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My heart goes out to the Earnhardt family with their tragic loss of a class act on and off the race track. My issue here is not with Mr. Earnhardt himself, but rather with NASCAR and society in general.

The sport of auto racing has ended the lives of 10 people over a 12-year span, now four in the last 10 months alone. The question I would have to raise is this: how do we justify auto racing as a sport? The automobile is the most dangerous thing man has ever invented, yet we find amusement and entertainment in the idea of placing men and women behind blazing hot engines traveling at speeds of up to 200 mph. Where is the rationality in this? NASCAR is not a sport, it's sporadic weekly attempts for human beings to end their lives on national television.

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