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The Daly Planet

What I Like About You

Mike Helton
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By Carol Einarsson | 08/28/2008
Category: What I Like About You

I like that you have a calming effect on Tony Stewart.

I like that when Dale, Jr. hid his concussion, you were disappointed not as the president of NASCAR, but as a father-figure that has known him since he was a boy.

I like that your souped-up golf cart even has a CD player.

I like that your first job in racing was cooking and selling hot dogs and hamburgers at Bristol when you were a teenager and the track was brand new.

I like that there doesn't seem to be anything bad that people say about you.

Despite the tears that puddle in my eyes each time I see a replay of your announcement, I like that it was you and not anyone else that told us "We've lost Dale Earnhardt." You shouldered it and announced to the world that we had lost Dale even though it was such a personal blow to you.

I like that you contributed to the Senate run of Elizabeth Dole as well as a lot of other people that I also admire.

I like that two of my favorite photos of you are both with Tony Stewart: one in an apparent chastising of Tony, and the other celebrating with him in Victory Lane.

I like that you have managed to remain such a private man even though you have such a public job.

I like that whenever there are changes that rile up the race fans, the media is always kind to you, and that I don't think it's fear, but respect that they have for you. Okay, maybe a tiny, tiny bit of fear, too.

I like that whenever we see you on TV, you seem so very genuine.

I like that you made a personal trip to Hendrick Motorsports to have a little sit-down with Kyle Busch and his team owner when he was having some issues getting along with others on the race track.

I like the look you gave Schrader when he asked you how much money you make.

I like that you saw an opportunity to improve your health, and you set about (and succeeded) losing a great deal of weight. That's admirable.

I like when we get to see the relaxed Mr. Helton, and you smile and laugh.

And one more thing I like about you, Mike Helton:

I like that when you first took over at NASCAR, I disliked you because your last name wasn't France, but your leadership has turned my heart and mind to appreciate that you filled the leadership role at NASCAR better than some guys whose names are France. (cough-cough-Brian-cough)



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