NASCAR, IMSA and AMA Pro announce Fanschoice.TV
posted by Mike Neff
Wednesday March 12, 2014
Free live streaming of events will allow fans to view previously unavailable live events online
AMA Pro, NASCAR and IMSA announced the launch of Fanschoice.tv today. The free service will stream motorcycle races, sports car races and regional touring and local short track events. The first event will be the AMA Pro flat track 200 from the 1/4 mile dirt track at Daytona International Speedway.
Fans will have access to multiple camera angles, live timing and scoring and a feed from the track’s PA system. In addition to the touring events from IMSA, AMA and NASCAR, three NASCAR Home Tracks have already signed on to be part of the release. Langley Speedway in Hampton, VA., Lake County Speedway in Painesville, OH., and Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, WA. will have all of their races available for viewing on the new service.
NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series, Whelen Modified Tour and Whelen Southern Modified Tour will all be shown on Fanschoice.tv. The awards banquets for both the Whelen All-American Series and the Touring Series will also be streamed.
IMSA coverage will include streaming of its developmental and single-make series, as well as selected practice and qualifying sessions for the two IMSA national sports car series, TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge that are part of the recently-announced five-year agreement with Fox Sports.
NASCAR Changes Qualifying Format
posted by Summer Bedgood
Tuesday March 11, 2014
Following safety concerns regarding NASCAR’s new qualifying format, the sanctioning body is introducing some changes in preparation for this weekend’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway. According to the Associated Press, NASCAR is banning teams from cool-down laps after their qualifying attempts, but will instead be allowed to hook up cool-down units to the engine through hood flaps.
Late Tuesday afternoon, a release from NASCAR fully detailed the changes. Teams will be allowed a single cool down unit to be connected through the right or left side hood flap, however the hood must remain closed. Additionally, two crew members will be allowed over the wall while cooling down.
“The qualifying is new to all of us and as we have said over the past several weeks, we are looking at it from all aspects,” said Robin Pemberton, vice president of competition and racing development. “Following discussions, both internally and with others in the garage area, we moved quickly to make a few revisions that will be effective starting with our two national series events at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. We believe this will only enhance and improve what has demonstrated to be an exciting form of qualifying for our fans, competitors and others involved with the sport. Moving forward we will continue to look at it and address anything else that we may need to as the season unfolds.”
The move comes after three weeks of NASCAR’s new knockout qualifying system, where multiple cars are allowed to make qualifying attempts at the same time instead of the traditional one-car-at-a-time procedure. Drivers and teams had complained that the new rules didn’t allow them to cool their engines down on pit road, and the cool-down laps caused a dangerous situation with slower cars staying on the track at the same time that other cars were running by them at much higher speeds.
The rule will begin this weekend in Bristol, a track that has a much narrower racing surface than Daytona, Phoenix, and Las Vegas.
Kurt Busch to Attempt The Indianapolis-Charlotte Double
posted by Phil Allaway
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Andretti Autosport announced this morning that Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet in the Sprint Cup Series, will attempt the Indianapolis 500 in a fifth entry for the IndyCar Series team. Once the Indianapolis 500 is completed, Busch will fly from Indianapolis to Charlotte, jump in his No. 41 Chevrolet and compete in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Busch considers the opportunity to do the double as an old-school throwback moment.
“This is really to challenge myself within motorsports,” Busch said in Andretti Autosport’s press release. “Perhaps I am a bit of an old-school racer; a throwback, I guess. I enjoyed the era of drivers racing different cars and testing themselves in other series. It is tough to do now for a variety of factors, but when the opportunity is there, I want to do it. While NASCAR is my home, I have been fortunate to compete in Pro Stock on the NHRA circuit a number of years ago and test a V8 Supercar. This opportunity was a talk with Michael [Andretti] over dinner one night, a “What if,” and now it’s becoming a reality for me to drive in the Indy 500 with Andretti Autosport. It’s literally a dream come true. To go to the famous Brickyard with the iconic Andretti name, it doesn’t get much cooler or better than that.”
Busch will be doing the Indianapolis-Charlotte double as a Memorial Day mission to men and women serving in the U.S. Military via the Armed Forces Foundation. Fans can contribute to the cause by texting AFF to 50555 to donate $10.
Busch, who has never raced an IndyCar, passed Rookie Orientation at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway last year during a test session. At the time, Busch was more or less testing the Dallara DW12 for fun.
