From his 1/11 entry:
Question: I have been reading some of your past columns and must say there are alot of IRL fans out there that have a pure hatred of NASCAR. I have to ask why this is? (A.J., Indianapolis)
Answer: I certainly can't speak for all race fans, but here's the sense I've felt and part of what irks me: NASCAR has become the 24/7 of the sport, and it's often difficult to hear any other motor sports noise over the clutter of stock car racing. While that's good for NASCAR, it's not good for open wheel racing, drag racing, short track racing, motorcycles and the rest. I promise you, local dirt tracks across the country have suffered as a result of NASCAR if for no other reason than a father or husband who spends four or five hours with NASCAR on Sundays (plus three or four hours through the week, plus Internet time) isn't as likely to spend his Saturday night at a dirt track, too. Bottom line: We're at a saturation point with all the NASCAR airtime, which I believe is why ratings and attendence are suffering there, too. On top of that, I believe fans of motor sports are tired of drivers using their favorite series as a stopover on the way to NASCAR. That's part of the reason I root for guys like Dave Darland (world's nicest man anyway), who understands and is satisfied with having a great career in USAC. Truthfully, I always thought Hornish and Franchitti felt that way, too, although I was proven wrong. The bottom line is, this sport is called "motor sports" or "auto racing" ... not "NASCAR." As long as the rest of the world would accept that, there wouldn't be as much disdain for NASCAR.