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Formation Of RTA Could Be "Worst Nightmare" For NASCAR's France Family
Published July 9, 2014
POWER PLAY: In Greensboro, Ed Hardin writes a union in NASCAR is a "down-right dangerous thing," and the RTA is "treading lightly around the word and the concept." Hardin: "But let’s be clear about this: The new alliance is a collaboration of the nine largest race-team owners with by-laws and an executive committee with a common agenda. That’s a union." NASCAR "will hate this." The RTA said that it is "not trying to start a fight, but it's probably going to get one" (Greensboro NEWS & RECORD, 7/9). In Orlando, George Diaz wrote the RTA's formation is "all about power and leverage." While the RTA can "say one of its primary intents is saving a few bucks on hotel bills, there seems to be a bigger play here" (ORLANDOSENTINEL.com, 7/8).
ALL FOR ONE, ONE FOR ALL: Richard Petty, whose Richard Petty Motorsports is one of the nine teams that is part of the RTA, said the group is "like a co-op." Petty: "If you have a farmer's co-op, you got big farmers, you got medium farmers and you got little bitty farmers." With the RTA, the "small teams get the same advantage as the big teams." Petty said, "The big deal is everybody will be a little bit more organized. We're going to work that much harder -- not only to help our sponsors, which we're doing anyway, but we're going to try to make NASCAR even bigger than what it is. ... If we can co-op a lot of this stuff, then everything will get bigger and better and basically, the teams are the ones that have to make the investment in NASCAR and this is a way that we see that we can help each other and as we help each other, it's going to help NASCAR" ("NASCAR America," NBCSN, 7/8).