And in this corner……


“It’s Wreck-O-Mania LXXIV (or 74 for you non-Roman types) this weekend at Talladega! Featuring a steel-roll-cage match between such greats as the Budweiser Bomber, the Home Depot Hercules and the DuPont Daredevil!”

So could a possible match up be depicted on television if one considers Tony Stewart’s comparison of NASCAR to professional wrestling. On Tony’s weekly radio show Tuesday night, he accused NASCAR of intentionally calling cautions for debris to shape the outcome of the Phoenix race. From his Sirius broadcast:

It’s like playing God. They can almost dictate the race instead of the drivers doing it. It’s happened too many times this year. I guess NASCAR thinks ‘Hey, wrestling worked, and it was for the most part staged, so I guess it’s going to work in racing, too.’ I can’t understand how long the fans are going to let NASCAR treat them like they’re stupid before the fans finally turn on NASCAR.

In response to Stewart’s allegations, NASCAR official Jim Hunter said:

We have more people and more resources than ever officiating our races. The safety of the drivers is our first priority. It has always been that way and will continue to be that way. There are thousands of talented race drivers out there who would consider it an honor to compete in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series.

So I guess if Tony doesn’t like it, he can retire like he threatened to do a couple of weeks ago after the Texas race. Apparently, it would be no loss to NASCAR as there are just “thousands” of talented race drivers lined up behind him to take his place and I guess Jim Hunter will personally vouch for those drivers to Tony’s fan base to keep on spending their hard-earned cash on the new guys.

Although NASCAR does have a policy against obscene language and gestures made on television (be sure to read Chris’ latest article here on Rubbings Racing regarding Juan Pablo Montoya and his inappropriate actions) they do not have any policy regarding criticizing its officials like the NFL and NBA does for criticizing referees. NASCAR may consider punishment against Steward for not meeting with the media after the Phoenix race. Stewart declined post-race interviews declaring it was his way of protesting NASCAR not running a fair race.

NASCAR is the ones that always ask us to go to the media center, so instead of doing what they wanted, they don’t do what we want to do and run the race fair. So why would I go to the media center and make them happy?

Way to put the fear into them, Tony! As a suggestion, I would suggest maybe you coin a phrase similar to wrestler Dusty Rhodes:

This is my car, this is my wheel…. If you don’t move, I’ll make you squeal!

I think I’ll keep my day job, Vince McMahon need not worry about me.

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