Shut Up And Race

Finally, somebody said it. It’s just what I’ve been yelling at the TV for months. These are the best drivers in America, paid millions to do what they love, and yet they whine about it being too hard. If it was easy, everyone would do it.

Carl Edwards celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. (Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images Photos)

Carl Edwards sent two messages to the other 42 NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers in Sunday’s Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. The first was that he is still the man to beat on high speed, 1.5-mile tracks. The second was a little more direct: If you’re unhappy, quit whining and start racing.

“I don’t want to get on a rant here, but let me state my position very clearly, because you asked,” Edwards told reporters after the race. “I’ve heard people say that the races are boring, and people always want something to complain about – if it’s too hard to drive, you don’t get enough side-by-side racing. The fact is that these are the 43 best drivers in the world. The cars have 900 horsepower and go 200 miles an hour, and the track is slippery and the tires are slippery, and that’s a spectacle – and that’s what it’s supposed to be. It’s not supposed to be easy everyone. It’s not supposed to be driving down the interstate.”
“I’m tired of hearing people complain, the media make up stories about how terrible it is and stuff – this is auto racing,” said Edwards. “There are going to be people that are faster. We’re going to have days when we can’t keep up because the car is too hard to drive. Somebody’s going to win. That’s racing. So, for me, personally, I didn’t have trouble with the car at Atlanta. I think that as long as the tires don’t blow out, they’re fine. So, it’s the same for everyone and it just makes it more exciting to win, and it means more. That’s how I feel about that.”

Good for you Carl, that’s how racing should be. And tell the whining Jimmy Spencer to shut up too. Source


3 Responses

  1. There you go. You don’t hear rodeo cowboys whining.

  2. And they don’t even get to set up their ride or practice it before the big ride.

  3. They probably wouldn’t want to, either!

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