Friday, May 05, 2006

NASCAR fights fading away?

USA Today has a good story about NASCAR's evolution, about how the sport has gone from moonshiners who frequently brawled after a race, to a highly polished, image-conscious sport. Today, fighting after a race can cost a driver his sponshorship, and therefore his job.

The paper mentioned a race I have on tape, the 1979 Daytona 500. It was the first time a NASCAR race was televised live, flag to flag. At the end Cale Yarborough fought with the Allison brothers. It's a classic, and helped promote the port.

We need more brawling in NASCAR.

From USA Today, emphasis added:

    While promoting races in the minor leagues, Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage told a group of drivers not to fight but to "get out to the start-finish line if you do." Cup team owner Ray Evernham says that applied when he raced in the '80s at Wall Stadium, a New Jersey track known for wrecks followed by roughhousing.

    "If you fought on the track, it was a one-week suspension, and if you fought in the pits, it was two weeks," Evernham says. "One day I asked why, and a race official says, 'Because at least if you fight on the racetrack, the fans can see it.'"


Charlie Adams said...

NASCAR didn't "evolve", you gonad. It was Intelligently Designed.

phucku said...

NASCAR wannabe

Richard Petty said...

Thar ain't nuthin intelligent about NASCAR.