A columnist over at Slate.com is recommending -- and not lightly, he wants you to know -- that with the domestic automakers enduring "Detroit's version of The Troubles
," now would be a good time to "euthanize" NASCAR
. He makes a long argument, but the crux of it is simple: if the domestics get a heap of money from the government, should that money really be used to sponsor a specialized race series that arguably doesn't have the national pull or the return it once did? His supporting arguments are sometimes disingenuous and occasionally slightly off-base, but the question is worth considering. If the public loans money to the automakers, who decides where that money is spent? Yet, if Ford
, and Chrysler
were to do the same thing to NASCAR that Honda
, and Subaru
have been doing, well... that would leave NASCAR as a one-make series featuring, ta-da, Toyota
. And wouldn't that be something to see? Thanks for the tip, Josh!