In 2007 Bruton Smith threatened to move Lowe's Motor Speedway if he didn't get what he wanted when he wanted it.
He was going to do it, he and his employees said. He wasn't kidding.
He was kidding. He didn't move the move his track.
Now Bruton tells WBTV that there's a 70% chance he'll move the fall race from Charlotte to his track in Las Vegas.
NASCAR doesn't have the impact in Charlotte -- or anywhere else -- it once did. You know that if you were at the Sprint All-Star race Saturday. The evening was a testament to empty seats.
Maybe Bruton is upset about slow ticket sales. Maybe he's upset that NASCAR doesn't attract the TV ratings and publicity the Carolina Panthers and NFL do. Maybe he's bored and needs attention.
In 2007 people who should have known better overreacted to Smith's threat to move the track.The ease with which some of us move from sanity to panic is appalling -- yet interesting to behold.
If people choose to overreact to Smith's latest threat they have that right.
The rest of us have the right to be amused.