Those NASCAR Values

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Those NASCAR Values

A few years ago, the term "NASCAR dads" entered the political lexicon, an appropriate counter for the Dem-leaning "soccer moms." Soon thereafter, political writers and commentators began using the words "NASCAR values."

But the term "NASCAR values" is likely to lose some of its potency in the wake of a major scandal on the eve of NASCAR's "Super Bowl" event. The AP reports:
The Daytona 500 is a wreck before it even gets started.

A cheating scandal that had already brought down four teams now has ensnared another — that of two-time winner Michael Waltrip — tarnishing NASCAR's signature race and Toyota's highly anticipated debut.

... Waltrip lost his crew chief and team director ... The two were suspended indefinitely after an illegal substance was found during inspection for the season-opener.

... NASCAR officials would not reveal what they found in Waltrip's intake manifold, but a person with knowledge of the investigation told The Associated Press it was a property contained in jet fuel.

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