The Frontstretch: Thoughts of a NASCAR fan by Brandon Daun -- Tuesday May 10, 2005

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Thoughts of a NASCAR fan

Brandon Daun · Tuesday May 10, 2005

 

The number of the day is three. We celebrate the number three today because this past weekend at Darlington, Greg Biffle earned his third win of the 2005 season and also elevated himself to third place in the driver standings. There have been ten checkered flags flown in the 2005 Nextel Cup season, and I think that we’ve seen some incredible feats this season. New qualifying procedures have made making the field seemingly harder than racing the field. NASCAR has taken a firmer stance on penalties, making pit road a troublesome place for many, especially those named Dale Jarrett. Most importantly, we’ve seen some great racing this year.

A Green-White-Checkered finish at Daytona, a rookie’s win at Atlanta, and even the two lap showdown at Darlington that saw Ryan Newman lose the lead and fall to fifth place. While these feats and many more like them have captivated the NASCAR community, I can’t help but ask what’s next for the season. As three is the number of the day today below are three NASCAR and NASCAR themed opinions that could be implemented as soon as next season, and could have several benefits in the NASCAR community.

First, I do believe that NASCAR needs to reconsider its road course choices. Watkins Glen and Infineon are two road courses deserving of NASCAR races, however there are venues more worthy of the NASCAR banner. Imagine 43 stock cars battling on tracks such as Laguna Seca or Road America. Maybe Nextel Cup drivers could race on street courses, as they do in the IRL and Champ car series. After years of being on the circuit and considerably lackluster races, it just feels right that Cup drivers leave the Glen and Infineon and race on different road course venues. Every NASCAR fan has heard the remark, “They just drive in circles.” Imagine the attention NASCAR could gain when they drop the green flag over famed courses like Laguna Seca and Road America.

As we have seen in recent seasons, NASCAR doesn’t really believe in a consistent schedule. For instance, last week at Darlington rumors were swirling that NASCAR would no longer visit the track to tough to tame. Currently, there are 1100 miles run at Lowes Motor Speedway, not to mention the All Star race. That’s too much for one track, which is why they need to begin circulating the All Star event. Every sport that has an All Star game always changes the venue that it is played on, so why does Lowes Motor Speedway always host the All Star event? Imagine if the All Star event was run at Daytona one year, and then Bristol or Martinsville the next. For years, there has been the debate about where the All Star should be run. To state it simply, the All Star event is too popular an event to run at the same track every year, so Nextel needs to make the attempt to please it’s fans by circulating one of it’s most prized events.

This third, and final opinion has little to do with NASCAR, however I am positive that it would appeal to every NASCAR fan and car enthusiast alike. I am currently employed at a Chevy dealer, and every day when I pull into work I see those beautiful Earnhardt Edition Monte Carlos. Before much more can be said, fans need to know that the Dodge Charger is the template for Dodge racing and that Dodge is sponsoring two Nextel Cup events in 2005. This is evidence that Dodge is deeply involved in NASCAR, and here is how Dodge can appeal to NASCAR fans everywhere. Much like Chevy made Earnhardt themed Monte Carlos, imagine a Petty themed Dodge Charger. Just picture a special edition Dodge Charger dressed in Petty blue and faster than the King himself. A vehicle like this would have fans lined up around the block waiting to drop a down payment and get behind the wheel.

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