No less than 8 drivers have been messed over by what I am officially calling the “Junior” Rule.
For those of you who have not heard, it was announced today that the Budweiser Shootout would be changing its driver criteria once again for 2010.
For more info on that, click here.
Briefly, I would like to correct a point I made in that article. I said that the top 6 drivers in owner points for each manufacturer would have been in. I neglected the “wild card” each manufacturer received, which allowed a 7th driver from each make to race in the Shootout.
The drivers who got messed over by the rule(meaning that, under the old criteria they were in, and now they’re out) include, but are not limited to:
Sam Hornish Jr.
Let me start out by saying that I do not intend to bash Junior here. I simply mean to stick up for these poor drivers, and their fans.
Some of you may claim that not all of these drivers were worthy of racing in the Shootout. Heck, some of you may say that none of these drivers were worthy of racing.
Well here’s the deal. Like it or not, they were eligible. They, as well as their fans, thought that they would be racing in the 2010 Budweiser Shootout. And they were excited about it. Now, they have had that stripped away from them. It isn’t fair to these drivers. It isn’t fair to their fans.
NASCAR can’t keep changing its rules like this. I know Dale Earnhardt Jr. is popular. I know he puts fans in the seats. But he said it himself. That shouldn’t give him a free ride, especially at the expense of other drivers.
These drivers, as well as their fans, have been messed over by the “Junior” Rule. It isn’t fair to any of them.