NASCAR Announces Modifications To NASCAR Hall Of Fame Eligibility And Selection Process
posted by Mike Neff
Thursday December 5, 2013
The Sanctioning Body Also Creates New Award For Outstanding Contributions
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 5, 2013) – NASCAR today announced a number of changes to the selection process for the NASCAR Hall of Fame (NHOF), including a modification to driver eligibility parameters and the creation of a new award to honor significant contributions to the growth and success of the sport.
In all, six changes and updates will be made starting with the selection of the Class of 2015 – all designed to improve upon an already strong process that has led to the selection of 25 deserving inductees.
“We’re very proud of how the NASCAR Hall of Fame has evolved and believe the first five classes reflect the strength of the nominating and voting procedures, with voices from every corner of our industry included in the selection process,” said Brett Jewkes, NASCAR vice president and chief communications officer. “Based on feedback from voters, industry leaders, media who cover our sport and the fans, we believe the changes announced today are a strong recognition of the uniqueness of our sport and will make the overall selection process even stronger in how we honor those who have driven NASCAR to great success on and off the track.”
Following is a summary of changes:
Currently, drivers who have competed in NASCAR for at least 10 years and been retired for three years are eligible for nomination to the NHOF. That will not change.
Moving forward, however, drivers who have competed for a minimum of 10 years and reached their 55th birthday on or before Dec. 31 of the year prior to the nominating year are immediately eligible for the NHOF. Also, any competitor who has competed for 30 or more years in NASCAR competition by Dec. 31 of the year prior to the nominating year is automatically eligible, regardless of age.
Drivers may continue to compete after reaching any of the aforementioned milestones without compromising eligibility for nomination or induction.
Nominating Committee Will Select Five Fewer Nominees for Enshrinement
Throughout its history, the NHOF Nominating Committee has selected 25 nominees each year to be discussed and voted on for NHOF enshrinement. That number will be reduced to 20 starting with the selection process for the 2015 class.
Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR
Beginning with the 2015 class, a new award – Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR – will be initiated to honor significant contributions to the growth and esteem of NASCAR.
Potential Landmark Award recipients could include competitors or those working in the sport as a member of a racing organization, track facility, race team, sponsor, media partner or being a general ambassador for the sport through a professional or non-professional role. Award winners will remain eligible for NHOF enshrinement.
Five nominees will be selected by the NHOF Nominating Committee and then be voted on by the Voting Panel. To win the award, an individual must appear on at least 60 percent of the ballots and no more than one award will be presented annually. Voting for this award will occur immediately following the voting for the NHOF class and be monitored by the same independent accounting firm that oversees NHOF voting.
Nominating Committee to Meet, Vote on 20 NHOF Nominees / Five Landmark Award Nominees
For the first time, the Nominating Committee will meet in person to discuss, debate and vote to create two ballots – the NHOF ballot and the Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR ballot. Previously, the committee submitted nominees via mail to an independent accounting firm that tallies the nominations in order to create the final NHOF ballot.
The Nominating Committee will meet during Speedweeks at Daytona on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, and the nominees for both ballots will be announced later that day.
Nominees To Be Recused From the Nominating / Voting Process
Any member of the Nominating Committee or Voting Panel who appeared on the previous year’s ballot or current year’s ballot will now be recused from participating in the nominating and / or voting process for as long as he / she appears on the ballot. If an individual who is currently on the Nominating Committee or Voting Panel is inducted, or is no longer included on a final ballot, he or she is immediately reinstated to active participation on the panel(s).
Reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Added To Voting Panel
As was already announced on Nov. 14 at Homestead-Miami Speedway during the annual NASCAR Championship Contenders Press Conference, the reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion will be added to the following year’s voting panel.
That means Jimmie Johnson, who captured his sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship, will be included in the selection meeting and can cast a vote for the NHOF Class of 2015 on Voting Day, Wednesday, May 21, 2014.
NASCAR Purchases Iowa Speedway
posted by Mike Neff
Wednesday November 27, 2013
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 27, 2013) – In a strategic move designed to expand its commitment to enhancing event experiences and fan engagement, as well as solidify the future of one of the premier racing and entertainment facilities in the Midwest, NASCAR announced today that it has purchased Iowa Speedway. The agreement, finalized today under a wholly-owned subsidiary, Iowa Speedway, LLC, is effective immediately.
