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Please use your heads
So, after sitting around for 36 hours
(and inspiring one of the dullest
rain-delay broadcasts I’ve ever been
subjected to – c’mon FOX, was it
really such a surprise to you?) it
took the “greatest drivers in the
world” less than two laps to wipe
out multiple cars in the Daytona
500. I know everyone was itching to
go but, seriously folks.... Who’d
have ever thought Kyle Busch
would be the voice of reason when
he called out his fellow drivers for
this? Seems like it’s time for
NASCAR to kick a little asphalt.
Of course everyone was talking
afterward about the Montoya wreck
with the jet-dryer, but for me the
larger issue is the continuing
problem with supposedly
professional racers losing their
heads and spoiling major races –
although usually not for themselves!
Derek Blanchet Bu;alo, NY.
Fuel for thought
Let’s stop fuel mileage racing at the
checkered flag if you want people to
watch and attend more races. Here’s
how: If a tank of fuel lasts 60 miles,
demand a green flag pit stop for fuel
and four tires in the last 60 miles.
The penalty for not stopping would
be one lap. There would still be lots
of strategy taking place before the
60-mile mark, like how much fuel
to take on, or taking on two or four
tires, or going into fuel-saving
mode before the last pit stop. And
the biggest decision of all – when to
make the last pit stop. There would
be lots of good racing to the
Gary Peterson Foresthill, Calif.
Judging by CART’s problematic
experiment with mandated fuel windows,
such solutions are more difficult to
implement than they are to concoct. -Ed
Where there’s Smoke
I am glad RACER readers agreed
with me that Tony Stewart was the
outstanding racer of the year
(Racers of the Year, RACER, March).
The reactions to the announcement
on your website were predictable,
but it’s good to see NASCAR haters
and F1 snobs aren’t the majority.
Kelly Brandt Ann Arbor, Mich.
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So far this season, NASCAR’s final
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laps have been pretty much out
of control. I’m not sure what the
answer is, but it needs to be
rectified sooner rather than later.
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In the February issue, editor David
Malsher stated that among Tony
Stewart’s many accomplishments
was taking pole for the 1996 Indy
500. I believe Tony Stewart is the
best driver in American
motorsports, and one of the best
ever, but Tony Stewart has never
won the pole at Indy. He started
from the pole only after pole winner
Scott Brayton was killed in practice.
Mr. Malsher may have been
caught up in his enthusiasm for
Tony or perhaps forgot the facts,
but I’d expect better from an editor
of such a respected publication.
John Fulton Akron, Ohio
Of course you’re right. I should have
written “started from pole,” since even
qualifying second demonstrated Smoke’s
versatility, which was my point. -Ed.
Not only the final lap, but the
racing all week seemed to me to
be more like a series of
“demolition derbies” than racing.
If people only are watching to
see equipment destroyed
(remember there are humans
inside), then I am watching the
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Accentuate the negative
This is bigger than NASCAR. The
image of American motorsports
in general is taking a beating.
First Vegas (IndyCar) at the end
of last year and now this. Did
anything go right this entire
week? At a time when NASCAR
is struggling to hold its audience
and IndyCar is trying to survive, I
can see a lot of casual and
prospective fans turning away.
Occasional contact is part of the
sport, but I don’t think any
well-adjusted human wants to
see fireballs, cars upside down
and people getting hurt and
killed. If there’s more carnage
at Indy this year, look out.
Billy Zornan, Eugene, Ore.
The trouble with this type of
racing is that it doesn’t
necessarily mean the best
drivers win. Too many of them
get caught up in the carnage
through no fault of their own. I
find it frustrating to watch when