By admin | September 21, 2013
By Richard Allen
Over the last off season, NASCAR made much of the fact that they had developed a machine which could greatly reduce the amount of time required to dry a wet race track. The ‘Air Titan’ would benefit the sport by cutting the time of rain delays and put cars back on the track so fans watching in the stands and on television could see more racing and less track drying.
Unfortunately, NASCAR has apparently made the decision that receiving a fee from its tracks is more important than getting races completed in a timely fashion. Just last week in rainy Chicago, the Air Titan was not on hand as weather interrupted the running of the race and eventually caused a delay that would have the race finish close to midnight on a Sunday in the eastern time zone.
Oddly enough, the Chicagoland Speedway is owned by International Speedway, Corp., a France family company. The track would not pay the fee to keep Air Titan on hand despite the fact that it would be NASCAR, a France owned company, who would receive the fee.
Again this weekend, rain is in the forecast at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. And again, the Air Titan is not at the track.
With all that said, here is a list of things that could prove to be more useful than the much ballyhooed ‘Air Titan’:
1. Copies of a book on racing ethics endorsed by Michael Waltrip Racing.
2. Nick Saban post-game loss speeches.
3. ‘Sold Out’ signs at ticket booths for at tracks that host Nationwide races on the same weekend as Sprint Cup races.
4. A Cleveland Browns highlight DVD for the 2013 season.
5. A video by Clint Bowyer on how to spin and bring out a caution without looking too suspicious in doing so.
6. Lectures on how to get along and be productive by Republicans and Democrats in Congress.
7. NASCAR’s ‘hard and fast’ rule book.
8. Brian France’s seat at most NASCAR races.
9. Danica Patrick’s trophy case.
10. Ty Norris’ spotter radio over the last couple of weekends.
11. BCS National Championship appearances for college football teams from outside the SEC.
12. City of Detroit financial planners.
13. The first 490 miles of a Sprint Cup race at Talladega.
14. ‘Points As They Run’ TV graphics.
Yes, even the 14 things mentioned above could be more useful than Air Titan.
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