Some big names could be left out

Full story: The Morning Call

Tucked away in the back corner of the garage, far from the overwhelming attention surrounding NASCAR's biggest stars, a world-class group of drivers went overlooked in their quest to make the Daytona 500 .
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Amy Miller

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Feb 14, 2008
 
Marlin is always whining about something...
barb

Desert Hot Springs, CA

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Feb 19, 2008
 
By the way, Sterling Marlin was in the top 35 last year until Bobby Ginn sold the team to Theresa, Somehow with the eternal rewriting of rules by the gods of Nascar, Sterling's points wound up with Paul Menard and Sterling wound up out of the races.
That deal was slight-of-hand like I've never seen.
Without the top-35 rule such complete disregard of drivers and fans wouldn't be so easy. As it is, it is completely absurd, extremely frustrating and just plain 'no way to run an airline' or a race venue.
If every team had to qualify on speed, the rich teams couldn't spend practice getting ready to race while the poor teams have to work on qualifying trim. They're already behind in the count when the race starts.
Just spell Nascar UNFAIR and be done with it. And count me out at the same time. It used to be fun to be a Nascar fan.
I won't mention what it is now. Barb, Northridge CA

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Fairfax, VA

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Feb 20, 2008
 
barb wrote:
By the way, Sterling Marlin was in the top 35 last year until Bobby Ginn sold the team to Theresa, Somehow with the eternal rewriting of rules by the gods of Nascar, Sterling's points wound up with Paul Menard and Sterling wound up out of the races.
That deal was slight-of-hand like I've never seen.
Without the top-35 rule such complete disregard of drivers and fans wouldn't be so easy. As it is, it is completely absurd, extremely frustrating and just plain 'no way to run an airline' or a race venue.
If every team had to qualify on speed, the rich teams couldn't spend practice getting ready to race while the poor teams have to work on qualifying trim. They're already behind in the count when the race starts.
Just spell Nascar UNFAIR and be done with it. And count me out at the same time. It used to be fun to be a Nascar fan.
I won't mention what it is now. Barb, Northridge CA
Barb, it's not about the racing anymore. Those days have been gone. What it is about is NASCAR making the almighty dollar and protecting their investors, the sponsors of the top 35 in points. Anyone who thinks otherwise is on crack. When NASCAR gives a free pass week after week to these 35 teams they're doing racing and the fans a great disservice. Imagine the racing you'd see if every week you actually had to qualify to make the show. I was a NASCAR fan for 40 years and in it's current corporate, sanitized incarnation, I find it unwatchable. In fact I don't even view it as racing, it's more of a corporate circus side show. There is hope though and I've found it in the USAR Hooters Pro Cup. There it's all about the racing and you actually have to qualify to make the show, how refreshing.

Since: Feb 08

Fairfax, VA

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Feb 20, 2008
 
Natalie wrote:
<quoted text>Ex fan get a grip, you sound like a total assinine person. No one cares if you're an ex fan in truth it's a good thing so go on to the next thing your quiting.
Natalie you keep rooting for those decals running around the track hun. Enjoy your sub-par make beleive racing. I'll chock you up as another casualty of the NASCAR propaganda machine.
Fading memories

North Pole, AK

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Feb 22, 2008
 
I completely agree with Ex Fan. NASCAR will always pay lip service to the "interests of the fans" but that's only because they know from experience that the fans will attach themselves to another driver once their favorite retires (or, like Sterling, is pretty much discarded).
The top-35 rule pretty much guarantees that the rich will stay rich and the one-driver owners will stay on the outside looking in. They pretend it's a sport, but it's basically a league of four or five teams. Great competition, knowing that if you don't have a few other cars from the same garage on the track with you your chances are pretty slim of getting even a top five finish. It gets to where I wonder why it took me so long to stop caring about who won a race, or that there even was a race.
I didn't really mind if Sterling Marlin or anyone else won or lost a race, but it seemed to matter a little more when there was an actual difference among these cars. I'll just wait for warm weather and head on out to the local short tracks to watch people who race because it's fun, not because some sponsor is pumping millions into their team and telling the drivers to remember to mention them in victory lane. Anyone who actually gives a hoot about any pro sport's outcome is a bit delusional. I know, because that's how I used to be.

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Feb 22, 2008
 
Fading memories wrote:
I completely agree with Ex Fan. NASCAR will always pay lip service to the "interests of the fans" but that's only because they know from experience that the fans will attach themselves to another driver once their favorite retires (or, like Sterling, is pretty much discarded).
The top-35 rule pretty much guarantees that the rich will stay rich and the one-driver owners will stay on the outside looking in. They pretend it's a sport, but it's basically a league of four or five teams. Great competition, knowing that if you don't have a few other cars from the same garage on the track with you your chances are pretty slim of getting even a top five finish. It gets to where I wonder why it took me so long to stop caring about who won a race, or that there even was a race.
I didn't really mind if Sterling Marlin or anyone else won or lost a race, but it seemed to matter a little more when there was an actual difference among these cars. I'll just wait for warm weather and head on out to the local short tracks to watch people who race because it's fun, not because some sponsor is pumping millions into their team and telling the drivers to remember to mention them in victory lane. Anyone who actually gives a hoot about any pro sport's outcome is a bit delusional. I know, because that's how I used to be.
Fading, I go to my local short tracks where it's all about the racing and minus the corporate fluff. I'm glad to see there's another enlightened soul out there...
Herb

Cincinnati, OH

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#8
Mar 1, 2008
 
I live in no.ky. was a season ticket holder at ky. speedway,gave up on the nascar monopoly, went back to watching the CINTI.REDS!

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