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Don’t Shoot The Messenger: Earnhardt Asks Journalists for Their Opinion

I have been ordered by the most powerful man in NASCAR to write this article.

Before Saturday night’s edict, I was going to unleash a startling expose on the current perilous economic state of the sport, with facts, figures, and even a multi-colored pie chart. Instead, the gauntlet was thrown down after the race (I have never seen a gauntlet; however, I am confident it was cast with authority). The aggressor? None other than Dale Earnhardt, Jr., excitable to say the least when asked his opinion of the style of racing at restrictor plate tracks.

Voice of Vito: Room For One More – Road Courses Prove Their Place in NASCAR

I know that as I sit down to write this article, I am in the minority. No, not because of my name, but because I like road racing in NASCAR. I do feel a bit vindicated however, as this past weekend’s events in both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series proved why we need more of them, and why there needs to be a road course in the Chase for the Championship. With as much beating, banging, and retribution that took place over two days, road courses have in fact become what short track racing used to be in NASCAR.

Sure, this kind of story has been regurgitated before, and usually pops up the week before / after Infineon or Watkins Glen. The arguments for are as follows: Every type of track should be represented in the final ten races to determine the champion, and only one style of track is currently missing (a road course), and for a driver to be a true champion of a series, he should be well-versed in all types and disciplines of racing in the series, not just be with a team that has a lights-out intermediate track program.

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