The White Zone: There’s no defense for fans throwing objects on track

“The white-zone is for immediate loading and unloading…” and I need to unload on those of you who thought pelting the track with beer was a good idea.

Sitting in the stands this past Sunday, I had the unfortunate dishonor of watching grown adults pelting Talladega Superspeedway with cans of beer. I wasn’t even going to bring this up, but then I heard about a seven-year-old girl who got hit in the face with a full can of beer and had to get eight stitches.

I don’t care how angry you were with the finish Sunday and I even said that NASCAR should be embarrassed with the finish of the race, there is NO EXCUSE or justifying the actions of those of you who decided to act like idiots. If you want to act like stupid rednecks, you leave that crap at home or in the campgrounds! Actions like that give NASCAR fans the “stupid redneck” image I’ve fought against for years.

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It was wrong when fans did it to Jeff Gordon in 2004, it was wrong when they did it again to Jeff Gordon in 2007 and it was wrong when they did a third time on Sunday.

Don’t even try to justify their actions in the comment section by saying “NASCAR screwed them out of a finish.” I don’t care. There is no justifiable reason to act like idiots and throw cans of beer on the track.

Thankfully, I’m not the only one who feels this way.

Dave Moody even took the time to call out those people Monday on Sirius XM Speedway when a man called in to tell his story on his seven-year-old daughter getting hit in the face with a beer can and requiring stitches.

Those fans should also be ashamed of themselves because they just wasted perfectly good beer. There’s an old saying in the baseball world: You don’t throw things at players and you don’t waste beer. Unless you’re committed to finishing that can of beer, don’t buy that can of beer!

Now I understand perfectly that I’m talking about not even one percent of the people in attendance Sunday. Hell, I’m not even sure fans were throwing beer cans beyond those down towards turn 1. But we all need to call these people out and make it clear that we won’t tolerate this stupidity from fellow members of the NASCAR fanbase.

My plane is about to take off, so I must wrap this up. Until next time, I’ll leave you with this fact. Certain species of male butterflies produce scents that serve in attracting females during courtship.

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My name is Tucker White. I'm currently majoring in journalism at the University of Tennessee. I started getting into NASCAR around 1998 and started following the sport full-time in 2001. I live and breathe everything related to NASCAR. I also have a burning passion for all things auto racing. I've been following Formula 1 since 2011 and am slowing getting into IndyCar. I do my best to keep up with the World Endurance Championship. But at the end of the day, NASCAR is my primary beat. Being both a native of Knoxville, Tennessee and a student at UT, I'm naturally a die-hard Tennessee Volunteers fan. Especially when it comes to Tennessee Volunteers football. While I'll never stop being one, it can be the most heart-wrenching thing ever. Since 2005, this team has delivered more than its fair share of heartbreaking moments and inhuman frustration. I've stuck with the Vols from the best of times - 1998 National Champions - to the worst of times - 2005 to present - because I know that it'll make it all so worth it when the mighty Vols finally return to the top of the college football landscape. In the last few years, I started to really get into baseball. This past season, I decided to pledge my sporting allegiance to the Atlanta Braves. It didn't turn out too well as they finished 67-95 and finished fourth in the NL East. I do see great potential with the young roster and they might be a force to be reckoned with in the coming years.



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