Bottom Up

Steven Gardner writes:

A story in the Winston-Salem Journal is made up mostly of an interview with ISC’s Grant Lynch, who again reflects on what happened with ISC’s push here. The reporter also speculates that a lack of a “bottom up” approach to getting support has hurt the sport.

The problems the France family have run into recently in gaining political support for new tracks could be tied to Reynolds’ withdrawal from the sport three years ago and the failure of NASCAR to put together a solid grass-roots racing program nationally to succeed the Winston Racing Series.

Lynch discussed the public money question.

Lynch said that track owner Bruton Smith might have a point when he said that he built Texas Motor Speedway with his own money and suggested that the Frances might have been more successful if they had also taken that approach in the Seattle area.

“That is legitimate … but then he also said that may be because he hasn’t been successful in getting public funds,” Lynch said with a grin. “Now we’ve done it successfully (most notably in Kansas), and unsuccessfully. But that doesn’t mean we’re going to give up.

13 thoughts on “Bottom Up

  1. Mr. Lynch’s biggest problem is the fact that he tried to locate in Washington State, one of the bluest States in the nation. The Democrats in this State just can’t seem to do anything unless they spend tax money on it.

  2. What has DEMOCRATIC got to do with it? I remind you of the ecology and geography of the area, and the lifestyle here. We don’t want NASCAR! i think that the SEED development will fit well. I know lots of “Republicans” who are thrilled that NASCAR is not being inflicked on us.

  3. I always knew that the myth of the “NASCAR nation” being a major electoral force was a total paper tiger. While they do have good numbers it does not translate into an active motivated politically tuned electoral majority.

    Locally the “Pork for NASCAR” supporters were either rightwing politicians that were hoping to ride the coat tails and that it was an all purpose economic magical tonic or NASCAR fans that were new to the political process.

    Just because they can convince fans to sign a petition for a free hat does not mean that they can move them to vote at election time.

    I knew that on Election Eve 2006 when the numbers came back that was when NASCAR’s chances in Kitsap were over. We were not going to defeat every single legislative and county commissioner candidate on the Kitsap general ballot and still have it shoved on Kitsap.

    I am optimistic about our electoral outlook in 2008 since NASCAR’s money is not going to be going into the pockets of local right-wing campaigns

  4. “– getting public funds,” Lynch said with a grin. “Now we’ve done it successfully (most notably in Kansas), and unsuccessfully. But that doesn’t mean we’re going to give up”.

    They won’t give up trying to get public funds. Ha!

    Emilie
    Port Orchard

  5. I see in the article in the Winston-Salem Journal that Grant Lynch is still singing this false tune:
    “And the race fans in Washington were going to pay off the public side, so we thought that was a real win-win.”

    I suppose Lynch never bothered to have anyone with some intelligence explain to him what he cannot understand on his own — that the direct tax revenue paid by the fans wasn’t enough to pay off the public financing he wanted. It also required the “indirect and induced” tax revenue — from taxes paid by people who never set eyes on the speedway, much less attended a race.

    It’s too bad we have to put up with people like Lynch, who don’t know beans about the subject, but get lots of opportunity to tell falsehoods based on their ignorance. Or, am I being too kind in presuming that he is merely ignorant?

  6. Mr. Meadows,
    You are being too kind. Lynch understood exactly what he was proposing. Fortunately, so did our local legislators.

  7. Bob, Lynch knows the dynamics just as well as you do. That’s why when he talks about public financing, he grins.

  8. Linda Hinton, You have proved my point perfectly! The SEED project will cost us 32.5 million in tax dollars to start with. The Dems are all in favor of this aren’t they! You need to step back and think about what you are saying before you say it.

  9. “It’s too bad we have to put up with people like Lynch, who don’t know beans about the subject, but get lots of opportunity to tell falsehoods based on their ignorance…”

    Bob,

    You have received a lot of attention from track opponents for taking long journeys through the various documents that came out during this process. I applaud you for taking the time and believing you are accurate in your extensive blog posts. No offense intended here, but I have had the opportunity to sit down with Grant on several occasions and when it comes to knowing the subject, I would bet my money on him any day of the week against you.

    Just be happy you don’t have to interrupt your precious lifestyle for NASCAR.

  10. Mr. Bronson, the only thing Mr. Meadows got wrong was that he assumed Mr. Lynch’s statements are based “ignorance”. He was being kind, otherwise, he’d have to say that Mr. Lynch was knowingly not telling the whole truth.

  11. Rich,

    That would be the case if I were operating under the premise that Grant is wrong.

    Just because Bob submits verbose and technical posts I don’t believe him to be 100% accurate just as I do not believe Grant to be 100% incorrect.

    Grant has made one hell of a career for himself (whether you like the sport or not) and it is presumptuous for Bob to say that he doesn’t know his own business.

    That was my point…nothing personal

  12. SEED is diversity. I do know that the taxes are going to be there. It isn’t NASCAR. Works for me. ;>)

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