Insider Unmasks NASCAR’s Philosophy Behind Recent ‘Non-Racing Hires’ With Surprising Politics Revelation

Published 12/09/2023, 10:31 AM EST

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In the recent past, NASCAR has done some things that have not sat well with fans. The most significant at the moment would be their reluctance to listen to drivers’ needs for higher horsepower. However, that is not all. Recent hirings have seen several people who have little to no history with the sport or racing in general bag jobs in high positions and an eminent insider recently explained why that is the case.

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It is important for an organizer of any competition to have connections outside their respective sport. In today’s day and age, such connections are a necessity. However, as far as some fans are concerned, NASCAR might have taken things a bit too far.

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Watkins Glen, one of the most iconic tracks in American motorsports, recently saw a new man take over as its president. The news was shared on Twitter by eminent NASCAR journalist Bob Pockrass. Dawn Burlew will take over as the new president but there is an issue with the hiring. Burlew has no connection to racing.

“New Watkins Glen president: Dawn Burlew … Burlew spent 40 years at Corning Inc., most recently as director of government affairs and business development,” Pockrass wrote on Twitter.

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A confused fan posed the question to Pockrass over why non-racing personalities were being hired by the tracks and that is when the journalist revealed what NASCAR’s philosophy was behind these decisions.

“NASCAR’s philosophy with recent hires, it appears, is to often find leaders from the local community — people with strong connections to business leaders and politicians in the area — to do track operations, which rely on good relations with community leaders,” he tweeted.

Having good relations with community leaders is essential for a sport like NASCAR. Take Chicago for example. The street race went on despite a ton of backlash and it will take place for several years now. The reason for that is the organizers have a good relationship with the people in power.

However, as far as fans are concerned, NASCAR’s philosophy is something that they simply cannot get behind.

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Fans express their dismay over the latest hiring

Commenting under Bob Pockrass’ tweet, fans made their opinions clear about the matter and it’s safe to say that the reaction was overwhelmingly negative.

“This is why NASCAR is in the bad shape it’s in,” one user commented.

“I’m gonna apply to the next opening. If these non-racing clowns can get it why can’t I,” quipped another.

Another user expressed their dissatisfaction with hiring government officials in racing roles as they only made things worse.

“Once politicians get involved it’s all downhill from that point,” they tweeted.

One fan believed that NASCAR should hire individuals who are willing to invest in a particular race track and make the experience better for fans by making changes to some outdated installations.

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“They need to hire people that will invest in the facility. All bleachers should be removed and replaced with actual seats to help the fan experience,” they wrote.

Another fan believed that despite these hirings, NASCAR still had no idea what drivers wanted, alluding to the ever-present horsepower debate that has been going on for months.

“Yet they have no idea what racer want or do,” they commented.

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