“Iowa Speedway is a great entertainment facility with a very bright future,” said Eric Nyquist, NASCAR vice president, strategic development. “The facility has the support of the region, it’s positioned well in the heart of the Midwest, and year in and year out it provides great short-track racing action for motorsports fans.
“NASCAR ownership will allow us to draw on the entire resources of our company. It also provides us with the opportunity to execute first-hand a number of entertainment ideas and engagement opportunities with fans – much of which we have outlined repeatedly as the core of our Industry Action Plan.”
The facility, located 30 miles east of Des Moines in Newton, features a fast, .875-mile asphalt paved tri-oval designed by NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace. The Speedway released its 2014 schedule earlier this month, encompassing three weekends, one each in May, July and August. The schedule will include two NASCAR Nationwide Series races, a combination NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and IndyCar Series weekend, plus two additional NASCAR K&N Pro Series support races. NASCAR has no plans for Iowa Speedway to host a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race next year or in the immediate future.
NASCAR will host a special event in Des Moines on Thursday, Dec. 12, to outline additional details on the purchase and plans for the future. Information on this event will be announced soon.
The 2014 Iowa Speedway season opens May 17-18, with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East versus West Challenge on Saturday night. The stars and cars of the NASCAR Nationwide Series then will battle on Sunday in a 250-lap, high-speed contest. The race marks the only Sunday afternoon event of the season at Iowa Speedway.
The new NASCAR Camping World Truck Series / IndyCar Series race weekend at Iowa Speedway is slated for July 11-12. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will race Friday night and feature short-track racing action that has become synonymous with the series in the American Ethanol 200. The first-ever Iowa Corn Indy 300 will follow on Saturday night.
On Friday, Aug. 1, a second NASCAR K&N Pro Series East versus West challenge race will be held followed by a second NASCAR Nationwide Series 250-lap event on Saturday under the lights.
Season ticket holders may renew their tickets for the 2014 season, and will have an exclusive right to secure their current seats until Dec. 14. All other seats are available for purchase immediately, with season ticket prices starting at $95. All season tickets will include a guaranteed seat location, complimentary Casey’s Fan Walk pass and an opportunity to participate in pre-race ceremonies. Season tickets, parking passes and onsite camping options are available online at www.iowaspeedway.com, or by calling the toll-free ticketing hotline, 866-RUSTY-GO (787-8946).
Iowa Speedway’s ticketing office, located at 3333 Rusty Wallace Drive in Newton, also will be open to assist customers from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, holidays excepted.
2014 IOWA SPEEDWAY EVENT SCHEDULE
Saturday, May 17 – NASCAR K&N Pro Series East vs. West Challenge
Friday, July 11 – American Ethanol 200, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Friday, August 1 – NASCAR K&N Pro Series East vs. West Challenge
Stewart-Haas Racing announces reorganization of their Competition Department
posted by Mike Neff
Tuesday November 19, 2013
Stewart-Haas Racing is expanding to four teams in the Sprint Cup series for 2014. As a result, the organization is realigning some personnel into new roles within their competition department. The new assignments for 2014 include:
1) Greg Zipadelli has been named Vice President of Competition and will oversee all four Sprint Cup teams. The crew chiefs of the teams will report directly to Zipadelli.
2) Matt Borland has been named Vice President of Engineering. The role will involve Borland overseeing the organization’s technical initiatives and a myriad of research and development projects. As Borland moves into his new role he will become a mentor for the crew chief of the No. 41 Haas Automation team of Kurt Busch.
3) Race Engineer Daniel Knost is being promote to the position of Crew Chief for Busch’s No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet. Knost is an engineer with a Master of Science and PHD in Mechanical Engineering from VPI and Virginia Tech. Knost’s previous roles at SHR included running the team’s seven-post shaker rig, at-track race simulation support and race engineer for both the No. 10 and No. 39 teams.
4) Chad Johnston is going to take over the Crew Chief position for Tony Stewart’s No. 14. Johnston has spent the last three years as Martin Truex Jr.‘s Crew Chief at Michael Waltrip Racing. Johnston brings Hoosier roots to the organization like Stewart. He is a graduate of Indiana State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
5) The Crew Chief for Kevin Harvick’s No. 4 ride in 2014 will be Rodney Childers. Childers moved to SHR in October of 2013 from MWR where he was a Crew Chief for the No. 00 David Reutimann and then the No. 55 for multiple drivers. Childers Crew Chief resume extends back to 2005 when he was the head wrench for MB2/MBV Motorsports with Scott Riggs.
