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March 24, 2002

Paybacks Are Getting Out of Hand

Jane Smith

Yes, we have drivers out there in our state who love to
beat and bang their way to the top. They don't care
who they hit or what they do to another racer, it
is the win that counts, not how you get there. The
expression "win at all costs" is their motto. Sure,
some fans love this kind of racing but alot of others
do not.

You can't win a race on the first lap but there are
some that think you can. It is jump to the front
no matter what it costs, but sometimes it costs too
much for all. There are others who do not intentionally
hit anyone and yet when they do and they don't
communicate with each other, there becomes a war.

When goals are set to purposely turn someone around,
THIS IS NOT RACING. Using a friend to turn someone
around that you think has done you wrong, THIS IS NOT
RACING. Yes, anger is there but anger and racing no
longer have a place on the track. All this does is
form a lasting "payback" goal which in racing, payback
goals have no place. Racing is racing, accidents
happen, people make wrong moves, cars get loose, cars
check up, but if you really think there is one driver
who purposely wants to wreck another, then that driver
has no place on a racing surface. You have to under-
stand that you are driving a "killing machine" and
you can kill someone when racing with anger in your
heart and paybacks on your mind.

It does not take much to get to know a person and
talk is free. Instead of holding all these "grudges"
and "I will pay him back" maybe the mouth muscle
should work instead of the rolled up fist or the
killing machine car. Don't go angry and wanting
to fight, go with a clear and open mind with no
temper and ears that are open to listen and just
maybe there will be no need for "paybacks". Ever
racer in this state has something to offer to
another racer whether it is advice on the car's
handling, set-up or how to turn right. Why not
use these qualities for the good and realize that
instead of wanting to "payback" or "get even" on
the track is not the answer to any problem.

Just like the saying "what comes around, goes around"
this will happen if someone purposely puts you into
the wall. Someone always gets their due in one way
or another and fans do have eyes. Don't use a racecar
to PROVE your point, try using the mouth that God gave
you just for that purpose "to open and speak" and
ears that open and hear and LISTEN to each other.

Everyone can "agree to disagree" but "paybacks" are
no longer acceptable at the racetrack.

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