HAVE NASCAR NEXTEL CUP SHOWS UNTELEVISTED BECAUSE WE DON’T WANT TO BE SUPPORTIVE OF THE PROGRAM’S SPONSORS?

 

29. Total Control of the Media. Watch an NFL game. If the game is a dud,
the commentators say so. If the referees blow a call, they tell you and show
it over and over. Not in Cup races. NASCAR controls who broadcasts their
races. Stray from the company line that every race is great, and you can be
replaced. Journalists, or puppets parroting the company line? You make the
call.  It’s no different on radio, either. Remember how NASCAR wouldn’t even let ESPN in the pits to cover the races? Want the printed version of same, get
NASCAR Scene or whatever else they publish.

 

I’M NOT REALLY SURE IF OTHER SPORTS ANNOUNCERS WILL TELL THE CROWD THEIR GAME IS A DUD.  IT’S VERY COMMON FOR THE SPORTS ANNOUNCER TO TELL THE AUDIENCE THAT THE TEAM THAT IS GETTING KILLED IS JUST ABOUT READY TO MAKE AN ALL-TIME COMEBACK.  THEY DON’T WANT TO LOSE THEIR AUDIENCE BY SAYING THE GAME IS OVER.

 

ANNOUNCERS OF ALL MAJOR SPORTS ARE IMPROVED BY THEIR SPORTS MANAGEMENT.  TURN ON A NETWORK TV PROGRAM FOR MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL AND YOU WILL SEE OR HEAR THAT THE ANNOUNCERS HAVE BEEN APPROVED BY MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL.  REMEMBER WHEN CBS GOLF ANNOUNCER GARY MCCORD WAS FIRED FROM THE MASTERS TELECAST BECAUSE HE SAID THE GREENS WERE SO FAST THEY LOOKED LIKE THEY HAVE BEEN “BIKINI WAXED”?  NASCAR IS SIMPLY TRYING TO PRESENT THEIR SPORT TO THE PUBLIC IN THE BEST LIGHT POSSIBLE.  THEY WANT THEIR ANNOUNCERS TO BUILD THE BUSINESS RATHER THAN TEAR IT DOWN.

30. Products on the Roof in Victory Lane. Tacky, tacky, tacky. Do they
think I can’t read the sponsor name on the side of the car, or on the
driver’s uniform, or know the race or series sponsors since drivers, announcers, etc. repeats them ad nauseum? Or am I that dumb that I need a visual reminder five minutes after the race ends?

 

I’M SURE IF RAYBAN SUNGLASSES PAID GUY SMITH $100,000 PER YEAR TO WEAR THEIR SUNGLASSES TO EVERY RACE HE ATTENDED THAT HE WOULD.  IF GATORADE PAID HIM $250,000 PER YEAR TO MENTION IT IN HIS AARN STORY AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE HE WOULD.  I KNOW THAT IF MY EMPLOYER ASKED ME TO DO SOMETHING THAT I WAS GETTING PAID FOR, I WOULD DO IT.

31. Drivers that Spit Out a Memorized List of Sponsors Every Time they are
Permitted to Open Their Mouths. The fans that will be influenced by the crass
commercialism already know who sponsors who, what brand of tires they all use, and which manufacturer is supplying the support, etc.

 

SEE RESPONSE #30.

32. Multi Car Super Teams. The rich get richer and the poor are out of the
sport. The three or four car teams have the most money, have an advantage in
sharing test data, now dominate the sport. Besides all of the advantages they
have before the race starts, the drivers from the same team work together to
help each other during the race. They call this progress? Soon there will be
a dozen teams, all with three or four cars, all guaranteed to start every
race. Each race will have exactly the same cars and exactly the same drivers.

 

THIS IS PRETTY MUCH THE SAME THINKING THAT MADE MCDONALDS AND WAL-MART BIG AND DROVE THE MOMS AND POPS OUT OF BUSINESS.  I’M SURPRISED IT TOOK RACING SO LONG TO GRASP THE CONCEPT.  IF IT DIDN’T MAKE THE TEAMS MORE EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT THEY WOULDN’T DO IT.

33. Homogenization of Race Tracks. I have a great idea. Let’s try to make
them all 1.5 mile copies of Charlotte! Remember that song: And they’re all
made of ticky-tacky and they all look the same. A little more variety,
please? Since the vast majority of race tracks in this country are dirt, why
shouldn’t the highest level of stock car racing include this form of racing?
I know, the sponsor’s wife doesn’t want to get dust on her new coat.