Busch will be the fourth driver to attempt the Indianapolis-Charlotte double. John Andretti was the first driver to attempt it in 1994. After finishing four laps down in tenth in Indianapolis, Andretti crashed and had engine problems in the 600. Robby Gordon has attempted the double five times, most recently in 2004. However, Gordon failed to make it to Charlotte on time and did not start the 600 in 2000 (P.J. Jones started Gordon’s No. 13 Ford in that instance). Finally, Tony Stewart has attempted the double twice (most recently in 2001) and is the only driver to ever complete all 1100 miles. Neither of the three drivers has won either leg of the double. The best finishes are Stewart and Gordon’s sixth-place finishes at the Indianapolis 500 (although Gordon’s came in 2000, the year he didn’t make it to Charlotte in time to start the Coca-Cola 600), and Stewart’s fourth-place finish in the 2001 Coca-Cola 600.
Danica Patrick, Justin Allgaier Talk About Phoenix Incident
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Tuesday March 4, 2014
A disappointing start to the year for Danica Patrick won’t include continued conflict. Patrick met with rookie Justin Allgaier Sunday, shortly after the Phoenix Cup race after a wreck ruined both drivers’ days. Patrick, who was critical of the No. 51 car on the radio, claiming Allgaier was “driving all over the track” appeared receptive to a conversation that quickly settled differences over what will be a long season.
“She was just upset because she got involved in the crash that we had,’’ said Allgaier to the Motor Racing Network. “She says she’s been through this and that she felt like I needed to settle down at that point. I explained my position on why everything happened. I think she understood where I was coming from. It doesn’t fix either one of our racecars. It doesn’t fix either one of our days. Unfortunately, we were both having pretty decent days.’’
Allgaier wound up 30th due to the incident while Patrick was 36th. The incident, which was caused by Allgaier’s spin also involved the No. 32 team and Travis Kvapil, which wound up 38th after sustaining heavy damage.
Camping World Close to Extending Title Sponsorship of NCWTS
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Marcus Lemonis, CEO of Camping World, Grand Marshal of Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway, and star of CNBC’s “The Profit,” made the announcement over the weekend that the retailer is very close to announcing a deal that would continue its title sponsorship of NASCAR’s Truck Series. The original agreement with NASCAR is scheduled to conclude after the 2015 season.
According to the sanctioning body, no formal contract has been signed, but “the agreement between the two parties has proven to be a beneficial one.”
“In about a month, we’ll be announcing a significant extension to that contract. It’s been great for us,” said Camping World’s Lemonis in a statement. “The NASCAR relationship has worked well for Camping World. When we started, we had 35 stores. Now, we’re up to 120 stores. As we travel the country and we meet new customers in stores, they always are very appreciative of our relationship with NASCAR. It’s been good.”
Gaining a long-term commitment from Camping World to sponsor the Truck Series would be a relief for NASCAR, which is set to lose Nationwide Insurance as title sponsor for the NASCAR Nationwide Series at the end of the 2014 season. The sponsorship of the Cup Series by Sprint runs through 2016.
The NCWTS is back in action on March 29th at 2:30 PM (ET) when the trucks visit Martinsville Speedway in the Kroger 250, which can be seen on Fox Sports 1. Ratings for the season opener were up 11 percent.
Harvick Takes Win At Phoenix In Second Race With New Team
posted by Justin Tucker
Monday March 3, 2014
Phoenix International Raceway has become Kevin Harvick’s home away from home. Sunday Afternoon was no exception as Harvick charged to the front early and would dominate for much of the day, leading 224 of the scheduled 312 laps to record his record fifth win on the one mile oval and his third win in the last four races at Phoenix.
Harvick, coming off of a disappointing Speedweeks which was capped by a last lap crash in the Daytona 500 in his debut with Stewart-Haas Racing, set the tone on Saturday by winning both practices while having the best 5 and 10-lap averages in the first practice of the day on Saturday. On Sunday, Harvick and his No. 4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet was nothing short of flawless as he was able to hold Dale Earnhardt, Jr. by .489 seconds after a late race restart to claim his 24th career Sprint Cup Series victory.
“Man, this is awesome,” Harvick said after his dominant victory on Sunday. “Man, this just solidifies so many things and so many decisions. It’s been so much work with all the time and effort that these guys (the crew) have put in—but what a race car.”
