I recently received a copy of a circulating email claiming that I stated the NASCAR project was dead. While the group vehemently denies it originated with them, it appears the email at the very least passed through the computers of some members of C.H.E.C.K., the group opposing the track. It read in part...
The news is that even Lary Coppola says NASCAR is dead. I am sure you are a major reason for this great victory, though perhaps you will attribute it to logic prevailing. Anyway, thanks for all your hard work.
I want to state unequivocally, that I have NEVER made the statement that NASCAR is dead — nor do I believe that to be true. The Business Journal has taken NO official public position on this, and neither have I personally. There are numerous questions that I believe still need to be answered.
I wrote a highly sarcastic parody concerning the real possibility of the Seattle Sounders relocating to Kitsap County. It used the same arguments C.H.E.C.K. uses against NASCAR, simply to illustrate how inane some of them actually are. A very small number of selected individuals received it. It was not meant for general distribution, nor was it an “opinion,” but simply pure sarcasm. A trusted individual violated my confidence passing it on.
But what simply amazes me is the blatant dishonesty with which what I wrote was taken completely out of context, distributed without permission, and represented as factual — without anyone even taking the time to confirm its validity.
C.H.E.C.K. claims it isn’t responsible, and it may not be. But its response to my original inquiry reaffirms my personal opinion that it’s an organization of questionable integrity — one where the end justifies the means.