Two-thirds of the season down, one third to go … and nothing has been decided. This is going to be good.
Now, let's get to the mailbag …
Cream rises to the top
Hey Jay, I have a question and maybe you can make a column out of this. If it is true that Kyle Busch is a talented driver, logic would tell us that if we put him in any car, even one of the small teams barely making it Sunday to Sunday, he would perform very well right? Or is it that every talented driver is on purpose signed by big-name teams leaving the rest to fend for themselves best they can? What gives?
Long Beach, Calif.
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Seems pretty logical to me. The bigger teams have the best equipment, the means to pay the highest salaries and offer drivers the best chance at winning. Therefore, they're able to sign the best talent.
Would Kyle Busch fare better in the Extenze car than Kevin Conway? Definitely. Would Busch win races driving that car? It's doubtful.
Parity, or a lack of it, is maybe the greatest obstacle in sports. (Star athletes not wanting to play in certain cities – see Cleveland – is quickly become another.) The NFL manages to level its playing field better than anyone else with a hard salary cap. It's why the Saints are able to win a Super Bowl just a few years removed from potentially leaving New Orleans altogether.
However, with performance in auto racing dependent on much more than just an individual driver's talent, it's hard to imagine how a cap on spending would work in NASCAR. How would the sport regulate how much a team spends on engineering, wind-tunnel testing, parts manufacturing, etc., especially when said teams are independent contractors to begin with?
Before you could even begin to have a discussion like this, NASCAR would have to move toward a franchise system. There have been some very informal discussions about this. But for that to actually happen, the France family would have to divide up the pie that, right now, is entirely theirs.
Kyle's not all bad
I am not a NASCAR fan so I have no relevant insight on the Bristol incidents. However sometimes one has to look past the obvious. What I am is a CRA fan. The CRA is one of the nation's top series for Super Late Models. Mr. Busch entered the Winchester 400 a few of years ago, and he seemed a bit arrogant and aloof. In 2009 the CRA brought back the Redbud 300 at Anderson Speedway, one of the premier events of the old ASA. Mr. Busch was involved in bringing that great event back. In the last couple years whenever Mr. Busch appears at a CRA sanctioned event, he has made himself accessible to the fans, has treated the CRA regular competitors with respect and has done a lot to help promote the CRA. He also participates in other Super Late Model series across the country. The young man has displayed a lot of maturity over the past couple of years. Although I am not a Kyle Busch fan, he has earned my respect.
Has NASCAR made Brad a sitting duck? They have put him on probation until the end of the year making him unable to defend himself. Kyle "dumped him" – the same thing that Carl did – and there was no penalty, just praise for being the first to win three events in one weekend.
Brad has been on record for two years that he takes no prisoners or backs down. With that said, all drivers should be aware and pass Brad cleanly or face the consequences. Their actions are good for the fans, but tying Brad's (hands) has make it an unfair fight.
So, what you're saying is that because Brad has declared what type of driver he is, everyone needs to step back and let him be who he is or suffer the consequences? Should we employ that same tactic with pyromaniac toddlers, booze-guzzling truckers and Plaxico Burress?
This and that …
Why Yahoo! Sports doesn't kick you to the curb is the biggest unanswered question known to man. You have no ethics at all. First rule as a journalist is you can not be bias in your reporting. Ok, we all know you don't like Kyle Busch. Fine, we here it so much from you about what you like and what you want. Who cares? I stopped after reading two lines because your a cry baby.
If you have a [liking] for Brad K tell him in private. Don't get your rocks off in print telling him how you feel or he will never come out of the closet.
You read two lines, John, and you're slamming me in an email? I'm betting I could have gotten more attention at a Perfect 10 convention back in my single days.
Had you bothered to read just a little further, you would have read that I wrote: "No driver gives Keselowski the benefit of the doubt – nor should they." You also would have read: "I respect Busch because he embraces his role" as the villain, and that "love him or hate him, he is entertaining."
I get a lot of emails from readers like John. And while I appreciate you reading and taking the time to respond, it helps to actually READ the entire story before sending an uninformed email.
NASCAR vs. Indy
Help! This is actually a serious question: I'm watching the last 50 laps of the Izod IndyCar series race and my heart is racing. These guys are four wide at 219-plus. There are lead changes between 11 drivers. You could throw a blanket over the top 14. There is fuel and pit intrigue (two, four or zero tires?). I feel confident that some B-team driver fighting for the 12th spot isn't going to crash and ruin the finish for the leaders. This truly IS "boogedy boogedy boogedy" racing and why I fell in love with the sport.
I still watch NASCAR, but I wonder why it's so much more popular than these guys. It's not as "racy" or fast or consistently exciting. I feel like I tune in every week hoping for what the Indy series just delivered, only to be disappointed by yellows and "well, let's try it again" finishes.
Is it the "soap opera" of the personalities and feuding? Is it that the cars have doors and headlights? Are Indy cars seen as "elitist" while stockers are "of the people?"
Sterling Marlin's accent is a lot better than Fanny Wheldon's – but Wheldon is a LOT faster.
I really can't understand. NASCAR is becoming reality-show television – with fans talking about the personalities than the racing, and that's because the racing is the same every week. Watching these Indy guys, I just saw the Blue Angels; next week I'll be watching a Beechcraft doing touch-and-go's all afternoon and wondering: If this is the best race series, where are the Blue Angels?
Oh, and the Izod Victory Lane Girl makes Miss Sprint Cup look like Ned Jarret.
I have just one thing to say: 300 miles vs. 500, if you know what I mean.
Comment on the desert race accident. I am 66 years old, and have been going to auto races since before I could drive. I started off-road racing in 1969 and continued into 1990. I have also participated as crowd control at several events in the 1980s and 1990s. I stopped, due to the total lack of respect shown by the "new" off-road fans that started to infiltrate the California off-road races in the mid '90s. These are the types of fans you see in the video of the accident – and from some of their own comments about the excitement of being so close to a speeding truck bounding through the rocks and whoops. "No one told them they could not do stand so close to the track." Stupid is as stupid does!
Here are my Fantasy NASCAR picks for the week:
Last call …
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