Stewart Haas Racing co-owner Gene Haas shared in Harvick’s excitement after the race.
“It took long enough,” Haas joked. “This is phenomenal. I think there was a lot of skepticism last year about what myself and Tony (Stewart) what we were up to, was there a lot of madness to this. Quite frankly, it’s a great team, there’s a lot of synergy at the shop, people working together. I don’t know what we did, but I think we put together a great organization.”
Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt, Jr. continued his hot start to the 2014 season. Earnhardt Jr. would finish second on Sunday, marking his seventh consecutive top 10 finish since the end of the 2013 season. Earnhardt Jr. was pleased with the effort after a coast-to-coast whirlwind week after winning his second Daytona 500 and also gave great praise to the efforts of Harvick and the No. 4 team.
“I’ve got to congratulate Kevin. Those guys were two-tenths faster than everyone all weekend in practice. They were just phenomenal,” Earnhardt said. “To be able to run with them all day was a big confidence builder for us.”
Joining Harvick and Earnhardt in the top 5 of The Profit on CNBC 500K were Brad Keselowski with his second consecutive top 3 run of 2014 in third. Keselowski’s Team Penske teammate Joey Logano would finish fourth, and Jeff Gordon would come home fifth in his No. 24 Pepsi Max Chevrolet.
Jimmie Johnson finished in sixth, followed by Ryan Newman with a nice rebound after Daytona in seventh. Carl Edwards would carry the banner for Roush Fenway Racing by finishing eighth, Kyle Busch was ninth, and Jamie McMurray would finish tenth.
A look at the Profit on CNBC 500K by the numbers. There were 14 lead changes among eight different drivers, there were eight cautions for 39 laps which slowed the race pace to 109.229 MPH.
Next Sunday, the Sprint Cup Series heads to Sin City and the Las Vegas Motor
Starting Lineup: The Profit On CNBC 500K
posted by Thomas Bowles
Saturday March 1, 2014
Drivers in RED (i) are those ineligible to collect Sprint Cup points
Daytona 500 TV Ratings Down
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Wednesday February 26, 2014
What was the longest weather delay in Daytona 500 history turned out to bring NASCAR lower ratings and TV viewership Sunday night than expected. According to a report Monday from FOX Sports, the 56th running of the Daytona 500 airing at 8 PM (ET) posted a 5.6/10 national household rating/share which averaged 9.3 million viewers. That’s down 44 percent from last year’s 9.9, easily making it the least-watched Daytona 500 of all-time.
Due to the six-hour, twenty-two minute rain delay in Daytona, the race was up against the primetime coverage of the Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony from Sochi, Russia on NBC (15.25 million viewers). FOX also reported that 69% of the pre-rain delay viewers of the race, which began at 1 PM (ET) kept tuning in.
In comparison, the 2013 Daytona 500 on FOX was the most-watched race in five years, posting a 9.9/22 rating/share, commanding 16.7 million viewers. The Daytona 500 in 2012, the first to ever be run on a Monday and in the primetime slot did a 7.7/13 overnight rating/share which resulted in 13.67 million households viewing the race according to Nielsen TV ratings data.
Earnhardt, Jr. Claims Second Daytona 500 Victory
posted by Justin Tucker
Wednesday February 26, 2014
Ten years is a long time. For Dale Earnhardt, Jr., it felt like an eternity. NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver endured many near misses and close calls at the Daytona 500 since his only win in the Great American Race in 2004. Earnhardt had finished second in two of his last three Daytona 500s coming into Sunday’s race. He was also riding the tail of a 55-race winless streak, dating back to Michigan in 2012.
However nothing would stop Dale Jr. on Sunday, not even a 6 hour and 22 minute rain delay from capturing his second Daytona 500 win. Earnhardt Jr. led a race-high 54 laps on the evening and used some timely drafting help from teammates Jimmie Johnson and, on the final restart, Jeff Gordon to separate from the pack and secure the victory.
“Winning this race is the greatest feeling that you could feel in this sport besides accepting the trophy for the championship,” said a jubilant Earnhardt after pulling into Victory Lane. “We could fight off battle after battle. We got a little help at the end there from Jeff to get away on the restart. This is amazing. I can’t believe this is happening. I never take this for granted, man because it doesn’t happen twice, let alone once.”
