But this time someone is going to get hurt. I don’t catch many of these races but they need to lower the front end to the ground again.
If a piece of debris were to get under the raised section or it were to hit another car just right the driver would take the full force of the impact right in the groin. OUCH Yeah that’s what I said too!
This design is asking for trouble and I don’t want to see any of those drivers hurt before changes are made to correct this problem. So please, change this design Now.
Racing Officials are you out there. If anyone can get word to Roger Penski, he can set them straight.
ESPN wrote a wonderful memorial of Dave. To rewrite one would be senseless. Theirs is prefect.
I enjoy NASCAR racing to the max. I also enjoy going to the local 1/4 mile track nearby Detroit on a warm Saturday night to see the locals go at it.
The enjoyment of Auto Racing is something you mostly are introduced to, usually at an early age by a family member who enjoys it. You can find it yourself or through a friend and become a fan that way also. But either way you hear of it, you will attend a race or watch it regularly on T.V., pretty much only if you truly enjoy it.
Racing is enjoyed by millions and most of those people are very naturally competitive. There are some filthy rich people out there who do it and who sponsor or back the racers. Some of these names are the biggest names in business. I guess that means anyone wealthy or poor can enjoy racing. Most of these people involved, are highly educated and are some of the nicest individuals you will ever meet, whether or not they are racers, sponsors, or just average fans of the sport.
In all age groups and all nationalities there are many men, women and children who love racing. This covers all age groups, all levels of education and all types of people. The one true common thread, is plainly that these people are extremely competitive by nature and they are the ones that always strive to be the winners in what they choose to do. They must be the doers in society if they set out to be the winners, because you can’t win at anything if you don’t do anything.
Now, as fans of racing, most grow up or are introduced to the dangers involving the participants. From the flagmen to the drivers and safety personnel, they are exposed to many dangers and these dangers are looked at frequently by the racing bodies. The factors involving accidents are usually many and most can be accounted for, but every now and then a new one pops up that we missed or came along because of previous changes.
Auto racing in America is some of the safest racing in the world. I think that the Insurance companies, Lawyers, and the overall concern by the promoters, is what dictates the safety aspect for all the people involved at the event, including the fans as well.
It’s a dangerous world we live, work and play in and at any time something bad can happen. Something concerning a factor that was missed when the safety aspects were updated. Any one who has ever been to any type of a public event of minor or major capacity has to know just from watching the news, that bad things can and do happen occasionally at public gatherings. The promoters try as hard as they can to figure into their safety measures and equipment, things that will cover all of the factors that could happen. But in the realistic and imperfect world in which we live, we will never be able to cover all the bases, just most. So as human beings we all know that accidents can and do happen, and will continue to happen each and every day of our lives.
Being a fan of racing I have seen safety factors increase and trickle down to the point of bicycle helmet laws in different locations, which is great. The local tracks are much safer now than just several years ago. NASCAR does what it can to continue making events safe for everyone. Major changes such as the implementation of safer barriers is still trickling down to smaller tracks, until maybe even the local go-cart tracks will have them. This is taking years to complete.
Now should NASCAR take a serious look at redesigning catch fences, making new standards for all future tracks or should they look at a combination of safety changes and racing changes that will prevent accidents like this and change the definition and reputation of all the high banked ovals. Further making the sport safer for both the drivers and the fans.
The safety factors should all be scoured and planned down to the last thing that we as people can imagine. So all aspects from racing and tracks as they are now, to racing and the building of future tracks, should be covered during every safety review. Constantly studying new ideas, then testing and implementing them if they seem to help.
We will continue as fans and I do believe racing and NASCAR are tuned in to the safety of all, so for now, Save me a seat near the top of the stands and pass the popcorn, because the race is about to start.
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Veteran NASCAR Driver Mark Martin, after having a long string of races, sometimes with some not so happy finishes, has keep up the fight and has become one of the oldest drivers to win a NASCAR Race. I am darn happy to see it. I would like him to stay in it as long as he feels he can do it and NASCAR signs his racing license.
So what I am wondering, is in the future will we start to see some older veterans staying in the sport and enjoying it longer. Veterans and their perspective rookies, mixing it up, for the fun of it, bumper to bumper. Spectacular.
Now we all know that there comes a time when a driver would weigh out all the consequences of racing another season and say that’s it, finished, but now that argument they have with themselves over retiring at a certain age, has a few new influencing factors they have to take into consideration.
The major factor the older drivers can now consider, is how the sport has been taking strides to make it very safe for all. Many innovative ideas have come to play and are proving to help the drivers sustain a major crash with less impact to their bodies. We all have seen some pretty grueling wrecks and it’s amazing at how the drivers more and more are walking away from them. With the changes in the cars, the addition of the Hans device and the advent of the safer barriers, along with many other safety rules and implementations, drivers can take the added safety into account when making that retirement decision now.
The older you get the more mortal we all start to feel, no matter what it is that we do for a living or otherwise. We are reminded even by NASCAR sponsors to eat right, watch our health and keep fit. So if a driver does all that and stays both mentally sharp, physically fit and the safety factors keep increasing the way they are, will the older veterans become more willing to stay in it a little longer? Will they have a little more fun and show the young ones they still got it and maybe win a cup, over the hot young rookies?
I placed my wager that Mark Martin would win another race before he retired and I bet that in the future we will see the average age of drivers increasing over the years, and as long as they have the desire and the health to do it, I hope they do.
So look out all you young guns cause Gramp’s not only has the skill, but he still has a trick or two left up his sleeve and has been waiting for the right time to use them.
CONGRATULATIONS MARK MARTIN, A Real Trend Setter.