each other. How can you celebrate
the murder of sportsmanship, in what
is by definition a sport? Even more
importantly, can we continue to hold
the line at sports car events and in
SCCA Road Racing, while watching
highly paid hooligans screw each
other on the professional stage?
I’m angry and saddened at the
same time. Many of us in the SCCA
follow these races, as does a worldwide
audience, and when such dishonorable
behavior is allowed, it affects the
evolution of racing everywhere, and
it’s wrong. It’s for the money. NASCAR
specifically is working to hang on to
its dwindling crowd, but the real cause
was also money, pricing themselves
out of the market. They lost their base.
Blue-collar Southerners cannot afford
$150 seats and pay-per-view. The kids
need shoes and health insurance.
The mindset of punt-to-win racing is
illustrated well by a column in the Daily
Herald, “Suburban Chicago’s Information
Source,” penned by one Jenna Fryer.
Headline: “Logano put it all on the line,
as he should have.” Watch the video.
This attempted justification infuriates
me. From my very first article a good
14 years ago, I have been working
“How can you celebrate the
murder of sportsmanship, in
what is by definition a sport”
it, because they’re too expensive and
they’re desperately trying to hold on.
The crowd at Martinsville booed,
and I say bravo fans. They know. Boos
of disgust. If you don’t play by the
rules, then you are not winning. You
are committing murder of the sport,
in cold blood. Might as well just walk
up and drop your golf ball in the hole,
screw the club. Leap over and tackle
the quarterback, before the snap.
Ms. Fryer concludes with, “If more
drivers raced the way Logano did on
that lap, people might start watching
again.” Ma’am, if everyone drove like
that, there would soon be no more
cars in the race. There are two places
for unceremoniously ramming a
competitor out of the way: demolition
derby, or Death Race 2000. Maybe
the fans are sick of this lack of
integrity? Maybe true heroes don’t
drive like criminals? Maybe race fans
want a winner they can respect?
Drivers, be that winner!
Did Joey Logano
( 22) take it a little
too far when he
bumped Martin Truex
Jr. out of the way
for the NASCAR
win at Martinsville?
to turn the tide against this soulless
operandi. Ms. Fryer is by no means
alone. Then what’s in the first line of
copy? “Re-watch Days of Thunder a
couple hundred times...” to get some
perspective on Logano’s choice. What?
It’s a movie. It is not real life, people!
Didn’t your momma tell you that?
Funny, look through my book of
columns, soon to be released, and you’ll
see me write “He’s seen Days of Thunder
one too many times” while training and
complaining over the foolish moves
of some misguided overly aggressive
driver. And here she is holding up a
Hollywood screenplay as a blueprint
for proper racing etiquette! Arrrgh!
Have you ever wanted to just tear your
hair out and run screaming into the
woods? Worst of all, a growing number
of pundits are chirping along with this.
She properly calls Truex a
“gentleman, a sportsman worthy to be
called champion,” then utterly negates
it with “But Logano had to have that
win.” You know what, Jenna and the
rest of the world? Sometimes you just
get beat, fair and square. That’s why it
is called “sport.” Sometimes, you just
don’t get to win, and Logano got beat.
And tightly controlled NASCAR allowed