Ah, the true outlaws! You know the ones. The guys that can pick off races left and right at their own choosing. The guys that run selective schedules, running where the big money is and carefully constructing plans to not let it bog down their finances travelling to tracks where the odds of winning versus the costs are more tilted in their favor.
There's a lot to be said for picking and choosing where to run and how often in this day and age. It's the driver's money on the line and sponsor obligations as well. And, if a driver elects to use their resources in a wise fashion, which includes the decision to not chase races 20 hours away for the standard $10,000 purse, more power too them.
But, there's also times when it makes sense to chase. When the dates are lower in number, more geographically friendly, and the purses are worth the while it can tempt drivers who had thought their days of running a series were for the most part over.
For 2 and a half drivers, the NDRL made sense, and we're hoping the 1/2 driver, Chris Madden in this case, makes the choice to jump in with both feet in the coming weeks, the choice was made easier via a series that made sense for them.
Scott Bloomquist declared his intentions earlier on in March. The multi time World of Outlaw and Lucas Oil Series champion had put himself back in the true outlaw mode after dropping off said Lucas tour last season. In another Dave Seay interview, Bloomquist pointed to the convenience and flexibility of the tour's schedule.
"After really looking at it, when I heard they had about 30 races and 14 tracks it just made sense," Bloomquist said. "The travelling is going to be less. Putting in two shows at the same track is obviously a lot better for us, it's a lot less expense. I think it's a good program and with the way they're doing it, they're not trying to kill everybody."