Am I Becoming More Patient With Age or Just Caring Less? Is That the Same Thing?… by: Jeff Gilder
For my entire life I have struggled with patience. I hate to wait for anything or anyone. I do not like dealing with people who are not on time…I’m always early. Even worse-I can’t stand it when folks do not see things my way. You can imagine the stress this has created. But I normally charge ahead and continue my persistent quest to have things “my way”, though recently I’ve noticed a shift.
Something that has been a thorn in my ridiculously impatient side has been all the changes in NASCAR rules over the past few years. Why the hell do they think we need a chase? How can anyone perceive that the top 35 in points get a bye on qualifying? What is wrong with the long-proven “go fast or go home” scenario? And what the hell good is a lucky dog? If I race my ass off to put a guy a lap down, what gives anyone the right to give it back? Why do all the drivers have to drive the same freaking cars? And now, we hear rumblings or suggestions from Bruton Smith of adding “planned” competition cautions. These changes all represent something I refer to as “managed results”. You get my point…right? Aren’t you completely stressed over this stuff, too?
I know. I get all the BS about keeping sponsors involved and creating a level playing field… blah, blah, blah. Take a look around. How’s it working out? Not too good! We’re losing fans in droves and sponsors are dropping, too. Does this sound like sour grapes to you? If so, perhaps you have not been involved long enough to understand why I feel the way I do. I’ve been a fan of this sport for over 50 years. My rants and concerns are due to the LOVE I have of a sport that has been a major part of my life for as long as I can remember. I have had reason to care.
Well, I’m beginning to feel less impatient about all these things I can’t change. It seems no one really cares what I think anyway. There is a new quest (every year or so) to find a new fan base that will accept status quo. Am I really becoming more patient with age? Is this maturity? No, I think not. I think I’ve lost my give-a-shit faculties. How many others are caring less? How can this be a good thing? I ask a lot of questions…don’t I?
I think I’m over it. I give up. No more bitching and complaining from me. But I do LOVE racing. And it has given me countless hours of pleasure and excitement. So, I should just try my best to enjoy the status quo…right? I hate the sound of that, too.
This week end, I’m going to a local track and watch some really good racing. I may take some beer, fried chicken, and some biscuits. It will be nice to relax, enjoy the competition, and contemplate these changes in the way I feel of late. Perhaps I can revive my give-a-shit faculties. If I do, I’ll let you know.
Until then, support your local short tracks. They care about the fans, do not have any TV commitments to uphold, no sponsorship obligations to affect the race format…and they need your support!
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