- Jan 12, 2014
Great post....I was shocked that Harvick agreed to drive a Ford. I know that much of the manufacturer focus is gone, but I want it back. One only need to look to RCR's "Command Center" featured on NBCSN last night to see that the tech/engineering part of this game is not dead.I
Your post is a perfect example of what the manufacturers war used to be like. A quarter inch extra of rear spoiler for one manufacturer could cause all sorts of fighting among fans and crew chiefs. Many fans thought that their manufacturer was getting the short end of the stick with each change and it went on week after week and year after year. A lot of the fans would love a certain driver if he drove their make but as soon as that changed they hated the guy.
I think the manufacturers war has been over in the eyes of most fans for many years now. It really hit me that it was over when Tony Stewart had to drive a Toyota for a year and none of his fans left. If that had happened 10 years earlier a ton of his fans would have left and he would have picked up a ton of new ones all due to manufacturer loyalty. There are fans today that may have 3 favorite drivers representing all the manufacturer and that would have been a rare occurrence in the 90's. Your were either GM or Ford back then.