A new NASCAR season has arrived; I can almost smell the burning rubber and hear the thunder of the cars racing past. (We have surround sound.) One big disappointment right off the bat is that Danica Patrick will be driving. I was hoping she was going to give it up but I guess not. I’m all about women’s
rights and doing what you believe in but I don’t think this woman should be driving. I’m sure she is an exceptional driver and probably could kick ass if
the stars were perfectly aligned but they aren’t perfectly aligned and it will be a long time before they are.
Most rookies will get tapped on the read end and
spun around a few times but things will be different for Danica. Anyone who touches her car will be considered sexist and they will be shunned for
picking on a girl and that’s not fair. I really hope the boys don’t give her any special treatment; she should have to pay her dues just like everyone else. It would have been better if they didn’t announce that she was a woman, if she could have raced undercover it would have been cool to see how she did.
The other part I hate is that it’s a tradition at the beginning of a race for the announcer to say, "gentlemen, start your engines” but with Danica racing they will probably say, “drivers start your
engines.” It is jokingly said that rednecks believe gentlemen start your engines are the last four words of the National Anthem. Ruining the redneck version of the National Anthem will really rub some people the wrong way.
The other thing I dislike about Danica is the publicity. Just because she’s a woman she shouldn’t be getting all these interviews, there are a lot of really good drivers who should be in the spotlight. She’s a joke and people only want to hear what she says so they can make fun of her. On her web site she has her personal designers listed and her weight – 100 pounds. Listing that fact on her website definitely won’t gain her many female fans. Watching her interviews last night during the race just confirmed that she has the personality of a wet rag and that she can provide no insight or valuable information regarding racing. She’s an embarrassment.
And while I’m at the podium I’d like to say that I don’t like the way the positions for the Bud Shoot Out are chosen. Drivers pick random bottles of Budweiser and unwrap the labels to see what position they have. For the third year in a row, Joey Logano had to have his crew chief choose the beer bottle because he is only 20, too young for the alcohol sponsored event. Should beer be involved? I realize Budweiser is a huge sponsor but NASCAR is a driving sport and we all know that drinking and driving don’t mix. What kind of message are we sending to our kids or even to Joey Logano? I would think Budweiser could find a
more creative way to determine the positions.
And that my friend is only the beginning as race season has just started.