Letters To The Editor – March 16, 2011


Get Off The Radio!

I was watching the Nationwide race Saturday and I began to wonder. How did A.J. Foyt and Mario Andretti ever pass a car without someone in their ear on a radio telling them what line to drive and where all the other cars were?

These radios are too much. Make the drivers drive. Limit the conversations to pit strategy and accident avoidance. Although on the latter I notice that by the time the driving coach tells their driver where to head, they are already there.

It all just sounds silly. It’s worse than my wife trying to help me out in the Wal-Mart parking lot.

Alan Beck, Champaign, Ill.

Musical Issues

Race fans are often subjected to disrespectful, jazzed-up renditions of the national anthem. One might conclude auditions are held and the worst presentation is selected for race day. Also, is it necessary to have a rock or country concert prior to a Cup race? NASCAR has a long way to go to improve its image.

John Sanders, Fort Madison, Ill.

Vuky Was The Man

It was nice to read the letter from Jim Eiland of Taft, Calif. I, too, remember Bill Vukovich, as do most race fans over 60.

The man was a racer. In fact, probably the most exciting racer to ever compete at Indianapolis. I was there for his victories, and his death, and I’ll never, even at 8 years old, forget the solemnity with which Tom Carnegie announced the tragic news on that dark, cold day in 1955.

Vuky was one of a kind. A class of his own and there will never be another like him.

Doug Alborn, Tucson, Ariz.

Stand Up, Be Recognized

The comments and thoughts in “Remembering Dale & Vuky” [Public Forum, March 2] were penned by a gentleman by the name of Jim Eiland of Taft, Calif.

He would not know me from Adam, but I would bet good money that he is the same Jim Eiland that once drover supermodifieds at race tracks in California back in the ’60s and ’70s, including the famous quarter-mile high-banked asphalted San Jose Speedway.

What a pity that these greats of the past do not announce their credentials to the rest of the readers, so that all can further appreciate their accomplishments/achievements and opinions.

These living legends are slowly but surely passing on, such as California supermodified driver Al Pombo. Soon there will be no one left to tell their stories.

Those who were closer to the sport than the average fan should speak up and make their knowledge and credentials known to all — as large/small as they feel their contribution may have been. They are history and history must be recorded.

Glen Muir, Port Angeles, Wash.

Baseball And The Chase

I applaud NASCAR for simplifying the point system. I think it should pursue changing the point system for the Chase.

I believe the original intent of the Chase was to replicate a playoff format. Even with the new point system a driver having a DNF and getting only one point could probably never make up a 40-point difference in the remaining races.

Using baseball as an analogy, a team can lose a game by a huge score (e.g. 11-0) but it is only one game. They have more chances to win the required games (e.g. four wins) to clinch the playoff series.

Basically, they are not out of it because of one bad game and neither should any of the Chase drivers because of one bad race.

Mark Lind, Algonquin, Ill.

Old Men Rule!

It’s pretty amazing to pick up the weekly NSSN and find the weekly WoO sprint winners are Steve Kinser and Sammy Swindell. Old men rule!

Sprint-car fans, take your kids and grandkids to the races and catch this show while you can. They’re going to be talking about these two great drivers for years to come.

Cam Austin, Randolph, Ohio

That’s Not Fair

There is something really wrong with a system that sends Brian Keselowski home without racing at Phoenix. He attempted to qualify with an engine capable of running a full race.

This same flawed system allows Joe Nemechek, Dave Blaney, etc., into the race with a qualifying engine so they can park after a few laps with staged problems and take home a nice piece of the prize money.

I’m not suggesting their engines were illegal, just the old qualifying engines that were used for many years that were incapable of completing a race.

Janet Krause, New Port Richey, Fla.

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