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?