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09/05/2012

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Very true Norris,there are too many seat fillers in todays racing while a true wheel man like Otto Sitterly cannot even afford a shot at INDY sad but true.

Interesting take on things, but it feels like you are assuming all cars are equal, which they are not. Many of the drivers you've taken issue with are not in equipment capable of winning. So should those car owners give up too? You've stated drivers that don't win should go away, well then so should the car owners right? Hmmmmm so now what? 5-10 cars left capable of winning everyone else goes home?

Yes, racing should be about winning but more than winning its about competition. And competing is harder than winning. Would Dave Blaney/Tommy Baldwin love to win, yes, but they won't. But they aren't giving up either and are getting better... competing. The guys running 15th - 25th are racing harder than anyone gives them credit for. It's much easier to drive a fast car that's handling right than a car that's twitchy and running in the back of the pack, scaring you to death every other lap. Driving into a corner @ 150mph, knowing the car is going to stick is a lot easier than driving into the corner @145 and having no clue what the car is going to do when you get there. Ask ANY driver and they'll confirm it. Competing is taking whatever you have and getting the best possible finish. If you're close to the front then you go for the win. If you're at the back you go for the guy one spot ahead of you, and after getting past them, aim for the next one.

So bash the guys who aren't winning if you like, but most of them got where they are by racking up big win counts in lesser circuits. Not to say some haven't overstayed their welcome, but even the guys at the back got to the big time by winning, a lot.

It's the Peter Principle. You keep moving up the ladder until you reach a level where you're no longer competent. Then you hold on to that spot so that the next competent person doesn't have a place to go.

It's bad for racing and it's bad for business, but a lot of people are rich because of it. All the way up until their top heavy company goes bankrupt.

It's killing Richard Childress' team right now. Earnhardt-Ganassi must be a tax write-off for Chip because he makes no effort to get good people. An eager rookie wants to run races but the start-and-parks would lose money if they go more than twenty laps. It's all about car owners making money, not winning races.

Well said JR Revelle. Bravo!

I like a columnist who says what he thinks. I also think the comments by david guarino are on the money as well. This leads me stating my belief that, at least in NASCAR, there are at least 10 too many cars in the field. While I agree that all the teams in the CUP series are worthy competitors, at least 10 are strictly there for the payday. They have no delusions of anything else. The older drivers in that bottom ten are there based on past performance, the younger ones are there to try and keep their face in front of people. Trouble is, a start and park team only provides a paycheck. The younger drivers would be much better served competing sucessfully in a lower series. I think a 30 car field in Sprint Cup would be better for all concerned

I'm surprised you didn't mention Robert Wickens as one of the drivers you know who deserves a shot at the bigs. Put him in a half-decent Indy car and he'd be better than 2/3 of the current (very sad) crop in that series. Put him in a half-decent stock car and he'd smoke that overrated Danica in both Nationwide and Cup week after week. Robert should give up on his F1 dream and come home. Better to be the big fish in a small pond.

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