6) Tony Gibson will remain on top of the pit box for Danica Patrick in the No. 10 car for 2014.
Steve Addington is leaving SHR for other opportunities. The word is he will be the Crew Chief for the No. 51, working with his good friend Kevin ‘Bono’ Manion.
2011 Daytona 500 Champion Trevor Bayne Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis
posted by Mike Neff
Tuesday November 12, 2013
Daytona 500 winner and Roush Fenway Racing (RFR) driver Trevor Bayne has announced today that he has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Bayne – 22 years old – has undergone extensive testing at the Mayo Clinic and has been cleared by doctors and NASCAR to compete behind the wheel.
“I’ve never been more driven to compete,” said Bayne. “My goals are the same as they’ve been since I started racing. I want to compete at the highest level and I want to win races and championships. I am in the best shape I’ve ever been in and I feel good,” added Bayne. “There are currently no symptoms and I’m committed to continuing to take the best care of my body as possible. I will continue to trust in God daily and know that His plan for me is what is best.”
In 2011, Bayne became the youngest driver in NASCAR history to win the famed Daytona 500. He is currently sixth in the NNS standings, having accumulated one win, six top-five and 20 top-10 finishes in 2013. He will compete again full-time for the NNS championship in 2014, driving the No. 6 AdvoCare Ford Mustang.
In 117 career Nationwide Series races Bayne has two wins, 18 top 5s and 50 top 10s with six poles. Bayne also has 45 career Sprint Cup series starts. In those starts he has the one win in the 2011 Daytona 500, one top 5 and three top 10s.
Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable disease of the central nervous system which interrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and the rest of the body. Symptoms range from reduced or lost mobility to numbness and tingling to blindness and, in extreme cases, paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, and each person diagnosed with MS experiences the disease in a unique way.
Penalties Issued Following Sledgehammer Throw
posted by Phil Allaway
Thursday October 31, 2013
Last Saturday’s Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway will likely be best known for Darrell Wallace, Jr.‘s historic victory. However, late in the race, a crash involving Ty Dillon and Kevin Harvick, along with the pit road actions afterward, also made headlines.
Dillon got in the back of Harvick in Turn 2, spinning the Sprint Cup regular out, who then ran into the driver of the No. 3 Chevrolet. Dillon then responded with a number of unsuccessful attempts to spin out Harvick. When both drivers got to pit road, Harvick blocked Dillon’s stall and threw down his window net, prompting a scrum where a sledgehammer was thrown by a member of Dillon’s team at Harvick’s truck.
On Friday morning, NASCAR responded with penalties stemming from the pit road altercation. Marcus Richmond, crew chief of the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, has been fined $10,000 for failing to maintain control of his crew. Meanwhile, crewmember Adam Brown was judged by NASCAR to be the person who three the sledgehammer at Harvick and was suspended indefinitely.
In their press release, NASCAR cited violations of multiple sections of the 2013 Camping World Truck Series Rule Book. The sections cited were 12-1 (Actions Detrimental to Stock Car Racing) and 9-4A (Crew chief resumes responsibility for the actions of his driver, team owner, and team members in addition to himself).
There is no word as of yet from Richard Childress Racing as to whether they plan to appeal the penalties.
Marcos Ambrose to have new sponsor for Dover Cup race in September
posted by Mike Neff
Tuesday October 29, 2013
The current economic environment has seen sponsors cutting back and even leaving the sport. Richard Petty Motorsports announced on Tuesday evening that they will have a new sponsor on the hood for the Dover Cup race and an associate sponsor for half of the season. Stanley and their associated brands Mac and Dewalt will also be back for 2014 on the No. 9 Ford for Marcos Ambrose.
Brian Moffitt, the CEO of Richard Petty Motorsports noted that the company is willing to run an alcohol sponsor on the No. 9 but will never do it on the No. 43. “Richard promised his parents that he’d never run an alcohol or tobacco sponsor on his car and that will hold true as long as we’re an organization.” When he was asked about how this came about he said, “This just kind of happened. There are relationships out there in the marketplace that are always talking with each other. We ended up going to Boston and having a discussion with the company and the next thing you know we are partners.”
Twisted Tea is a division of Boston Beer Company, most famous for the Samuel Adams beer brand. Jon London, the Boston Beer Director of Brand Development was on hand and loves the marriage between Twisted Tea’s customers and NASCAR. “We look at NASCAR and think that they, along with Marcos Ambrose, are just a great fit for the brand. Our drinkers love NASCAR and Marcos is a little bit different, our drinkers are a little different and Marcos is a lot of fun so he’s a great person to represent our brand.”
