I think Kenseth out pointing Johnson Today sealed the deal for the Championship.
Politics, magical rules manipulations, bending the rules, and sterilizing the sport have all led to the decline of interest in NASCAR racing for most of your sincere fans. When you start seeing things that don't even seem fair at a cursory glance become the norm, it's time to find something else to watch. When I want a good Sunday afternoon nap, I'll turn on the race and enjoy some good sleep in my La-Z-Boy courtesy of the drone of the engines. Otherwise, I have no use for NASCAR any more.
They have gotten so far away from the original, it doesn't even look like racing any more. They're using a body they call what, the GEN 5??? I don't even know what "Gen" they're up to now. All I know is the car doesn't even resemble ANYTHING I can go to a showroom and purchase. Gone are the days when the old guys like Richard Petty and Cale Yarborough would take a production model automobile, strip down all the insides and leave only the front seat, modify the FACTORY engine a little, and go racing. It was that kind of research that allowed auto makers to improve their FACTORY PRODUCTION models to make a better product for the consumer. NASCAR was the proving grounds. It was what produced generations of fans who were BRAND NAME fans and braggers. Now, the only way you know whether a team is one brand or another is by the nose cone they bolt onto the otherwise generic GEN body.
Oh, and let's don't allow anyone to bring any emotions off the track without taking them to "the trailer" and deducting points and imposing fines. It was the guts and glory days of throwing down the helmets in turn 1 beside your now-wrecked cars and going at it like two men that produced generations of DRIVER fans who were loyal and braggers of their hero. When you sterilize the emotions out of a sporting event, you've removed anything to cheer about. Is it any wonder NASCAR is dying?
Oh yes, they're much "safer" now. Uh huh. I understand that.
But, getting to this "safer" and more dignified point has greatly sterilized the sport and anesthetized the audience.
- Craig -
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