On one of my very few nights off from the “day job” for the next few weeks (see last week’s Rippin’ the Lip by clicking HERE), I skipped out on poffertjes at Tulip Time to settle down for some racing – most notably the Dale DeFrance Memorial at Marshalltown Speedway on FloRacing. In the process, I made some comments/observations about a couple of drivers who I think deserve more recognition than they’re getting.

In the case of the first – IMCA northern sportmod racer Maguire DeJong from Montezuma – I simply said he deserves more recognition, and he’s proving week in and week out with his results on the track that his win at the Karl Kustoms Bristol Dirt Nationals was no fluke. As you might expect, the keyboard commandos immediately reacted by either completely disrespecting him, or by suggesting the key to his success is purely financial.

Mind you, these are adults.

Then, in the second, I posted a “change my mind” meme (click HERE) in which I said IMCA hobby stock racer Kaden Reynolds of Cedar Rapids is the “hobby stock version of” IMCA stock car racer Dallon Murty of Chelsea. Translation: they’re both young, relatively early in their careers, and extremely successful on the tracks where they race.

For the first several hours after that one went up, I got lots of likes, and one comment from a friend who says he feels fortunate to see them both racing at his hometown track, Benton County Speedway. Then, someone who has since deleted their post – but not before I saw it – wrote that the two racers don’t compare at all.

I considered, for only a moment, going over their respective stat lines for 2021, but in the next moment realized it would only further their discontent. People are certainly entitled to their own opinions that differ from mine, and there was nothing written there at the time that really required a response.

So, I just let it go.

I’m guessing, however, that comment was the cue for the keyboard commandos to do what they do best: kick up the drama to Level 8. Most of them honestly had no dog in the fight, but were just stirring the pot because apparently that’s what they like to do with their time.

I honestly don’t have time for that kind of garbage. So, here’s the only response you’ll get from me:

I have used the “change my mind” meme several times since launching Iowa Racing News. And in all the previous times I used it, no one said a negative or mean thing about it. No drama ensued. So, contrary to what one commenter had to say, the meme itself was not an invitation for drama.

The intent of the meme, like the actual program from which it is derived, is to make people who disagree with your thesis come forward with facts that refute it. And, just like the actual Steven Crowder “change my mind” episodes, no one provided any evidence that would make me rethink my position.

I have had nothing but respect for both racers and their families. I have cheered them both on in their respective races since they both were just getting started. Anyone who wants to suggest this was anything other than a compliment to both young men is simply trying to “start something.”

In the end, my mind hasn’t been changed. All three young Iowa racers are full of incredible talent and have incredibly bright futures in the sport ahead of themselves. If that somehow offends someone, well … I can’t fix that.

In the meantime, thank you again for doing what you do, which allows me to do what I do.

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Bob Eschliman is publisher-editor of Iowa Racing News. He’s an award-winning professional journalist with more than 20 years’ experience covering dirt track racing – and more than 40 years’ experience watching fast cars make slide jobs for the win. His email address is pitshack@iowaracingnews.com. For more news and information that “covers the Iowa dirt track scene,” visit www.iowaracingnews.com.


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