Want to fire up the NASCAR fan base? Mention the term start-and-park. On any weekend five to eight cars qualify for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race with little intention to run the full race. Another two to three cars with the same plans fail to qualify.
What is the glory in finishing last every week? The payout. Last year the driver who finished 43rd in the seasons second race at Phoenix earned just north of $64,000. Multiple that by a full season and a team could pocket over $2.5 million in prize money.
While some of that money goes back into repairing cars, transportation and operating costs there are numerous people who have a problem with race teams not attempting to run a full race.
One of the most vocal opponent of start-and-park teams is Bruton Smith the head of Speedway Motorsports Inc.
“Start-and-park should not be a part of what we do. I think this is derogatory for our sport,” Smith said in January.
That notion ha not set well with everyone who participates in the prac...