Public Forum – Aug. 18, 2010


A New Points System
OK NASCAR, we’ve had enough of your goofiness.

If you really want to know which race-car driver did the best job at the end of the year, there is only one way to find out, and there is no other.

Drop the Chase. Award no points for the pole or for a lap led during the race. These things mean nothing. The winner of a race should be awarded 43 points. The driver taking last place should be awarded one point. Second-place gets 42 points, third-place gets 41, etc.

I’m not a mathematician, but everyone knows that this is the way you average things out. At the end of the year the driver with the most points will truly have done the best job of driving a race car.

But if you’re not interested in knowing this, then you don’t care who the real champion is. Oh well, NASCAR will probably think this free advice I’m giving is worth just what it had to pay for it.
Max Daugherty
Plainfield, Ind.

Don’t Muzzle The Drivers
NASCAR has hit a new low with its secret penalties of Denny Hamlin and Ryan Newman. I thought we lived in the United States of America, a place that prides itself on being able to speak your mind.

Denny and Ryan put their lives on the line every weekend for our entertainment. They have every right to speak out against phantom debris and track/entertainment. But the muzzle on anything that might have a negative impact on the sport’s brand is just the last straw.

Increased seat fees, mandatory full-season package purchase rules, shrinking access to drivers and other team members. Just the air of exclusivity, when added to this soured economy, results in the empty seats you see more of every weekend.

As for me, I am going to take the $750 I was going to spend at Chicagoland this year and instead spend every dime of it at local tracks. Heaven knows they need it and, based on NASCAR’s recent actions, it apparently doesn’t.
Paul R. Williams
De Pere, Wis.

NASCAR’s Own Fault
Gary London, John Cline and Ken Bagenstose, Jr. all commented on the empty seats at recent NASCAR events in the Aug. 4 issue of NSSN. Of course NASCAR blames the economy for at least some of it. I believe it brought it on itself.

NASCAR has stifled the creative juices that flow in all concerned to the point that it is ridiculous. Who wants to pay good money to watch cookie-cutter cars run around in circles all day?

The cars are coming out of the same mold. There is absolutely no room for individual concepts to be applied anymore.

I certainly do not advocate letting some clever guys find a way to fill the frame rails up with a reserve of genuine Sunoco racing fuel, but give them a break. Let them think up some devious ways to outdo the other guy.

Why are there only Goodyear tires and Sunoco fuel? This country was built on competition. Besides, I thought monopolies were illegal.

Maybe when all is said and done NASCAR can create some cookie-cutter fans to fill all those seats. How about crash dummies?
Glen Muir
Port Angeles, Wash.

Wrecking Isn’t Racing
As per the letter from Dennis Hoffman concerning NASCAR drivers purposely wrecking each other, I can’t possibly understand how a true race fan would enjoy a wreck at the end of a race rather than having two cars race side-by-side as they try to nose out each other at the finish line.

Maybe it’s because I’m a fan of drag racing that I enjoy two cars crossing the finish line together, but this wrecking each other for win business is not what I call auto racing.

I personally believe it would be more thrilling for the fans to see two cars edging each other out at the finish than to have one car turn another into the wall just so they could win the race.

I believe most fans in the stands would like to see a good race rather than a wreck. I hope that NASCAR will clean up this idea that wrecking a car is part of racing, as it not only costs the owners money, but the driver and crews who work on the cars.

The worst thing I’ve ever seen in racing is when Robby Gordon purposely wrecked Marcos Ambrose on a road course, which kept Ambrose from winning the race. I personally wouldn’t mind seeing NASCAR suspend drivers who wreck others on purpose. After all, those who wreck cars on purpose are costing the owners money, so why shouldn’t it cost the drivers who wreck others something?
Melvin Beadles
Murrieta, Calif.

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