 

I AM NOT FAMILIAR WITH THIS SONG.  THE SPONSOR’S WIFE (NOW WE HAVE A SEXIST THING GOING ON HERE) IS SAFELY TUCKED AWAY IN AN AIR-CONDITIONED LUXURY BOX AND IS IN NO DANGER OF GETTING DIRTY.  I WOULD LOVE TO SEE NASCAR NEXTEL CUP RACE ON DIRT.

34. Homogenization of Drivers. Heaven help the driver that says anything
meaningful. Tony Stewart is the only driver left in Cup that will publicly
stand up against The Monster. And look at how the lemmings criticize him, while trying to find favor with the royal court. And they’re all made of
ticky-tacky and they all look the same.

 

THIS PUSHES MY HOT BUTTON JUST LIKE POINT #10.  WHY IS TONY STEWART ABLE TO BE SO CRITICAL OF NASCAR?  BECAUSE TONY STEWART HAS ALL THE MONEY HE WILL EVER NEED.  WHEN JEFF GORDON WAS IN DIVORCE COURT, IT WAS REPORTED THAT HIS NET WORTH WAS 49 MILLION DOLLARS.  TONY STEWART CANNOT BE FAR BEHIND JEFF GORDON.

 

WHERE DID TONY STEWART GET ALL OF HIS MONEY?  FROM NASCAR RACING!  TONY’S CRITICAL STATEMENTS WOULD BE LIKE YOU WORKING FOR YOUR EMPLOYER, TAKING THEIR MONEY, THEN STRONGLY CRITICISING THEM, WHILE CONTINUING TO TAKE THE MONEY. 

 

TONY STEWART REMINDS ME OF DALE EARNHARDT SR.  THEY BOTH LIKED TO WRECK PEOPLE AND THEN SAY, WHO ME?  THEN WHEN THEY DIDN’T WIN, THEY WOULDN’T EVEN TALK TO THE MEDIA OR BLAMED THEIR LACK OF SUCCESS ON OTHERS. 
 

35. Retroactive Sponsorship. The idea that some idiot will write that Bobby
Isaac was the 1970 Nextel Cup Champion just annoys the hell out of me.

 

I AGREE HERE.

36. Restrictor Plates at Two Tracks. If the so-called greatest drivers in the world can’t handle the very same cars they run at every other track at
Daytona and Talledega, then they aren’t really all that good, are they? Or is
the Big One just too valuable for ratings to give up?

 

UNLIMITED SPEEDS AT DAYTONA AND TALLADEGA WOULD MAKE THE RACE CARS INTO AIRPLANES.  REMEMBER WHEN BOBBY ALLISON GOT AIRBORNE AT TALLADEGA AND NEARLY SAILED INTO THE FRONTSTRETCH GRANDSTAND?  HOW MANY PEOPLE WOULD BE KILLED IF A RACECAR ENTERED THE GRANDSTAND AT 200 PLUS M.P.H.?  I’M GUESSING UPWARDS OF 100.  WOULD THAT BE ENOUGH TO CANCEL, BAN OR SEVERELY LIMIT AUTO RACING AS WE KNOW IT?

37. Brain France. And every sacred tradition he pisses away.

 

NASCAR’S CEO IS CHARGED WITH BUILDING THE BUSINESS JUST LIKE VIRTUALLY EVERY OTHER CEO OF A MAJOR COMPANY. BUILDING THE BUSINESS AT NASCAR MEANS MORE REVENUE, A BIGGER FAN BASE AND MORE PROFIT.  TO THE DEGREE THAT HE DOES THAT, IT MEANS HE IS SATISFYING THE SPORT’S CONSUMERS.  SO FAR, IT LOOKS LIKE HE IS MEETING THE CORPORATION’S OBJECTIVES.  WHEN HE CAN NO LONGER DO THAT, HE WILL BE REPLACED OR SOME OTHER SANCITONING BODY WILL REPLACE NASCAR.

38. Having Two All Star Races. Doesn’t every other sport have just one? But
if Speedway Motorsports has one, then ISC has to have one too.

 

ACTUALLY, MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL HAD TWO ALL-STAR GAMES FOR SEVERAL YEARS.  IF THE RACE FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE WINSTON IS THE FIRST ALL-STAR RACE, IS THE BUDWEISER SHOOTOUT THE OTHER ALL-STAR RACE YOU’RE THINKING ABOUT?

