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Sending Air Titan away shows NASCAR’s priorities are still in the wrong place

By admin | September 15, 2013

Don’t look for the Air Titan in Chicago because it isn’t there. 

By Richard Allen

It’s not too much of a stretch to say that this past week has been one of the most tumultuous in the history of the sport of stock car racing after it came to light following Saturday’s race in Richmond that at least two teams manipulated the finish to assist their drivers in making the Chase for the Sprint Cup playoff. So it would seem logical to think that NASCAR would relish the opportunity to have cars on the track as soon as possible to steer the conversation away from fake spins and unnecessary pit stops.

Unfortunately, Mother Nature has other plans. Rain has been in the forecast for Sunday for several days leading up to the much ballyhooed start of the ten race playoff at the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois.

But no worries, over the last off-season NASCAR made much of its development of the ‘Air Titan’, a patented machine devised to cut the amount of time needed to dry a wet race track. If the weather offers a break, the command could be given to fire engines within a relatively short amount of time after the rain stops.

According to USA Today’s Jeff Gluck(@Jeff_Gluck on Twitter), NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp said that Air Titan was in Chicago on Thursday. But in what has to be considered a bizarre move at best and an act of complete disregard for fans, teams and the sport at worst, NASCAR decided to send the drying device away after the track opted not to pay a fee required for its use.

Apparently, NASCAR did not want to foot the bill despite the fact that the Air Titan was already there.

Folks, you can’t make this stuff up. It’s hard to imagine an organization who makes worse public relations moves than NASCAR. And this one is just unthinkable. Clearly, the mindset in Daytona Beach is in the wrong place.

When racing is made a secondary concern over the paying of a fee, especially under the circumstances of this past week, it shows that NASCAR has its priorities in the wrong place, as if there was much doubt about that anyway.

Why did they even bother to create the Air Titan if they won’t use it, even to get their precious Chase started on the scheduled day? Who knows? Maybe they’re banking on getting more publicity from Juan Pablo Montoya hitting a jet dryer again.


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19 Responses to “Sending Air Titan away shows NASCAR’s priorities are still in the wrong place”

  1. Dirty Dan Says:
    September 15th, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    I can see the “spin” now, “They were of no use given the forecast”. Wow when will they stop the self inflicted wounds?

  2. zack Says:
    September 15th, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    The people running NASCAR are a joke, a huge worthless joke!

  3. Russ Says:
    September 15th, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    I don’t see why you are surprised. The only reason they reacted to Richmond was it was seen as a threat to the pocketbook.
    But perhaps they feel that the current fans will accept anything and the need for any new ones wont be until after they retire.

  4. Tony Geinzer Says:
    September 15th, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    I feel other than a Monday Race, which is a horror movie of itself,but, there has to be a uniform policy over Air Titan’s Use and I would be wanted Brian France’s Exit SOON!

  5. zhills fan Says:
    September 16th, 2013 at 4:40 am

    I can’t believe they waited more than 5 hours and then restarted the race. I bet no one seen it except the so called officials. Maybe that’s the reason they restarted so late so no one would be there to criticize the baboon’s. I heard a rumor that the WWF really is NASCAR in abstencia.

  6. Bill B Says:
    September 16th, 2013 at 6:18 am

    I was wondering why NASCAR didn’t have the new track drying equipment on hand. Afterall it’s the start of their chase.
    It doesn’t make sense. The people who lost the most were NASCAR and ESPN. The track only lost consession money since many fans left prior to the restart.
    Fast track drying benefits NASCAR and the tv partners the most, therefore they should be the ones paying for it.

  7. Dave J. Says:
    September 16th, 2013 at 7:57 am

    Doesn’t the France family own Chicagoland Speedway??
    Incompetent management.

