The NASCAR brass has a lot to be proud of. After all, theirs is the fastest growing spectator sport. They've seemingly made all the right moves to grow their sport into the nationwide phenomenon that it is today.
However, there is one glaring problem that NASCAR needs to address ASAP or risk taking some backward steps.
Recently Tony Stewart said that he and his team, Joe Gibbs Racing, may be considering parting ways at the end of this season. Stewart said that he has already begun searching teams that he is considering joining, one of those being Haas/CNC. They control the car numbers of 66 and 70, one of which would become Stewart's new number if he does, in fact, make this move.
As we found out when Dale Earnhardt Jr. left D.E.I. to join Hendrick Motorsports, if a driver changes teams, he doesn't necessarily get to take his car number with him. NASCAR needs to realize that their fans aren't fans of a team. They are fans of the driver. And, that means his number, his sponsor, his colors, etc. NASCAR is in danger of alienating some of it's fan base if they don't make allowances for drivers to keep their numbers if they decide to change teams.
NASCAR has made all the right decisions so far, hopefully they can get this one right too, and soon.
Mark Van Paasschen