Tag:Brickyard 400
Posted on: July 28, 2008 6:12 pm
Edited on: July 28, 2008 6:13 pm

The NASCAR spin zone

You have to give NASCAR PR an A+ for attempting to put a positive spin on the unmitigated disaster at Indianapolis Motor Speedway:

"With teams clearly responding to the challenges presented by tire wear during Sunday’s Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, the race produced a solid increase in green-flag passing compared to last year," the release stated.

Umm, yeah, nice try.

When a caution is thrown every 10 laps and the entire field is basically forced to pit for new tires each time, it does a couple of things 1) the pit stops oftentimes jumble the running order, putting slower cars ahead of faster cars as they use pit strategy in an attempt to gain an advantage and 2) the cautions bunch everybody back up into one group making passing easier, whereas with long green-flag runs, cars would be strung out leading, in turn, to less passing.

In almost all instances, excess cautions are going to lead to more passing during a race.

Here's a question for you though:

Would your rather have cautions thrown every 10 laps like we got at Indianapolis or an entire race without a caution?


Category: Auto Racing
Posted on: July 27, 2008 7:24 pm

Competition Caution 400

What a disgrace.

Anybody who tries to defend the debacle that took place at Indianapolis Motor Speedway needs their head examined. There is no excuse -- well no good excuse at least -- for the product NASCAR gave its fans on Sunday.

Having to throw cautions every 10-12 laps because the tires Goodyear supplied weren't up to snuff was utterly ridiculous.

Yeah, hindsight is 20/20. Well, you know what? When it comes to the second biggest event on the NASCAR calendar, foresight should be 20/20.

There are weeks and weeks of testing before the Daytona 500, how does the Brickyard, which had never hosted a COT race prior to Sunday, not warrant testing months in advance?

I put all the blame on NASCAR. Sure Goodyear failed to bring a tire that could hold up, but when it comes right down to it, it's NASCAR's show.  Officials shouldn't just shrug their shoulders and say this was a learning experience.

If I actually paid to attend that race  -- and there were 200,000+ who did just that -- I'd be livid.

NASCAR knows it dropped the ball. NASCAR knows intentionally throwing cautions every 10 laps is nowhere near what fans came to Indianapolis expecting.

It's one thing when there's weather or other extenuating circumstances out of NASCAR's control that leads to bad racing or a premature finish, but Sunday's calamity is all on NASCAR.

If NASCAR wanted to make amends -- and it should -- it would at least offer a partial refund (and not a discount off of next year's tickets) to any fans who paid witness to that disaster. But I wouldn't hold my breath.

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