In an effort to make their sport
more fan friendly, NASCAR is dialing back some of their safety rules.
They’ll open up the restrictor plates to boost horsepower and they’ll
allow bump-drafting. Less restrictor plates means more speed. More
speed means more excitement and bump-drafting equals more car squeezing
drama. More drama means more “Yeaaaaah, uh-huhhh, rubbin’ means racin’.”
We asked our racing expert, Hal Fast, if this was a
dangerous precedent or a sign NASCAR might just want more butts in the
Before Hal could answer, former neighbor Lyle stuck
his head plus two cents in the door to utter “Yeah, this be good. If
you ain’t rubbin’ you might as well be drivin’ the kids to church.”
The drivers seem to agree with Lyle. After a
Talladega drivers meeting, Denny Hamlin tweeted “We signed up to drive
our cars. Not be told how to.”
“They didn’t go far enough,” says Hal Fast, former
race car driver and IRL fan. “If they want to make the game more fan
friendly, go all the way. Don’t dribble out little changes. If the fans
want to see aggressive drivers and lead footers, give them what they
How, we ask?
“Remove the turn signals! I think, by now,
everyone knows the direction.”
Will that make it more fan friendly?
“That’s a start. You could get fans more involved by
giving out a driver’s cell number and letting fans text during a race.
What guy wouldn’t want Danica Patrick’s number? Even the gal fans would
want to text Danica.”
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I tell Hal this will discourage NASCAR races in
Oklahoma. Don’t mention the idea to Governor Henry.
“You want to really make it more fan friendly? Put
the back seats back in the cars and let fans go along for the ride. I
bet you’ll raise a bunch of money,” says Hal.
“I’d sign up for a piece of that. That’s good
stuff,” offers Lyle.
How many piggy banks would you break, we ask Lyle?
“Two thousand dollars, easily. What fan wouldn’t
want to lean in and shout ‘You can pass LaBonte, right here. Next turn.
He’s an old guy.’”
Lyle is chin-juttin’, pretty excited, eyes bugging.
You can tell he’s taking Hal’s suggestions seriously. Hal is turning my
direction, smiling and winking.