Nascar starts up again

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  1. ccrobinson

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    Nascar's 2009 Cup season gets off to a start tonight with the Shootout. There are some changes for the Shootout that I'm not terribly excited about.

    #1 - Who's in it again?
    The Shootout used to be a reward for pole winner's from the previous season. I found this on Nascar.com.

    28 cars are in the field, which means that not only the superstars and stars are in it, but also the field fillers. Having more cars in the field doesn't make it a better race. Sometimes, it's exactly the opposite. But, this isn't the worst problem with this year's Shootout.


    #2 - They're running how many laps?
    I can't find it anywhere, so maybe I'm wrong, but I remember last fall when Nascar announced that the last segment of the Shootout would be 50 laps. 50 laps? The last "segment" is going to take at least an hour to run. The last segment of the Shootout used to be exciting, but an hour long "segment" isn't exciting. I don't quite understand the idea behind this.


    There are a ton of articles and such, but I wanted to mention this article by Ed Hinton.

    Ed says,

    Someone finally comes around to what I've been saying for 10 years. In awarding more points to the winner, Nascar only fixed part of the problem with the points system. This fixes the other problem, namely that the risk of having a bad finish outweighs the benefit of going hard for the win.

    Again, Ed's on the right track, but the GWC isn't the problem. The problem is that there's no defined spot for the race to end. It can end anywhere at any time on the White flag lap. I don't like it and I never have. So, yes, they should fix this rule because I don't like it. In case you didn't realize, it's all about me.

    I'm actually very surprised that the TV networks haven't demanded this one to happen yet. I'm fine with this, especially for races at Pocono that seemingly last forever. While we're making changes, bring the Southern 500 back to Darlington. If they're concerned about the fans sitting in the stands during the heat of a South Carolina day, they can even run it at night.

    Works for me.

    Again, Ed's on the right track, but misses it. The right idea is to eliminate the lucky dog rule. I've always hated that rule. I prefer drivers to get laps back the old-fashioned way, by earning them.

    I'm not sure what kind of race recap you're going to get for the Shootout, because I'll be working while it's on, but the race season gets started. If there's one thing I'm hoping for this year, it's that The President of the Kyle Busch Fan Club abdicates his throne and acts like a professional.
     
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    NASCAR, a so-called "sport" that is a filler between football and baseball for anyone who don't like basketball (NBA and NCAA). :laugh:
     
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    Ahh, we have another visitor to a racing thread who feels compelled to make fun of racing [SNIP]. If you had said something like, "I don't like racing and think everybody who likes it is an idiot", I would have agreed that I am, indeed, an idiot. But, you said that it wasn't a sport, and I have a question for you.

    From dictionary.com:

    By using the above definition, how is it that you say that racing isn't a sport? Please be specific.

    [MODERATOR'S NOTE: This is a fellowship forum; let's remember that. Also, we've been down this road before about how NASCAR/Golf/Horse racing/whatever sport I don't understand or like/fill in the blank is not a real sport. We get nowhere, but it takes a long time to get there. So let's keep it short. Or not at all.]
     
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    I like basketball, which is why I don't like the NBA :thumbsup:
     
  5. pocadots1990

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    No offense intended. I was just kidding. I am not a NASCAR fan, but just wanted to make a joke.

    Sorry if I offended you.
     
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    NASCAR?

    What is this NASCAR you speak of?

    Something having to do with the Space program?

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    Just kidding. :thumbs:

    I dont follow NASCAR much at all.

    I actually dont have much interest in car racing, but what interest I do have would be the "Indy" style cars. To me if its car racing, make it a RACE CAR!!!

    Dont put a shell that looks somewhat like a normal car on a racing frame and call it a "stock car" race!

    That aint no stock car!

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    Besides, the Indy style racing has Danika Patrick.

    How can anyone not like Danika Patrick?

    If Nascar gets themselves a Danika Patrick I might tune in for a race or two. :applause:


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    Apology accepted, pocadots. :thumbsup:

    Nascar "stock cars" haven't been stock since the mid-80s at least. But, Narcar (national association of race car automobile racing) doesn't sound as good. ;)

    I like Danica when she sticks to racing and not posing for the SI swimsuit edition.
     
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    ccrobinson...

    Its the racing part I like about Danika.

    I agree with you about the swimsuit issue. I have never liked SI putting those "almost porn" issues out.

    And I didnt know Danika was in one. Sorry to hear that. I still like her, though.

    Do you think Nascar will ever have a woman driver?


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    Nascar has already had women drivers, but they just haven't done very well. Janet Guthrie's the most famous, but Shawna Robinson (no relation) was the most recent.
     

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