So a casino in Kansas begs for more racing there. Of course. Because when I think gambling, I think Kansas. Actually, I don't. (Except maybe Dodge City.) Heck, when I think racing I hardly think Kansas. Dorothy would be vindicated because this fantasy will surely come to pass.
This news somehow brought to mind a Steve Allen bit: when prompted by the phrase "beside myself", he would hop one step to the right (or left)and be ready to respond to himself.
I can imagine this scenario:
Mr. France: "Brian, they're building a casino next door to your track."
Brian: Well, Mr. France, if that's so, I think you should give me another race date."
Mr. France: "I don't see the connection."
Brian: "Well there's a huge interest in betting on races."
Mr. France: "Not as long as Jimmie and Kyle Busch are competing."
Brian: "OK, but all those people from all over the country who have no place to gamble and are looking for something to do on one more Sunday will flock to this amazing track that has had so many historic races."
Mr. France: "Are we talking about Kansas or North Wilkesboro?"
Brian: "Who cares. I own Kansas (the track, not the State), not Wilkesboro or The Rock or any of those other places that used to have great racing. The point is there will be GAMBLING and if they build it, someone will come."
Mr. France: "Alright, but are you going to race in December?"
Brian: "Of course not. Eventually we'll have to shutter one of our other facilities for lack of interest or intervention by OSHA."
Mr. France: "It's a done deal."
I'm beside myself.
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