Opinion

LONDON: NASCAR & Reality

I just read that NBC is putting together a reality show about NASCAR. NASCAR and reality? What a concept!

Have you seen that almost nauseating promo NASCAR puts on their “Drive for diversity” efforts? Who are they kidding? White men can’t even get rides.

The latest victim seems to be Justin Allgaier. This is a real shame. Not only is this young man a great prospect behind the wheel but an attractive one otherwise.

The fact that Penske South can’t secure a sponsor for him must be worrisome to many other car owners. I would sure hate to see Allgaier become the Boston Reid of 2010,

Mike Kerchner and I have both championed the efforts of Bobby Santos III. To me he has a brilliant future. He won the NASCAR Whelen Modified title this year in which he also won on the USAC midget circuit. A generation ago, owners would have been waiting in line to sign him up. Like I wrote in my column, a few weeks ago, there may not be a rookie in Cup racing next year.

There are no rides among the “elite” car owners and NASCAR has it set up so a new

team has little chance of making races every week.

The outpouring of support for Shane Hmiel must be very comforting for his family. I receive E-mails about him every day and Facebook is full of Hmiel inquiries. As one who has done hospital time, messages of cheer are very encouraging.

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Comments

  1. John Roth says:

    Good piece.

    Diversity obviously comes with a price. It is no more than a politically correct stance where no upcoming racer need apply unless you bring the BIG and almighty dollars.

    Allgaier and Santos are just two who are cresting a mountain of talented racers who might (or will) NEVER see the opportunities at higher levels without truly extraordinary funding.

    And unless that happens, once again the fans lose.

    Question: What new team would even want to enter NASCAR if they are punished with an outrageous fine that can put them out of business for a .006125 inch inspection infraction?
    Answer: NONE if you don’t have VERY deep pockets.

    To add insult, just look at how many “Official Products of NASCAR” swipe funds from the racers and their carowners.

    One has to wonder who learned from whom – NASCAR from Washington DC or vice-versa.

    The Nov 2 US elections sent a message, and new majority house speaker John Boehner summed it up well – “Change Direction.”

    Somehow, I don’t think Boehner’s statement was suggesting NASCAR run their oval races clockwise.

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