Aside from the race itself the big story of the race was the 6 hour and 22 minute red flag, which threatened to move the race to Monday evening (had the race been postponed, FOX Sports’ Chris Myers had tweeted that the race would resume at 5:00pm EST). However, Mother Nature would cooperate and would allow the race to be run under different conditions from which they practiced this week. Once the race resumed, the intensity picked up from the changing track conditions. This allowed the pack to race side-by-side and at times 3-wide up to seven rows deep.
Joining Earnhardt Jr. in the top 5 for the 2014 Daytona 500 were: Denny Hamlin who closed out a spectacular Speedweeks in second, Brad Keselowski in third, Jeff Gordon in fourth, and Jimmie Johnson who overcome two wrecks leading up to the 500 in fifth.
Rounding out the top 10 in the Daytona 500 were Matt Kenseth in sixth, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. in seventh and Greg Biffle would bring his No. 16 Ford home in eighth. Austin Dillon would come home ninth in his first Cup Series race in the iconic No. 3 for Richard Childress Racing, while Casey Mears would round out the top 10.
A couple of major contenders for the Daytona 500 win would see their hopes dashed early on as Martin Truex, Jr. would blow up just 30 laps into the race, relegating him to a 43rd-place finish in his debut for Furniture Row Racing. Crew chief Todd Berrier was already in Nashville for a test session before the race was even over. Kyle Busch, meanwhile would have a pit road violation just before halfway and would spend much of the race battling back from that mistake. Busch would eventually finish 19th after leading 19 laps.
Danica Patrick would also be bit by bad luck as she was caught up in a multi-car wreck on lap 145. Patrick would lead her second consecutive Daytona 500, but wouldn’t have the finish to show for it finishing 40th. Tony Stewart would encounter a frustrating evening as well, with a fuel pickup problem derailing his quest for his first Daytona 500 win. Stewart would finish 35th.
A look at the Daytona 500 by the numbers. There were 42 lead changes among 18 drivers, while seven cautions for 39 laps would slow the race pace to 145.290 MPH.
Next week, the Sprint Cup Series heads to the “diamond in the desert,” Phoenix International Raceway for The Profit on CNBC 500K. The Green flag is scheduled for 3:15pm EST.
Nationwide Series Post-Race Quotes: Drive4COPD 300
posted by Thomas Bowles
Tuesday February 25, 2014
Frontstretch Interviews – Courtesy Mike Neff
ELLIOTT SADLER – FINISHED 4th
Thoughts on the race?
It’s definitely a lot different racing than what we’re used to.
Comfortable with it?
Yeah, it’s just different. You’re worried about what you’re doing, but you’re also worried about what everyone else is doing and they’re not doing more than you’re doing. Physically pushing a guy is way better than just riding so you just gotta time it right and push it to the edge.
Happy to start the year with a top 5?
Yeah. Hell, that was the worst we ran all day, I think. I have no idea how they put the 3 car in front of us on that last restart. I hadn’t seen the 3 car hardly all day. When they put us from fifth to sixth, on the outside line, it just really boxed us in. I would have really restarted behind my teammate and given him a good push to the front. Anyways, it is what it is; we’ll take it and move on.
Looked like you were up front all day.
The guys did a good job. We had a fast race car. Great pit stops, just really proud of these guys. The car’s in one piece and we can take it to Talladega now. Great job by my guys. A lot of effort came into coming down here to Daytona and giving ourselves a shot to win. We had that chance to be up front and make some things happen. Fifth is not what we want, but we’ll take it and move on.
Bumping vs Pushing?
It’s way harder. You don’t want to lay on the guy in front of you, so it’s tough racing. A lot different than what we’re used to, ‘cause you gotta go. You gotta drag the brake too ‘cause you don’t want to hit the guys and you don’t want to stay on him. It’s a lot harder mentally than what we’ve done in the past.
Car was strong all day. Pushing vs. Bumping, is that harder to do than just getting on somebody and pushing them?
Yeah, it is a little bit. When you bump ‘em, you jar ‘em, it kinda jacks ‘em a little bit. It’s a little more abrupt, obviously. I thought it was OK there at the end. It was certainly fun and hopefully entertaining. But a little bit of a struggle in the early part of the race and the midpart of the race to see a good race. And that’s unfortunate for the fans. You can’t do that the whole race, you can’t tear up your stuff, knock your grill in, overheat your motor, all that stuff so there’s no sense in doing all that until you get down to the last lap. The 7 and the 6, they did a good job. Man, the 7 really held the 22 and I tight on the bottom. I was rubbing his door and hitting the apron at the same time, no room whatsoever. So it was good; wish we were the ones who could have won but a lot better now than what we were last year.
