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Most of us have watched at least one Nascar
Whether it be the big name tracks or the usual Sunday race
where you can fall asleep and not miss a thing,
but there’s something I never strongly noticed before until recently, and that’s the question in the title:
Is Nascar rigged?
It’s an intriguing and controversial statement, but it’s an important question to address.
Now I’m not saying it’s every race or every
event, or that’s it’s always been rigged,
but for those of you that are skeptical already, let me explain the best I can.
I read this book by Brian Tuohy called The Fix Is In,where he talks about the showbiz manipulations of
the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and Nascar. The
book primarily focuses on football, baseball,
The book primarily focuses on football, baseball, and basketball,
but he has some cases about
Nascar that really made me think.
I know that many of you will disagree with my statements and won’t be happy with me, but that’s okay.
I cannot indisputably prove that Nascar is
rigged, but I can offer a case that leans
but I can offer a case that leans in that direction.
All I ask is that you listen,
and not be naïve,
because one must learn alternate perspectives to be well informed,
and then one can come to conclusions through
and then one can come to conclusions through understanding instead of ignorance.
So whether you agree or not, at least listen, the information may shock and fascinate you.
After reading Tuohy’s book, I started the 2013 Nascar season with a new perspective.
I stopped looking at sports as sports and instead looked at it as a business,
and I was watching like a hawk for any possible evidence of manipulation, and here’s what I found.
Have you ever noticed that there is often a caution in the last few laps of a race to make things more interesting and exciting
due to some random piece of debris on the track?
“Debris on the racetrack.”
“Debris in turn four.”
I’m glad Nascar didn’t step in and throw a bunch of BS debris cautions all day long
to try to, you know, make a show
out of it.
Because of kind of a caution to put a show on for the fans, I mean
that’s a good part of this sport is we got to keep the fans excited.”
And the inconsistency of yellow flags.
If it’s the last lap of a green-white-checkered the officials often don’t wave the flag,
either because a fan favourite is winning,
“There they go. And Burton goes around, lot of smoke, had a little bit of a wreck back here no caution.
they want an exciting finish to please the fans.
“You lead at the white, that’s it, you’re good to go, but they race you got to let them race back here.
That happened over in turn two so they got plenty of room
Basically whatever it takes to make the race more exciting.
Now it’s important to stress that Nascar is
family owned and it’s not illegal for Nascar
to fix its own races because they can do what they want with Nascar, they own it.
The Daytona 500 is also owned by Nascar, which may explain why there are such obscurities at that track in particular.
Remember a few years ago when Dale Jr. won at Daytona in the Nationwide series
while driving the #3 car in the old paint scheme?
How could they not let him win?
And no driver would want to beat him; the fans would rip them to sheds.
How about the 2013 Daytona 500.
Did anyone else raise an eyebrow when Danica Patrick got the pole?
She races terribly if she even finishes the race,
and now she gets the pole at Daytona?
Are you kidding me?
You know why Nascar allowed her to get the pole right?
Here’s where you must think business
and by having a woman in the pole position gives women across the world better reason to watch the race too.
“But over the past several years Nascar says it’s seen more women in the driver’s seat.
Yeah, it’s seen more female fans too cheering them on.
Attracting more women in racing is something Nascar has embraced,
a 60% male and 40% female fan base.
Certainly a young lady by the name
of Danica Patrick has been a boost over the last couple years as well.”
Marketing at its finest, and that’s the key word here:
Nascar is all about money and sponsors.
I know you all already know this, but Nascar is a monotony of constant advertising.
“Drive down Hunger, Dupont, Pepsi, Quaker State Chevrolet.”
You can’t go two seconds without there being
an ad for SOMETHING on the screen,
and that’s not during the commercial breaks.
Tuohy calls Nascar a “mass-marketing cesspool,
And that’s why whole teams don’t get suspended because a team suspension would also be a suspension of their valued sponsors.
because a team suspension would also be a suspension of their valued sponsors.
It’s usually just the crew chief and rarely
it’s the driver,
mainly because many fans may not watch the race if their favourite driver isn’t competing.
Basically, when corporations with sponsors and TV stations are involved there is huge potential for race fixing.
Here are some of Tuohy’s examples.
He addresses the Pepsi 400 in 2004,
where Pepsi had a promotion of offering Pepsi Edge to everyone in America if Jeff Gordon,
who was Pepsi sponsored,
won the race, and lo and behold he wins.
“Jeff Gordon’s Dupont Pepsi Chevy is gonna win the Pepsi 400, free Pepsi Edge for America.”
And it was his first Daytona win since 1999, 5 years.
“His first at Daytona since 1999.”
“What a big day for Pepsi man we had a bunch of those red cars for somers
I don’t know what they were but they were in my way so it was pretty awesome to finish ahead of them.”
