Rick… you are right in that people are going to complain about our officials and officiating, just like people (including myself) will complain about officiating at any track where things don’t go our way. That’s racing.. no different than watching a ball game and seeing a ref or an ump make what you think is a bad call against the team you are rooting for.
But what I assure you that you won’t get are bad calls that are directed toward you because of WHO you are, instead of WHAT happened. Some of you won’t like our way of officiating, which is to basically take out almost all judgment calls and have black and white rules. That makes for some rough calls that we have to defend that aren’t popular.
Just last week at Jacksonville the 2nd place car taps the leader while making a pass in turn 4 for the lead. Then the car that is now in 2nd place pretty much spins the new leader in turn 2 and both come to a stop. Our call in that situation is black and white… if you are involved in an accident that brings out a yellow and you made contact, you go to the rear. Both of you. We don’t spend time worrying about who was right and who was wrong.
Up the road from us in Lincoln, our friends there would handle that situation different by keeping the leader in front because he was “taken out”. Everyone likes that way of officiating better, as long as it works to your advantage. The Lincoln result might be fairer, but it involves us constantly having to make judgement calls and getting inside of a guy’s helmet to figure out things like intent. And it doesn’t take long for those kind of calls to result in screams of ‘favoritism’.
So yes.. we will make plenty of calls that don’t seem right or fair.. or at times stupid. But they will be consistent. And they also won’t be based at all on who is involved.
We will have some people in positions of responsibility who’s job it will be to make those calls. But they will be guided by the basic principal that we (the management) don’t give a crap about who wins the race. At the end of the day, they will know that we (the management) will be the ones that have to defend their decisions and stand behind them… so I don’t expect them to put us in a position that’s difficult to defend very often.
I think those officials that have worked with us at Jacksonville and with MOWA know that we won’t throw them under the bus and will have their back regarding any decision they make… as long as it was a decision that was made for the right reasons… even if it wasn’t the best decision. The decisions we can’t defend are those made for the wrong reasons… and we won’t accept any of those.
Silver medal: DRONE
Tony the tiger would say, ” 2014 IS GOING TO BE GRRRREAT”…..
DRONE IS WATCHING
Bronze medal: Dave Moore
Kenny D., rubbing the wall was all planned . He thought he would get an early start to sanding the car for a future paint job.