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June 26, 2002

Just When You Think You Have Heard It All

Okay, I understand that cheating is part of racing. That
everyone cheats just alittle but you would think since so
many cry "wolf", "broke", "unaffordable", we would stop
some of this insanity.

Traction control has been a big no-no. It seems that
it has been made even easier to cheat with this since
now there are no wires on the ignition box to be seen,
guess what, it is inside the box.

Now, I guess we need to ban cell phones from the track since
the newest way of hiding traction control is no less inside
the ignition box. No wires to show, no little devices slipped
in the driver's pockets, no, a cell phone can set it off and

What I don't get anymore especially in Winston Cup, is,
WHERE DID THE FUN GO?? Has the sport gotten this far out
of hand that we must have engineers thinking of ways to
cheap and hide it so we can win at all costs. Is this
right, is this excusable???

One thing I have never wanted my Alex to learn and that is,
"WIN AT ALL COSTS". Because there is a cost to winning,
maybe not one you can see or put your hand on, but one that
costs your soul and your value. Once you put that aside
and do "whatever" it takes to win whether it is illegal or
not, then racing is lost. Sportsmanship is dead and our
children see and learn just the opposite of what is really

So now, everytime you see someone on a cell phone especially
in the pits or while someone is racing, you can't help but
wonder if they are really talking to someone or just putting
the old traction control to work.

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