Friday, May 20, 2011
Post Dover SCAB REPORT: Start and Park grows to six entries, money wasted sky rockets.
Some fellows might be great at qualifying, but not too good at anything else, but prize money would be awarded according to finish so the fellow finishing 40th still would take home $60,000. The regular tour golfer would carry 14 clubs and a caddy receiving a cut of the purse would carry the clubs and offer support for the professional golfer.
But wait, there’s a catch. There are some fellows who don’t want to pay a caddy or carry 14 clubs. They’re going to get paid based on where they finish at the end of the day regardless of how many holes they play. They’ve qualified for a certain starting position in the event. Therefore, some fellows show up with the best long distance driver money can buy a wood that could whack a ball way out in the field on the driving range. Then for the actual tournament play, the golfer shows up with just a two iron. He whacks the ball off the tee onto some spot not too deep on the fairway. Takes his second shot, and maybe a third, golfing very conservatively so as not to wind up in the rough where a different club would be needed. He finally gets the ball on the green, but at that point, he walks off and heads to the club house and watches the rest of the event on television.
About half a dozen of the fellows will try that just using a two iron and not stepping on to the green to putt and move on to the next hole. They’ll finish based on how many strokes they took to reach the green and then if there’s a tie that had the longest drive.
Any serious golfer would see such a notion of conducting a golf tournament like that ABSOLUTELY INSANE. That a golfer could show up, not hire a caddy, not have a full set of clubs, or not finish the whole race would be seen as pure madness.
So can anyone explain how NASCAR’s start and park makes any more sense?
It doesn’t it’s just as absurd, but Ralph Humphrey and Phil Parsons have their little sham sending out Mike Skinner and Michael McDowell, Joe Nemechek has his rinky-dink little thing going, as do a few more. The number was up to six at Dover with now one of NASCAR’s all-time twerps joining in, Robbie Gordon, acting as a car owner not playing himself sending Scott Wimmer out to run a few laps and suck in the cash.
The FedEx 400 at Dover has set a true mark of futility when six drivers quit the race, each one earning in excess of $77,438 for NOT racing.
DOVER SCUMBAG THEFT TOTAL: $464,053.00 (total amount ripped-off by unscrupulous “start and park” lackies.
The thieves are as follows:
The TOTAL for 2011 in money issued to teams not prepared to compete and fulfill their responsibility as professional race teams is now $3,451,847!!!
Is it any wonder the enthusiasm for NASCAR has slid the last few years? The is not exemplary of how a sport operating at the highest level of its kind operates. The more the apologists attempt to justify the practice, the more ridiculous it becomes.
NASCAR FANS, You must let the NASCAR brass know that YOU expect the best quality racing possible. The field must be required to compete or be reduced in number so there is no room for “start and park.”
Again we encourage our readers to let NASCAR know that "start and park" is unacceptable. They're ripping off fans and other teams no matter what garbage Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds or what NASCAR bigshot writes releases for them to read might tell you.
Let NASCAR know that YOU want them to restore integrity to the sport. You work hard for your money and want to see NASCAR teams to their jobs. Sports are for winners not quitters.
The top contacts are: Brian France, NASCAR Chairman, Chief Executive Officer or Michael Helton, NASCAR President.
Office of the President, Michael Helton
Office of the Chairman, Brian France
One Daytona Boulevard
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Phone: (386) 253-0611
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