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After potholes, desert rain and crazy caution lights- what’s next?

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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8 Responses to “After potholes, desert rain and crazy caution lights- what’s next?”

  1. Gina Says:
    March 5th, 2010 at 8:45 am

    Atlanta will probably get snow!

  2. HildaBeachfront Says:
    March 5th, 2010 at 9:50 am


    Just maybe Brian France, Dr Black , Ramsey Postom will call a news conference and say…

    “We were very wrong in accusing Jeremy Mayfield of drug abuse. Somebody else’s specimin bottle was tested by mistake. Jeremy can race again.”

    Because??? They know that Jeremy is innocent, and that fans know this,Lots of fans don’t really care about racing anymore.

    They want to look better in the fans eyes, and get them comming back to the races.

    I hope this really happens !!!!

  3. midasmicah Says:
    March 5th, 2010 at 9:55 am

    One request for the Atlanta. No snorefest with total domination by Hendricks-Stewart. nas$car needs a race with competition and soon. Problem is this is the wrong track for that. I can only hope.

  4. Richard Allen Says:
    March 5th, 2010 at 10:01 am


    don’t count on your thing hapening.


    the way this winter has been in the south…could be.


    not a chance in… well, you know, of your thing happening(the press conference that is).

  5. Mrs. Goodman Says:
    March 5th, 2010 at 10:21 am

    Here’s a prediction for Hotlanta….

    Most empty seats so far, this season.

    The NASCAR ship is sinking.

  6. gopapa Says:
    March 5th, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    Maybe it’s time for NASCAR to seriously think about shortening the season. And the best way to do that would be to eliminate these early-season winter races.

  7. GG4JM Says:
    March 5th, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    I would love to see that press conference too Hilda!!!!!

  8. The Mad Man Says:
    March 5th, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    The better press conference would be one on CNN, FNC, ABC, NBC, MSNBC, and CBS showing Brain Farce doing the “perp walk” for Federal charges and a second one with a Federal Judge announcing Mayfield’s re-instatement and his ownership of NA$CAR.

    I second Mrs Goodman. The Titanic, I mean NA$CAR, is sinking fast.

    Maybe it’s time to turn Fontana into a shopping mall so the fans really can do some shopping there.