A Ireal/I Presidential Race
December 12, 2000 | 12:45 P.M. EST
Whether it’s George W. Bush or Al Gore, the courts are still deciding who will win the state of Florida and thus win the White House.
So what are some of the thoughts of a few NASCAR stars concerning the election? How would they solve the battle for the highest office in the land?
“This ain’t nothing that a good 10-lap, winner-take-all match race at a quarter-mile dirt track couldn’t solve,” says Sterling Marlin, driver of the No. 40 Coors Light machine.
Busch Series driver Elton Sawyer, along with his wife and former Busch Series driver Patty Moise, also came up with an interesting approach to the matter.
“Patty and I were going to dinner the other night and she actually brought this up,” Sawyer says. “She came up with the idea of where they have a triathlon-type deal. Both Bush and Gore seem to be pretty physically fit, although I don’t know about vice presidential candidate Dick Cheney (who has had heart problems).
“So they need to run a lap around Lowe’s Motor Speedway, and then they get in a Legends car and run a 10-lap shootout there. Then Patty said they need to play tennis, so with you knowing (track owner) Bruton Smith and (track president) Humpy Wheeler, they wouldn’t have any problems getting a tennis court put in there for them to play on.
So, after they make their lap around Charlotte, make their 10-lap race in the Legends car and play tennis, we should know who the new president is.”
Jerry Mayfield, driver of the No. 12 Mobil 1 Ford, agrees the whole presidential election debacle needs to be ended soon. Either Bush or Gore – it doesn’t matter to him which one – can be named as the successor to Bill Clinton.
“It’s kind of like being at the track when it’s raining,” Mayfield says. “You have to stay, and you know somebody is going to win the race sooner or later. You just wish it would stop raining so you could go ahead and see who it's going to be.”
Bobby Kennedy, the crew chief for the No. 7 Ultra Motorsports team, also offers a unique idea.
“Sit the two of them down in the office of the NASCAR trailer for a little while,” Kennedy says. “They’ll come out wishing Ralph Nader had won the thing."