Monday, June 20, 2016
Good-bye Forever....Or At Least Until Next Week.
Ah, a non-racing weekend and it appears that many fans use the spare time to jump on the internet and complain about what they don't like about NASCAR. Two of my friends in a group I belong to expressed their disgust about this whining habit so many in this sport have developed...or maybe it has always been like this, I only became a NASCAR aficionado in 2008. My guess is though that the internet has made it worse because it gives the drama queens a loudspeaker to tell the whole world their tales of woe.
One friend wrote about how many nasty comments were made over, for God's sake, a Father's Day post, namely, the interactions between Dale Earnhardt and Dale Junior when Junior won. Who, normal people would ask, could feel hatefulness about a proud father congratulating his son on his victory? Isn't that a feel-good story if there ever was one?
Not so fast. To many NASCAR folks, any positive story about a driver they don't personally like is a call for pissing and moaning.
Another friend mentioned the conspiracy theories that are going around about Toyota's triumphant start to the season. Toyota has "bought" NASCAR...or so the story goes. Give me a freakin' break! This happens in NASCAR all the time. A manufacturer and its teams find something that gives them an edge and that lasts for a while, maybe even a fairly long while. Hendrick had it during both Jeff's and Jimmie's winning runs. But the last few years, they've still been good but not great.
Now Toyota is dominating but that won't last either. In fact, their dominance already appears to be waning a little. They haven't been so far ahead of everyone else in the last few weeks.
And of course, the rule of thumb in NASCAR fandom is that if a team that isn't one of your favorites is winning, then they must be cheating whereas, your driver would never stoop to such beat-the-system tactics. Sure thing, you just keep thinking that.
We think our guy wasn't treated fairly when he got black-flagged but the "bad" guy did the same thing and NASCAR looked the other way! We think a debris caution is deliberately called when our guy is has a big lead but when "Black Hat" is ahead, there could be an engine on the front stretch and NASCAR would ignore it! It's all rigged, you know, and that's why I'm leaving NASCAR forever! Because Brian France has ruined the sport and nothing is like it was back in the day. And the drivers are wussy west-coasters instead of tough old southern boys. And all the tracks are all cookie cutters.
So, good-bye, I'm leaving - until next week!