If I was on a team, especially one that somehow managed to avoid the carnage, I'd probably have a different view, but speaking from the armchair and not being a partcipant, I really felt embarrased, and sad for what I was watching. It doesn't mean I don't respect the effort and bravery of those that participated and actually put on "the show." The fact is that I do, and I think they deserve better.
I understand that ARCA is below Cup, Busch, Truck, and that the division is for those trying to move up the ladder, and for some who may have reached their highest rung. Sure seems like a rough way to go up or down when they continue to restart a race that in my almost 50 years of watching from an armchair, and having attended speedweeks every year from 1971 to 2007 should have been checkered. The drivers and teams deserve better.
So, here's two questions from the armchair to KB12 or anyone else that was a participant, or worked on an ARCA team for Saturday's event:
1. Do you honestly think the way that race ended (multiple restart attempts) was good for the sport/participants/fans?
2. If you weren't involved with an ARCA team, would you have attended as a spectator? And if so, how much would you have been willing to pay to attend that race as a spectator? Do you know anyone that attended as "just" a spectator?
With the exception of the Daytona 500, The Indianapolis 500, and maybe the Southern 500 at Darlington, maybe we're just witnessing the end of auto racing as being a spectator sport, one division at a time.