Sure, racing was built here and racing belongs here, but why does Irving Mitflump? This week, our readers came up with scores of ingenious reasons, making this one of the most popular caption challenges we've had to date.
"He’s the guy who figured out how many corporate logos will fit on a stock car!"
-- submitted by John Boylan of Hickory.
Mr. Boylan wins a place in our caption hall of fame, but instead of a place on a pedestal, he'll receive the original Kevin Siers cartoon art with his caption written on it.
“He’s the only man who understands the point system AND the penalty system!”
-- submitted by Ron Wood of Charlotte.
"He was the first white collar worker to publicly admit to being a NASCAR fan."
-- submitted by Greg Jones of Charlotte.
"Him? I believe he invented the beer can pull tab."
-- submitted by Loyd Dillon of Charlotte.
“Irving led the most important NASCAR Hall of Fame category – most overnight stays at Charlotte hotels!”
-- submitted by Phil Busher of Charlotte.
Thank you for all your entries. Here's a selection of other good lines we received this week:
"Oh, yeah... He's the barber who invented the Mullet."
"Mr. Mitflump was one of the early racin' engineers.....he thought-up 'turn left'!"
"The Legend, the King, the Revenuer."
"He negotiated Jeff Gordon's divorce settlement."
"Irving Mitflump: I-77 Bump-draft Champion!"
"He was Governor Easley's stunt driving double."
"Irving calculated how to build the NASCAR Hall of Fame here without raising our taxes!"
"He's better known as the Father of the Restrictor Plate."
"That's the France family's tax man."
"He invented NASCAR table linen.......handy-wipes"
"He was Dale Earnhardt's banker."
"He's the one that came up with the idea of getting cities to compete to pay for the NASCAR hall of fame."
"He's the guy who invented the race car decal."
"Irving holds the patent on the Playmate cooler."
"He's one of only three who rented a Charlotte hotel room after the NASCAR tax."
If you'd like to add any of your own late captions, or if you'd like to discuss or comment on the judges' selections, feel free to click on the little blue "Comments" link just below this post. Please visit us again Monday for a new cartoon caption challenge.