Mergers.  They happen all the time.  Really, I think that we have become desensitized to it.  Mergers are very ugly things.  Mergers mean that not everyone will be able to keep their jobs.  Mergers could mean relocation.  Mergers means acclimating to a new corporate culture.

NASCAR is not a cheap business.  The supply costs are unbelievable.  I know that the cost to put a car on the track to qualify is more than I will make in the next ten years.  Amazing.  It shouldn’t be surprising that team owners are looking for wealthy people outside the business to fund their teams.

Earlier this year, Roush Racing became Roush Fenway Racing, Jack Roush sold a portion of his team to the Boston Red Sox.  It also should come to no surprise that other teams are doing it to.  Dale Earnhardt Inc. (DEI) recently merged with Ginn Racing.  Ray Everham, also recently, merged with the NHL team owner George Gillett Jr.

It has long since been known that Everham dating his development driver, Erin Crocker has caused a riff or two.  Jeremy Mayfield, last year, accused Everham not only to the media at the track but also in court that Everham doesn’t spend as much time at the track since the dating began.  The racing teams were suffering.

Everham and Crocker’s relationship seems to be the real deal.  It seems like a match made in some sort of geeky heaven.  Crocker does have a degree in engineering.  She is also an attractive woman.  Some might use the terms “Hot” or  “Babe”.  Everham is probably best known as being Jeff Gordon’s crew chief before leaving to become the owner the racing teams that include drivers Kasey Kahne and Elliott Sadler.

The deal with the merger, it seems that Ms. Crocker will have to race for someone else.  It seems that Mr. Gillett is saying that sleeping with the boss is not a good thing.  It is projecting am image that Mr. Gillett a.k.a. Mr. Money Bags would prefer not to deal with.  Everham insists that she is a great role mole for young women.

Crocker’s numbers just don’t add up.  Unfortunately, sponsors look at the numbers.  She has done well in the ARCA series but continues to struggle in the Craftsman’s truck series.  Crocker is consistently ranked in the top 25.  There are on average 30 trucks racing per week.

I’m a very big fan of the sport.  I love watching cars go fast.  It doesn’t matter if it is a dirt track or concrete.  It doesn’t matter if it is a road course where yes, drivers turn left and right or not.  I am also a female fan.  I would love to give the old battle cry of “I’m woman.  Hear me roar “. There are other options if the performance isn’t there.

Personally, I don’t think she should even try the Busch series on a consistent basis yet.  There are so many “Buschwackers” that running Busch is like running Cup.  It would probably behoove her not to mess with Tony Stewart, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Robby Gordon or Kyle Busch.  All have the potential to let emotion get in the way.

I’m not really sure how I feel about her as a role model.  Sure, I think it is fantastic that women are breaking into the upper levels of the sport.  I also think that it is super that she earned her spot before she started dating Everham.  She appears to be tough and gritty.  I just don’t see other women like Danica Patrick or Sarah Fischer dating their bosses.  Really, at the end of the day, it appears that what she has done in her personal time as hurt her credibility at best.  Maybe Gillett is right.  Crocker moving on is best for all those involved.

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