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NASCAR gives drivers the green light

Updated: January 22, 2010, 11:43 AM ET
By Terry Blount | ESPN.com

CONCORD, N.C. -- The late Dale Earnhardt would have loved it.

Had "The Intimidator" been available, he would have made the perfect pitch man for NASCAR's new initiative.

Earnhardt could have strolled up on stage in his wide-eye sunglasses, turned to the audience, given that trademark smirk of his and said:

"Rules? We don't need no stinkin' rules."

Message delivered, loud and proud.

The actual announcement from NASCAR officials Thursday wasn't quite so dramatic, ...

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