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After Daytona’s 2X2 racing, are you excited about Talladega?

By admin | April 14, 2011


By Richard Allen

After the racing that took place this February on the first of NASCAR’s two restrictor plate tracks, the question of how much fans liked or disliked the new style of racing has to be asked as the series heads to Talladega.

Until earlier this year racing at Daytona and Talladega, site of this weekend’s Sprint Cup event, was conducted in large packs of cars that ride around seemingly looking for a place to have a major crash. That all changed during the 2011 Daytona 500. In part because of the resurfacing of the track but also because of work done by teams on the cars’ cooling systems, large pack racing was reduced to two car tandems.

Talladega almost certainly promises to deliver the same type of 2X2 racing which causes two tightly packed cars to propel themselves forward until the next pairing comes along to pass them. Daytona’s new asphalt made for a smoother ride which allowed the cars to more easily tuck one right under another. But keep in mind that it has not been so long ago that Talladega was resurfaced. So, the same type racing will most likely take place this weekend.

In Daytona the racing provided more lead changes than ever before on that track. Strategy became a critical component which created as much intrigue as any race in the history of NASCAR. At the end, the right moves had to be made at the right time or else any chance of victory would be lost. Trevor Bayne proved to be the driver who placed himself in the right place at the right time.

The racing in Daytona was exciting, but it was different. And sometimes, different scares some away. Those who like the big pack racing that Talladega has become so known for will not get much of that style on Sunday.

And more, as much as some may not want to admit it, there are a number of people who watch restrictor plate racing for the so called ‘big one’ or huge crash that was almost certain to occur with large numbers of cars racing in packs at high speeds.

Daytona did have incidents and there is always that possibility following restarts for a crash but as cars spread out in their 2X2 formations the chances of a ‘big one’ are lessened. To some, that may be a deterrent for attending or watching this Sunday’s race at Talladega.

For me, I think I prefer to watch the big pack racing for the simple reason that each individual driver has more control of his own fate in the sense that he can find the lane that is moving best and position himself in that lane but then decide to change lanes as another gains momentum. In the 2X2 racing each driver’s fate is completely tied to that of another driver.

However, I have to say that the chess match type strategy involved in Daytona was intriguing. While the racing may not be what is consider the norm, it does promise to be exciting.

I am looking forward to this race with a great deal of anticipation whether there are big packs or 2X2 racing, are you?

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5 Responses to “After Daytona’s 2X2 racing, are you excited about Talladega?”

  1. Steve Says:
    April 15th, 2011 at 10:32 am

    To be honest, I think the 2×2 creates more crashes because of the closing rates of the cars. Alot of 2 car accidents and one large one were because of closing speeds.

    I’m indifferent about the new racing at this point, but I am tired of hearing about how great the racing is because of the lead changes from Nascar, FOX and all the other Kool Aid drinkers. Most of the lead changes were out of necessity not because they were earned. Nascar spinning it as this great thing really turns me off to it.

  2. Bill B Says:
    April 15th, 2011 at 11:24 am

    “After Daytona’s 2X2 racing, are you excited about Talladega?”

    In the words of Juan Pablo Montoya… “Hell no!”.

  3. jerseygirl Says:
    April 15th, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    I hope Mikey won’t be in the race - how many wrecks was he involved in at Daytona?

    Personally I don’t like the 2X2 racing, but then again, I don’t really like RP races.

    I’m with Steve in saying that so far, I’m simply not that impressed with the racing and all of the “loop data” that people try and shove down our throats so we’ll think that all is wonderful.

    I have plans for Sunday so I probably won’t watch until the end of the race - up til then it’s simply about not getting caught up in someone else’s wreck anyway.

  4. Bob Tanner Says:
    April 15th, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    In a single word, “NO!” “Love bug racing turns me on not in the least. I don’t know what the correct term for it is but is surely isn’t “Racing,” or at least not racing as I was brought up loving. I plan on finding something enjoyable to do Sunday afternoon and not watch what we’re offered. This type of racing is even LESS enjoyable than enduring DW and Larry Mac’s silliness, and they set the bar pretty low.

  5. Randall Feinberg Says:
    April 17th, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    I don`t care for this 2×2 racing….. I used to love watching nascar. Bring it back..