Sunday, March 6, 2016

Thumbs Up - Thumbs Down

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I didn't get to watch the Atlanta race. I was in Las Vegas at the time. We happened to pass the sports section of the Bellagio Casino and I saw Jimmie in Victory Circle. I whooped and yelled and high-fived. A lady passing by commented, "you must have won?" and I said, "no, but my driver did!"

Jimmie is now tied with Dale Earnhardt's win record and he's a lock for the Chase. The rest of the season is going to be less tense and more fun thanks to a gutsy call by Chad and skillful driving by JJ.

I was disappointed when I got home to find out the race hadn't recorded on my DVR.  Can you get all the past races on YouTube?

As happy as I was about Jimmie winning, I felt equally as sour about Brian France and several others endorsing Donald Trump. I don't think the CEO of any sport should try to persuade its fans in any political direction. I'd have felt the same if he'd endorsed Hillary, my own choice for president. And it wasn't a throw-away line in an interview, just letting us know his personal feelings, its was a full-fledged endorsement as if it was coming from the sport itself.

Drivers, of course, have a perfect right to support who they want and to announce it if they choose but, having said that, I think they'd be wise not to. This election, more than any other I've lived through, has engendered hostility and disgust on both sides. I've been an enthusiastic fan of Chase Elliott but, I can't help it, I feel so much antipathy toward Donald Trump that it colors my thinking a bit about anyone who would support him.

I was in Las Vegas last week. NASCAR is in Las Vegas this week. I couldn't help thinking when I was there that if Donald Trump is elected and actually does what he says he'll do, Las Vegas would be a ghost town. I tried to pay attention and I'd say the employees of the hotels, casinos and restaurants are are split pretty evenly between Caucasians, African-Americans, Latinos, Orientals and Arabs. Ditto, the customers. I wonder if Brian France or Bill Elliott has thought about that?