 

 

39. The Concept that the Promoter Owns the Date. When Speedway Motorsports was looking for a second Texas race, they were told they were able to move one of their dates from another track, like oh say Atlanta to Texas if they chose to do so. I don’t remember this type of date ownership until ISC bought up a lot of tracks and took control of a lot of dates.

 

THIS ONE IS A LITTLE HARD TO FATHOM.  I GUESS THE THINKING GOES BACK TO TRYING TO SATISFY YOUR LARGEST CUSTOMER, IN THIS CASE SPEEDWAY MOTORSPORTS.  YOU NEVER WANT TO BE OUT OF SORTS WITH YOUR BIG CUSTOMER AND YOU CERTAINLY DON’T WANT TO PISS THEM OFF TO AN EXTENT THAT THEY BECOME YOUR COMPETITOR.

40. Making Bill Simpson a Scapegoat. For the death of Dale Earnhardt. They
hemmed and hawed and changed their story, then hung out to dry a man that
dedicated his entire life to the sport and to the safety of the drivers.
Classy.

 

THERE’S SO MUCH STUFF THAT WENT ON BEHIND THE SCENES WITH THIS ONE THAT IT’S HARD TO TELL FACT FROM FICTION. WAS THE BELT CUT OR WASN’T IT.  DID EARNHARDT INSTALL IT INCORRECTLY?  THIS RANKS UP THERE WITH THE JFK CONSPIRACY.

41. The Common Body Template. And they’re all made of ticky-tacky and
they all look the same. Except for whichever manufacturer pays to put his
name on it.

 

BOY, I WISH I HAD HEARD THIS SONG!  ALL, I KNOW IS I’VE NEVER SEEN A TWO-DOOR FORD TAURUS.

42. How NASCAR Got their Mitts on and Ruined IROC. Once a great series that
pitted champions from a multitude of series against each other on a variety of
types of courses, now it’s a bunch of NASCAR stars against a handful of
NASCAR approved IRL and WoO drivers on NASCAR tracks. Nothing more than a side show at the three ring circus.

PERSONALLY, I’VE NEVER FOUND ANY OF THE IROC RACES THAT CAPTIVATING.  I WAS PLEASED TO SEE WORLD OF OUTLAW SPRINT CAR DRIVERS FINALLY ALLOWED IN IROC RACES.


43. Left open for the King, Richard Petty. Ole Richard’s team intentionally
cheated by using an oversized engine and illegal tires to get win number 198
at Charlotte in 1983. They got fined but he got to keep the win. Everyone
said that Richard didn’t know that his team intentionally put a blatantly
illegal engine in the car, which somehow missed NASCAR’s attention before the race as well. And they say Richard couldn’t have known about the illegal tires his crew put on during a pit stop, he was in the car. To absolve Petty from the cheating done by his employees at Petty Enterprises would mean you would have to absolve Ken Lay at Enron, and any other CEO who claims that they didn’t know what their employees were doing. Without the Pettygate win, Richard would have never reached 200 wins, won his 200th at Daytona in front of the President, and the sport would not have received all the resulting publicity. In my book, cheaters aren’t heroes. Cheaters are bums, whether it be Ken Lay in business or an athlete using illegal drugs or equipment. Shoeless Joe Jackson probably didn’t cheat and he was banned for life from Major League Baseball.  Richard Petty cheated without question, and he is the King of Stock Car Racing.

 

I WOULD NEVER CONDONE CHEATING.

 

44. The Chase for the Championship. The tradition of auto racing dictates
that an annual track or series championship goes to the driver that did the
best over the entire season. But when stock car racing’s ratings dipped after the NFL season began in September, NASCAR’s Brian France threw that 100 year tradition right out the window for a lousy Nielson Rating Point and another two share.

 

WHEN I FIRST HEARD ABOUT THE CHASE FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP I THOUGHT IT WAS A BAD IDEA.  NOW, LIKE MANY OTHERS, I’M SEEING THAT IT MAKES THE RACING A BIT MORE ENTERTAINING OVER THE LAST 10 RACES.  BIG-TIME AUTO RACING HAS JOINED THE OTHER MAJOR LEAGUE SPORTS.  IN FOOTBALL, BASKETBALL, BASEBALL OR HOCKEY YOU SIMPLY NEED TO BE IN THE UPPER ECHELON TO QUALIFY FOR THE PLAYOFFS.

