Friday, August 1, 2008

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Whining About Pocono Race Being 'TOO LONG'

Hey, Junior--why don't you reimburse all the fans who have bought tickets about 1/4 of their ticket prices, if the race is too long for you. Or, better yet, why don't you go and run your Whiskey River bar instead of racing, and free up a seat for someone who wants to RACE???

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Boreyard 400 - The Fix was in?

If ANYONE ever doubted that NASCAR could control the outcome of a race, the results of Sunday's debacle at Indianapolis Motor Speedway should effectively put those doubts to rest. This was a classic example of NASCAR controlling a race, from start to end. When the weekend started, NASCAR knew there would be major tire issues. Rather than let those multi-million dollar, well-paid prima donna teams run their own races -- those guys knew they'd need to pit every 10 laps or so -- NASCAR effectively and efficiently maneuvered the race and its outcome, while piously contending they were acting in the name of safety. In a situation like this, who else but the car in the first pit stall had a major advantage?

NASCAR has proven beyond a doubt that they can control how a race ends. We suspected it--now we know....

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Competition Yellows by NASCAR Turn Brickyard into Boreyard

NASCAR ought to refund the ticket money to every single person who attended the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis on Sunday (July 27). It is unfathomable that a NASCAR Cup race was run entirely under the issuance of 'competition yellow' flags. Apparently, NASCAR felt that the teams were incompetent to police themselves when the Goodyear tires were shown to be extraordinarily poor in performance on the track. NASCAR's answer? Throw a caution every 10 or so laps, to force the teams to pit and change tires. Amazing. This effectively turned one of the true gems on the NASCAR race schedule into a colossal deadly bore of a race. Add to that the unusually poor ESPN quality of transmission--several times the television screen went totally blank--and it all added up to NASCAR's version of Much Ado About Nothing.

It is not racing to run a 400 mile event stopping every 10-12 laps. This sets a new height of absurdity in NASCAR micro-management of racing. They should have let the race run. If a driver felt a tire was going down he certainly could have pitted to prevent damage or wrecking.

We thought we'd seen everything. Leave it to NASCAR to come up with yet another twist.