I was so excited to hear someone, in a very concise way, say what I've been saying all along in trying to describe experience levels from a lot ARCA competitors, drivers, crew chiefs, spotters, etc. So excited in fact I can't remember if it was Larry Mac or DW that said it, but to paraphrase. 'It's not always those yellow stripes (rookie drivers) that cause all the problems; but a lot of them don't know what to do when it happens.'
Exactly the correlation I have been trying to draw in experience levels. You just have more inexperienced competitors in one race in an ARCA speedway race. Now go to an ARCA non-televised race, where the "entitled" don't show up, because there's no cameras to exploit, and NASCARnians to blow smoke up peoples rear about the next chunk of "sliced bread" to come through (only) NASCAR ranks. There you will see a race for the love of the race. Now that Kenny Schrader is done in Cup he's planning to double his ARCA appearances to about 10 this year. He said the only thing better would be obtaining sponsorship to run 20.
Look down the entry lists for the 3 NASCAR races at Daytona. There are more drivers with a higher degree of ARCA experience than there seems to have ever been. But instead of bolstering one another, it's became a one-way street. The management of ARCA is still carrying on, mostly, in the tradition of Big Bill France and John Marcum. I doubt if even half the people in NASCAR can tell you who John Marcum was. But in the beginning they stood shoulder to shoulder for the good of stock-car racing. ARCA still has a points championship that covers points accumulated in one race of each discipline (one speedway, one short track, one dirt track, and one road course), named the Bill France Four Crown championship. This year it consists of NJ Motorsports Park, Chicagoland Speedway, Berlin (MI) Raceway, and the DuQuoin (IL) State Fairgrounds.
I don't like the Us vs. Them attitude I have, but they sure make it easy . . .