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May 31, 2001

The Effects of the Full Moon on Racing

Last weekend we had as close as you can get to a full
moon. Now, fish and shrimp don't go nuts on a full
moon, in fact, they kindof like it. But racing seems to
have ill effects to the full moon. Drivers go alittle nuts,
their hidden personalities come to surface and watch
out - The MOON IS FULL.

Maybe the moon is just a good excuse for drivers acting
like spoiled children and doing stupid things that they
normally never do. We all have seen these actions at one
time or another but isn't it strange that they really do come
out during that "full" moon.

Last weekend was no exception. We saw good cars taken
out, innocent people abused, and all because that moon which
to most of us is really romantic when full, was looking down
on the racetracks. Why does something so pretty and
romantic cause such madness on a racetrack????

You would think by now that drivers and crews would reazlize
that the moon does effect them when full and they would
work harder not to let those crazies come out. But, no, not
our guys. The crazier they get, the more we worry about them, the dumber
some seem to get. For some reason, the
no-no's of racing seem to have long memories and sooner or
later, they come out and usually it is a FULL moon.

If you think about it, Winston Cup has very few night races,
do you think they know about the "full moon curse"????
Maybe they are smart and know that the moon can't get
them if they race during the day. Although, they do have
crazies come out during the day sometimes. But I will always
remember one crazy Bobby LaBonte attacking his car at
Bristol during the night race and a full moon. His car
certainly felt his anger that night. Throwing his helmet
is not different than one local guy pushing another all
around a track instead of just passing him. And if this
should come about on a "full moon" night, watch out
because there will be a crash-a-rama.

There is nothing prettier than a full moon shining over
water and shimmering lights reflecting in the eyes of the
person you love most. That is how most people think of
a full moon. But if you are into local racing, the "full
moon" means one thing and one thing only - crash time.
It is a time that the worse comes out and the sensible
hides.

The moon effects all of us in different ways. A new moon
holding water is a great time to shrimp and fish. A half
moon is sad but a full moon is a smiling face looking down
and making us remember how beautiful the night time is
except when it is race night and the moon smiles on the
track. And then, we get the "full moon" crazies for the night.

Jane Smith



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