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Nationwide Insurance Series...Are You Kidding Me?

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Nationwide Insurance Series...Are You Kidding Me?

Jeremy T. Sellers
Jerm's Joint
October 4, 2007

Surely much of the ease in saying "Busch Series" is the fact that it's been the premier sponsor of NASCAR's version of Triple A for 26 years. Coupled with the fact that beer and racing go together much like bread and butter, have made it seem so fitting over two and a half decades which have seen the likes of drivers we now consider legends. It's been no state secret that NASCAR was so desperate to find sponsorship for the former Busch series that it probably would have entertained offers from porn mags and marital aids. To complicate matters, the governing body is now pursuing some sort of COT program in this league as well, where at first, they rebuked. This seems to follow yet another chapter with my on-going disappointment with NASCAR's watering down of itself paired with some real sarcasm. None have to share my beliefs, let alone read what may be considered by some, wasted text, but if you so choose to humor me, sit back and enjoy the ride. I guarantee that this trip will be much shorter than what NASCAR is going to take you through regarding its minor league.

I believe that the name a series sponsor has should be uncomplicated: Winston, Nextel, Sprint, Busch, etc. Notice that theyare simply single words? Easy to committ to memory, doesn't take up extra time in a conversation, and single words roll off the tongue more smoothly for us drunk tailgators to rattle off after an entire morning of consumption before race time. However, we should have seen this coming when they could no longer bare to simply call the Indy race "The Brickyard 400". No, uh-uh, we need to make this complicated while selling out in the process. Sooooooo, let's call it "The Allstate 400 at The Brickyard". Hence, commericalizing one of the most prestigious races on the cup schedule! Folks, you think I'm kidding, but mark my word, it's just a matter of time before The Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500 aren't just that. Look out for "The Super Douche Bags Running NASCAR 500 at Daytona". Maybe the IRL will hold out, maybe they're smarter? As if that wasn't enough, it has now progressed to the point where we now have the "Nationwide Insurance Series". Are you serious? Is there any type of shorthand we can use for this? Wait, is that the sound of my ass getting tired? Wait! It doesn't stop there! Not fully aware if the COT program is even going to be successful, NASCAR has decided that the Busch, Nationwide, whatever, series, needs to have some sort of renovation in terms of its cars. Whether they are going to duplicate the cup cars or go with the new Camaro, Mustang, etc. body styles hasn't been decided, but by 2009? I'll agree, maybe this league needs some serious tweaking, but now they're going to tell teams that "here's the new car you have to use, and have them built for some 2008 test dates" it's nothing short of idiotic. It's possible that I allude in mistake, but as of now, NASCAR appears to be nothing more than its own suicide bomber, the exception being is that the explosion provided is painfully slow.

ARCA or World of Outlaws anyone?

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