Two seasons ago, Brian France gave his infamous "Have at It, Boys" speech. In this speech, he was so bold as to use the phrase "Have at it, boys" and not elaborate on what that meant. Interpretations of this ran the gamut: some assumed this mean intentional crashes were allowed, some thought body contact not leading to crashes was allowed, and I thought it meant drivers were allowed to use swear words in the presence of media. It has now been revealed that NASCAR has been fining drivers in secret. I would now conclude that the slogan is mere doublethink and of no greater meaning than "Freedom is Slavery."
I am not sure what NASCAR thought they could accomplish by punishing drivers in secret. In the past we've overlooked the copyrighted rule book (which gets severely edited mid-season), punishments for using fuel additives (with no one ever explaining which additive it was), and seeing cars being banned from competition immediately after winning races they were allowed to start. NASCAR creates the illusion of transparency by holding technical inspection in full view of the public, while the important decisions are always made behind closed doors. It is like a magician telling us to look at the beautiful assistant going into the box, while hiding the trap door. Either we believe the doublethink and shift our view between NASCAR being transparent and opaque, or we acknowledge the scam.
As I write, there are less than 90 days until the Daytona 500, and I don't expect anything to change between here and then or after then. The saying goes, "Without fans, there would be no NASCAR." It turns out that giving the fans what they want isn't half as profitable as convincing fans that they're getting what they want. If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever.
Nothing I write is going to improve this situation, so I might as well accept it. NASCAR will always stamp out any dissenting voices. As long as no one can challenge their monopoly, they don't need to improve. I love Big Brother.
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