Letters To The Editor – Jan. 19, 2011

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A Deserving Winner

Chip Ganassi was deserving of the Champion of Champions honor. His drivers and teams won. He always won with grace and humility. He always had kind words for his men and their competitors.

Chip is an owner whose name comes to mind with the perennial greats: Roger Penske, Rick Hendrick and Richard Childress. Chip is what racing is all about.

I think there was one winner more deserving, John Force. He won the first race of the year to give notice he was back. At the end of the year he did what was necessary to win the championship. He was not points racing.

John Force did what we as fans and racers wish we could do as well. John let the animal off the chain and he won. And, like the rest of us, he loved every minute of it.

David Peterson, Grants, N.M.

Chip Had A Big Year!

Chip Ganassi as NSSN’s Champion of Champions was an outstanding choice. Even Roger Penske can’t say he’s won all three of racing’s biggest events in one year. Chip’s observations about his accomplishment and the Chase are right on. He does not have to apologize about how he feels about the latter.

I can’t wait for 2012, when IndyCar will debut its new engines and chassis on the race track. Moving away from a spec car is the best thing its done in a long time. NASCAR needs to follow its lead.

Hazel Cotton, Texarkana, Texas

Remember Blundy

When I called Jerry Blundy to wish him a Merry Christmas, I learned he doesn’t receive a lot of mail or have many visitors. I’m asking all of you who remember Jerry running the old IMCA sprint-car fair circuit in the 1950s, ’60s or ’70s and his Ole Blue supermodified at Knoxville to write him a short note and wish him well.

Be sure to remind him of a thrilling race you saw him win. How about those back-to-back wins on the Sacramento, Calif., mile? Jerry is doing fairly well, but he does have a few health issues. His address is 1902 11th St., Silvis, Ill. 61282.

V. Ray Valasek, Lincoln, Neb.

A Big Difference

In response to Mr. William Harmon (Public Forum, Dec. 8), referring to Jeff Burton and Jeff Gordon’s fight, “What kind of fans in the grandstand would applaud and cheer such an ordeal?”

Why Mr. Harmon, tsk tsk, they are NASCAR fans. The same fans who would shower the finish line with beverage cans when the wrong guy wins the race. The same fans who would cheer the obscene gesture made by a certain punk kid driver toward a NASCAR official.

Mr. Harmon, NASCAR fans are not race-car fans. Do not put real race -car fans on the same level as NASCAR fans. We real race-car fans are insulted by that. Go to a Saturday night dirt-track sprint-car race. That is where the real race fans are. Go down into the pits after the race and talk to other fans and car owners/drivers/pit crews. These are the real race-car fans.

Glen Muir, Port Angeles, Wash.

Championship Series

Many people have complained about the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase and how to make the season more exciting. Well, here’s my suggestion:

Divide the season into four quarters, with an approximately equal number of races per quarter and a Run for the Championship Series at the end of the season. The top-five points drivers from each quarter would qualify for the Run for the Championship.

If any of the top-five have qualified in a previous quarter, the qualifiers would then be the top-five drivers who have not previously qualified. The Run for the Championship would consist of 20 drivers running in four events.

The Run for the Championship Series events would feature races at a short-track, 1.5-mile track, superspeedway and a road course. All drivers start the Run for the Championship Series at zero points. The highest point total at the end of the series is the champion.

Is it completely fair? No, but what system is? This scheme would bring runoff excitement five times per season and give teams with problems several chances to qualify for the championship series and end the complaints the Chase drivers currently have of non-Chase drivers being in their way.

Tom Chervenak, Stanley, N.C.

AARP A Bad Deal

AARP asks the question, “Can this man end hunger?” A picture of Jeff Gordon is shown below this quote.

Sponsorship for a top NASCAR team is around $20 million a year. Twenty million dollars will feed a lot of hungry children.

Although the numbers were not released, AARP will be giving somewhere around this amount to Jeff Gordon and Hendrick Motorsports to promote the cause. Now we are supposed to donate to “Drive to End Hunger” so Jeff Gordon and company will receive millions of dollars for the length of the contract.

It seems the only people not hungry here are Jeff Gordon and everybody at Hendrick Motorsports. I have read that people want to call him activist and spokesperson for the cause of hunger. Jeff Gordon would be an activist for Jock Itch if the price is right.

I will have to say no thank you to this scam.

Randall W. Leaman, Columbia, Pa.

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