Do you remember why you love racing? I want you to stop for a minute and think about it.
For me, the love is deep-seeded. From an early age at the local short tracks to now when I head through the tunnel at any track, the feeling I get is indescribable. I love the smell of burnt rubber, the heat of the asphalt, the hurried atmosphere, the competition; nothing is better.
What did you come up with?
With all the Mayfield madness I couldn’t help but notice how many people are letting this very bad situation (and others this season) overshadow the sport that we all presumably love. T.C. wrote a very similar thing on Yahoo Sports last week (don’t worry he knows I’m stealing his topic).
No matter your take on the present situation, I think we can all agree this is bad for everyone involved, including the fans. It is dominating the headlines and drawing attention away from the competition and some really great storylines.
This season we have had two first time winners in Brad Keselowski and David Reutimann; Mark Martin, at age 50 has won four races and is sitting 11th in points (he is certainly a championship contender); Juan Pablo Montoya is presently in the Chase and looking better and better every week; and Michael Waltrip Racing picked up one of the season’s biggest free agents when they signed Martin Truex Jr.
On top of all that we have Kevin Harvick in/out at RCR and Brad Keselowski on the hunt for a full time ride in the Cup Series. Who doesn’t love the Silly Season?
As bad as the Mayfield situation is, it really doesn’t affect what happens on the track. Just like Manny Ramirez testing positive for steroids didn’t bring down baseball, or even the Dodgers, Jeremy Mayfield and NASCAR being locked in an ugly legal showdown won’t bring down this sport and certainly won’t stop everyone from going to the track every Sunday to do what they love. I hope it won’t stop you from enjoying NASCAR either.
Feeling short of a better conclusion, take some advice from T.C.:
“So if you find yourself feeling down on the sport right now, think back to what drew you to racing in the first place. Those initial reasons that brought you to the race track are still alive and well in NASCAR. Everything beyond the action on track is just noise anyway.”