Monday, March 19, 2012
I don't know how much influence Brian France has on day-to-day functions, and we can't really get rid of him anyway, so, the next best thing would be to have a clean sweep of management. Helton has lost all credibility and is hurting the reputation of the sport. I think I represent a fair amount of long time NASCAR fans that are disgusted in what I see coming from the governing body. The out and out vendetta against Chad Knaus is an abomination. If you want to punish him for embarrassing NASCAR on national television last year, then do so. Sit him down for 6 races, fine him, ban him, I don't care, but don't pretend that it's anything other than that that your doing. Jimmie's car never set rubber on the track, don't penalize the team for something that was never inspected in the first place. Again, NASCAR rules are implemented subjectively to the detriment of the sport.
Fans are not stupid, although they are portrayed to be because of the actions of the governing body. They are capable of understanding that this is a dictatorship, or more of a club than a sport, like The Masters and Augusta, and as such sanctions will be handed out to protect the image of the club\sport. But, disguising those sanctions as "double-secret probation" or enforcing an ever waffling rule book, is insulting to those who have followed for so long.
So NASCAR I'm imploring you to stop treating your fans like ignorant hillbillies and come clean. Tell it like it is, fine evenhandedly and sanction those that need it. But stop pretending your fans can't see through the smokescreen.