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Brian France Vague About NASCAR's Stance On Drivers' Confrontations
Published May 23, 2011
BOYS HAVE AT IT: France on Friday said NASCAR has every intention of leaving things "in the drivers’ hands,” and YAHOO SPORTS’ Jay Hart asked, “Why wouldn’t he?” The competition “is tight, TV ratings are slightly up and after a few seasons on the slide, NASCAR appears to be on the come again.” France for the “first time in years” was “left to talk about the positives of the sport, rather than defending its shortcomings.” Meanwhile, Hart noted having Dale Earnhardt Jr., the sport’s “biggest star," being "competitive makes everything more interesting.” Hart: “Earnhardt running well begets TV ratings going up (which they have) which begets NASCAR becoming more attractive to networks which begets racing readily available on TV, and that benefits everyone” (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 5/20).