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Sunday, January 29, 2012

NASCAR should avoid tinkering with 'boys have at it' policy; Welcome back Ward Burton

Well that didn’t last long.

Just two years after the ‘boys have at it’ era began, it may be coming to an end.

NASCAR officials said this week that the policy will be examined before the season starts and the sport may not be as lenient this year.

"We reflect on that at the end of the year and the season hasn't started yet, but there are some things that a group of us will sit down and talk about, and that is one of them," NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton said Thursday. "There were times that it got out of hand, and we're going to discuss what out of hand really is moving forward."

On one hand I understand, as some drivers (cough, Kyle Busch, cough) acted a fool in 2011 on the track.

But at the same time, I hope the policy doesn’t get ratcheted back too far. The ‘boys have at it’ era has produced some great moments for the fans, and I don’t want to see a nanny state imposed and take that away.

For the most part I do believe that the drivers have done a good job policing themselves; and hitting back when there were hit unfairly. True, there may have been some collateral damage collected along the way, but I don’t think it’s gotten too out of hand other than a couple occasions.

Let it be I say; The sport is on a good run here and there is no need to slow down the excitement level because a couple drivers went a little too far.

If they want to be more definitive about what is allowed, that is fine with me. But let’s not get too crazy about the regulations.

Welcome back Ward

One of my all time favorite drivers – Ward Burton, aka the man with the most hard to understand yet awesome accent in all of NASCAR is back after five years, this time with his son by his side. The former Daytona 500 winner will compete this season in the Truck series, along with his son Jeb, who is 19 and last ran in the Whelen All-American Series. Ward will run at Daytona in the truck, as Jeb is not yet qualified for the track.

Welcome back Ward, I hope you can get back to your winning ways.


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