Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Felix Sabates calls Bruton Smith's comments 'irresponsible'

   Felix Sabates, a minority owner in Earnhardt Ganassi Racing, did not take too kindly to the comments made over the weekend by Speedway Motorsports Inc. chairman Bruton Smith. Smith has repeatedly said he doesn't think the Sprint Cup Series should end its season in Homestead, Fla., and this weekend repeatedly referred to the track as "North Cuba." You can read about Smith's comments here.

   Sabates sent the following open letter to the Observer and ThatsRacin.com today in response to Smith's comments:

   I am a very proud American that happened to be born in Cuba. America has been my home for over 50 years and America is the greatest country in the world - not even the politicians in Washington can screw that up. I love both countries and when I see irresponsible comments such as the ones made by my good friend of over 40 years, Bruton Smith (AKA Money Bags), it saddens me. He knows better than to take a swipe at a whole country (believe me I learned the hard way). He must be mad because he will never get the last race of the Chase. In fact, he used to have the last race of the season in Atlanta but lost it because he could not draw anything close to a full field.

   Perhaps he is afraid that if the political unrest ever came to and end and Cuba was free again, then some of us Cuban born Americans might build a proper world class road course in Havana. A track specifically built for stock cars with all the amenities Las Vegas has to offer, plus white sand beaches and the cool trade winds of the Caribbean Sea. All of a sudden there will be no need for NASCAR to take our premier series to such far-away places like Sonoma. NASCAR teams will take just a short ride to a new Paradise with a track built specifically for NASCAR and where passing would be routine rather that the exception.

   Anyway, Bruton be nice to your Cuban neighbors and friends. You are a great promoter and a great American success story. We might let you buy in for a little piece of our new race track in Havana. It won't hurt as much when you lose a date.

   Your buddy.

   PS, Cuban coffee is good for the soul.


  1. So drop a few cargo plane loads of pistols and amunition into Cuba, and let the people take care of the situation. Castro's had too long a run in that country.

  2. Bien dicho Sr. Sabates. Un gran abrazo de parte de un amigo Venezolano.

    Well said, Mr. Sabates. A big hug from a Venezuelan friend.

  3. This is the same guy that referred to the potential downtown Atlanta sight for the NASCAR Hall of Fame as a war-zone. Wow, I've heard so much about the muggings and murders within walking distance of the largest aquarium in the US.

    Note to Felix...get a life and find someone to open a decent Cuban restaurant in Charlotte....Atlanta has several good ones.

    Scott in Dilworth.

  4. Bruton cant talk too much cause the Charlotte/Concord area has a good size Hispanic population. So Bruton quit crying and go home to your cookie cutter tracks

  5. Karma's a bitch

    Michigan International Speedway is on Sabates' suggested chopping block. He says "I mean, there's nobody left in Detroit other than the police and the unemployed. I'd cut Michigan off the schedule altogether. Michigan - I'm talking about the state - is never coming back to what it used to be, so why go there and throw good money after bad money?"

  6. Hey Felix, the last time I checked NO Nascar tracks were anywhere close to filling up! Even the track in Northern Cuba.

  7. Oh great.
    Bruton has lost another chance to line his pockets.
    Does this mean my property taxes are going to triple again (to make it up to him)?
    I live in Cabarrus ("Let's tax everybody and give Bruton a few million.") county.

  8. wow...he took a truthful comment and then responded with a childish retort. Calling him "Money Bags" and saying that the track couldn't get could to a full "field"? Whats next...."Bru-ton, you are a poopyhead!"? Ugh...don't be so pissy, Felix. South Florida is not known for the NASCAR....it shouldn't even finish in Las Vegas. It should come back to Atlanta, Charlotte or Daytona in the South like it started. For those who question this, read up about the beginning of NASCAR and you'll understand.

  9. When you think about it, Bruton was behind the lawsuit that stripped NASCAR of a Grand Slam event in Darlington in November in favour of a cookie-cutter Texas event.

  10. If the comment from Bruton was meant to be demeaning to the Cuban Community by calling Homestead North Havana, let it be known that as a Cuban I am very proud of the significant contribution that the Cuban people have made to South Florida. Just look around and see the success stories of so many Cubans who have excelled in every field from banking to construction to education without "special" concessions and handouts. All done with honest hard work. Thanks Felix. You are one of those that make all Americans proud.

  11. Felix is right, Bruton's comments are also racist/prejudiced.

  12. As an attendee of the Homestead race and a native Floridian Bruton Smith's comments do upset me. The image that Homestead is an impoverished community is far from the truth, with it's multimillion dollar hospital, newly constructed homes, restaurants, and hotels. Bruton forgets South Florida has long time racing ties. Most of us grew up attending Daytona Speed weeks, the short tracks at West Palm, the former Morosso Speedway, and the Hallowed grounds of Hialeah Speedway where the Allisons and Red Farmer cut their teeth. The Homestead track is not as grand as Daytona or Charlotte, but we love it and draw all demographics to the 3 day weekend. Diversity in fans will only help this sport.
    Racist negative comments from its track owners will not.

  13. scottyofgeorgia89 last time I checked Miami/Homestead is still in the SOUTH... in fact you can't get much farther south... its a great facility that is deserving of the Championship...