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From a team standpoint, this was the best time for a rainout

By admin | March 28, 2010

By Richard Allen

Nobody likes rain at a racetrack and it is a major inconvenience for everyone involved. Teams, and most of all fans, lose out when a race gets postponed. However, if there had to be a rainout of any race on the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule, the Goody’s Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville was probably the best of options.

Next week is an off week for the series so teams will not be pushed to do a quick turn around to get to the next race. There is more involved than many people realize when it comes to getting from one race to the next. The loading and organizing of a NASCAR hauler is an extraordinary task which has to be done precisely so that all pieces, parts and tools will be in their proper place when needed.

In another way, a rainout in Martinsville as opposed to a faraway from Charlotte place like Texas or Michigan can be easily overcome by teams, in that crew members can be sent back home to do their normal Monday work with only those essential for race day being retained at the track. Of course, big teams such as Hendrick and Roush are better off in this respect than smaller organizations like Robby Gordon Motorsports.

The Sprint Cup Series will embark on a run of thirteen consecutive weekends of racing after the break of Easter Sunday next week. So for the teams, if there was to be a rainout this was the best time for it.

Unfortunately, while teams and drivers may be able to weather the storm all right, fans are the ones most troubled. Many will have to return to work on Monday and will miss an event they may well have planned for weeks to attend. And perhaps worst of all in these economic hard times, they may be out the investment of money they put into the race weekend that went bad.

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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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