Back-of-garage battle for Daytona slots
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#1 Jan 18, 2008
Mr. Smith, good comments. I have seen somewhere that some arrogant motorsports writer thinks that believing in the notion that the fastest cars race is "absurd." That the top 35 rule was created to make sure "da big guys" race. Bunk. If da big guys with all their money can't find the speed at any particular track on any particular weekend then so be it, they don't race. It's pure and simple. Won't hurt the sponsors a bit. If it happens too often they will leave the sport (not recommended) or leave the team and go to another one. I just don't think the top 35 thing works, and not because it hurts small teams -- and it does -- but because it promotes mediocrity to get in the race but more importantly is flies in the face of the foundation of racing: go fast and get in the show and go fast to win the show. Pretty simple to me, but some want us to believe that it is much more complicated than that, and it's an intellectual thing as how to arrive at this top 35 rule and it is 'absurd' to think otherwise. What I have noticed in the past 10 years with NASCAR is that the more complicated they make this thing the duller it gets: "the act of passing", can't do anything to shocks or car bodies, freezing fields and loop data, green white checker, when the caution flag is flow, commitment line/cone, top 35 rule, and on and on. And the most of those rules were said to keep competition close or keep the lid on costs. Bull! it is about control. Anyone out there think that 2006 was close just ask Hendrick's teams at 18 or 36 point events? Or how about costs? Any owner out there think cost is "under control?" Of course one might say that cost would be out of sight if not for the things NASCAR has done...I would say--to borrow a word from a legend in his own mind, ABSURD! Owners and teams know one thing better than they do even the race thing, and that's how to spend someone else's money in droves.
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