By admin | March 4, 2010
By Richard Allen
So far, NASCAR has experienced a wide variety of oddities to occur in the early weeks of the 2010 Sprint Cup season.
As has been well documented, the Daytona 500 was halted twice for a pothole that showed itself in turn 2 during the late stages of the race. After a first fix, which turned out not to be a fix at all, a second patch was applied and the race concluded.
So, surely after that the NASCAR season had its strange occurrences out of the way for 2010, right? Well, not exactly.
The Los Angeles area is one of the driest places on earth, until NASCAR showed up. Actually, the winter months in southern California do receive rain but that type weather is typically not what people think of as being associated with LA. Rain interrupted the race proceedings at various times throughout the weekend at the Auto Club Speedway two weeks ago. The combination of iffy weather and poor attendance must have made NASCAR and its teams glad to leave the land of Hollywood.
There is one place that is definitely drier than Los Angeles, and that is Las Vegas. But guess what happened when NASCAR arrived? That’s right, the skies darkened and rain threatened the events of both Saturday and Sunday but eventually both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup events raced to their full conclusions.
But rain wasn’t the only oddity to strike in Vegas. The track’s caution lights took on a mind of their own. On two different occasions the yellow lights flashed when there was no reason for them to do so. Drivers and officials were caught in a bit of a quandary, not knowing for sure what had just taken place. Since some drivers raced on while others slowed down, there was more than a little confusion as to who should be lined up where.
This week, the Sprint Cup Series will take on the 1.5 mile track in Atlanta for the Kobalt Tools 500. After potholes, desert rain and crazy caution lights, who knows what odd surprises will be in store?
Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly columns appear in The Mountain Press and The Knoxville Journal.
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