Yet again I hesitate to post here, but the idea of bringing closure (at least for me) to this issue outweighs the negative aspect of keeping this thread going. And you can rest assured that anything posted here by me is written by me - I'm not into the cut & paste method of generating a post:
I spent about two hours yesterday morning sitting on the back of my pick-up truck talking with my Bitty Buddy Bailey. While our relationship has certainly changed as a result of this forum topic, it appears the friendship will survive. Like me, Jeff has a tendency to try and solve other people's problems, and this propensity for "fixing things" has (at least) twice gotten him into hot water. As he works to put this whole thing behind him he will no longer "rattle sabres" for others (i.e - he's going to encourage people to deal with their own problems rather than expecting him to get involved). It remains to be seen how successful he'll be, but I believe he's sincere in his apology and his desire to change his behavior.
At the risk of also trying to solve other people's problems, Jeff's issue with Lee Arnold is that neither the rules for winning the contingency prizes nor the mechanism for distributing same were in place when the prizes were being advertised. Jeff felt he put a lot of himself into the promotion of the V8StockCar series, yet despite repeated attempts he was never told the "rules". Jeff is trying very hard to put that disappointment behind him, and even a small admission from Lee that he dropped the ball regarding the contingency program would help with that.
Regarding anonymous postings, I actually read the Bill of Rights yesterday morning and the First Amendment is related to freedom of the press and interference by the government. It says NOTHING about anonymous letters (postings) being protected. Legal rulings since then give the press the right to not disclose sources, but all reputable newspapers have policies against publishing unsigned letters (although they may choose to not disclose the author at their request). And the rules for this forum (which we all agreed to when signing up) prohibits posting under multiple IDs "in an attempt to disguise one's identity". Call me an idiot if you wish, but if you choose to post anonymously then I will choose to disregard your post. And as Jeff suggests above, it DOES seem inconsistent behavior that one would participate in multiple anonymous postings egging on the T-1 guys (in the thread about the 2006 Daytona National) and then question someone else's genital structure a year later.
Next, it appears there are those in self-described "high ranking" positions within CFR that don't like the V8StockCar series. Perhaps it's because the V8SC series brings more cars to the track and contributes to the oversubscription problem at most CFR events (a problem unique to CFR - MOST SEDIV regions would welcome an additional 15-20 cars at each of their events), perhaps it's because the V8SC drivers are viewed as a bunch of cowboys by the established SCCA official-dom, or perhaps it's just because V8SC has enjoyed substantial growth in the past three years through active promotion and others are simply jealous of that success. Since these anonymous high-ranking officials choose not to post specifics or call Lee to discuss the issues, I can only speculate on the underlying reasons for this friction.
Finally, "constructive criticism" involves pointing out a specific concern PLUS offering a possible solution. A nice bonus would be an offer to help implement that solution. "You guys suck - drop dead" is neither specific nor a viable solution. As I explained above, I personally have no problem with the way V8SC reports race results - it's certainly different than the SCCA rules for classes and participation, but that doesn't mean one is any more correct than the other. If I DID have problems with those reports, however, I might post something like "Have you thought about posting V8SC results based on the SCCA criteria? For instance, the results for the May 14 event at VIR would read (yadda, yadda, yadda)..." And if I REALLY was opposed to the way the results were posted, I'd even volunteer to post V8SC results for future events! Instead, we get "Are you going to fix the results or not?" - no specifics on what you'd like to see changed, no reasoning behind the request for change, and certainly no offer to help. Add in being anonymous, and is there any question why your "constructive criticism" is totally ignored?
My name is Butch Kummer, and I am dedicated to building a structured GTA class within SEDIV (and beyond). I applaud the efforts of the V8StockCar series, the recognition it's brought to using circle track technology in a road racing environment, and the number of new people it's brought into the SCCA fold. I will continue to support the series with my participation and articles, and I will also continue to use V8SC to promote GTA as the biggest bang for the buck in road racing. Is Lee Arnold using me to advance his personal agenda (whatever that may be)? Sure he is. Am I using Lee and the V8SC infrastructure to advance my agenda? Damn straight I am. I believe that's what's called a "win-win" situation.