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NASCAR did the right thing

By admin | September 6, 2008

By Richard Allen


It is often that NASCAR is criticized on this site and others so this time they deserve some praise. The sanctioning body did the right thing by announcing that the weekend races at the Richmond International Raceway were postponed until Sunday.

Perhaps the announcement could have come just a bit earlier in the day on Friday but NASCAR was in a tough position. Had they made a postponement announcement early and then Tropical Storm Hanna had taken a sudden turn, weakened or sped up there would have been criticism for not running the race at its scheduled time.

As a teacher in a county that is partially located in the mountains of east Tennessee I have a certain degree of empathy for the spot NASCAR was in. Our school system is often criticized or ridiculed for calling school off when there is just a trace of snow. However, think of the criticism that would be levied if school were not called off and a bus slid off the road and injured even one child.

People sometimes complain that we are out of school and there is barely any snow on the ground. In instances where weather and people’s safety are involved it is usually better to be safe than sorry.

NASCAR had the same type of decision to make. They did not want people to travel to the track only to have it rain all night, or worse, find themselves in harm’s way. At the same time they did not want to call off the race only to have the weather clear.

It was a tough call. NASCAR did the best they could with the cards dealt by Mother Nature.

Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly column appears in The Mountain Press every Wednesday.

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