Bottom line real reason why Labonte was replaced by Darnell
The unseating of
There has been a lot of ink spilled over the last few days about the lack of loyalty in NASCAR and how Labonte deserved more respect and consideration. While this is totally understandable, it's also more than a little naïve. There aren't many owners who can afford to run seven races without any sponsorship whatsoever. Leave aside the bills for the car (which are considerable) and look at the schedule: Atlanta, Richmond, Loudon, Dover, Kansas, Fontana, Charlotte. Are you kidding?
Not only does a team have to show up with two cars, a full team and all its equipment, but it also has to pay for hotels and transportation and a million little other things. The first four races, all based in the East, might be manageable. But the Kansas-to-California-to-Carolina leg would be devastating to an unsponsored team's bottom line. Yates Racing has already had to lay people off because of the economy. Running seven races without a sponsor would be a crippling body blow-one that would likely entail more job cuts.
Perhaps Labonte's teammate,
The unpleasant fact for Labonte's fans is that on the track, the driver change is likely to make little difference. Labonte is currently 30th in the Cup standings, with just one top-10 finish this year, and he hasn't won a race in the series since 2003. If Darnell can protect his equipment and doesn't miss any left turns, he's not likely to do much worse.
Behold, a car-launch-you heard me, a car-launch-in all its unstinting awesomeness!
It's actually pretty sophisticated stuff, from a technical standpoint. But it's sophistication in the service of asininity, which either makes it beautiful or horrifying depending on whether your into stuff like car crashes and 'splosions...and I think we can all agree that most Racing Fans are.
I'm not sure which of the folks I found most amusing. There's the gent who insists, several times over, that next year he wants to see something called a "demolition derby." Or there's the nonplussed anchors who are left to explain how exactly this made its way onto a news broadcast.
As if they didn't know.