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March 09, 2007



What happens when Dale Jr., Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart and Kasey Kahne are caught up in a big wreck in their Dual 150 race at Daytona, and none of them qualify for the Great American Race? You risk killing the golden goose in order to make this a FAIR egg laying contest.


I'll take the chance in the one goof ball qualifying format of the year that those drivers will have put in good enough qualifying times to make the field. And at least one of those two will use a past champions provisional to be in the race. In this case; in all probability, those four would make the race. I stand by my original premise.



If they wrecked in qualifying and, feeling the pressure of no automatic pass into the biggest race of the year, pressed things too much, it could happen. Is it a likely scenario? No, but neither are most of yours. So the most recent ex-champ gets in. That's one for four. Twelve years ago or so, all three Penske cars, the then class of the field, missed the Indy 500 because of qualifying problems. They were the three cars expected on the front row. It ruined the race and screwed up the championship. Although NASCAR can BETTER afford it, they are too smart to let it happen. Face it Steve; it's not all sport. It's also show business.


Can't you ever come up with an example that is: a) not associated with some form of open wheel racing or b) is plausible?


Plausible schmausible. I bring this up because the powers that be with U.S. open wheel auto racing have ruined it. It is not that the racing is bad. They wrecked the show and now their sport is a shadow of what it was and could be.

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