Letter: NASCAR is in decline

A recent article mentioned that NASCAR made a driver sit in his car during the entire qualifying session, and the temperature was in the 80s — all because his car failed some part of their inspection. Talk about immature, childish behavior. Where was the dunce cap?

 

I once was an avid fan, and watched every race on TV and attended several races each year. But since NASCAR has gotten big TV money and got all the announcers to sound like Wall Street bankers and allowed Toyota to come in with its financial backing, I watch maybe a few laps at the start and maybe a few laps at the end.

NASCAR has put in place so many stupid rules, and it selectively chooses to enforce them how it pleases, it is pathetic see what was once a very competitive racing format I loved turned into a follow-the-leader-and-turn-left game. To prove my point, once in a while during a race the cameras will pan across the stands and you see large numbers of empty seats. That’s all because of stupid rules. NASCAR has more rules than the IRS.

The older racers such as Lee Petty, Curtis Turner and Junior Johnson would tell all the NASCAR clowns to stick it in their ear. NASCAR has commit cones to enter the pit lane, speed limits on pit road, and a start/restart zone instead of a simple line. There are many more stupid, childish rules, but NASCAR thinks it has better racing now — totally lost.

One racing organization that is gaining viewers and have some sold-out events — no more tickets can be sold, per fire regulations — is the National Hot Rod Association. The sports channel FS1 carries all the races. This organization believes the quickest car wins and all the rules are applied, no matter if you own/race four cars or just one. At these events there are cars that run 12 seconds at 110 mph, up to cars (dragsters) that run 3.5 seconds at 330-plus mph.

Maybe someday NASCAR will see the light before it is too late.

James Lewallen

Martinez

 

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