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Survey: NASCAR Drivers Half As Likely As Other Athletes To Engage Avid Fans Online
Published November 6, 2012
PUNCH LINES: In Ft. Worth, Drew Davison reported SMI Chair & CEO Bruton Smith on Saturday “had several notable suggestions to improve NASCAR, from encouraging more altercations among drivers to lowering the speeds to adding new twists to truck races.” Smith said, "Maybe some driver at the end of the race gets out of the car and hits somebody. We used to have a lot of that. A.J. Foyt, going way back, was probably the start of all that. A.J. used to win the race, and then he'd get in the pit area and whip you again. We need some more. I call it drama, but a little fisticuffs or whatever. Let them express themselves.” Smith added races could “have a little bit more free-handed stuff that creates a lot of drama." Smith: "The helmet throwing. We need more helmet throwing” (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 11/4). SPORTING NEWS’ Bob Pockrass wrote what Smith “doesn't want to see is drivers being interviewed when mad and getting themselves in trouble with sponsors and fans.” Smith: "I see on TV they are promoting Kurt Busch (and a new nickname) 'Outlaw.’ I hope it comes off all right. But right now I'm wondering about that. Is that going to do Kurt Busch harm? He's a talented driver and I think we make too much of some of the things he says sometimes. But you never want to stick a mic or a camera in front of a guy when he just came out of a racecar. … That's the wrong time to interview. That's when you get the worst” (SPORTINGNEWS.com, 11/3).