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Early Darkness/Kyle Busch

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Stock Car Racing Topics:  Kyle Busch, NASCAR

Early Darkness/Kyle Busch

Jeremy T. Sellers
Jerm's Joint
November 7, 2011


Sucks, plain and simple. No other way to put it. we here in the Sellers' household quickly miss the warmth of summer with its extended daylight as soon as it is gone. We look forward to March when the extended daylight comes back. For now, let the seasonal depressive disorder set it!

I can't believe that I'm going to say this, and those of you who know me will probably fall out of your chairs when you read it. What happened in the truck race Friday night between Kyle Busch and Ron Hornaday was GOOD for NASCAR. Take your pulse, have a pulse? Don't sweat the small shit! (Words of wisdom by my EMT instructor when I was a 18-year old know-it-all) DO NOT get that statement confused in any way, that I am a fan of The Angry Keebler Elf, for I am far from. However, in a NASCAR season that has seem dauntingly long with little to write home about, this is what the fans needed to get their juices flowing.

Nothing boosts fanship, opinions, and hatred more than a little controversy. Every sport has it, and to continue gaining profit, NEEDS it! Do I condone what happened? Absolutely not. We just lost Dan Wheldon on the track, so to me, an intentional incident to help similar outcomes along is madness! Ron is racing for a championship, Kyle is racing because he has to go to the lower two national touring series and pick on the little guy to make himself feel good...penis envy in my opinion. What started over a "racing incident" as Mr. Helton put it properly, quickly escalated into nothing more than a baby throwing a temper tantrum when the teet was pulled from his yet-to-be-teething pie hole. The subsequent placing of Mr. Hornaday face first into the wall at an estimated 134 mph cannot be tolerated by NASCAR, or its surrounding community.

However, this little diddy was able to revitalize the passion in NASCAR that had seemingly been lost over the course of the season. As far as the points race, we are in the midst of one of the tightest in history, yet in retrospect, hasn't been very exciting. Little conflict or controversey has fallen upon the sport this year until now and NASCAR fueled the fire by parking an intolerant, crying baby for an entire weekend, a chase contender at that! Not only was NASCAR's decision spot-on, but also got the entire racing community fired up and put their heads back into the game!

Like Mike Helton stated, the "Have at it boys" philosophy has to have a line, and we saw that line crossed Friday night. When it comes down to jeopardizing the safety and welfare of not only the two drivers involved, but others on the track and even in the stands, we cannot stand for it. Kudos to NASCAR!



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