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April 24, 2002

"Royal Rumble in Racing?"

Never have I in the 13 plus years that I've been in
racing, have I seen so much confusion between the
drivers and fans. Racing is becoming a free for all
and someone is going to get hurt! It is getting
ridiculous, when you can't take your children to a
track on a Saturday night without having to witness
a "Royal Rumble".

I mean what is racing suppose to be?? I would like to
think if we wanted to see a boxing match or demolition
derby, we would seek a place that had that type of
entertainment and not in the stands or on the race

An innocent bystander is usually the one who gets
hurt. God forbid if anyone does get hurt. But the
tempers raging and attitudes roaring out of control
as I've seen for several weeks now, the inevitable
is surely going to occur!

Racing is a dangerous sport and I'm sure everyone
involved is aware of that. But racers are making it
more dangerous than it has to be. All drivers want
to come home with the win but that isn't possible as
we all know. Once your hands get dirty with knowing
you injured or even killed someone, you'll not be
able to turn the clock back then.

Who wants to go home at the end of the night knowing
they are going to have to do some major repairs to
their car just because of stupidity? And that is what
alot of it boils down to. Being agressive is one thing,
but trying to win on the first lap is ridiculous.

Contact is going to be made on the track, but when you
get drivers who just have to leave their mark on half
the field you know something is wrong. If drivers are
not going to do some major attitude adjustments, I
think that's when these owners and promoters should
step up and take matters into their own hands.

When a driver takes revenge on another driver for an
accident in the real world, it's called ROAD RAGE.
Most people, however, are choosing to call it racing.
Secondly, to seek revenge for an incident of this
nature is not only inappropriate but it is childish.
Drivers who display this type of behavior are behaving
like a nine year old who can't accept the consequences
of their actions and blindly strike out at their
"enemy". Racing is a sport for drivers who are adults.
Drivers definitely should not be at the wheel of a
race car until they can mature.

Hopefully these owners and promotoers will take a
stand! After all, aren't they the ones' in control???

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