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The bright side to financial distress? Racing the way it was meant to be

Something good -- no, great -- could rise out of the financial disaster known today as our economy. Imagine a NASCAR garage teeming with rugged individualism, roguish innovation and rowdy can-do spirit. Ed Hinton can.

Updated: October 30, 2008, 7:18 PM ET
By Ed Hinton | ESPN.com

All this doomsaying about NASCAR's economic future is boring the bejesus out of me. It's all nickel-and-dime stuff: manufacturer cutbacks, dwindling sponsorships, falling attendance, teams folding …

Let's do this right. Let's knock the bottom out. Let's envision the worst kind of economic scenario for NASCAR …

All the carmakers have pulled out entirely. There is no technical, let alone financial, support from them.

Several ...

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