NASCAR has taken the Mexico City road race off of next year’s schedule for the Nationwide series, but the future of its Saturday road race in Montreal seems promising.
The company line is that four years of having its second biggest series head south of the border completed its mission of introducing American stock car racing to Mexico.
It began using the same strategy in Canada last year by putting the Nationwide series in Montreal.
Here are reasons why NASCAR will remain in Canada after deporting itself from Mexico:
1. You don’t need to convoy your teams with a military escort armed with loaded weapons when crossing our northern border like NASCAR had to when heading south.
2. Canada has a really cool national anthem while Mexico’s seems more suited for a military junta.
3. Mexico has deadly drug wars; in Canada, violence over drugs is fighting for possession of the bong;
4. No race in Mexico can be more exciting than driving the streets of Tijuana.
5. And the No. 28 Chevy in Nationwide sponsored by the U.S. Border Patrol is not the best way to lure Hispanic fans.
My column Friday in the Las Vegas Review-Journal will be about Sunday’s Rubberyard 400 and how NASCAR, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Goodyear don’t fully comprehend what constitutes being “fan friendly.”
Click on “Jeff’s column” just below my mug at the upper left to read more.
KIDS AND BIKINIS AT LVMS
Can’t wait for Saturday night when short-track racing resumes at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway after a July hiatus from hot, summer weather.
(Dear LVMS: Summer continues through August and Saturday’s high is forecast to be 109 degrees.)
I’ll be there. Wouldn’t miss it. And the grandstands are in the shade when racing action begins around 7.
And the original schedule didn’t combine Keith Danser Candy Toss Night with Wetter is Better Night.
Candy Toss Night — which was rained out in May, showing wetter is not always better — is a great night for the kids.
And Wetter is Better lets adults wearing a bikini get in with a $5 discount on admission.
It sounds like Wetter is Better should offer its share of eye candy. But based on nightmarish memories there should be a weight limit on who will be admitted in a bikini.
The track shouldn’t be scarring — or scaring — impressionable kids.
Next year, the Bullring might enhance other promotions:
On Bullring Bubba Night include Mensa Night for the obnoxiously intelligent. Any “bubba” capable of proving an IQ in triple digits will be given ownership of the speedway;
Cowboys Night can partner with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Night with one lucky fan getting a chance to lasso Pamela Anderson with a horsehair rope.