Moffitt also confirms that, while there are a few openings left on the 2014 calendar for RPM, both Ambrose and Aric Almirola will be back in 2014 and should have all of their races covered by the start of the season.
Darrell Wallace Jr. Scores Significant Victory at Martinsville
posted by Mike Neff
Saturday October 26, 2013
Darrell Wallace, Jr. etched his name in the NASCAR history book under two different columns on Saturday at Martinsville Speedway. Wallace took the checkered flag first to become the second African-American driver in the history of NASCAR to win a National touring series race, and the first to win a Truck Series race. He is also the second graduate of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity to win a national touring race, following Kyle Larson’s victory at Rockingham Speedway earlier this season.
Wallace led a race-high 96 laps en route to his win. He led three times including the final 50 laps. Wallace outran Brendan Gaughan, Jeb Burton, Ben Kennedy and Ryan Blaney to secure his win. The average age of the top 5 at Martinsville was 23.8 with four of the five drivers being under 22 years of age. Wallace is the second non-Cup driver to win in a Kyle Busch Motorsports truck following Brian Scott’s win at Phoenix last season.
Hamlin Picks Up a Pair of Poles in Martinsville
posted by Amy Henderson
Friday October 25, 2013
Denny Hamlin will start on the pole for Sunday’s Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway after setting a new track record with a lap time of 19.013 seconds, good for a speed of 99.595 MPH. Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch ran identical second-place times of 190.61 seconds. Johnson will start on the front row after winning the tie-breaker, car owner points, where Johnson currently sits first. Busch will start third, and Matt Kenseth and Clint Bowyer round out the top 5. Joey Logano, Jamie McMurray, David Ragan, Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick complete the top 10.
The pole is Hamlin’s 17th in 288 races. It’s also his fifth of 2013, a career-best for Hamlin, whose season was interrupted by a back injury earlier in the year.
In all, 18 drivers broke the previous track record, set in the spring race this year by Johnson. Bowyer broke the 100 MPH mark in practice, but no driver was able to duplicate that in time trials. The Sprint Cup drivers will have a pair of practice sessions on Saturday before Sunday’s 500-lap event.
Seven Chase drivers qualified inside the top 10, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Carl Edwards clocked in in 12th and 14th, respectively. Other Chase drivers include Ryan Newman (17th), Kasey Kahne (25th), and Greg Biffle (33rd).
Hamlin wasn’t done after his Sprint Cup qualifying effort. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers took their time trials after the Cup teams had their shot, and Hamlin duplicated his earlier effort, snagging the pole for the Kroger 250 in the No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports entry. Johnny Sauter, Darrell Wallace, Jr., Ron Hornaday, Jr., and Ty Dillon round out the top 5 for Saturday’s race.
2014 Camping World Truck Series Schedule announced
posted by Amy Henderson
Friday October 25, 2013
NASCAR announced the 2014 Camping World Truck Series schedule today at Martinsville Speedway. The series will run 22 events in 2014 starting at Daytona on February 21st and concluding at Homestead on November 14th. The schedule includes stops at New Hampshire Motorspeedway and Gateway Motorsports Park next year. The series will once again turn right and left at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park along with slinging mud for the second consecutive year at Eldora Speedway.
2014 Camping World Trucks Series Schedule
Feb 21 Daytona
Tweet Lands Another Driver In Trouble
posted by Phil Allaway
Thursday October 24, 2013
NASCAR announced on Wednesday that Corey LaJoie has been placed on probation after posting an inappropriate tweet on Twitter last week. He will have to attend sensitivity training as prescribed by NASCAR.
In their statement, NASCAR stated that LaJoie is being penalized for “an insensitive and intolerable communication” posted on Twitter on October 15. The tweet, which has since been deleted, suggested that the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) should conduct a cavity search on a man wearing a turban.
Wednesday afternoon, LaJoie tweeted out a statement.
“I am very sorry for those offended by my recent remark,” LaJoie tweeted. “It was an immature & insensitive comment. I am upset with myself and how this has affected what has been a very positive year in my career.”
This incident marks the second time this season that NASCAR has penalized a driver for comments on social media. Earlier this season, Nelson Piquet, Jr. was forced to attend sensitivity training after using a homophobic slur in the comments section of an Instagram picture that Parker Kligerman posted.