45. If the Race Ended Now. Although the first 26 races mean nothing other
than to find out which ten drivers make it to the Chase and have their points
all reset anyway, the announcers constantly talk about how the points would be if the race ended now, even when there are hundreds of miles and several
rounds of pit stops to go before the checkered.

 

I LIKE THESE TYPES OF PROJECTIONS.  I CAN SEE IF MY FAVORITE DRIVER IS LOOKING GOOD OR REALLY NEEDS TO GET ON THE GAS.

46. The Defense of Tobacco. For years anyone that criticized the cash cow
that was R. J. Reynolds Tobacco was met by fierce resistance from NASCAR’s
front line foot soldiers, the bought and paid for journalists, who defended the
Winston brand’s sponsorship by saying that tobacco was a legal product for
adults so they have a right to sponsor anything they want. This is America!
But when NASCAR denies a team the right to obtain sponsorship from an equally legal product, due to a perceived image problem or a conflict with another sponsor, the same journalists are strangely silent.

 

I DON’T THINK TOBACCO SHOULD BE DEFENDED AND I DON’T THINK IT SHOULD BE LEGAL TO USE A SUBSTANCE THAT CAUSES CANCER.

47. Cost to the Fans. I read that both Bill and Jim France are billionaires
in their own right. Most of the other family members are surely multi
millionaires. So can’t they at least sell a bottle of pop at anywhere near
the price you pay at a convenience store? Does it have to be triple that cost and then some? If your argument is supply and demand, free-enterprise, and all that; I hope that you also champion the same rights for Oil Companies, OPEC, and the price at the pump.

 

I SUPPORT THE IDEA THAT A BUSINESS SHOULD BE ABLE TO CHARGE WHAT THE TRAFFIC WILL BARE.

48. Too Many Points for the Back of the Pack Finishers. The famous point
system laid out on a napkin is the cause for all of those dangerously damaged
cars returning to the race scores of laps down just to try to advance from
30-something place to 30-something place minus one. Give everyone in the second half of the field the same number of points and stop that nonsense.

 

I MUST BE GETTING TIRED, I LIKE THIS IDEA.

49. Too Few Points for the Winners. The races winner should receive
significantly more points than the race losers. It’s all about winning.
That’s why they call it stock car racing, not stock car stroking.

 

MY EYELIDS ARE STARTING TO GET HEAVY, I LIKE THIS IDEA.

50. Pretending to Care About Short Track Racing. Just look at the number of
tracks that claim their Friday or Saturday night shows suffer whenever NASCAR runs one of their top three series on those nights. But what TV wants, TV gets. So the number of NASCAR At Night races just keeps rising. And the short track cries for help go unanswered.

 

THIS COMPLAINT RANKS RIGHT UP THERE WITH #10 AND #34 WITH ME.  NASCAR IS NOT SHORT TRACK RACING’S PROBLEM. SHORT TRACK RACING IS SHORT TRACK RACING’S PROBLEM.  DOES NASCAR CAUSE YOUR LOCAL SATURDAY NIGHT TRACK TO START 30 MINUTES LATE?  DOES NASCAR CAUSE YOUR LOCAL TRACK TO HAVE, FOR THE MOST PART, UNEDIBLE FOOD?  IS NASCAR RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR LOCAL TRACK HAVING AN ANNOUNCER THAT CANNOT FOR A MOMENT ENTERTAIN THE CROWD?  IS NASCAR RESPONSIBLE FOR RESTROOMS THAT ARE NEARLY UNINHAPITBABLE FOR THE WEAKER SEX (NOT TRYING TO BE SEXIST HERE)?  IS NASCAR…………

Provisional. Racing so bad that track position means everything, meaning pit
stops are more important than green flag racing.

 

ARE YOU REFERRING TO WORLD OF OUTLAWS SPRINT CAR RACING?

Provisional. Scheduling their short track meetings against RPM.

 

DON’T KNOW WHAT THAT WAS ALL ABOUT, BUT SOMEBODY PISSED SOMEBODY OFF.

Provisional. Pit road deals between the teams to work together.

 

I LEARNED A LONG TIME AGO THAT IT’S BETTER TO HAVE FRIENDS THAN NOT.

Sadly, besides the above fifty qualifiers plus the three provisionals, there
were quite a few other DNQ’s.

 

 


Comments

  1. Paul,

    According to Wikipedia the Auto Club Speedway seats 84,000. Sunday’s race (March 23, 2014) was a complete sellout.

    Randy

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