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September 2, 2001

Caution Racing Has Got To Go

by Jane Smith
We saw it yesterday in the Busch Race, caution racing. The first incident was no one's fault as a part broke on the car but the second, well, that could be debated. Tempers flair and somewhere goes the brain and good sense that we are suppose to have. It happened last year, it happened not long ago in a SARA race and according to the message board, it happened last night at Volusia Speedway Park.

Ok, in local racing, the guys that race have few sponsors. Their sponsors are themselves and the money to race comes from their own pockets. But that is no excuse for hitting someone under caution, there is no excuse. Track owners are not going to put up with such behavior and fans definitely will not. The one time that a driver is truly safe, is under caution and yet now, we have too much caution racing.

It is understanding that tempers can get overheated in a race, especially when it is a race with alot of beating and banging. But hitting a person under caution is never and never will be right. If you got cut off on the interstate and hit someone, you would go to jail. So maybe the only solution for hitting someone under caution on purpose is jail. You are using a deadly weapon for all the wrong reasons.

Winston Cup, Busch, all the NASCAR series will not put up with this kind of behavior. There is no excuse and before you know it, you will be without a ride. If you can't pass someone clean in a race without turning them around, you are not racing. If you can't behave under caution, you should not be on the track.

Maybe we should start Anger Management Classes for our racers that have these problems. We have it for men and women who cannot control their tempers and flare out and hit someone. And then again, maybe all tracks should ban these racers to let them know that this is NOT acceptable at any track.

Good clean racing is dangerous enough in itself. You should never have to race and worry about being hurt under caution, never. Maybe it is time that all the track owners get together and decide one rule for these incidents and it might help stop it. Make it a statewide rule with harsh punishment and just maybe, it will stop because there won't be a place you can go to race.

We know that rules vary from track to track but this is the one thing that all tracks could do together. Together they would have the power to stop this, together they can agree on the punishment for this crime.

Jane Smith

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