This Week in NASCAR - Brickyard week part 1

7/21/14 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Blog Photo - This Week in NASCAR - Brickyard week part 1NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers and crews just had an off-weekend.  The Nationwide teams raced at Chicagoland, and the Trucks are gearing up to race on the dirt at Eldora Raceway.

Chase Ellliott won in the Nationwide race, while Tony Stewart returned to the Sprint cars and won.  

In the meantime, debate continued on the continuing efforts to adjust the cars and change the schedule.  The season is a long one, longer than any other sport.  NASCAR starts in February and the final race of the year is run in November.  That leaves teams with only three months off.  Of course, if you ask the drivers at this time of year, they say the season seems endless.  If you ask them in December, they can't wait for the new season to get underway.  Some drivers have travelled to Australia to continue racing, while others just resort to video system racing. 

With the formation of the team alliance, it doesn't seem that NASCAR will able to simply impose changes to the car without discussions, input and testing.  

But what about the schedule?  
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Someone, somewhere got the idea to ask Darrell Waltrip what he thought.  His answers might surprise you.

DW feels that NASCAR is at a crossroads.  He says they have made so much progress, but are still "running from" the sport that is the NFL.  DW proposes that we look at the Memorial Day weekend, and make a move to achieve that same kind of fan extravaganza.  After all, Memorial Day is a race fans dream! First, there is the F1 race from Monaco, followed by the Indianapolis 500, and finishing with the Coca Cola 600.  People talk about it for weeks before it actually arrives.

Why not use the NFL in the same way, says DW?  After all, the Daytona 500 is the Super Bowl of NASCAR, so why not run the Daytona 500 in the morning, and follow it up, on the same day, with the Super Bowl?

Certainly there are football fans who just don't like NASCAR, or racing of any kind.  And there may be a few racing fans for whom football does nothing.  However, in my experience, a sports fan is a sports fan.  Even if you are like Pat, and don't believe NASCAR is really a sport, or that NASCAR drivers are athletes, in my experience, most people recognize the physical effort it takes to drive a race car.  Most NASCAR drivers have some kind of workout regimen.  Gone are the days that a heavyweight like Jimmy Spencer can excel in the sport.  In fact, the only driver who could be considered a little heavier than optimum is, possibly, Tony Stewart.  
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But, I digress.  Along with running the Daytona 500 on Super Bowl Sunday, Darrell would like to see the season begin earlier in the year, and then end earlier than November.  He also wants to see teams travel to one area of the county and run all the races in that area one week after another.  For example, Phoenix, Las Vegas and California would run one week after another.  All the short track races would be run consecutively. In his mind, this would be a huge money saver for race teams.  

In my mind, this could also attract fans from areas outside of their home track.  I have always wanted to take a "racing holiday".  I've wanted to take a month and travel the circuit with the teams.  Having that circut be in Phoenix, Vegas and California would make that dream a little more realistic.  

Does this mean I'm in favor of DW's suggestions?   Not necessarily  There are parts of his suggestions I agree with, and think would be beneficial to the sport, but there are some other things I just don't see working.  

What about you?  What's your take on these suggestions?
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7/27/14   |   JenX63   |   33159 respect

Edwards leaving Roush, 2 years later than what everyone predicted, but still happening......

7/26/14   |   JenX63   |   33159 respect

Watched qualifying and well it's qualifying so nothing really "exciting". I felt bad for Jr who was obviously not happy, and the first clue was when he got out of the car, he made eye contact with NO ONE.....then of course the vultures descended and, well I like how Jr takes control, he slows down, doesn't answer to quickly. He showed some self restraint today, cause you could just see the fury in his body language.....Happy got the pole, Gordon sits along side him...really can't wait for this race.

7/24/14   |   JenX63   |   33159 respect

Debi_L wrote:
I don't care a bit about the All-Star race.  I like the lead up to the 500, but that's just cuz I love Daytona, and the more racing there the better.  I feel the same way about Bristol.

I'd do away with some of the boring tracks we visit twice.  If the racing isn't exciting, nail-biting, down to the wire bet-able, then we don't need to be there twice.  Some tracks, even once is a chore instead of a "can't wait".
I don't like the 500 and the SB on the same day.  Not one bit.  Each gets me excited in a totally differnt way, and grouping them together would end up making one less exciting for me. 

Shorten the season?  Sure.  I can't wait for the start, but ending it a month or even a month and a half earlier wouldn't disappoint me.  I have CFL and NFL and NHL.  I'd be happy.

Right there, only visiting a track once would shorten the season. Why do they have to visit some of them twice? Makes no sense.

7/24/14   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

JenX63 wrote:
Ok, I have thought on this and as a fan, I agree it is a long season. First issue to address would be qualifying for the 500. I would not miss the duels and all the mess that goes with it. It is a special race, but I feel you should get in on time like other races. I would also do away with "past champion" freebie. Have they done away with the "top 35"? Every year should be a fresh start, regardless where you finish the year before. I don't like the 500/Super Bowl idea. I like my SB all by itself. I do think grouping the races according to where they are held is a great idea. Starting earlier? Ending earlier? Would it really just be a week or two difference? I think so and really wouldn't make that big of a difference. Maybe they should consider doing away with all the "non-points" races. I really wouldn't miss them.

I don't care a bit about the All-Star race.  I like the lead up to the 500, but that's just cuz I love Daytona, and the more racing there the better.  I feel the same way about Bristol.

I'd do away with some of the boring tracks we visit twice.  If the racing isn't exciting, nail-biting, down to the wire bet-able, then we don't need to be there twice.  Some tracks, even once is a chore instead of a "can't wait".
I don't like the 500 and the SB on the same day.  Not one bit.  Each gets me excited in a totally differnt way, and grouping them together would end up making one less exciting for me. 

Shorten the season?  Sure.  I can't wait for the start, but ending it a month or even a month and a half earlier wouldn't disappoint me.  I have CFL and NFL and NHL.  I'd be happy.

7/23/14   |   JenX63   |   33159 respect

Ok, I have thought on this and as a fan, I agree it is a long season. First issue to address would be qualifying for the 500. I would not miss the duels and all the mess that goes with it. It is a special race, but I feel you should get in on time like other races. I would also do away with "past champion" freebie. Have they done away with the "top 35"? Every year should be a fresh start, regardless where you finish the year before. I don't like the 500/Super Bowl idea. I like my SB all by itself. I do think grouping the races according to where they are held is a great idea. Starting earlier? Ending earlier? Would it really just be a week or two difference? I think so and really wouldn't make that big of a difference. Maybe they should consider doing away with all the "non-points" races. I really wouldn't miss them.

7/23/14   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

JenX63 wrote:
Wow! Pat really doesn't think Nascar is a "sport"? I had no idea...kidding. I get where some folks would think that. Changes changes changes, I am going to think on it and come back, because this is a lot to take in. I had not heard DW's feelings on the matter, although I rarely agree with him anyway. I am so glad Cup racing is back this week though....

I have to work my dentist's golf tournament Sunday, but I'm really hoping the TV is gonna be on to the race!!

7/22/14   |   JenX63   |   33159 respect

Wow! Pat really doesn't think Nascar is a "sport"? I had no idea...kidding. I get where some folks would think that. Changes changes changes, I am going to think on it and come back, because this is a lot to take in. I had not heard DW's feelings on the matter, although I rarely agree with him anyway. I am so glad Cup racing is back this week though....