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

NASCAR brags that it’s Super Bowl, the Daytona 500, opens the season.

That pride, though, should be tempered with some embarrassment. The inexperienced shouldn’t be allowed to run in the biggest race of the year.

Monster NASCAR logoThere needs to be a commitment to upgrade the product even if it means reducing the size of the field. NASCAR’s current president Steve Phelps says he wants to improve the product. Let’s see if he will.

All this is the residue of today’s Daytona 500 where two inexperienced drivers triggered a major accident while trying to slow down for a pit stop with 42 laps to go in the race. The accident gathered, among others, one of the sport’s biggest stars and a threat to win today, Jimmie Johnson.

No other major league sport is so cavalier about their biggest event. You just can’t have something so important be determined by inexperienced participants.

Saying this is the way we’ve always done it just isn’t acceptable. Maybe I’m not supposed to understand.