Dave Rodman is a writer for espn.com isnt he?
That opinion is wrong. If a car loses it and comes sliding through the grass and hits that tire, that tire will go flying in an unknown location, potentially into the crowd where it could KILL people.
I think a few years back, a wheel came loose at the Indy 500 and did kill someone in the stands, nearly in the top row on the north end of the track, as I recall.
It happened at Mighigan in 1998 for CART. The US 500 had an early crash and a tire and spindle of Adrian Fernandez's car went into the stands killing some people.
Someone who writes for nascar.com isn't necessarily an employee of NASCAR. Last I knew Turner Interactive owned the rights to nascar.com and they pretty much control all of the editorializing on the site. NASCAR doesn't have much say in the matter. Someone is free to correct me if i'm wrong about that.
I remember it happening at a Nascar race, I cant remember where though. Wasnt it lowes when Brian Vickers crashed in the 600 last year?