Jeff Gordon Once Again Leads the Demolition Derby Race, Others Follow!

SONOMA, CA - JUNE 20:  Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 DuPont Chevrolet leads a group of cars during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway on June 20, 2010 in Sonoma, California.  (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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al asifyouknowSenior Analyst IJune 27, 2010

Let's go wrecking, bumping or fighting boys, you pick your poison!

That looks to be the new NASCAR Sprint Cup “mission statement,” and NASCAR’s television media is loving it, probably makes for good ratings.

A few weeks ago, Tony Stewart said folks were driving like idiots; he was right about that. Driving like an idiot has become standard procedure week in and out in Cup racing.

Here is a quote from one of the most respected drivers in NASCAR:

“If our sport is going to become that, then we need to change it from racing to demolition cars, because that wasn’t racing last week,” Burton said.

“The track is very difficult. Now that we do double-file restarts, it’s not a bad idea to start thinking about changing Turn 7 and how much we have to slow down for Turn 7 to try to separate the field a little bit before we get to that corner.

“Ultimately, it’s the drivers’ responsibility to have some respect for each other. The last 10 laps of that race didn’t look like we were the best drivers in this country—it looked like we were some of the worst drivers in this country.”

Do you agree with that statement?

Or maybe you’re one of those fans who loves this type of racing, if you are , I would like to ask you one question.

Where is the skill in hitting someone with a 3,000-pound car to gain a spot or two?

Hey, maybe it does take great skill to do that, if that’s the case why not put a bumper guard all around the car and go at it, at least more cars would finish the race.


Let me go a bit further, let's make this really exciting.

How about if we put a 12-pack of beer in the car and during each pit stop, the driver must chug down the beer and handed it over to a NASCAR official for content verification, in other words if is not empty, there is a drive-through penalty.

Along with the beer we should also give them a 12-gauge double-barrel shotgun with only two rounds, they can be used to shoot at tires, you give them a flat.

Imagine if every driver saves his shotgun rounds for the last three laps, you would have a real shootout!

Now that would be good television!

Are you listening, Mr. France?

Seriously, folks I don’t know how much is too much, where is the line, how far will this go before the sport has to many “retaliation vouchers.”

There may come a time when drivers will be so consumed in cashing in their “vouchers”
that racing may become an afterthought.

Just saying.

Today’s race at Loudon was going very well until the last 50 laps when someone pushed the idiot button, and most of the teams got back to their bumper car mentality.

I’m not going to offend any drivers by calling them an idiot,  but here is a list of drivers who have won the newly formed asifyouknow award named:


The first winners of the awards are:         Jeff Gordon
                                                         Juan Pablo Montoya
                                                         Clint Bowyer
                                                          Ryan Newman    
                                                         Reed Sorenson
                                                         Kyle Busch
                                                         Kurt Busch
                                                         Jimmie Johnson

Now take a good look at that list, apparently it does pay to play bumper cars in NASCAR, most of the drivers on that list had top ten finishes and there is even a winner amongst them.

So let's go forward with the beer and shotgun thing, it would make the ultimate sporting event.

As always is just a fans opinion and from what I understand everybody has one and I thank God for that.

Enough said.

Well I'm not done yet, I hope hope you understand part of this article was done in jest, or maybe not, just saying.

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