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Voices From the Heartland · Jeff Meyer · Thursday March 22, 2007
I can't speak for the rest of the nation, but personally, I think all this nonsense between Nextel/AT &T and Sunoco/Shell is a bunch of bovine feces and belongs squarely in an edition of BSNews. Nothing turns me off more than arrogance, and that’s exactly the type of situation we’re facing here.
I understand that Nextel paid an insane amount to be the series sponsor. So what! Are they that insecure that a small quarter panel AT&T logo on the Cingular car threatens them? Have you seen the pictures (Courtesy : Jayski)? The logo wasn’t even on the hood of the car!
Does Nextel’s service suck so badly that Robby Gordon cannot be sponsored by the very company that makes the phones (Motorola) that the Nextel network itself uses? Where are the stupid executives and lawyers that drudge this crap up? I've got a spot reserved on a bus for all of them; destination, to be announced after boarding and the bus is FULL!
Sunoco’s situation with Shell is even worse. Yes, they bought the rights to be the "Exclusive Fuel Supplier" of NASCAR in 2004. Yes, they got a bonus from that in the form of their A Plus Convenience Stores becoming the "Official Convenience Store of NASCAR". Good for them. Now, all of a sudden, Shell is a threat after years of sponsoring race cars in their own right, and the ONLY reason why is because Kevin Harvick and his Shell-sponsored car won the Daytona 500 in thrilling fashion. Had any other car won the season's first race, you wouldn't have heard a peep out of Sunoco.
Why is Sunoco so worried? Do they think just because the pretty yellow Shell car got so much media attention, millions of people are going to run to the nearest Shell station and fill up? Wake up! People fill up at the most convenient and/or lowest priced location.
Why can't Sunoco be happy that they ARE the fuel supplier for NASCAR? They did, after all, beat out Shell back in 2003 for that honor, even though (according to the Shell website) over 75% of the U.S. population lives within 5 miles of a Shell branded station. Sunoco can't hold a candle to Shell when it comes to brand recognition out in the real world. The only reason folks west of Ohio even know of Sunoco is because of their deal with NASCAR. They should be proud of that instead of trying to be something they are not.
If executives at Sunoco had ANY brains at all, they would make a commercial stating something likeâ€¦ "At Daytona, even the winner was fueled by Sunoco!" Use the marketing tools to your advantage…not use the lawyers to take you to a courtroom.
Now, see, that commercial is clever and fans would like that. It would instantly negate any perceived bad publicity brought on by the Shell car and turn it around, not turn people off with a stupid, whining lawsuit or demands. That just makes your company look petty. And these big corporations pay these so called executives how much…and for what? Sheeeeesh! What a bunch of idiots.
As for me, and I hope a growing number of fans follow my lead… when big name sponsors pull stupid crap like this, I WILL NEVER use their service or product. I will never (not that I was going to anyway) have a Nextel phone plan. I will never buy gas at a Sunoco, or step foot in an A Plus Convenience Store.
And while I am at it, let me clue big business in on another little secret. Y'all paid NASCAR way too much to be the official anything. Only dumb, weak-willed people buy products because they are the "official" this or that. But wait, now that I look around, there ARE an awful lot of…oh well, "birds of a featherâ€¦" I guess…
Stay off the wall (and off the above mentioned bus!),
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Why can’t The Brian figure out another way to sell the same real estate twice like he did with Victory Lane and the Winner’s Circle to Coke and Pepsi?
It seems The Brian is better at starting wars than starting races. After fifty, or so, years, The Big Book Of NA$CAR ought to be a good read for the courts —- and then the fans. Written in pencil, no doubt.
I wonder if NA$CAR would look good in red?
(Pencil or ink)
Just a thought but, could Toyota get away with sponsoring a Chevy, Dodge or Ford?
All in the interest of racing, doncha know. Oh, and winning.
You got that right, Jeff. I for one will never own anything NEXTEL, and that includes anything that says NEXTEL CUP on it. It’s Winston Cup racing in my house, and always will be. Heck, I still wear a shirt I bought purposely the year before they sold NAME RIGHTS to Charlotte to Lowes. My shirt I wear to the race says “Charlotte Motor Speedway.” It will always be the Busch Series, too, no matter who ponies up the bucks for that series. Sunoco, nope, not ever again, I’ll drive another couple of miles to the Shell Station. My memory and will power over this stuff won’t end.
