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NASCAR needs a rivalry … bad

Updated: June 24, 2009, 4:48 PM ET
By Ed Hinton | ESPN.com

Humpy Wheeler has uttered some profound sentences in his time, but this one struck like lightning.

The other night on a Speed TV talk show, the retired Speedway Motorsports Inc. president -- long recognized as the maestro of racing promoters -- was asked about rivalries in NASCAR.

"There aren't any," he said without hesitation.

That simple truth resonates with me. I've known it, but haven't said it lately.

Conflict is the crux of all drama. Rivalries ...

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