NASCAR shouldn't allow Childress to buy his way into top 35
But with Richard Childress expanding to four cars next year, there seems to be something afoot that I find concerning. Casey Mears will take over the #07 car of Clint Bowyer, reportedly at the request of the sponsors, and Clint Bowyer will move to the new fourth team and the #33 car.
So by logic, that would mean Bowyer will have to race his way into the first five races, right?
Perhaps not. While he wouldn’t yet comment further, Childress sounded incredibly relaxed about the prospect of Bowyer qualifying for races. This has led to speculation that Childress may be preparing to work around that by buying the owners points of a car in the top 35 … perhaps the #01 DEI car, which will likely cease operation after the season ends due to lack of sponsorship.
This kind of finagling to guarantee a driver makes races is not new. Penske racing swapped owners points between the #77 and #2 cars this year, so Sam Hornish Jr. could take Kurt Busch’s points and Busch could rely on his past champion provisional to start the year.
Also, in 2007 after the merger of Ginn Racing with DEI, the owner points from Sterling Marlin’s newly shut-down #14 car were transferred to the #15 of Paul Menard, guaranteeing him a starting spot in each race.
If this rumored purchase of owner points by RCR ends up happening, it will be unfair to all drivers on the bubble of being in the top 35 points. If the #01 shuts down, they should all move up a spot, and it’s not fair that a brand new Childress team would be allowed to buy its way into the first five races.
That’s not what NASCAR is all about. It’s about competing to make the race, not buying your way in. It would be a bad move for NASCAR to allow something like this, and I hope they don’t.
But sadly, based on their past decisions, they probably will allow this to happen if Childress asks to do it.
Just like in a court of law, the guy with the most money usually wins.
Who’s the good guy?
In the wake of Saturday night’s bump-and-run, many fans are looking at the Carl Edwards vs. Kyle Busch rivalry as a good guy vs. bad guy battle for the title.
Personally, I wouldn’t classify either one of them as a "good guy". It’s just that when you’re comparing somebody to Kyle Busch, that driver will inevitably be considered the good guy.
Pigskin at Bristol?
With football season having arrived, while watching the races this weekend at Bristol I couldn’t help envision how awesome it would be for the Tennessee Volunteers to play a game at the speedway. The game would draw at least 150,000 and would just be an awesome, record-breaking spectacle. A few years ago, track owner Bruton Smith made this offer to Virginia Tech and Tennessee, saying he’d give each school $20 million to play at his track. Sadly, it was not to be, but who knows … maybe they’ll come around.