YELLOW,YELLOW,YELLOW …and blue skies

Well, probably better that we had a sunny race so we could see the yellow better. It seemed to be the usual race for the season so far — good racing early, then the boring bits, then a pretty exciting chance to see which Hendrick car would be the victor.

Boy, talk about your potential ‘black helicopter’ theory — what is it with the COT and Hendrick?! Are they that good? Well apparently so.

Overall, well done Richmond

BTW: Let’s give some kudos to others who aren’t getting much air time — such as Ryan Newman and Dave Blaney.

On another note…

A few columns back I called for a “return to yesterday” with regards to tracks. Of course next Saturday night the COT will meet the Lady in Black and if the cars are as hard to turn there as they were here you will need a dayglo yellow flag.

Now, it’s time to show some respect for the drivers and to drop some rules. Let’s do away with –right now — both the champions provisional AND setting the starting grid by owners points. While our race commentators noted who didn’t make the JSCR 400 (wow, that must be awfully tough for DW), they failed to mention the actual qualifying speeds of those cars. Personally if I were 40th fastest and was bumped by a slower car having higher ‘owners points’ I would be, well … I would not be happy. For that matter why not tell only 43 cars to show up or better yet take the several who don’t make it and tell them if they don’t make it six races in a row then they should just come back next year.

Hey, at least NASCAR’s carbon footprint would shrink …

That’s the view from here.

Michael

JUST WHAT IS NASCAR’S CHALLENGE?

Writing in his NASCAR.com column last week, David Caraviello shared his views on “NASCAR’s real challenge” — not TV ratings or ticket sales. Rather, “fan base” is the real problem: the disparity between “traditional fans” (spell that “old timers”) and the “new fans” (see “chardonnay” in your dictionary).

Caraviello suggests that the traditional fans need to understand the need for NASCAR to change in order to continue to grow while new fans need to realize that those who came before see NASCAR not simply as a sport but as a “prized heirloom passed from one generation to the next”. Thus, traditional fans need to accept the “car of today” and that NASCAR will continue to evolve and new fans must understand that a Saturday evening or Sunday afternoon is more than just entertaining clients.

I would like to inject my opinion on what else constitutes the “NASCAR challenge”: NASCAR’s inability to reconcile its desire to “keep racin’” with placating its financial supporters. What do I mean, you ask? A couple of days ago Juan Pablo Montoya was fined $10,000 and placed on Busch Series probation until December 31 for making an obscene gesture during Busch Series practice. NASCAR stated that he was in violation of Section 12-4-A of the Busch Series rules book: “actions detrimental to stock car racing”.

Let’s get real here children! Anyone reading this blog is probably guilty of “actions detrimental” to their offspring riding in the family car when someone cut them off in traffic!

I doubt most followers of NASCAR were even aware of JPB’s adolescent behavior — or care! The problem is NASCAR’s inability to understand that driving 160 mph oftentimes leads to tempers flaring. NASCAR’s desire to be non-controversial in order to keep sponsors happy has led to “too much grease on the squeaky wheels” and way-to-many trips to the wood shed. If NASCAR wants to fill the grandstands and increase TV viewership, it needs to be less concerned with “regulatin’” and more concerned with “good ol’ racin’”. What do you think?

(By the way, I prefer cabernet.)

Jon