NASCAR’s Proposed Pachyderm Race Postponed

The New Hampshire Motor Speedway hosted the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 on Sunday, with Kurt Busch coming out on top in front of a sold-out track crowd. While some spectators may have been pleased to see Kurt end his 29-race losing streak, we’re sure a lot more fans were disappointed that they were cheated out of a pre-event elephant race.

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John Ryan of the SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS trumpets up the trouble NASCAR officials had in pulling off the proposed pachyderm sprint before the gas-guzzling festivities resumed. Apparently, putting together an elephant race is not as easy as it looks, especially when there’s so much government regulation involved:

“We didn’t know until late yesterday that there were pachyderm permits required to move an elephant across state lines, and apparently, there are some health certifications required as well,” Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager of the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, said in a press release Friday. “We’re disappointed, but we simply don’t have the time to comply properly with all the federal procedures.”

So, any of you out there who were planning to move elephants across state lines better think twice about it. We know we won’t forget.