NASCAR Editorial Awards and Gifts, Four Races in

Ben BombergerSenior Writer IMarch 16, 2009

It was a slow week. Not much NASCAR news brewing and the pages here on Bleacher Report were bare.

Without my usual Monday morning "Surprising, Not Surprising" to write (since there was no race this past weekend), I decided to pound out a few Editorial Awards/Gifts for drivers and crews thus far in 2009.

Let's begin by giving NASCAR Team Owner Roger Penske and Bruton Smith, chairman of Speedway Motorsports Inc. a shoulder to cry on and a pack of tissues.

This past week, it was announced that this duo fell off the Forbes' list of the world's billionaires. (Really, I feel so sorry that they now make just under a billion dollars.)

Don't worry NASCAR fans, our beloved sport is still represented well by Roush Fenway Racing co-owner John Henry, John Menard, who sponsors the No. 98 Ford of son Paul, and Red Bull Racing owner Dietrich Mateschitz.

To NASCAR, I offer them a pen to write the rules and formats of races in. It seems to me that the sanctioning body has written everything in pencil, so they can change things as they go.

Prior to the start of the season, the Budweiser Shootout was changed—twice. NASCAR also changed the restart line—several times—and now has decided to change the format of the All-Star race in Charlotte this spring.

I have no problem with change. We've all heard, "change is a good thing." But seriously, we don't need to change everything all at once.

New car? We got it.

New format in the Chase? Came just a few years back.

New ban on testing? It's there.

Let's keep some consistency for awhile NASCAR and see how things go.

To the various NASCAR Tracks I offer a super-secret formula to get people back in the seats—it goes like this:

• (Ticket price/two) + (concessions price/two) = fans in the seats.

Atlanta Motor Speedway was one word—pitiful.

One of NASCAR's best tracks failed to sell-out, and now it's announced that Bristol Motor Speedway is offering tickets (this is a track that you used to have to be in the family of a current season ticket holder if you wanted a shot at tickets).

The reason? It's simple! The tracks have began charging too much for the seats.

Why? Because they have to pay $2 million-plus worth of purse money to the drivers and teams.

Go back to the way things used to be, make it feasible for an everyday fan to purchase tickets, and they'll come!

To Rick Hendrick, I offer a picture with all four drivers in it.

"Really, we have four teams?" Hendrick said as he received the picture. "I thought we just had the No. 48 and No. 24."

Wake up Hendrick, there is a problem within your organization. Whether it be the crew chief driver combos (I'd love to see a switch in the No. 5 and No. 88 teams, by the way), or is it the fact that the two struggling teams work out of the same shop, while the other two that are running well are in another?

Get things in order. When you have a four-car operation, they should all be at (or at least near) the same level week in and week out.

Look at Roush Fenway Racing, the majority of the time, all five drivers are having the same kind of day. Take notes Hendrick, maybe you can use that pen I gave NASCAR earlier.

And last but not least, to Joe Gibbs Racing, I show them the birth certificate for 18-year-old "phenom" Joey "Sliced-Bread" Logano.

Really Gibbs, you thought this kid was ready?

I know things got changed in a hurry when Tony Stewart announced he was leaving the team to run his own shop at Stewart-Haas Racing, but Logano has no reason to be in the Cup Series yet.

Me? I'm tired of hearing about the kid.

So far, I've seen nothing that impresses me, yet he still acts as arrogant as he has always been. Sure, that's partially the media's fault for building him so high up and giving him the nickname "Sliced-Bread," but still—you aren't that great Logano.

That's all for now. I'll try to make this a weekly (probably bi-weekly or monthly really) thing, as it's a lot of fun to do.