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November 6, 2000

Racing Now Has NEW Qualifications

No longer does racing require driving skills to become part of it's family but now you must have a short temper, anger at the drop of a pin, know how to throw a punch, and most importantly, teach the children that racing means doing anything for the win.

Now, what is wrong with this picture? Is this what you want in a racecar driver and someone that your child might just possibly hold as a role model???? If the answer is yes, well, you might need Anger Management 101.

Listen to an Anger Management Specialist.

Not only did fans see anger this weekend in Central Florida but by the looks of it, all thru Florida's local short tracks. What is causing this anger? Isn't this the sport done for fun, not profit. Isn't this the sport that teaches your child that how you win is more important than just winning??

There is one simple thing that alot of people do not understand and that is "why is this happening when so many racers have such a hard time just being able to race?" When you think about it, most of you say that racing is getting harder and harder to afford so why purposely take out your anger on your car or someone else's car? Chasing a car thru the pits is not cool especially when families with kids are in those pits.

We have got to stop this anger. It was suggested that part of the anger comes from the end of points season but that is no excuse. There is no excuse for any of this. It is not what fans come to see and it surely is not what the racers want. We don't need bullies in this sport and now is the time to stop it.

If all our tracks would gather together and make the same rules for all tracks on this fighting, wrecking cars, etc., then just maybe we could stop it. There is no place in today's world that bad behavior is accepted and racetracks are no exclusion. Parents do not want their children to see this in spite of the fact that some seem to think that fighting and wrecking is what is expected at a track. But for those of us who are smart, we realize that racing is expensive and no one can afford to be wrecked on purpose.

Soon, tracks will close for awhile. Maybe this time would be a good time for all track owners and management personnel to come together and stop this behavior before it goes to far which is not too far off in the future. Find a common solution to these situations and stick to it. It can be done. Fighting in the pits, fighting on the track, fighting period is NOT acceptable to any of us. If that is what you want to do, go find some boxing gloves, a ring, and forget racing.

By Jane Smith

Related Article:It's Time To Stop The Violence

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