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  •  And this is surprising how? It's the same (22+ / 0-)

    no matter where you look.  The billionaires are an exclusive club and they don't want anyone taking what they see as rightfully theirs.

    Which is why the hubbub with Toyota and Honda having cars in the Sprint series.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 10:25:47 AM PDT

    •  NA$CAR and Team Owners (6+ / 0-)
      The billionaires are an exclusive club and they don't want anyone taking what they see as rightfully theirs.

      Which is why the hubbub with Toyota and Honda having cars in the Sprint series.

      Yeah, big team owners fear that Toyota, notorious for spending big bucks and overwhelming other manufacturers in CART and Indy Car, will outspend them in both R & D and in which teams they invest in.

      This was a real factor when Detroit was completely struggling and Chrysler, Ford and GM were cutting their racing budgets, and Toyota did snatch up Joe Gibbs Racing - one of those billionaires. Toyota still has yet to win the Sprint Cup, or the Daytona 500, so they are wound pretty tight over that those failures. Heck, Dodge won the Sprint Cup last year, and they have the smallest racing budget of the Detroit Three, let alone Toyota.

      ...meet them halfway with love, peace and persuasion, and expect them to rise for the occasion ~ Van Morrison

      by paz3 on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 03:11:56 PM PDT

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    •  I'm not very sympathetic (1+ / 0-)
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      This is not some heroic David hoping to renew the courage of the Israelites by taking down a Goliath.  This is David hoping to become one of the Philistine's army - and getting pretty badly abused for his troubles.

      Were the prize something greater than the chance to wear a large and bright corporate logo on his chest, I might have more sympathy for Carl Long.  However, there are worse things than being side-swiped in a corporate hit-and-run incident - perhpas continuing to knock on the door of the group that now thinks you are not even good enough to sweep out the stables is one of those things.

      Nor do I worry about NASCAR.  They make plenty of money, and will continue to make plenty of money as an advertising platform for the likes of Ford, Budweizer, Tide, Home Depot, DeWalt, Subway, Aaron's, Coca-Cola, etc

      "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

      by Hugh Jim Bissell on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 07:13:02 AM PDT

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      •  lost me (2+ / 0-)
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        with your digression into metaphor.

        Seems like a simple story to me: abuse of power.  The fine levy has crippled an independent operator.  Sounds like the kind of cause that people should rally to.

        Your last paragraph is completely irrelevant.  

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