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That’s why NASCAR was right to allow for multiple G/W/C attempts

By admin | April 25, 2010


By Richard Allen

For whatever reason, a number of the people I follow on twitter do not like the use of multiple green/white/checkered finish attempts. A number of complaints were being lodged after the first attempt on the social networking service.

I have one simple question for anyone who dislikes the practice. Why?

The finish of Sunday’s Aaron’s 499 was one of the closest and most exciting in NASCAR history. Kevin Harvick passed Jamie McMurray with but a few feet remaining. Had there been only one attempt, we would have seen what had become an all too common anti-climatic freezing of the field and coast around to the finish after the first late crash. Instead, fans at the track and at home were treated to an incredible thrill.

If the argument is that multiple attempts cause the result to somehow be less than legitimate, then that argument went away some time ago. Phony debris cautions, lucky dogs, yellow line no passing zones and a myriad of other rules removed the legitimacy of wins long ago.

If the argument is that wrecks destroy too many race cars, that may be a bit more plausible. However, it is still the drivers driving the cars. They have no one to blame but themselves and each other for causing wrecks. It is not the fault of multiple G/W/C attempts that they crash.

NASCAR has made a number of decisions I do not agree with, but they do not consult me. However, the use of multiple G/W/C attempts are good for competition and most importantly, good for the fans. That matters more than the complaints of some media members on twitter.

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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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9 Responses to “That’s why NASCAR was right to allow for multiple G/W/C attempts”

  1. Bill B Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 8:47 am

    I don’t like the multiple GWC because they tend to negate the relevance of the first 450 miles by making the last several laps a reckfeset. It’s just too tempting to try something ill advised to gain a few positions on those final restarts. How many guys have run a clean race, stayed up front all race and then in the last few minutes get caught up in a GWC mess. All the GWC does is orchestrate an exciting finish.
    The GWC is just another example of the short-attention span, instant gratification culture we live in.

  2. Ritchie Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    the timing of the single car spin made me say “Nascar got their g/w/ch. What a joke. The racing was better, still not sure it’s racing though.
    And the sandbox dust up w/ gordon & johnson was very funny. LOL

  3. Ginger Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    I agree with Bill B for the very reasons he listed. In addition, at some point the owners who bear the expense of wrecked cars are going to get fed up. At a time when sponsors are few and far between, money is as tight as…I won’t go there…,testing has been forbidden at all racetracks Nascar runs, and S&Ps are increasing, why would Nascar come up with 3 G-W-Gs? I love the double file restarts, but when you add the 3 GWCs the expenses are adding up. Brian and his co-horts only have a few brain cells, and some of those are in non-working condition.

  4. JR Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    I have heard the GWC called Nascar’s version of overtime. Trouble is, all other sports use overtime when the score is tied at the end of regulation. In NASCAR, SOMEONE IS WINNING when they call for overtime. How is that fair or sportsman like. It is done to create excitement for the bored souls calling themselves race fans. It is for show, not for sport. We did not have exciting racing at Talladega, we had a very large, noisy performance that brought the crowd to it’s feet for three encores.

  5. Jim Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    I don’t know why they don’t increase the number of attempts. Say 8 or 10 . That way there would be a good chance that the final checkered flag would be for a foot race across the line, because all the cars would be wrecked.

  6. zhills fan Says:
    April 27th, 2010 at 5:25 am

    One g-w-c is enough. Race cars are too expensive to just put on a show which is what nascar is attempting to do to get some fans back, which they won’t with the economy the way it is.

  7. Mike Says:
    April 27th, 2010 at 10:46 am

    NASCAR’s GWC rule is a joke. Just think… if there had been a wreck on the 3rd GWC the great race at Talladege probably would have been lost in the shuffle of fans complaints.

    Here’s what you do…

    1 - 1 “overtime” that lasts 3 laps.
    2- Get the lapped cars off th track. Only cars racing

  8. Steve Says:
    April 27th, 2010 at 11:51 am

    I don’t like the GWC finish because they seem to be orchestrated by nascar if the racing at the end is boring. Also, what’s to stop a driver who is 3rd, 4th or 5th on the ensuing restart to punt someone out of the way to create another GWC to put them in better position for the next one.

    Its great for the fans but really makes the first 9/10ths of the race irrelevant.

  9. Ruckus Says:
    April 27th, 2010 at 11:51 am

    I agree with Bill B, JR, and Jim. All make good points.

    I liked the multiple GWC idea when it was announced but now that I’ve seen it in action I don’t like it. I give credit to NASCAR for trying to be responsive to fans but I think they went too far with this.

    Close finishes are great but you just can’t have one EVERY race. Not every football game comes down to a final 4th quarter drive. Not every baseball game ends in a walk off grand slam. Not every basketball game is won on a buzzer beater. In fact most of these games are decided well before the final minutes or the last out of the ninth inning. Not every end of a game/race is highlight materiel and that’s OK.

    Save the multiple GWC finishes for the All Star race.

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