This is the Statt Mann Baby!!  Time to Scatt a little bit.

Jeff Burton this week was critical of fans who believe NASCAR Sprint Cup racing is boring.  He said our memories of the good ol’ days weren’t the reality.

He said check the numbers.  So I did, unscientifically but I did.

Last year there were 36 races with eleven winners.

In 1998, there were 33 races and another eleven winners.  But with fewer races that’s a higher percentage of winners.

In 1988, there were 29 races and 14 winners.  That's an even greater percentage of winners because there were even fewer races.

Taking it further, last year’s eleven winners were from six teams: Hendrick, Roush, Penske, Gibbs, Childress and Gilette; the money teams.

The competition appears to have been deeper a generation ago.  There were more teams with a chance to win and more winners.

Costs have eliminated so many quality teams like Petty.  Resources have been centered with the richest and their satellites.

All of that helps make the racing predictable and predictability equals boring in my book.

Makes you wonder.  They’ve spent 20 years making it entertaining but entertaining for whom?

The guys at the front winning all the money, who else?!  Go figure…