I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific. – Lily Tomlin

Confused

Most of my friends don’t follow the world of Nascar. They either don’t care for it or just think it’s too redneck for them, which unfortunately is what MOST people think of Nascar. I don’t think I am a “redneck”, but I do enjoy racing. I like to watch all types of racing from IRL to NHRA drag races. Doesn’t matter to me, I like them all. But I feel the sanctity of the southern born and nurtured Nascar has been violated.

I know, I know….the Ford Fusion is made in Canada, the Chevy Impala is made in Mexico, the Dodge Avenger in made…who knows where, but not in the US. I also know the only car in the soon to be Sprint Cup series that is actually manufactered in the US is the Toyota Camry. But that doesn’t mean I have to like it. It just feels all wrong. Having a foreign nameplate in the forefront of Nascar. I didn’t like it when they began racing in the Craftsman Truck series simply because they are Toyota. I didn’t like it when they announced they would be starting teams last year in both Busch and Nextel Cup divisions of Nascar. And now….horror of all horrors…Joe Gibbs Racing, who has be a staple of GM manufactered vehicles in Nascar for like 16 years, is jumping manufacturerers from Chevy to Toyota. How did we come to this? Seriously……seriously.

It started with the loss of the traditional Southern 500 at Darlington on Labor Day to a track in California. Then the loss of Rockingham. And now, Toyota.

I am obviously not privy to the inner workings of such a company, but with three championships and fifty some odd wins in 16 years with General Motors (36 of which are Tony Stewart alone), how can J.D. Gibbs reasoning for going Toyota be that they want to win races and championships while staying competitive with the other teams?? He must not be watching the same races I am watching every Sunday because from where I am sitting, two of the three drivers at JGR are outstanding. Two of the best every week. While none of the current Toyota teams are doing anything news worthy at all. Save for one Busch series win by Dave Blaney and Michael Waltrip’s lack of racing as of late. I am very disappointed, very disheartened, very disgruntled.

I guess it’s my southern roots. I guess it’s my need for one last thing to remain truly “American”. I am in no way saying that I dislike Toyota. The Camry is actually a nice looking car. It the whole principal of it. Do you think Richard Petty or Bobby Allison would ever race a Toyota? I should think not. Nascar is spending too much time “diversifiing” the sport, while forgetting the grass roots of where they started. Without the so called “stupid” “redneck” country folks, there would be no Nascar. We’ve come a long way from the beach at Daytona.

Never forget where you come from, you may have to go back one day.

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