tommyo Posted February 13, 2011 Report Share Posted February 13, 2011 I still can't imagine where the time has gone, but we've now been 10 years without Dale Earnhardt in NASCAR. I've just finished watching the tributes on the NASCAR website, and I almost got teary-eyed (again). I was always an Earnhardt fan, always will be, and I don't believe I'm the only person who feels that NASCAR began dying too on February 18, 2001...I don't watch NASCAR anymore...well, maybe a bit. I did watch the Daytona 500 last year, and very small portions of a few other races, but that's all. I loved everything about NASCAR when Dale was driving. Today, not at all. I don't like the changes to the points system, the Chase - the whole idea of trying to make a play-off of something with a minimum of 43 players. I especially don't like the proliferation of rules...rules upon rules, upon rules, covering everything imaginable - drivers being fined money for breaking the rules has always been a part of the game, but now being fined points for off-track incidents (fights, etc.) I only watched the single race (Daytona 500) because I'd seen on the website that new rules were going to allow the drivers to actually drive the race, instead of being controlled by more rules. I was, of course, disappointed by the race - it was the typical restrictor-plate destruction derby - forcing 43 cars to run in packs rather than spread out and GO, simply to put butts in the seats. Dale was a natural leader, and EVERYONE in NASCAR listenedwhen he spoke - He would have been retired by now anyway, but I don't believe NASCAR would be in quite this mess if Dale had not died on that awful day. During the one single race that ANYONE ever saw Dale drive defensively rather than offensively. He drove the end of that race to protect his team, and to see either Mikey or Dale Jr win their first Daytona 500. NASCAR has done nothing but go straight down hill ever since - but that's just me!! (Oh yeah, and Dale Jr is NOT Dale!!) Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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