NASCAR fans hate Toyota

And I really fail to understand the basis for it

This week, NASCAR announced it was in discussions with in discussions with new auto makers. They announced they ‘aggressively pursuing new OEM’s’.

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Suddenly, all hell broke loose in the comment section. A wrath of rabid dinosaurs crawled from the woods and attacked the ‘Post’ button.

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Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 24, 2017 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

I saw the typical “JAPcar”, “Toyota sucks” and “NASCRAP” comments. But what I’m mostly confused about is the basis of the argument.

Is it racist? Perhaps, I’m not sure. Maybe it’s just a overzealous approach to making America Great Again.

Rooting against an automaker is understandable. But to publicly display hate for a company, on the basis of it simply not being from your land, is outrageous.

A company is something only created from paper signatures. To display hate on a paper entity is nothing other than childish behavior.

Why put limits on the growth of your own sport?

Limiting NASCAR to just 4 auto-makers isn’t going to make NASCAR great again. At the current moment, the sport is dominated by 4-5 super teams. With each of those teams fielding 3-4 cars, it’s actually a great moment in the sport. An era where 20 drivers could win, at any race.

Aside from a fluke road course or restrictor plate win, the other 20 cars in the field has no chance to win.

Imagine if NASCAR welcome 2-3 more automakers to the sport. Likely, in time, creating 2-3 more super teams and 8-12 more cars capable of a win.

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Kasey Kahne, drives the #9 Dodge at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 20, 2006 in Hampton, Georgia. Kahne won the race. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images)

Well, NASCAR isn’t going to be able to grow the sport using only American automakers. There’s only 4 of them. Ford and GM are already in the sport. Dodge is also likely to return.

The 4th American automaker is Telsa. Yes, those contemporary electric guys. I personally would look to see a Telsa body on the track, minus the electric bits, but I have a feeling fans would have a lot of issues with that as well.

Outside of Telsa and Dodge, more manufactures will need to come from across the pond. NASCAR is certainly struggling but nobody feels that struggle more than the small teams.

Why not open your mind a bit and allow these smaller teams to pick up some corporate backing from new manufactures that need a team to display their logos?

Author: Shane Walters


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