  8. John P. Says:
    September 16th, 2013 at 7:59 am

    History has repeatedly demonstrated that the more a company or entity invests in the QUALITY of its’ product, the more the product will have profit and staying power over the long term.
    What a shame the GREEDY, MONEY HUNGRY NASCAR MANAGERS cannot see this. Instead they continue to drive the sport into the ground with short-sighted decisions like this, never caring about the Independent Track Owners, AND, MORE IMPORTANTLY, THE FANS THAT SUPPORT THE SPORT AND PAY ALL THEIR SALARIES.
    I don’t think they realize yet that their short sighted idiotic decisions have already cost them a huge amount of their fan base with more fans walking away every day.
    Just take a look at the grandstands at any televised race. ALWAYS LOTS OF EMPTY SEATS. At one time, only a few years ago, one had to wait years for a Bristol Race Ticket. Now one can be purchased ANYTIME !!
    Time to wake up Brian France and Cronies !!!

  9. sal Says:
    September 16th, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Why are you surprised that they sent it away? Hasn’t the only goal of Brian France always been to put more $ in his pocket? Just because it would make things better for the fans and the racing doesn’t mean he’s willing to give up the $.

  10. grumpiestoldman Says:
    September 16th, 2013 at 8:27 am

    That was a big “up yours” from NASCAR to the working people of the East Coast. Most of us were in bed before they even restarted the race. I heard Kurt did well, but I’m not sure how.

  11. GinaV24 Says:
    September 16th, 2013 at 8:35 am

    I’m not surprised. NASCAR & the France family have always been about the money, particularly since BZF has been in charge.

    To have spent the money to develop this equipment, make a big deal at the beginning of the season about how great this technology is and then, well, we won’t use it because we want $100K from the track before we fire that baby up!

    Isn’t Chicagoland an ISC track? So technically it belongs to the France family, so they are simply moving money around from one bucket to another anyway?

    Oh yeah, you mentioned the fans. Wait a minute, you mean the folks who buy tickets and watch the sport. The ones who sat around in the rain and then waited for the track to be dried. Those unimportant people?

    I’ve been at a track during the rain, I don’t like it. One year it rained 3 times at Pocono before and during the race. After the 3rd rainstorm, I said I’m ready to go home. We drove home and watched the end of the race in our living room - after a 2 hr car ride - that’s how much time it took.

  12. Shane O Says:
    September 16th, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Stupid is as stupid does, NASCAR, Brian F., Mike H. .
    I have heard all my life, “when you find yourself in a hole, STOP DIGGING!!”

  13. RFR Says:
    September 16th, 2013 at 10:15 am

    The sideshow has become more entertaining than the main event. Can’t ever recall seeing a race there worth talking about on Monday, anyway.

  14. Robert Eastman Says:
    September 16th, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Hilarious! When you understand that sister Lisa and Uncle Jim are the main stockholders of ISC (owners of Chicagoland Speedway at Joliet) and even Brian “the Baffoon” France is a minority stockholder in the track… you quickly realize that the “Genius Quotient ” didn’t quite make it to the third Generation!

  15. The Mad Man Says:
    September 16th, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Let’s see here. The France’s own ISC. ISC owns the track at Joliet. The France’s owns NASCAR. So the Frances weren’t willing to take money from one bank account and put it into another.

    They’re making Forrest Gump look like Einstein.

  16. Wild Bill Says:
    September 16th, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    The only thing left to do is for NASCAR to fine themselves for manipulating the outcome of the race.

  17. midasmicah Says:
    September 16th, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. nas$car isn’t content to just shoot themselves in the foot anymore. They’re aiming for the head. Billions of dollars in network contracts and they won’t pony up some pocket money to use the titan track dryer. The WWE has to be in awe of the way nas$car manipulates it’s “sport”. I’ve loved nas$car for 30+ years and it’s sad to watch what is happening to it.

  18. SV Says:
    September 16th, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Here I thought Michael Brown had moved on to a radio gig. Guess I’m wrong. He’s apparently advising NASCAR on how to respond to weather. Good job Brownie!

  19. Overa88ted Says:
    September 16th, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Na$CRAP is so greedy they will screw themselves over for $$$.