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NASCARFans E-Mail List Below is an editorial one of our readers, Judie, passed on to us. Thanks, Judie! It's from the Naples Daily News, url is It's dated Monday, the 22nd. I just tried for a few minutes to find...

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Below is an editorial one of our readers, Judie, passed on to us. Thanks, Judie!

It's from the Naples Daily News, url is It's dated Monday, the 22nd. I just tried for a few minutes to find this article on their web site, but I couldn't after a cursory search.

I would encourage you, after reading the article to offer some feedback to the EDITOR OF THE NEWSPAPER. Emphasis added so YOU will notice it.

************************************* Again, if you would like to send someone feedback to this editorial: ************************************* PLEASE DO SO TO THE EDITOR OF THE NEWSPAPER!!!!!!! ************************************* e-mail address: subject: To: Brian Ettkin, Staff Writer, Sports Dept ************************************* PLEASE DON'T SEND FEEDBACK TO NASCARFANS!!!!!!!! ************************************* DON'T!





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Here's the editorial:

Title: "Auto racing is world's silliest sport"

"We all make mistakes. Mine is remaining silent on this particular subject for too long. Ever notice that this space never has been used to discuss auto racing in any way, shape or oval? That's because auto racing, and I'm not sure there's a delicate way to say this, is the stupidest sport since parachuteless skydiving. Except people aren't dumb enough to willingly jump out of an airplane without a parachute, which makes something I made up 15 seconds ago infinitely superior to the United States' fastest-growing spectator sport. Why anyone would be interested in watching a bunch of cars do circles around a race track, much less think of it as sport, is beyond me and all other right-minded people. Let me put it to you this way. If I want to watch cars traveling at excessive speeds, I pull to the side of Interstate 75 and enjoy the view. If I want to simulate what that feels like, I get back on the highway. Instead, people go to motor speedways and local race tracks. They sit in noisy grandstands in a swirl of dirt and dust, unable to carry on a conversation or hear anything other than the deafening roar of souped-up race cars, 'round and 'round they go, where they crash nobody knows. For some, this is the appeal of the sport. The more accidents, the merrier. These are the same people who go to a football game and hope a stretcher comes out. If your life is empty, and devoid of anything socially or spiritually redeeming, you'll derive perverse satisfaction from watching a car traveling 170-plus miles per hour crash into a wall, wondering if the Humpty Dumpty sitting behind the wheel can be put back together again. Some argue boxing is not sport but a barbaric act of brutality. I say it is both. But at least in boxing, the contestants are athletes. To say Jeff Gordon, Bobby Rahal and Dale Earnhardt are athletes is an insult to the truly mind-blowing athleticism of a Michael Jordan or Ken Griffey Jr. The truth is, if auto racers were athletes, we wouldn't see so many racing families and offspring excelling at the so-called sport's highest level. How elite is it when 12 Andretti's and their kid sister all can win the Indianapolis 500 in their careers. And we haven't even discussed yet the difference among cars and racing teams, which have more bearing on a race than any driver's ability. Pumping up his Air Jordans never increased Michael Jordan's vertical leap, but a few mechanical adjustments from messieurs Goodwrench or Penske can be the difference between Jeff Gordon crossing the checkered flag first, or Jeff Gordon moping around in the literal and figurative pits. I've always thought getting your own car fixed is bad enough. Why would you want to hear about someone else's car problems? Remarkably, people tell me auto racing is a family sport. But to imagine the kind of bond father and son form while watching cars go real fast that is the sport's essence, nothing more, and could it really be any less? - in an environment where hand gestures have to suffice for words, can't really be considered quality time. Certainly there are worse ways to spend an afternoon than sitting down to watch auto racing. I just can't think of any at the moment."

If you would like to send someone feedback to this editorial, ************************************* PLEASE DO SO TO THE EDITOR OF THE NEWSPAPER!!!!!!! ************************************* e-mail address: subject: To: Brian Ettkin, Staff Writer, Sports Dept *************************************

========== There's a Q&A with two of the stars of "Steel Chariots" at NASCAR Online at url, for those of you with web access. Interestingly, the Q&A doesn't mesh with the feedback I've gotten on "Steel Chariots" so far. But I haven't seen it (and most-likely won't at this point), so I can't offer any personal observations. ========== In today's NASCAR Online chat with Elton Sawyer, he was asked, "Will your wife be doing any more Bush races?" Here's his answer: "That's a good questions. It doesn't look like she's going to do any races this year. But in 1998 and 1999 she has a full sponsorship in place, and you'll have to stay tuned for the announcement. I think they're going to announce it at Charlotte Motor Speedway. She's going to be online with you in the coming weeks, so you'll have to ask her about it. But, yes, she will be back next year." (NASCAR Online) ========== Jeff Gordon talks about running the final short-track race of the season and the battle for the elusive NASCAR Winston Cup Series title:

"Martinsville has been a good place for us the last couple of times. The goal for us this time is to qualify well. We seem to have a pretty good race setup. If we can get qualified well we can get a good pit position and hopefully have some good pit stops. It took us a long time for us to learn how to win at Martinsville. It took a lot of laps for me. It took a lot of testing and gathering a lot of information. That's one of the trickest places to get around. You've got to save your brakes, your tires. You've got to do a lot of things you don't do anywhere else. You go from pavement onto pretty rough concrete. Rubber gets built up, and you've got to change your line as a driver. You've got to change tire pressures on pit stops. You've got to do things a lot different there than you do anywhere else. Short tracks are very important to the sport, and Martinsville is a great short track. I think it's very important for us to keep the short tracks on the schedule. Bristol has been able to figure out a way to get a hundred thousand people there. We need to get more people into Martinsville, but I think historically the track has always brought exciting action to NASCAR Winston Cup racing. It really belongs on the schedule, and I hope it stays there for a long time, especially after the way I've been running there the last couple of times. "I don't know the word conquer, but Martinsville has been good to me the last couple of times. It takes time to learn the respect it takes to run good at a track like Martinsville. For whatever reason, I've learned to get in a good rhythm and how to work with Ray and the guys to set up the cars just right. I haven't been consistent qualifying up front. We qualified well there last time and we want to try to do that again this time. "

(NASCAR Online, url is for those of you with web access who want to read the entire article) ==========


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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Jeff Gordon , Elton Sawyer , Bobby Rahal