Monday, February 21, 2011

Why this Sport Needs Trevor Bayne

After a crazy week in Daytona, and waiting in Victory Lane with no television access (need to work on that, guys) I finally just saw the last couple of laps and the win for Trevor Bayne. I have to say for the first time in a long time, I have goosebumps and tears in my eyes. This is truly amazing and I am happy to have been a part of this race. I have enjoyed the press from this morning to see a fresh face, an earnest but focussed young man winning the greatest race of the year. To hear him actually scream, "I don't know where to go (finding Victory Lane)!!" was just endearing. This was just incredible. I am sure I am not the only person that woke up this morning with a lighter heart. With no offense to the tried and true this is just what we was getting a little tiring seeing the same names over and over and over. Trevor, Thank You! You made me a renewed fan in NASCAR.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

NASCAR New Garage Dress Code: PIT-iful and Inappropriate

Even as I write this, I realize that I am being a hypocrite. The reason why we started this website is to make what we hope to be a valid point that the females that follow this sport have all their teeth and own proper undergarments (like a bra). One would think after following this column for a while that the relaxed dress code that was announced this season and executed for the first time in Daytona, would have us  jumping for joy. 

This just might be the worst decision that NASCAR ever made. 

They took the class right out of the garage and the pits, places where if you were lucky enough to have access was a backstage view of your favorite sport.  Because of the give a yard take a mile adage, thanks to the new dress code (or lack thereof), the wardrobe choices I have seen this week in the garage and pits are close to what you would see at a water park. I find it disgusting. It is a privilege to be able to get in the pits and the garage and now NASCAR is releasing you of the responsibility to treat it with the respect it deserves by enabling you to dress however you want? There is a rite of passage one endures for this access and this is a blatant middle finger up to the process. Dressing in a beach cover up and flip flops is not OK in these areas!! I am sure our friends on the race teams are rejoicing for the extra visual entertainment but it just screams trailer! 

Coming to a Pit near you
Taking my horrified opinion out of the equation, am I mistaken to think that the reason that the dress code was enforced initially was for safety? I realize that this only applies for a COLD pit, but you were able to watch the Nationwide race with a cold pass this week. Do you want a tire to roll over your flip flop? How will that debris feel against your new dress? It will happen, someone will get hurt and the rules will go back. Only then, will the garage and the pits maintain this small level of decorum it once had.