The Frontstretch: Voices From the Heartland: My final word on iNASCAR by Jeff Meyer -- Wednesday March 9, 2005

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Voices From the Heartland: My final word on iNASCAR

Jeff Meyer · Wednesday March 9, 2005

 

InterNational Association for Stock Car Auto Racing.

That’s what Brian France wants. And, if you ask me, it’s all part of this cursed Diversity crap.

Don’t get me wrong, growth is good. But too much growth can also mean death. Case in point, Agent Orange. Few people realize that Agent Orange, the defoliant used in Viet Nam to expose the enemies activity beneath the jungle canopy, was not a ‘weed killer’ per say. It was actually a growth accelerant that in reality, caused the plants to grow themselves to death. (Vets and chemists correct me if I’m wrong.) That same scenario may be what’s happening to NASCAR.

After last weekend’s Busch foray to Mexico City, a lot of talk has been about a future Cup Series race on foreign soil. I pray that never happens. It is not needed, and in my own opinion, is not the direction NASCAR needs to go to achieve it’s self-perceived Holy Grail of political correctness to shed itself of it’s redneck image.

Last week during Frontstretch.com’s Mirror Driving session, I stated that I refused to even acknowledge the Busch Series even going to Mexico. Since then, after a lot of thought and a few beverages, I have revamped my stance somewhat.

Before I go further, I must say that personally, I see nothing wrong with keeping NASCAR’s particular brand of auto racing strictly an American thing. Much the same as we (Americans) have a different version of football than the rest of the world.

I now think that having a Busch race or two on Mexican or Canadian soil could actually help NASCAR achieve its goal of diversity without ruffling the feathers of us traditionalists too much. (But ONLY in Canada or Mexico! Let’s keep it in the northern hemisphere shall we.)

Sending the Busch Series to these two countries once or twice would give good drivers of those countries a chance to test their skills against our upcoming stars and a few of our veterans. Perhaps it would open a door or two for a few foreign drivers or give them the incentive they need to try the ‘big leagues’ in America. Their success, if they are good enough, would thus inspire more drivers and fans to attend, in turn creating the diversity NASCAR so much desires.

But then again, what do I know? I haven’t seen a big influx of Asians at NASCAR events on the heels of Hideo Fukuyama’s success.

Perhaps NASCAR, despite the best efforts of its current administration, is destined to remain a uniquely American redneck sport!

I, for one, would still be proud!

Stay off the wall,

Jeff

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Jack
03/10/2005 07:24 AM
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What I think Jeff is missing here is the unstoppable surge of globalization. Every second the world gets smaller, The longer Americans choose to ignore this undenyable fact, the harder it is going to be for us to catch up. The world market is too huge to ignore. NASCAR looks at Foumula 1 and sees that F1 is virtually unrivaled as the worlds most watched racing series. NASCAR feels it puts on better racing (which it does) and wants a peice of that huge market. I mean there are 80Ml NASCAR fans in the US, there are potentially a BILLION fans out there hungry for NASCAR action. Brian France has been around the world and he knows the only way to survive is to embrace the globalized world.

Racing outside of the US may encourage stock car series to sprout up all over. We will most likely still see a national series in the US with a few select WORLD CUP events or something. One can only imagine how huge it can really get. Imagine Daytona being a showpeice, with every great driver in the world coming HERE because NASCAR will be the dominant series?

Simply put, the past is dust, globalization IS the way of the 21’st century. We must accecpt this fact in order to compete.
Jeff M
03/10/2005 03:24 PM
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Jeff responds…
Thanks for the feedback Jack,

Yes, the world is getting smaller, that is a fact. Globalization is great, for business, but let’s not forget that NASCAR is also a sport.

If you globalized NASCAR, it would no longer be NASCAR. It would become something else entirely.

If the France family wants to use their money and the NASCAR name to upstart other stock car series’in other parts of the world (such as Mexico) that would be great. If that led to be a funnel toward NASCAR in the US then so be it! The greatest could come to Daytona for the ‘showpiece’ as you put it.

Ultimately, with NASCAR being a private company, the France family would reap the benifits, since it is their money they are investing.
Let them set up other stock car series’ globally. Then let the best come to us. There is no need to mess with the system as we know it here in the US.

WASCAR just doesn’t work for me.

Look at baseball. Yes, it is played in other parts of the world, but if you want be in the World Series you have to be good enough to make the cut on an American team.

Setting up other stockcar Series’around the world is fine, but then let the best come to us, I say!
Davy K. Lee
03/11/2005 01:29 AM
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Jeff, As to “JACK’S” statement that Formula 1 racing is the unrivaled spectator racing series.
If you consider all forms of stock car racing from mid-western dirt tracks and sea-to-shining-sea, I’ll bet it isn’t even close. $100M/yr sponsorships, $30,000 steering wheels, five competetive passes for the lead in one whole season? One race per year in major cities around the world? What kind of racing wouldn’t draw a crowd under those circumstances?
Gary
03/11/2005 09:51 AM
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It’s fans like “Jack” and people like Brian France that have turned what was the best racing in the world into just another stupid and irrelevent network TV show. What a jackass…
Jggirl2448
03/11/2005 01:55 PM
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I am perfectly happy seeing NASCAR stay an American sport. When I go to a race and see the planes flying over and presenting our flags, along with the prayer, it’s one of the most patriotic things I have witness.

We diversify to include other countries, not only can not every driver make every race (killing it for us couch watchers), but there goes our Anthem (unless we play everyone’s), there goes our fly by’s, there goes our prayer (can’t have Christian prayer in Catholic, Muslim, etc. countries).

And there goes honoring our soldiers to prevent “political incorrectness”. I can’t tell you the pride I had at the fall race in Atlanta, watching the soldiers who were seriously wounded, wobbling on that stage to hear the cheers of NASCAR’s fans.

 

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