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NASCAR outraged by April Fool story

The flap over caranddriver.com's April Fool's joke isn't over.

NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France said the sanctioning body is looking at possible remedies in the aftermath of the April 1 story that indicated - in ill-conceived jest - that President Barack Obama had ordered carmakers General Motors and Dodge to withdraw their support from NASCAR racing.

Originally run without a disclaimer, the story, which appeared on the website associated with Car and Driver magazine, subsequently had a tagline added to indicate the report was an April Fool's prank.

When the story first appeared, however, NASCAR vice president of corporate communications Jim Hunter was besieged with requests for NASCAR's reaction to what many thought was a legitimate article.

“We were really very upset about that,” France said after the pre-race drivers' meeting Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway. “And it may not be over with how we're going to approach that. That was an outrageous thing that those guys did, and we were very, very unhappy.

“We're still looking at our options how to make sure we remedy that. It was irresponsible - very irresponsible.”

The story has been pulled from the site.

by Reid Spencer/Sporting News


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phoenix - Unregistered

April 06, 2009 3:38 PM

Brian France would do better to focus on reshaping NASCAR so as to prevent or slow its decline in ratings and attendance, rather than pissing about a rather amusing April Fool's joke. The "outrage" should be directed at readers who failed to check the calendar before firing off angry emails and phone calls.

SF48 - Unregistered

April 06, 2009 6:18 PM

"WAH-WAH-WAH...BooHoo, we're unhappy that you struck a very sensitive nerve with what was actually a brilliant April Fool's joke, and we're very big and powerful so now we'll threaten to kick you a**. Yeah, maybe C&D should have their running shoes on..they've poked the monster..but NASCAR has treated everybody like dirt over the years in the interest of their bottom line and nothing else. Look at what it costs fans to go to one of their events- I paid about $3,000 -tickets and travel included, to attend the Daytona 500 two years ago. They absolutely shun any feedback whatsoever from fans about their operations and just do whatever they want. Their rapid decline is what the real issue is.



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