NASCAR Gets Its Own ‘Christine’
Oh, come on, you knew it. Once NASCAR got up and ‘running’ there most likely had to come a Stephen King-like story offering a ‘hint’ of STILL, the coolest, most vengeful car that anyone ever created. Of course, when it comes to Christine – with her stunning paint job, classic good looks and seriously awesome music (not to mention her desire to get each and every job done and done well) – Christine is not actually the beauty that’s come back to haunt a NASCAR driver.
For those who don’t know, NASCAR issued a fine (a small one considering how much these drivers earn), of $25,000 against Denny Hamlin, who was called out for making inexcusable comments about the new Generation 6 car.
NASCAR’s statement about the situation was that, “Following the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event last Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway, Denny Hamlin made some disparaging remarks about the on-track racing that had taken place that afternoon. While NASCAR gives its competitors ample leeway in voicing their opinions when it comes to a wide range of aspects about the sport, the sanctioning body will not tolerate publicly made comments by its drivers that denigrate the racing product.”
In other words – “Don’t hate the car, man!” So…what did Denny say? Well, most wouldn’t think that his comments were exactly off the scope or even all that critical. Basically he just said that the car simply “did not race as good as our Generation 5 cars…This is more like what the Generation 5 was at the beginning; the teams hadn’t figured out how to get the aero balance right. Right now, you just run single-file and you cannot get around the guy in front of you. You would have placed me in 20th-place with thirty more laps to go out there…” (yada, yada, yada).
In reality, Denny didn’t exactly ‘pass’ many cars by his standards that day, and basically believes that if those were the comments that he is being fined for then he feels that’s just ridiculous and has stated he will definitely not pay the fine.
NASCAR spokesman, Kerry Tharp, however, made several responses including the fact that: “The main area of focus here we take exception to is the product, the racing. That’s our brand, that’s the drivers’ brand, that’s the sport’s brand…” (again…yada, yada, yada). Basically, Denny’s comments weren’t taken well for the simple fact that this is the one area that NASCAR feels extremely strong about.
The Generation 6 is actually a product that NASCAR is beyond proud of and wants to make sure that everyone else is – from their drivers to the fans. There is so much debate about this particular fact that it is reaching the same intensity as the “Team Edward/Team Jacob” debate that was at its peak around four years ago.
Not only is the car being scrutinized, but also there are many ‘old-timer’ NASCAR racers who have simply spoken to the fact that the present-day drivers do not have the skill to drive the cars the way their generation had. And although it may be hard to get these drivers to show actual personality, perhaps fining them may just be the way to get them to learn and be proud of the sport and organization they are a part of.
Denny Hamlin has basically said, with his announcement that he will not pay $25,000 for “his actions that were detrimental to stock-car racing,” that he and not this car has won the battle.
Hamlin also added that if NASCAR suspends him, then, well, they suspend him – and that he’s basically on the edge of not caring at this point in time over something so silly.
Chances are the suspension will never occur and this matter will fade into that goodnight. However, it does come to mind that the pride that these sports figures take in their chosen field is a ‘must-have’ for the fans to really appreciate them. Not to mention, a ‘must-have’ if they want to continue with an organization that offers them such wondrous choices and support.
Hamlin has worked to be in that elite league of racers and has never finished outside of the Chase Zone. His long resume of wins and placements speaks for itself. But, perhaps, standing behind the organization and promoting their products would also be a good thing to consider. Because, no offense…just like all the other driver’s, the driver will retire and leave that track one day but NASCAR will go on.
Therefore, the ‘car’ will win in the end! Go Christine!
Until Next Time, Everybody,