I like all the principals embroiled in the NASCAR controversy, but I condemn as wrong in the extreme what the Waltrip contingent did in an attempt to alter the outcome of the Richmond race.
Pandemonium and confusion reigned. I know this is cliché, and I loathe that. However, there are few other sufficient ways to describe what took place in NASCARs Miller 400 on Feb. 23, 1986.
No variations are tolerated in NASCAR's specifications nowadays. Junior Johnson's banana-mobile never would fly today.
Some star drivers of the past probably couldnt get rides nowadays for the sorriest of reasons.
The wild antics during race eves in the infields at Darlington and Talladega were infamous to the point of notoriety several years ago. But neither track ever equaled the insanity which once took place at Watkins Glen.
Buddy Baker would be a good analyst; Ryan Newman is just a good guy, and he deserves a win at the Brickyard; and farewell to Randy Earnhardt.
Rick Mast had won the pole position for NASCAR's inaugural Brickyard 400 at historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He beat far more famous drivers such as Dale Earnhardt, Darrell Waltrip, Rusty Wallace and Bill Elliott.
Just the same as now, an off-weekend was on schedule for the NASCAR Cup Series in the mid-1980s summer. Several of us who traveled the circuit of 30 races had planned a big fishing trip.
The haunting, somber memory is back in mind again. It returns each July when the NASCAR Cup Series teams gather at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, as they have this weekend for the Camping World 301.
Surely, most NASCAR fans have seen television features or read stories about how elite the pit crews of top Cup Series teams have become.