The Frontstretch: Did You Notice? ... NASCAR's Vague Meeting, Eury's Imminent Departure, And The Poor Become Penniless by Thomas Bowles -- Wednesday May 27, 2009

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Did You Notice? … All the wholesale changes that took place after NASCAR’s meeting with teams and owners Tuesday? No, I didn’t notice them either… and whether any happen at all is what’s really going to make or break this “town hall” affair a longtime source explained was “nothing more than a PR move” after debriefing with others who attended. That’s a little disconcerting to me, but based on what little I’ve heard so far in both private and public, the words generic, uneventful, bland come to mind… ladies and gentlemen, today’s password is “vague.” A lot was discussed, ideas were gathered, that much we know… but nothing was actually done or promised as of yet.

The problem is – and I speak for the cross-section of fans who I speak with, email me, etc. on a daily basis – they want changes yesterday, not “in a little while.” Any more “state of the sport” gatherings, like the one that was had at Michigan last summer, mean absolutely nothing unless some substantive changes come out of them. After all, it’s not like NASCAR fans sit and live in a bubble where they don’t understand how the real world works. Many, including myself, have been in work situations where they’ve gone to conferences and people “share ideas” during “special meetings” … but how often do those concepts ever get taken to the next step?

Yes, I do understand you can’t expect wholesale changes to fix things like the “aero” push and wholesale deficiencies with the Car of Tomorrow in the matter of 24 hours. I also know that in this type of “town hall” format, inviting some of the sport’s owners and drivers to tell NASCAR what they’re doing wrong is absolutely unprecedented for a sport that’s bent on control. It’s a positive thing.

Still, we heard a lot yesterday and will hear over the coming days about what could happen … but we haven’t heard of anything definitive that will happen. NASCAR said they’re more open for change … OK, that’s nice. So show us. Throw the fans, drivers, and teams a much-needed bone, an adjustment they’ve been asking for to inject some energy into a sport too often accused of being stagnant as of late.

And despite their new democratic stance, I have a hard time believing the sport has suddenly given up all control. All week, we heard drivers nearly threaten mutiny until they got an official list of what substances were banned. Tuesday afternoon following the meeting, suddenly everyone was towing the party line that NASCAR’s current policy was acceptable. Right along with it came plenty of extra pomp and circumstance about the fans, as well, and that we need to do what’s best for them in this “tough economy.”

Gol-ly, did the sponsor reps attend this meeting too? Here’s the problem – and I hate to bring up those pesky fans again – but too many of them are saying the economy has nothing to do with why they’re not attending races these days. People aren’t coming to see us because – let’s take a deep breath – they think the racing sucks. As someone as passionate about this sport as I am for the past 20 years, a person who will always try and think positive and actually thinks we’ve had some damn exciting racing at times over the last six weeks … that sentence I just wrote is both alarming and hurtful. But for the longtime fans who’ve been loyal for well over a generation, I just hear that too much, too often, to completely ignore its existence.

As for NASCAR’s younger generation of fans … words like that are nearly the equivalents to the kiss of death. Because in my ADD 20-something generation, the second we think a product sucks we’re on to doing something else. There’s just too much out there to grab our attention … with iPods, Facebook, TV, and video games it’s a classic case of overstimulation that leaves no time for waiting around.

Right now, there’s no question in my view that with declining attendance, ratings, and sponsorship support, the status quo for the sport is no longer an acceptable course of action. That’s why people are getting so impatient … after all, why spend all their hard-earned money on a product they no longer believe anyone’s willing to fix? Say what you want about our president, but whether you agree or disagree with his policies, no one can sit there and claim Barack Obama is sitting on his butt. Point being, America in 2009 is looking for at least an attempt at solutions … not inaction. You need to send a better message than “we’ve been talking, we’ll get back to you” … but that seems to be the early pulse of what came out of these meetings. Hopefully, top NASCAR brass will change that perception quickly, publicly reminding us they’re working feverishly to implement changes to captivate the fan base … before the fan base isn’t there to keep waiting any longer.

