Monday, June 06, 2011

Speed Has Become Irrelevant

The Indianapolis 500 was won when the leading driver crashed, but the issue for the last 20 laps was whether or not any of the leading three drivers was going to run out of gas. The Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte later the same day was decided when not only the leader, but the second-place car as well, ran out of gas. The Nationwide race at Chicago this past Saturday was won when the first two cars ran out of gas. The Sprint Cup race in Kansas City yesterday was won by the driver who saved the most fuel.

I would love to return to the days when a reporter asked Dale Earnhardt how he planned to win a race and, with a supremely disgusted look at the young reporter, Earnhardt replied, “I plan to drive real fast.”

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