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September 29, 2001

Searching For An Answer

By Sharon Fancher

After all the terrorism witnessed in New York and Washington, I have found that people were so united immediately following the destruction. But what I realized is how quick most people have put it aside or maybe buried it from fear of facing what is to come in the days ahead. This week it's as if nothing ever went wrong. People are once again showing there negativeness much more than ever before.

The comment I would like to make on all this is can't we all be friends and put our difference's aside? The he said, she said stuff isn't going to get us anywhere. The criticism of the Tracks, Owners, and Karnac website is ridiculous. Do we not want a place to run and watch races? Do we not want a place to be able to vent in an effective way?

The petty criticism that is going on right now is causing a negative impact on the way these people are thinking and reacting to us that have allowed us these privileges. And yes they are privileges. I'm sure if you sit back and look at everything that is going on, you most certainly can see these things taking place yourselves.

The track Owner's are dealing with trying to make the best possible place for us to have some sort of entertainment in our lives. They don't have to do this and I will tell you right now it isn't for the money. All the tracks in the state of Florida are struggling right now. There loosing there behinds and I will tell you why, because everyone isn't going to be pleased with something. So they are in turn going to downgrade the Track, Owner's, and Official's and this negative behavior is turning people away fast.

I go to the driver's meetings at the track I attend every Saturday and I know there very few legitimate questions ask. If you think someone is the favorite, illegal, or changes need to be made, why not voice your opinions then and show a little respect for these people instead of choosing to wait until you get home on the computer to do so? I've witnessed several things that haven't been right {in my opinion}, but I haven't blown my stack over it. If you feel the drivers meeting isn't the place to discuss a problem you might have, then ask whoever it is you'd like to address your concern, to speak with them in private. I mean wake up people these Owner's and Officials are just as human as you and I.

Last but not least, the KARNAC website. I've watched as certain one's have expressed there likes and dislikes of the site. Some have made good remarks and some have made very outlandish remarks against it. But yet they return to the site again and again, why? Maybe because they felt the need to stir up trouble. I mean God forbid it to actually be because they liked the site, or being able to communicate with other people to express the rights and wrongs of racing, or maybe just to make a friend, or help a fellow racer with a need or problem they might have.

My point is, if we continue to create havoc on all these people involved, pretty soon they will get tired and lose interest in something we all love. Eventually closing down or selling {which is becoming frequent nowadays} the Tracks we love racing at and the site we spend a lot of time praising, and venting on. I don't want to see this happen, but I know how I would feel if I had to deal with the problem's these people do everyday.This is something we do have control over. Let's start using our hearts as well as our heads and make racing what it really is "A Fun, Adventurous & Loving Sport" for all.

-Sharon Fancher

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