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Old 07-25-2008, 12:38 PM
 
Location: Drury Lane
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This is interesting. What do you think. I see the loyalty Kannapolis has to Earnhardt but loyalty won't bring a diversification of and an increase in jobs to the area. I guess I see both sides.

Earnhardt's hometown removes his honor flags (http://www.thatsracin.com/topstories/story/16769.html - broken link)
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Old 07-25-2008, 12:46 PM
 
Location: State of Being
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Well, I don't get it. Not like the Dale banners are the Confederate Battle Flag. Why would anyone - from anywhere - object to a city that honors someone who grew up there? Pretty weird, if you ask me - and pretentious, as well.

I would think they would find a happy balance . . . but I find it curious that a wealthy developer would find the flags objectionable - or think that someone coming into the area would find it objectionable.

That is like saying- "Ya'll dress up and look nice. I am trying to promote you ignorant people in such a way that you won't look like a bunch of yokels who only have NASCAR on the brain. So please put the chewing tobacco away and ya'll try to behave so Mr. or Ms. Got Rocks who is gonna visit won't see ya'll for the hicks you are."

Or maybe I have it wrong. Hmmmm.
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Old 07-25-2008, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mtns of NC
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I guess the baseball team will be next.
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Old 07-25-2008, 01:10 PM
 
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I don't see why the 2 can't coexist peacefully together?
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Old 07-25-2008, 01:14 PM
 
Location: State of Being
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MM and Barking - I don't understand any of it! In fact, the more I think about it . . . just very, very odd.
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Old 07-25-2008, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Crown Town
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At first I had a bit of minor shock with this too. Then I read the history of the trial and how Murdock was instrumental in putting those signs up, and also how his feeling is that there really isn’t much of an attraction to it. So I understand his point now. Plus, there’s still the statue. Now, if they took that down, that would be horrible.

Most of the headlines just note that the signs are coming down because “company’s come'n”. But this story below explains more detail. It makes sense to me.

Story: SalisburyPost.com - Area - VIP visit prompts removal of 'Dale Trail' signs in Kannapolis
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Old 07-25-2008, 01:18 PM
 
Location: State of Being
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CB - as usual - you post good stuff, LOL!!! That article was much more detailed and explained that the flags were tattered . . . as well as explaining the city moving to the "science" marketing plan. There is no reason to believe anyone is trying to snub DE's family (or memory).

Thanx for posting a link that gives more insight into the decision.
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Old 07-25-2008, 01:21 PM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mtns of NC
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Welcome to "The Dale Trail" (http://daletrail.com/index.html - broken link)
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Old 07-25-2008, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Wouldn't you like to know?
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Well, I don't get it. Not like the Dale banners are the Confederate Battle Flag. Why would anyone - from anywhere - object to a city that honors someone who grew up there? Pretty weird, if you ask me - and pretentious, as well.

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Ani, Listen, I think its a cop out, BUT speaking as a person who hasn't lived in the south that long, unfortunately many people outside of the South feel NASCAR is somewhat a "low class" sport...the banners, if flying, would bring the sport to mind.



I'v watched several races (I actaully watched the 600 almost from start to finish....great race) and have changed MY views on the sport from a year ago. Kyle Busch has done some things on the track that blow my mind.

I think that if more people around the country watched it first (Nascar) before criticizing (like anything in life), I'd think you'd have more fans than what you have now.


I may be TOTALLY off base and shame on me if I am, but this is what came to my mind.....

Don't shoot me, just being open, that's all.....
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Old 07-25-2008, 01:37 PM
 
Location: State of Being
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Ani, Listen, I think its a cop out, BUT speaking as a person who hasn't lived in the south that long, unfortunately many people outside of the South feel NASCAR is somewhat a "low class" sport...the banners, if flying, would bring the sport to mind.



I'v watched several races (I actaully watched the 600 almost from start to finish....great race) and have changed MY views on the sport from a year ago. Kyle Busch has done some things on the track that blow my mind.

I think that if more people around the country watched it first (Nascar) before criticizing (like anything in life), I'd think you'd have more fans than what you have now.


I may be TOTALLY off base and shame on me if I am, but this is what came to my mind.....

Don't shoot me, just being open, that's all.....
Heavens, no, Jack, no one is gonna shoot you. There are many people who see NASCAR as a "redneck" sport, LOL. This has changed in the last few years, as racing has become more "mainstream."

Actually, racing here in NC started off w/ bootleggers outrunning "the law," so the roots are pretty redneck, Hee Hee.

I can see how Murdock would want to present the town as more "tech" and less "racing" if that is the long range plan for the area and the city council is in agreement w/ that approach.

My initial reaction was that Murdock had created himself a Fiefdom and was now coming in (as Lord of the Manor) and dictating what is and isn't appropriate for the townspeople. Now, there may be some of that going on but I don't think his intentions are to disrespect the Earnhardts or DE's contribution to the area . . .

As others have stated - hopefully, there can be a balance w/ some history and tradition and the new "tech" image for the town.
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