Did You Notice? … Both NASCAR and Jeremy Mayfield refuse to fully disclose the substance he failed his test for? I brought this up in DYN a couple of weeks ago, and felt I did some shoddy reporting on the issue of whether or not the sport would be in hot water if they ever revealed Mayfield’s test results. Well, it turns out after doing some digging the key element here is that Mayfield is not a contracted employee of NASCAR. As such, I’ve confirmed he doesn’t fall under the context of the current HIPA rules. Those laws, brought up by some dedicated fans of the column, would have made it a federal violation of privacy for the sport to release his test results.

So, if that’s the case — that NASCAR faces no criminal penalty for sealing Mayfield’s results — why are both parties continuing to keep their mouth shut? It all seems to revolve around the seriousness of the substance Mayfield tested positive for. Whatever it is, the driver himself won’t want to release it until it’s under the controlled environment of a lawsuit – a time when he’s in perfect position to defend his character. And as for NASCAR’s side, revealing the name of the substance on their own would open them up to a possible civil suit if it turns out their lab made a terrible mistake.

Hopefully, that didn’t make things any more confusing … I know when you mention “lawyer,” “civil,” or “lawsuit” in a sentence, people tend to either roll their eyes and/or fall asleep on the spot. But the bottom line is until the substance does get revealed, this story will refuse to go away anytime soon.

Did You Notice? … Mike Bliss followed his unexpected, upset win in the Nationwide Series Saturday night by starting and parking in the Coca-Cola 600 two days later … with the same team. Yes, that’s right … apparently, the lion’s share of Saturday’s purse just wasn’t enough for the crew to break even over the course of the weekend, so Bliss pulled in after 42 laps as the only retiree of the Cup race with a “vibration.”

Now, James Finch starting and parking the No. 09 car is nothing new … but after a Nationwide Series win the day before? Really? Wouldn’t that motivate you to maybe want to go the distance on the Cup side … especially since this is the same team that already won a race this year at Talladega?

Finch made a compelling case for his start and park snafus during that winning press conference in April, saying he uses the extra money to go out and buy better equipment for his Nationwide program. But for a team that spent Saturday night in Victory Lane, to pack it in early the following day was a move that just didn’t seem right. There’s no question a win gave them the extra money to go the distance … so why wouldn’t they?

Did You Notice? … Building on the Finch snafu, some of the voices we didn’t hear coming out of NASCAR’s “town hall” meeting were the group of hardscrabble owners struggling to survive. The entry list for Dover looks pretty healthy at 49 cars, but oh-so-many organizations are leaning towards the troubling “start and park.” When that happens, those cars become a virtual non-factor as the multi-car organizations continue to run circles above them.

Teams like Gunselman Motorsports’ No. 64 started the season with such high hopes to attract major sponsorship. Instead, a combination of too little money and too many hurdles to overcome have seen their year turn into a crumpled, ugly mess.

Nowhere is the dominance of rich vs poor more evident than the current Cup owner points. The top 33 positions are held by car owners affiliated just nine Sprint Cup programs: Roush, Hendrick, Gibbs, Childress, Earnhardt Ganassi, RPM, Penske, MWR, and Red Bull. (Remember, Stewart-Haas and Yates/Hall of Fame Racing are more “satellite operations” than anything else). That leaves the highest-rated independent single-car team as Robby Gordon at 34th in the standings. He’s also the only one with full-time primary sponsorship out of the eight others attempting a full schedule.

There were big dreams for these owners back in February, hoping to be the ones capable of breaking through and challenging the sport’s elite. But with the top 35 rule locking the country club from the previous paragraph in place, cleaning up their scraps has left it difficult to near impossible to get a sponsor. As a result, organizations like Tommy Baldwin Racing have gone from doing what it takes to race to pulling into the garage early most weekends in order to simply keep surviving. If NASCAR is considering some changes, doing something to help them gain traction in the sport should be an important priority – because after all, the more the merrier in terms of enhancing the overall competition.

Did You Notice? … Hendrick’s comments regarding Tony Eury, Jr.? While I first broke the story of his imminent departure on Sports Illustrated Monday, I’d prefer to keep from expanding my comments on the specific move itself until a decision gets publicly announced … after all, one should never count their chickens before they actually hatch. I will tell you this much, though … statements like those we saw from Hendrick – where he claimed “changes could be coming” and didn’t publicly commit to Tony Eury, Jr. — in the past have equated to, “We’re going to be doing something within our team, but I’m not telling you until I’m damn well ready.”

