|Sears Point "Wine Country
Classics" -- 1
Walking through the pits Saturday morning
the first thing that caught my eye was the gargantuan new grandstand.
The sheer size & scale of the thing floored me.
This monstrous structure dominates
the pit area like a NASCAR-bred Moloch. The top row luxury skyboxes
serve the corporate elite. At the WCC, the empty aluminum bench seating
below reflects sunlight & heat forming a blinding solar oven.
Not a problem with sellout NASCAR crowds!
Everything at the now NASCAR-owned Sears
Point is scaled towards tending to the tens of thousands of free- spending
stock car fans who throng to NASCAR events.
The familiar bridges that once crossed
the course near Start/Finish are gone. At enormous expense, NASCAR
has replaced them with tunnels. Not a bad
Point 2002 -- 2
| Where once there were trees and
a natural hillside there's now an enormous terraced seating structure.
It's an artificial environment, but it provides excellent viewing of the
I hate seeing the modern sports world
devour another icon of the "Old Days", but considering the sheer numbers
attending today's Winston Cup races, the changes aren't all for the worse.
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