|DIBENNEDETTO NASCAR'S ROCKY BALBOA
|FROM JOURNEYMAN DRIVER TO HALL OF FAMER
|WINNERS NOT ADDING UP
|THE 600 IS STILL A CROWN JEWEL
|NEXT TWO WEEKS COULD BE TOO GOOD
|WALTRIP A TWO-WAY HALL OF FAMER
EVEN BAD NEWS COULD NOT UNDO THIS GOOD NEWS
I admit to a moment last Monday morning to nearly yelling, "Are you kidding me?!" We finally see one of our budding superstars on the Monster Energy Cup Series, Chase Elliott, get to victory lane, after coming tantalizingly close over the course of two and a half seasons, and then we are t-boned by word NASCAR boss Brian France had been arrested for aggravated DWI and criminal possession of oxycodone. Surely, I thought this was going to overshadow one of the most popular wins in a long time.
Thankfully, that hasn't happened.
What was interesting to me when I first heard about the charges was that France was in New York State over the weekend only instead of being at Watkins Glen, he was, apparently, vacationing in the Hamptons with the rich "swells" instead of hobnobbing with a swell bunch of race fans upstate. It's not surprising since France is rarely seen at the track. Some have criticized him for this, claiming he's disinterested in the sport, while he says he trusts his top lieutenants to run the day-to-day operations as he stays back looking at the future and the big picture.
Whichever side you of that debate you come down on, the fact remains France has not been in the public eye like the other men who run major sports leagues in this country. He was never really out front leading the charge, like say the NFL's
So, instead of charges against what was considered one of the sporting world's influential people overwhelming Elliott's breakthrough win, France is already in many ways yesterday's news while journalists and people inside racing are excited to talk about how the 22-year-old driver's signature moment will help grow TV ratings and bring more fans back to the grandstands.
Again, I say thank goodness.
I have no
This was not one of those lucky gas mileage or Mother Nature raining on the parade wins, this was a
It was always a matter of
It would certainly help bring the sport back into the spotlight and push Brian France's situation deeper into the shadows, where he can more easily work out his personal issues. In that case, everybody wins.