Going home in one piece makes it a lot better, right?
Yeah. My back feels good. My foot feels good. Past years here, I’ve been going home with pain so I’m alright.
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Brett Poirier · Tuesday November 12, 2013
I want to give a call out to NASCAR officials for spotting that piece of tape in Turn 4 with 31 laps to go in Sunday’s race at Phoenix. The tape was outside the racing groove, but it easily could’ve rolled down the track and taped all of the cars left on track together the next time they came through that corner. It would’ve been like that movie Stuck on You, only with cars.
It could’ve been a catastrophe.
Sure, the tape bottled up the field and changed the outcome of the race, but do you know how sticky that stuff is? I got some of that invisible tape stuck on my finger the other day while I was wrapping a gift, and thought I was going to have to take a ride to the hospital. Luckily, we have the best of the best in the tower making calls on when the yellow flag should fly.
On lap 100, these experts noticed when Joe Nemechek slid out of the groove in Turn 3 and almost hit the wall, but didn’t. I can only assume the caution was called to make sure none of the rubber Nemechek kicked up stuck to the wall. Maybe that rubber slides down the wall later on, collects the tape and a cigarette butt and — well, I can’t even imagine. These guys in the tower are proactive, always three steps ahead of us.
You were probably thinking why did the caution come out for Nemechek leaving the racing groove? Shows what you know. A better question would be, if NASCAR’s going to throw a caution every time a car leaves the racing groove, then why are they throwing cautions for debris outside of the racing groove? By the time someone hit that piece of debris, wouldn’t the caution already be out? I assume they’re ahead of me on this one, too.
NASCAR officials weren’t this proactive 25 years ago, not even 10 years ago. There used to be spins, where the spinner would get back going in the right direction and the caution never flew. Cars sometimes went up and kissed the outside wall, and they all just kept racing. Even when cars slid out of the groove, stayed in control and touched nothing, NASCAR did nothing. They’ve come a long way.
Technology has come a long way, too. At some tracks, there are cameras literally installed in the track surface. There are cameras everywhere they need to be, so that if there is a wreck, or even a piece of debris, we always get a great shot of it at home (unless there really isn’t debris). ESPN spotted that piece of tape in Turn 4 immediately and the team of Allen Bestwick, Andy Petree and Dale Jarrett concluded in a matter of seconds that it was in fact tape, most likely from the rear of Danica Patrick’s machine. That team goes through a lot of tape.
The ESPN team recognized that the tape wasn’t much of a real threat, so why didn’t NASCAR? If pressed about it today, I can pretty much guarantee that NASCAR vice president for competition, Robin Pemberton, would say it’s because NASCAR didn’t know what the debris was exactly. It seems that even with all of these cameras available, even at some of the sport’s smaller tracks, officials can’t tell the difference between a sandwich bag and a German Shepherd. That’s what they want us to think anyway.
Pretend the cameras don’t exist for a second. If an official spotted a mysterious object in Turn 4 at a one-mile track such as Phoenix, couldn’t they figure out exactly what kind of debris they have with a pair of binoculars? While technology has drastically improved, NASCAR would like us to think that debris is a constant mystery. That way there is always an excuse to throw a yellow flag and tighten up the field. Is that a water bottle or a cylinder head? Is that a Fritos bag or a rear spring? They just can’t tell. It could be sitting on the track logo in the infield grass, and it’s a threat. If Richard Petty’s hat falls off on the No. 43 hauler, throw the yellow just to be safe.
That’s what it’s all about, right, safety? Safety is always a safe answer because only the heartless would call safety into question. Maybe that tape would’ve wrapped itself around the whole field and caused an 18-car pileup, but I’ve yet to see it happen. I also searched through various media outlets’ reports of the race. I’m yet to find one that calls the tape caution into question.
I want to give a call out to NASCAR officials, who have created an art form out of playing dumb. They’re so good they have us all imitating.
©2000 - 2008 Brett Poirier and Frontstetch.com. Thanks for visiting the Frontstretch!
So what’s worse?
