NASCAR -- the sport created by southern moonshiners -- is threatening to go the way of other racing leagues. The ownership teams with hefty bank accounts win and those who don't are relegated to also-ran status. It doesn't have to be that way.

Ricky Rudd, for example, is urging NASCAR to mandate that teams run cars with identical fiberglass bodies, with shapes that can't be altered.

NASCAR is growing in popularity because, among other reasons, fans never know who will win from week to week. If the number of competitive teams -- limited by money -- is reduced to but a handful, NASCAR will go the way of other racing leagues.

Remember when the Indianapolis 500 actually meant something? Even non-fans cared about racing for one day.

NASCAR has done a lot of things to try to maintain competitive balance. It has to do more.

-- Mychal Wilmes

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