And if a change does occur, let’s not be shocked the man changed dramatically from his hardline stance of keeping Earnhardt and Eury together two months ago. Circumstances have been dramatically altered since then; Junior’s now in serious, serious jeopardy of missing the Chase, while criticism from outside the organization has gone from mildly tolerable to a full-fledged media frenzy. And just because a car owner gives a public quote doesn’t mean he’s actually telling the truth. As it is, Hendrick also told us back in 2007 that Casey Mears wasn’t going anywhere weeks before he wound up getting released from his contract. Remember, car owners are very powerful creatures, and they’ll tell you what they want to do when they’re damned good and ready – whether you’re speaking the truth or not.

So now, we simply wait for Hendrick to speak.

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wcfan
05/27/2009 05:29 AM
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Since Dale Sr. was killed no other driver has had the clout/respect of both The Fans and nascar to get nascar’s attention. Nascar floated the idea of the Chase the majority of the Fans polled (and many Drivers until told by nascar) were against this change, nascar changed anyway The Fans were “dumb rednecks” who did not know what was good for them. The Older Fans of the sport have continued to voice their displeasure at the current state of the Sport, for years. Moving Races/Dates, The Cot, Lack of consist punishment/fines for all teams big or small. I have always thougth these new tracks should have had to run Busch and Truck races, to show they had the fan base before moving Cup races from established tracks/dates. But nascar did not listen to these “dumb rednecks” because they had all these New Big MONEY Fans who could help move the sport forward. Now the New Big MONEY (bandwagon)fans have found the next big thing and moved on and the “dumb rednecks” that the Daytona stooges thought would always be there are voting with their billfolds and not attending/watching on TV these 4+ hrs parades. I am one of the “dumb rednecks” who has followed this sport for over 30 yrs and nascar for at least 25 yrs. I hope I did not offend anyone with the “dumb redneck” remark that is how/what I believe nascar thinks of the Old Fan Base that has help build the Sport. There are many new fans out there who along with the older fans want to see this sport grow, we can argue all day on how to do this, but in the end we all want the same thing good safe exciting racing. Hopefully nascar will start to listen to the Owners, Drivers and most importantly the Fans(we vote every week with our billfolds) and start to improve our sport.

MJR in Springfield VA
05/27/2009 07:42 AM
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Hell no, you didn’t offend this dumb redneck (that USED to attend 7 to 9 races a year and who now only goes to 2 – for now). I knew when NA$CAR started their whole sale change of the face the sport, things were not going to turn out well. See, us dumb rednecks like things like tradition, honor, courteous people, and truthfulness. NA$CAR has fallen so far from those things it’s just not funny anymore. It is truly a sad thing to see.

Brian France went after the almighty dollar, and yes he caught it… but at what cost? He has pretty much driven this sport into the ground with his bone-headed ideas and now he wants to have a town hall meeting to figure out what’s wrong… he should have been listening to all those “dumb rednecks” and what they have bee saying for the last what 5, 7, 9 years????

My Daddy always told me “desperate men do desperate things.” Just wait, we’re gonna see B. France dance like a cat on a hot tin roof over the next few years trying to save his golden goose. Wish him luck, but I don’t thinks he’s gonna be very successful.

Last man out, turn out the lights and bring the flag…….

Carl D.
05/27/2009 08:25 AM
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Count me as another “dumb redneck” who agrees 100% with what wcfan said. I too have been a race fan for over 30 years, and where I used to attend 2-3 races a year, for the last couple of years I have attended a total of one… the allstar race a week or so ago. There’s plenty of reasons why, but the biggest one is the clean-air breakaway of the lead car and lack of racing for the lead. The crappy COT and poor tires factor into the equation, but the bottom line is that until something is done to fix the actual races, I’ll spend my weekends doing something else.

M.B. Voelker
05/27/2009 08:35 AM
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Do you hear?

The deafening silence of the Frontstretch Negativity Specialists who, just yesterday, were proclaiming that these meetings would be a “Shut-up and drive” lecture?

An apology for being 100% wrong about what turned out to be brainstorming sessions is in order before you start to whine that wholesale changes weren’t announced before the end of business hours yesterday even though you admit a few sentences later that it would be impossible to make wholesale changes quickly.

Carl D.
05/27/2009 09:00 AM
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Here’s a thought on the 88 Crew Chief discussion…

The writing is on the wall; Tony Eury Jr. is a goner. I think Hendrick made the comments he did in order to give Eury the chance to resign on his own. I think Eury will do just that, but either way his time is up.

