- There are some tremendous characters in racing, funny, smart, gutsy men and women who have something to say and are willing to say it. They’re all at least 60. And at some point they will walk away.
There’s a character void that NASCAR will attempt to fill. Chairman Brian France said during the NASCAR Sprint Media Tour on Monday that drivers will not be penalized as extensively as they have been for bad behavior and bad words.
France said there was a problem with drivers, and the sport had to clean it up. So NASCAR got tough. The strategy worked. Drivers collectively turned nice. As a result, NASCAR can loosen the reins. This will put drivers in a position to let their personalities shine through, provided those personalities exist.
- I don’t get excited looking at stock cars. I’ve seen enough of them. They no longer are exotic to me. But I love to envision myself in an open-wheel car. The opening is so narrow I have to wonder how A.J. Foyt ever squeezed in. What I would give to drive the car one time.
I’d take it on Interstate 77 or I-485 when the good drivers were out, the drivers who leave the left lane open for faster traffic. I’d be faster traffic.
- A reporter asked Monday if fans would get bored with racing if their favorite, Dale Earnhardt Jr., suddenly were to win all the time.
I don’t claim to be an expert, but my guess is no.