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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