Monday, September 25, 2017
Bouquet for Dale Jr, - Brickbat for NASCAR Owners
I guess I'll start with this, then if it pisses you off you don't have to bother with the rest. Hurray for Dale Junior tweeting his thoughts about NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem. Protest is as American as apple pie.
Without protesters, women still wouldn't have the right to vote. Without protesters, African-Americans would still be riding in the back of the bus. Hell, without protesters, the freaking Vietnam war would probably still be going on, like the Afghanistan War is obviously going to go on forever because I guess no one cares enough to protest that one.
Good old NASCAR. According to Fox Insider, The "Star-Spangled Banner" was not protested by members of the NASCAR community during their Cup series race outside Concord, N.H. this weekend.
"Part of the explanation may come from the strict warning several team owners gave in the wake of both comments by President Trump and exhibitions by NFL players.
NASCAR icon Richard Petty, a former driver and current team owner, told the AP that he wouldn't accept any protest of our nation's colors.
"Anybody that won't stand up for the anthem ought to be out of the country," he said. "Period."
Additionally, longtime owner Richard Childress said that any driver or crew member protest will "get [them] a ride on a Greyhound bus."
That's the way to let people know we won't tolerate none of that anti-patriotic nonsense in NASCAR. Of course, probably no one much cares because we have exactly one, count'em, one African-American in the Cup Series...and he's part-time. And we treated the one before him like crap. And we will probably lose our only female after this year. And then I guess it will be back to the all-white, all-male series the good old boys prefer.
NASCAR has always been more dictatorial than other major sports.
Okay, as for the race, I found it rather boring. Maybe I'm just getting tired of the Martin Truex, Jr. show. At this point, it almost seems, the rest of the field could spot him 20 laps and he'd just drive through them to the front. Pit penalties don't slow him down; wrecks don't slow him down too much although he'd probably have won without that wreck. They have some magic, I'll admit that. I wonder what it is?
The announcers seemed to have a few drivers they concentrated on, like Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., who doesn't have a prayer of winning the championship. Meanwhile, they barely mentioned Chase Elliott. They never bothered to tell me what happened to Jimmie when he was running about 6th or 7th in the latter part of the race until one of the final pit stops when he was suddenly about 16th. They don't have to dwell on it but maybe just mention what happened.
You can probably tell that I'm a grouch tonight. I'll try to do better next time...if you're still here.