So what to do for the 88 team? I’m guessing someone will be promoted from within the Hendrick organization as interim crew chief. If they make an immediate impact by at least showing some significant improvement, then the job will be theirs in 2010. If not, look for Loomis or Knaus to move over to Dale Jr.‘s team. My pick would be Knaus. He has nothing else to prove with the 48 team and could probably use a new challenge. Lowes might object, but I think Hendrick could make the sell if that’s what he wanted to do.

Pure speculation on my part, but a possiblity.

Carl D.
05/27/2009 09:15 AM
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Obviously I meant “Letarte”, not “Loomis” in my comment above. My oldtimers disease strikes again!

Gordon82Wins
05/27/2009 11:13 AM
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I agree with most of the posters here in the sense that NASCAR’s main problem is disregard for fans intelligence. Is anyone fooled by resetting the points after 26 races? And the broadcasts continue to be awful, almost taunting fans, I dare you to give up watching the sport you love as we bombard you with beyond-ridiculous corporate shilling instead of racing. If NASCAR wants to see why their ratings are plummeting, they should be talking to viewers, not drivers. Drivers drive cars, not ratings numbers.

Dans Mom
05/27/2009 11:28 AM
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There is also a crop of fans out there who have short attention spans. They enjoy the chase because it does not require 10 months of following a sport, just 10 weeks. Similar to the popularity of the NBA Playoffs or the World Series. And the Superbowl; a one night event to crown the champion of the “football world”, is the most watched sporting event in the country. (Unless you count WRESTLEMANIA!!!!)

There is an argument to be made for 1) shortening races and 2)keeping the chase – as a shortened battle for the championship (maybe even shortening the chase to 5 races). As for the TV broadcasts, well, NASCAR has little to do with controlling that dribble. But Maybe Fox can add some pyrotechnics, hot chicks, and well, they already have the awful accents poor grammar and made-up words… that seems to work just fine for the WWE!!!

chase
05/27/2009 11:59 AM
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Great column – I know I am not the only one who knew that the outcome of the mtgs. held yesterday would be ‘all hail the party line’. The sport is tanking and tanking fast not only because of the greed of B. France and company, but also the lousy FOX TV coverage which continues to offend many, but also the fact that the drivers/team owners will not resort to tough tactics – if B.France were even a tad intelligent, he would listen to not only the owners/drivers but also the fans who miss what NASCAR used to be. Will it ever change? Not!

Lin Hunnicutt
05/27/2009 11:59 AM
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I find it interesting that Hendrick is looking at splitting up Earnhardt and Yuri, Jr. The problem as I see it is that Earnhardt is not that good of a driver and Yuri doesn’t have the balls to tell his driver to shut the heck up and drive the car and he will fix it.
I don’t know if we will see a crew chief change or the demise of Dale, Jr. being relieved of his driving duties with HMS.

Bill B
05/27/2009 12:17 PM
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NASCAR’s meetings always end up being lip service and nothing more.
At this point I would accept admission that the Chase and the COT haven’t worked out as well as planned but that it’s too late to go back. Just an admission of error, that’s all I want now. Unfortunately the ego of those in charge will never let that happen.

Re the 88 team, I doubt you will see Knauss or Latarte over there. You don’t break up teams running in the top 5 unless there is no other choice. If that happened, most likely you’d end up with two “top 15 teams” instead of a “top 5 team” and a “top 20 team”.

@MBV,
Can you at least give one example of something that NASCAR changed that, in your opinion, doesn’t work. Your totally positive defense of NASCAR is no more valid than those of us who can find nothing good to say.

Ann in DE
05/27/2009 12:38 PM
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M.B. Voelker, let’s not jump the gun here and demand apologies for anyone. The negative articles have all be justified and correct. Just because Nascar decided to hold a meeting doesn’t mean they’re going to listen to a soul. In an effort to bring back viewers, Nascar will put on a dog and pony show and then do what they damn well please. If and until they do something different, nothing will change. Monarchs do not give up power to peons, period.

Speedzzter
05/27/2009 12:52 PM
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NASCAR won’t listen . . . to the fans (the ones ultimately paying the billions for the “show”).

