Summer Bedgood · Thursday August 8, 2013
It’s been a tough year for the racing community, hasn’t it?
Losing Jason Leffler and Kramer Williamson in a little over the month was difficult enough, then we were hit in the face with the news that Tony Stewart will sit out of the race this weekend in Watkins Glen because of a broken leg sustained in a sprint car race on Monday night. Stewart is expected to miss several weeks while he recovers from his broken right leg.
A few other tragedies this season have also laced the headlines on many racing websites this season, though certainly not with the publicity that the last few stories have had.
The one thing that they all have in common, is sprint car racing. Most of the racing tragedies, especially the most heartbreaking, ones we can think of this season happened in sprint car racing and has spurred a request for change this season.
The fact of the matter is that there is no sanctioning body or driver in the entire world that wants to see this kind of thing happen. There is no fan who actually wants to see drivers dying. There is no one in the entire racing industry that is okay with tragedy in their series.
Yet it happens. And while initiatives will be taken and more safety implementations will be carried out in all forms of motorsports as long as racing exists, there will always be tragedy. There will always be heartbreak and there will always be injuries if not fatalities. It’s not a glittering reality that we sometimes like to see the world of racing in, but it is the truth.
So what do we do about that?
Aside from working to increase the safety in the sport to the best of our ability, we do what we always do: stick together. Through the sadness, the racing community always seems to rally around each other and unite in a way that is inspirational every time it happens. Remember how everyone stepped up for Leffler’s son, Charlie Dean, after Leffler passed away in a crash? Similarly, Stewart has already expressed gratitude for the outpouring of support he has received since the crash.
Those within the racing community are the best for a reason: they stick together. So instead of criticizing sprint car racing for the fact that they haven’t spent the millions of dollars on safety initiatives that NASCAR has, allow them to make the changes that they see as fit. In the end they will do the right thing. For all of us, it’s a chance to unite and be there for one another. Isn’t that the best policy anyway?
Now onto your questions:
Now I know why DW has his head up Busch’s ass all the time — they are going to sponsor him! Poor decision I do believe. I know there isn’t a single driver that would please everyone unless it might be Schrader, but l also know of one in particular that will piss off the majority. And they chose him. SMH. Reba
Technically they were sponsoring Joey Coulter, Kyle Busch’s driver in the Camping World Truck Series. But I know where you are coming from.
However, I don’t think that it “pissed off” the majority. In fact, I didn’t really get the sense that anyone cared that it was Kyle Busch’s truck that they sponsored. They just aren’t happy about FOX Sports 1.
You mentioned Ken Schrader as a universally loved individual that they might have gotten away with sponsoring without aggravating people. I think that even then, people would have still been aggravated because they were using a beloved racing figure to promote a cause that is largely unpopular with race fans.
I talk to race fans every single day, and haven’t heard one person who is actually excited to see SPEED changing to FOX Sports 1. Actually, now that I think about it, I can’t think of any race fans I’ve talked to who are anything but upset or angry about it. They hate that they are losing quality racing programming like SPEED Center and Wind Tunnel, and instead are being replaced with UFC fights, soccer, and sub-par original programming.
So FOX Sports 1 sponsorship endeavors was not upsetting because it was Kyle Busch’s truck. It was upsetting because to many race fans, it was like rubbing salt into a fresh wound.
“What was the point of putting Max Papis in the car, other than that he’s a road ringer? What’s the connection to Stewart?” Roger
I could answer that question myself, but instead let me pull it straight from the press release from Stewart Haas Racing:
“Papis tested the #14 Chevrolet on July 30 at Road Atlanta in Braselton, GA.”
So, in other words, Papis has already worked closely with this team before. Couple that with your own admission that he’s a road ringer and I don’t think it takes a genius to see why he was pulled in to drive this weekend. Now, as to who will drive the car after this week, that wasn’t specified. The only thing the team released was that Papis will drive the car this weekend and Stewart will need more surgery.
Otherwise, we don’t know any more than you do at this time.
“Why do you talk about Jimmie Johnson so much? Seriously, we’re tired of it already. Get over your love affair with him and talk about someone who matters.” William
If you don’t care, then why did you bring him up?
It’s not that you don’t care, William. It’s that you’re tired of seeing him succeed, for whatever reason. I’m tired of speculating about why people don’t like it, other than it’s predictable, because honestly it doesn’t matter. The fact that people don’t like Johnson’s domination is not reason enough to demonize him.
Also, I happen to be a media member. Being a media member, it is my job to talk about, discuss, and “bring up” whoever and whatever is relevant. If you don’t think Johnson, the current points leader, winner of four races and, oh yeah, five time champion is relevant, than you clearly don’t have the brain cells to continue watching.
I don’t cheer for Jimmie Johnson. I couldn’t care less if he wins the next five championships or never wins a race again. I don’t care that you hate him or that you wish he would just go away. But, by covering NASCAR and analyzing what is going on in the sport, I am obligated to talk about the one person who is heads and shoulders above everyone else from a competition standpoint.
You may not like Jimmie Johnson, but it’s not my fault he’s doing as well as he is.
My suggestion? If you really don’t care, don’t talk about him. I don’t care if it’s positive or negative. If you don’t want to hear or talk about Jimmie Johnson, then don’t say anything. Quit clicking the links, quit commenting on articles, and quit sending nasty e-mails to people who are doing their job. If we see that our pieces about Jimmie Johnson are getting 0 hits, I can promise you we won’t talk about him anymore unless he wins a race or does something headline worthy. Our opinions don’t matter if you don’t respond to them.
Instead, all you just did was open up an opportunity to discuss Johnson’s legacy even more. And I know that, as a result, there are plenty of you already typing away at your keyboards “pissed off” at me for doing so.
If you don’t like it, there is either one of two things that needs to happen. Either your driver needs to pick up the pace and beat them or you need to quit caring. But stop blaming me or anyone else in the media for doing our job.
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