Nascar itself throwing debris cautions for nothing but to manipulate the race? (Which they’ve been doing for years)
Until someone talks or video/audio comes out, then Nascar can justify it. Even though we all know it’s BS.
Fans have known about phantom debris cautions for years and early on it was laughed at. Not anymore.
It’s WAY past time for the Nascar media to get the story on this.
These phantom debris cautions come out so frequently now that if a race runs for more than 50 laps one has to wonder if the guys up in the tower have fallen asleep.
Really? A full column about debris? Isn’t this just another kind of debris?
Todays Nascar Math Lesson….
The size of debris on the track is equal to the distance between the first and second place cars divided by the number of laps left in the race.
first i laughed as i found the article amusing. then as i thought bout it, i remembered how sad the state of it actually is. nascar is between a rock and a hard place and it’s of their own doing. seems like among other things, in the interest of keeping “competition” equal, they’ve mandated themselves into an ugly spec racing car that goes fast but can’t pass and is running mostly on tracks that amplify the problem. i can’t see anything else they can do to solve the problem of boring races in the short term besides bunching up the field several times through out the race. I see the real problem as no one seems to be smart enough or willing to fix the problem in the long run. so it’ll be business as usual as long as dollars are rolling in to the sanctioning body.
My question for NASCAR is simple: if you can be counted on to ‘reset’ the race throughout and again near the end, why should I watch the first 3-4 hours?
I have no problem with NASCAR having a low standard of “debris” just be consistent about it. Don’t have a yellow a piece of tape, but then hold off for oil all over the place (e.g. Watkins Glen 2012).
That’s why you tape the race (no pun intended) and only watch the last 30 minutes, illogic.If you think yellows are bad on ovals, you should watch this clown act on a road course. I went to Montreal one year and the Wallace kid kept spinning out in the hairpin, into the grass then back onto the track. They kept doing a full course yellow when the only thing needed was a yellow at the hairpin. Its almost funny to watch, they are so predictable and of course the majority of the Nascar media types don’t want to make waves so they don’t say anything. How silly.
Since brain fart france took over the reins of nas$car about ten years ago, this series has sunk like a turd flushed down the proverbial toilet. The chase has been nothing but pure manipulation from the beginning. Fans have been leaving in droves for years, yet the farce continues. When Monsieur debris makes an appearance in a race these days, it’s usually calculated. The lower series’ of nas$car have become tainted too. I don’t watch a nationwide series race unless it’s a stand alone race. Why bother watching the other 27 when you know a cup driver is going to win. Ultimately the joke will be on nas$car.
Rise in phantom “debris” cautions in last 10 years.
Brian France takes over 10 years ago.
Racing is now, stale, boring, and predictable.
No correlation here….
Ah, one of the many problems Nascar thinks we are too stupid to notice…hhhhhmmmm.
I’ve been beating this drum for a long time. IMO, fake cautions undermine the legitimacy of the sport more than any other factor
Yesterday I watched the 1989 race from Phoenix on youtube. One thing I found really interesting was that Sterling Marlin’s car caught fire leaving the pits under green. Sterling stopped the car on the apron inside turn 1 and got out. The car was sitting there burning, and no caution was thrown. They actually were putting out the fire and hooking up a wrecker while the race stayed under green. I’d say a burning race car is a legitimate piece of debris, and I was amazed that they stayed under green with this going on. Things sure have changed, and not for the better.
The race was also a hell of a lot better than anything I’ve seen in 2013 for sure.
With under 50 laps to go, Nascar knew it had a problem. Going to Homestead with the championship already decided would be very bad for the pocketbook.
So in an attempt to tighten things up, the tape caution comes out to hopefully help Kenseth. It didn’t work and it actually made the points wider when it was all said and done with Edwards running out of fuel.
As a fan who is sick of the Chase and the boring racing, I hope the ratings tank for Homestead so it will be another step closer to changes being made.
I recall Mark Martin and Dick Trickle talking about the tracks they raced being littered with debris and even mentioned having to dodge parts such as alternators and suspension parts while they raced as cautions were hardly ever thrown for that. Now we throw the caution for what can clearly be seen as duct tape. Pathetic.
I realize that the cars are holding up better than they have in the past so the attrition rate has dropped but I don’t think it’s a wise idea to use “debris” cautions to create “drama”, (after all, it’s technically a sport not a movie).
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