Here’s a few of the problems (and solutions):

1. The fans cannot identify with the cars anymore

Solution: return to production-based race cars and engines; dump the “common template” COT.

2. The fans cannot identify with the superteams

Solution: return to production-based race cars and dump the “common template” COT so that 100+ crewmen and engineers aren’t necessary to run a “Cup team;” Force the superteams to disclose all of their engine, chassis and body specifications to the public on the internet (which wouldn’t really be a problem with a more production-based formula) and to sell cars and engines to whomever wants to buy them (or require participating OEMs to sell turnkey NASCAR racers, similar to Ford Racing’s FR500 Mustangs); Ban the “big rig” transporters and put strict limits on crew sizes; institute a separate championship award for single car teams; Limit the number of chassis and engines that a team can use for a season (tracked with VIN numbers and permanent markings).

3. The fans cannot identify with all of the “riding instead of racing” and stroking.

Solution: return to production-based race cars and dump the “common template” COT so that there’s a greater possiblity of passing; cut the maximum engine size to 300 cid, require modern OEM production EFI V8s and allow production OHC/DOHC; change the points system to encourage more battling for the lead: payout prize money and points based on position at the 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 and full race distances.

4. The fans cannot identify with cookie-cutter tracks

Solution: fewer visits to the “McOvals;” protect the unique, historic “Wrigley Field’ tracks like Darlington, Martinsville, Bristol, Richmond and Dover; ban new ovals longer than 3/4 miles; Put more short tracks and wide road courses on the schedule; institute a “cup” class at the 24 Hours of Daytona.

5. The fans cannot identify with highway robbery ticket prices

Solution: Cut the prices; Get rid of the Camping World Trucks and the Nationwide Series and make all of the support series races run “cup-spec” cars; add more variety to events (i.e. “Roval” support or qualifying races for an oval “cup” event; run an event or two on dirt).

6. The fans cannot identify with rain delays and cheap, rain-shortened wins

Solution: Rain tires and windshield wipers. Red flag only torrential downpours. Cut the points and prize money awarded for rain-shortened races.

7. The fans cannot identify with single-file, “follow the leader” “racing”

Solution: Double file restarts or perhaps even Indy/WOO-style 3-wide restarts at some tracks; encourage development of an OEM production KERS system for “push to pass” power boosts; allow production-based six-speed transmissions with multiple top-gear ratios so that drivers will have an Indy-style option of a crusing gear and a passing gear.

8. The fans cannot identify with single car qualifying and the protected “Top-35” rule

Solution: Qualifying heats and fields inverted on season points.

9. The fans cannot identify with “Toyotas” in NASCAR

Solution: Limit the series to U.S.-Headquartered manufacturers and cars designed and built in North America; require current, production-based car engines (no truck engines; no “clean sheet” racing engines; no “common-template” engines).

10. The fans cannot identify with “the aero push”

Solution: return to production-based race cars and dump the “common template” COT; raise the ride height; reduce downforce and make the cars more dependent upon mechanical grip; reduce speeds at most tracks with smaller engines and reduced aerodynamic “slickness” (increased drag); return to harder bias-ply tires that produce fewer “marbles,” are more “forgiving,” and which will smoke when over-driven in the corners; force track owners to repave and/or prepare their tracks for multiple grooves.

Carl D.
05/27/2009 12:54 PM
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Bill B…

I agree with you about not splitting up top 5 teams, and you may be right even in this case, but when you have the most-popular driver and son of a Nascar legend in your stable, a guy who sells more souvenirs and race apparel and blue jeans and anything else he hocks on TV commercials, you do everything you can to keep that goose laying those golden eggs. At least it seems that way to me, though I admit I’m no businessman.

Michael
05/27/2009 12:58 PM
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I really don’t think the racing is all that bad . Many people who attend these races say they enjoyed the racing . And i suspect they did . The experience of auto racing in person far out distances tv or radio . But since most fans only see the races on tv , then i think we have to conclude that the tv broadcasts are bad , not the racing . There is passing going on every lap , i’ve been to the track and seen it . But i don’t see it on tv . There are great battles thru out the field , i been to the track and seen them . But they aren’t shown on tv .
Television , mostly FOX , is killing most peoples interest in Nascar because they do such a terrible job of broadcasting .
Its been said many times by many people , MB lives in a very unique alternate universe . Like Larry , Darrel , and Darrel , whatever MB says , you can pretty much bet its wrong .

