By admin | June 26, 2011
By Richard Allen
Often times after a race held on the so-called â€˜cookie cutterâ€™ tracks words such as boring and parade are used by fans and media alike to describe the action. After NASCAR staged events for both its Sprint Cup and Nationwide divisions on road courses over this past weekend, those words of monotony were definitely not needed.
Just hours after the Sprint Cup race in Sonoma ended on Sunday I posed the question of whether there should be more road course events slated in the future for NASCARâ€™s highest profile series. The overwhelming response was that there should be more.
During or after both Saturdayâ€™s Nationwide race at Road America and Sundayâ€™s Sprint Cup race at Infineon Raceway there was no talk of aerodynamics or â€œracing the airâ€. Instead, there was talk of moves made on the track, of rivalries and of intense racing action. Those are the things that get fans excited and things too rarely mentioned after most racing weekends.
Even though Kurt Busch thoroughly dominated the Sprint Cup race, it was still entertaining to watch. Granted, the racing may not have been as â€˜pureâ€™ as true road racing enthusiasts might like. But I ask you, which was more enjoyable, NASCAR on the road course or a typical Formula 1 race?
As the Sprint Cup race unfolded, it became apparent that there were not enough pit reporters, cameras and microphones available to cover all of the stories that were sure to be discussed at the end of the event. Virtually everyone had some sort of beef with virtually everyone else. And a multitude of strategies and hard racing moves played out. Thatâ€™s quite a departure from the times in which reporters seem to be trying to invent topics for discussion during post race interviews.
And all that has been written above has not mentioned the wild finish in the Nationwide race on Saturday which saw its share of rough and tumble action as well as a controversial finish.
All in all, I would say this may very well have been NASCARâ€™s most entertaining weekend of the season, perhaps aside from Daytona.
Had I been in charge of NASCAR scheduling five years ago one of my first acts would have been to dump all road course races. More recently, however, I have very much changed my mind. What was seen this weekend may not have been pretty or textbook, but it was entertaining. And, it provided topics other than â€œracing the airâ€ to discuss in the coming days.
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