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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883

Drivers don’t qualify as athletes

The Spokesman-Review

Please, someone tell me how NASCAR drivers became “athletes.” Stock car racing itself is kinda dumb if you sit back and look at it. Cars going around and around for hundreds of miles. With that aside, the drivers themselves are responsible for about 10 percent of how the car goes round and round. The building and maintaining of the car is where the race is won. The driver is allowed to start the race, get out of the car and have another driver take over, and the points still go to the original driver. That would be like having Brett Favre start a game, have a backup come in and throw two touchdowns, but Brett gets the credit for them. Back to the original point, NASCAR drivers are not athletes. They are just the people behind the wheel of a car, set up by experts, to go round and round a track.

Vince W. Tarr