Douglas
05/27/2009 01:45 PM
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Last year (at MIS) NA$CRAP held a special meeting to tell everyone SHUT THE F*** UP!

OR ELSE!

And early last year, NA$CRAP put together a “panel of fans” to provide input!

SILENCE! Not a peep from NA$CRAP on what this panel suggested!

Meanwhile, the crescendo in the written columns, and other venues, is DEAFENING on what was/is wrong with the sport!

He*l, NA$CRAP needs to do nothing except READ!

You mean they have not been “keeping in touch with their fans all this time”?

So what ploy are they using now for PR purposes?

The handwriting has been on the wall all this time! Even directly, as I, as I am sure many others have done, have written NA$CRAP DIRECT with my complaints and observations!

They know what the deal is!

AH, trickery is about to emerge!

Typical NA$CRAP!

But their pocket books must REALLY be hurting if they call a “special meeting for input” from the teams!

HOLY COW BATMAN!

wcfan
05/27/2009 02:00 PM
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M.B.
If nascar had been listening to The Fans for the last 5 to 10 yrs there would be know urgent need for this town hall meeting. When you sell a product as nascar does you need to make sure it is a product The Fans want, in the past couple of years fewer and fewer Fans are buyin the product nascar is selling. This past spring at Bristol the scalpers outside the track that I ask (4 or 5)were getting less then 1/2 face value for the tickets they had. This was a beautiful day and few people were looking for tickets. For those who think that people like myself who do not like the current producy should just leave. I ask you do you quit your job or end a freindship or marriage when the times get tough? No you try to work things out.

Bill B
05/27/2009 05:40 PM
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Reading Speedzzter’s post above I realize why NASCAR can’t listen to fans, no two of us agree on everything. I can only subscribe to a couple of Speedzzter’s points, the rest do not speak for me.

I have said this before, the lesson for NASCAR to learn for the future is not to make so many wholesale changes so quickly. A slow approach to implementing changes (other than obvious ones like safer barriers) would have allowed them to appraise the effects of each change and given fans a chance to digest them. Instead they ripped the guts out and totally changed the product.

SallyB
05/27/2009 06:53 PM
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In 2002 I finally got tickets to Bristol…the spring race. The next year, I got season tickets for both Bristol races. Some of the best, most fun entertainment I’ve ever seen. Then Nascar introduced the ‘chase’. All of a sudden, even at bristol, guys were more worried about not jeopardizing their top 10 (now 12) placing. The rest of the field didn’t want to beheld responsible for crashing anyone out of the top 10 (or 12), and suddenly Bristol became an “After you, Alphonse” race. Then, they repaved the track. Now bristol is like watching a race at MIS or California, only with more traffic. Last year I left the night race with 85 laps left to go. Three laps of beating and banging isn’t what bristol used to be. This year I won’t be attending either of the races there. And, I doubt if I will renew my season tickets. When you can’t count on bristol anymore, something is dreadfully wrong.

Kevin in SoCal
05/28/2009 01:14 PM
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Did you notice: The booth announcers mentioned that every driver and team was there to race the whole distance. Then 50 laps later the 09 pulls off the track due to a vibration.

GaryM
05/29/2009 11:45 PM
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How about this to make the racing better. Everyone who follows this stuff realizes it’s just morphed into a IROC series with the reason of curbing costs. My plan?
1. Eliminate templates. The only template should look like a shoebox, length, width, height. This would put some aerodynamic engineering back in place and wind tunnel tests would not look like everyone elses. You want a wing, great! You don’t, great! Splitter? Your call! If it fits in the shoebox you got it.
2. Yellow laps don’t count when the race gets to 10 laps to go.
3. If a yellow flag is going to last more than two laps, red flag the race. These clean-ups for debris or a car bouncing off the wall have gotten rediculous.
4. Shocks and gearing are at the pleasure of the engineers.
5. Cars should resemble the auto mfg. models. If crews complain about a aerodynamic advantage, take it up with your car mfg., not NASCAR.
6. And last, race in the rain like everyone else. Even mototcycles race in the rain. Bring rain tires if rain threatens. It adds to the strategy a team can use. Some of this could add inovations that we fans might find someday in the cars we purchase, like the old days.

 

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