My fellow racing history constituents, as I was surfing the glorious net todaydoing some entertaining research about some the great drivers of past eras, I stumbled upon the one thing that can get me fired up.more than any other. That my friends are the careless an uninformed mumblings disguised as journalism that comes from the keyboards of ..well Ill refrain from calling them idiots for now, but I will call them ignorant. I get really sick of these modern era gurus who never witnessed the great racers and racing competition that occurred in the formative years of our sport, butbecause they have an audience and a laptophave the ability to attempt to tarnish our history and drivers records by making claims that my heroes of the past are overrated when compared to the drivers of today.One of these so-called experts, Terry Blount, took shots at Richard Petty in his recent book, saying his is the most overrated record and should have an asterisk beside it. Another, Steve Samples, says Ned Jarretts is an overrated record. Both of these fellows made reference to the fact that these drivers drove a very high number of shot tracks.dirt tracks.and 100 lap races..and that they raced several times a week. What they fail to do, in my opinion, is to attempt to compare how todays drivers would have fared in similar situations. One so-called journalist recently referred to Dale Earnhardt, Jr. as a second generation driver.in a nationally syndicated column.What we are witnessing is the dumbing ( my word) of a generation. We see the results clearly when we take notice of the new NASCAR Hall Of Fame inductions and the obvious failure to include some of the earliest contributors. What will happen to our history in another 10 or 20 years? What can WE do about it?What we can do is to continue to remember, recall, and promote the facts. We can continue to recognize the contributions of our pioneers and attempt to educate this generation of what it was like to race on those short tracksdirt tracksand 100 lappers. I started RacersReunion because I saw many race drivers, who may not have won championships, going unrecognized for their impact on the sport. Today, my friends, the modern era gurus are even attempting to leave out our champions. This is careless, ludicrous, egregious, and completely unacceptable!!!! So, I call upon you, my fellow racing history enthusiasts, to remember, recognize, write, spread the word and..educate! If we dont, well lose our racing heritage to a generation of modern era gurus who are out to destroy our history.My name is Jeff Gilder and I approved this message!
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updated by @jeff-gilder: 12/03/16 05:48:44PM