This win could have been a coincidence, but let’s keep going.
What about the 1979 Daytona 500, the first race to be fully broadcast on national television with a new CBS contract.
I’m guessing CBS was really happy with the good ratings because of that exciting finish,
and that probably convinced them to keep broadcasting more races.
What about the 1984 Firecracker 400 with Petty’s 200th win against Cale Yarborough,
with President Ronald Reggad in attendance too.
“Up there with the President of the United States, on July 4th, win your 200th race.”
And it’s not always Daytona either.
What about Jimmie Johnson’s Lowe’s car
being so successful at Lowe’s motor Speedway back when it had that name?
Look at how successful he was!
But once Lowe’s stopped sponsoring
that race he hasn’t won there since,
and has sometimes done very poorly.
Even more recently, did anyone notice that Carl Edwards won the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix while being sponsored by Subway?
Makes you think doesn’t it.
Tuohy states that these riggings have a purpose.
Perhaps an old champion needs a win, or the
fans need satisfaction and a good story.
After Earnhardt’s tragic death, Nascar was hit hard concerning driver safety,
so that event basically ruined the race and did not benefit the series,
but the story they created surrounding Earnhardt’s death did,
yeah you know where I’m going with this.
Steve Park wins the next race,
Harvick a couple weeks later in an exciting finish against Earnhardt’s rival,
but then there’s the first race back at Daytona and Jr. seems to race far too well.
“Can Dale Jr. win this race?”
How is he passing these cars without
“Passing on a restrictor plate race track is a tough thing to do.”
You realize this is a restrictor plate track right?
Did they take off his restrictor plates for this
When you think about it, car tampering is not that complex,
the team can easily make one car faster than others with no difference to the untrained eye.
Anyway, he ends up winning, resulting in a story bookending and a warm feeling in fans,
or severe skepticism.
Tuohy even quotes Waltrip saying that “I wasn’t going to pass him for nothing.”
If that’s not enough to make you think, then how about the fact that Nascar just signed a $2.8 billion deal with NBC,
and the Pepsi 400 just so happened to be the first race on NBC’s Nascar schedule.
See the connections?
What a way to open to a new television deal,
And it was the highest rated prime-time race in Nascar’s history,
so don’t tell me there wasn’t manipulation when it profited Nascar and the TV stations that much.
When new TV stations are ever involved in pro sports,
watch the big games extra close,
because the sport is going to want an exciting game to please the new station.
I must address the obvious rebuttal that you can’t get every driver and crew member to
agree to a fix, and I agree.
The small name teams are not going to agree to a fix, why would they?
But here’s the thing, they don’t have to know, because their chances of winning
are far too slim.
All you need is the few big name owners to agree,
like Hendrick, Gibbs, Roush, Penske, and have them notice that a certain race result would benefit everyone.
You don’t need a whole bunch of people to agree, just the few in control.
I already addressed how some wouldn’t watched the Chase if their favourite driver was not competing,
so with that in mind, I’m going to discuss the Bowyer incident at Richmond.
So Bowyer quote “intentionally” spun out to give Truex a chance of making the Chase.
What’s wrong with that?
Anyway, he gets in trouble for it and the whole standings get shuffled,
I was watching the race with my father and I told him that Nascar wanted Gordon in because he’s a popular driver
and many probably wouldn’t watch the Chase if he wasn’t in it.
Anyway, Nascar comes out and says that Gordon’s in as the 13th car
It’s moments like this that gives Nascar the ability to literally change the rules where they see fit
and to kick some drivers out and let the popular money-making drivers in because they claim some team cheated.
“They just feel like that they manipulated the finishing order of the race.”
I’m not strongly advocating that Nascar
did this rule changing at Richmond,
but who says Nascar can’t just mess with the rules whenever they want.
In the future, Nascar could claim some driver cheated and make the standings however they please.
The way I see it, Nascar won’t allow rigging that’s not in their control.
And now Bowyer’s covering the Nascar media and we are to focus on him
as a cheater instead of the bigger picture of the whole organization.
Anyhow, that’s my rant.
I could go on about other odd things in Nascar
but really the point of this video is to get people thinking.
If Nascar has the potential to be fixed, why not other pro sports?
We already know about the fixed soccer matches in Europe,
or Europe for that matter?
If corporate interests are not involved, then there is a simple answer to fixed games, guaranteed losses, and bad ref calls:
Gambling is huge in the sports industry,
and once players and refs start betting on their own games, that’s where
fixes come in.
But that is a whole separate discussion.
I hope those of you watching gained something important through this presentation and I want you all to leave with this:
don’t be naïve,
and stop thinking of professional
sports as sports, but as a business.