Good article and really good points. Who cares if Nextel is the “offical” phone of NASCAR, or Home Depot is the “official” home improvement store? It means nothing and only sets up conflicts of interest when these official sponsors’ cars mysteriously win races with invisible debris cautions. I don’t think brands matter too much to fans anymore. There is such overkill with advertising that it all runs together. I’m not even sure car manufacturers matter much anymore, especially to the new fans. To them the driver is the focal point. I quit lining pockets of drivers, sponsors, and NASCAR, especially, a long time ago, when I read that Dale Earnhart bought a jet with his souvenir profits one year. I work too hard to buy an already filthy rich driver his toys. NASCAR, of course, gets a cut of anything with the NASCAR logo on it. Another reason not to buy souvenirs.
NASCAR is too busy trying to make everything the “Official Whatever” of NASCAR. I have heard that companies approach NASCAR with the intent to sponsor a team. Instead of directing them towards a team that needs sponsorship, NASCAR grabs them to sponsor something for the entire series.
This is why so many teams are struggling. They are either having trouble finding sponsors or their sponsors are ones like Cingular/AT&T or Shell. It is like these companies are afraid of a little competition!
Sunoco/Shell is a pretty clear case. Sunoco, like 76 before it, is the exclusive fuel supplier/marketer. It pays NASCAR a fee and supplies all the teams in Cup/Busch/Truck with free race gas. That’s why the #42 has always been the Havoline and not the Texaco car. NASCAR approved Shell/Pennzoil as a motor oil sponsor for the #29. Shell chose to ignore the rules and market the #29 deal as a Shell sponsorship. In Shell stations, Pennzoil is barely shown or mentioned. That violates Sunoco’s exclusivity as a gasoline marketer. Their execs aren’t “idiots”, as you wrote… they were ambushed by Shell.
I couldn’t agree more about the whole sponsorship thing. How petty can it get? I’d think in this day and age when sponsorship money is hard to come by, Nascar would embrace just about anyone that is willing to put up the money to participate in the sport. I try to support sponsors of my favourite drivers but I see now I can add Sunoco and Nextel/Sprint to the list of ones I don’t use.
So, all of you who think that Sunoco and Nextel shouldnâ€™t have any right to what they paid for â€¦
How would you feel about your neighbors building their fence a foot on your side of the property line? Iâ€™ll bet youâ€™d be very clear on whose property it was in that case.
How would you feel about renting a hotel room for the weekend then coming back to find that someone else was sleeping in your room? Bet youâ€™d think the hotel had every right to sell you exclusive rights to that room.
How about if your biggest rival for the next promotion/raise on your jobsite decided to use your rental car to run his errands? Iâ€™ll bet youâ€™d be all over the right to decide who got to use what youâ€™d paid for.
You might be able to make a good argument that Nascar shouldnâ€™t sell exclusive rights to anything (though if they didnâ€™t Iâ€™m sure youâ€™d be complaining about low purses and how small, independent teams canâ€™t afford enough gas to run the entire race), but once something has been sold there is no justification for saying that the buyers canâ€™t use their own property.
Iâ€™m pretty sure that I know the answers to my questions, but Iâ€™d like for someone to make it clearer to me.
I know Nascar owns most of the tracks that are raced upon in Cup. But if the race teams are independent contractors, how can Nascar dictate what car/equipment they can drive in a race? Also, what about the tracks that Nascar doesnâ€™t own? All of which prompts more questions.
Why doesnâ€™t Bruton Smith, tell Nascar to stick it and start his own race circuit. At the same time, I would think, that a lot of owners would tell Nascar to stick it as well.
One could continue on with more questions concerning this dictatorial organization, but it would be interesting if the Nascar powers to be would be brought down a notch. I donâ€™t know how they get by with what they do anyway. Itâ€™s disgusting what these people get away with.
Enlighten me please!!
What makes me angry is to hear these intelligent tv people (reporters, commentators, color-guys, etc), refer to how many Nextel Cups Dale Earnhardt, Richard Petty, Darrel Waltrip, Cale, etc, etc, won. To my knowledge, none of these gentlemen ever won a Nextel Cup. Dale won 7 Winston Cups, Richard didnâ€™t win that many Winston Cups, but he did win some Grand National Championships, to equal 7. Call it what it is.
This type of behavior by NASCAR may start some major sponsors and other money people to start up a rival real stock car series. Reduced costs and tracks looking for race dates could spark a Champ Carâ€”IRL situation.
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