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The fast forward button on the DVR was made for races like Texas

By admin | April 15, 2012

By Richard Allen


On Saturday night I covered a dirt late model race at the Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tennessee. And since I can’t be in two places at once, I had to watch the NASCAR race from the Texas Motor Speedway on a delayed basis the next morning by use of my DVR.

Knowing that the race had gone with long green flag stretches, I posed a simple question on Twitter before I began watching. “I am watching last night’s Sprint Cup race in Texas on my DVR. Am I going to need the Fast Forward button a lot?”

The responses I got to my question were numerous and overwhelming in favor of using fast forward.

“Either that or No Doze” replied @frankp316. “It’s the ONLY button you’ll need,” added @Csousis. “Fast forward necessary unless you would like a nap!” declared @annforth. And my personal favorite, “Yeah it was a race where you didn’t mind when they went to commercial,” by @ItsAllDavey.

As I watched for myself, the racing was not necessarily horrible. But as is so often the case with modern day NASCAR racing, there was no real excitement. Much of the passing that was done took place as a result of one driver realizing another driver was a little faster and simply pulling down and letting the other guy go by.

In other words, there just wasn’t much to keep the attention of the viewers. When discussions of the wind become the center piece of a racing broadcast, there isn’t much happening in the race itself. The longest green flag session ever for a Texas Sprint Cup race did not make for much intrigue.

Ultimately, this piece was not written to say that there should be more fake debris cautions to bunch the field or that the race wasn’t exciting because there were no wrecks. It is more about the fact that with every driver driving essentially the same car at essentially the same speed there will never be much passing. More setup choices and differing tire compounds could make even the longest green flag sessions exciting.

Also, I’m not sure the television coverage does the best job of showing the racing on the track. Tight shots and focus on particular individuals rather the racing in general does the show no favors in my opinion.

After the intensity of Martinsville and its high drama finish, the Texas race was a momentum killer.

All in all, I’m glad I decided to go to the dirt race and chose to watch the Sprint Cup race on DVR. As many of my Twitter followers suggested, the fast forward button came in handy.

Click on the link to listen to my Audio Podcast-> Was the Texas race boring?

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14 Responses to “The fast forward button on the DVR was made for races like Texas”

  1. Charles Says:
    April 15th, 2012 at 11:17 am


    Wait just a minute…Martinsville..until the last caution flag, was just as boring as Texas!

    Just because it was a short track doesnt always mean the racing it good!

    At Martinsville the Chevys of Hendricks Jeff Gordon lead aprox 85% of the race…I have been to Martinsville for the last 5 years…and unless you are a Hendrick or Chevy was a boring!

    Only did the last caution at Martinsville mast a boring race!

    Now I agree Texas was boring….Good to see Greg Biffle get a win though…

  2. Richard Allen Says:
    April 15th, 2012 at 11:31 am

    I disagree.

    Martinsville was a much better race than Texas, last caution or not. More traffic, more passing and less sero push.

    And even without a late race caution, there would have been a late race pass for the lead.

  3. Offkilter Says:
    April 15th, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Charles, your Ford boys are just gonna have to cowboy up on the short tracks. Texas was a snoozer and if you think martinsville was even on the same planet in comparisons, this is gonna be a long, dissapointing season for you.

  4. Charles Says:
    April 15th, 2012 at 2:35 pm


    If racing is about passing…then when Gordon led over 300 laps, Johnson I think lead over 130 at a 500 lap race!

    It comes to the fact who you pull for!…and what brand you pull for…

  5. Sue Rarick Says:
    April 15th, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    I got hung up adding a second sound card in my studio computer and kept track of the race on my netbook. When I saw that nobody was changing positions I decided I might as well work on some projects instead. And from all the comments I’ve read I made a wise call.

    I think your right Rich. The cars have become so much alike it’s just made the racing boring.

    From the way it’s gone so far this season I can only see about 5 races I’ll bother looking at. I’ll depend on people like you to read about the other races.

  6. Russ Says:
    April 16th, 2012 at 8:15 am

    You just described the problem with Nascar today perfectly:

    “But as is so often the case with modern day NASCAR racing, there was no real excitement. Much of the passing that was done took place as a result of one driver realizing another driver was a little faster and simply pulling down and letting the other guy go by”

    Agree with the other posters that Martinsville only became “exciting” as a result on events that shouldn’t have happened.

  7. midasmicah Says:
    April 16th, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Texas was, quite honestly, the worse race I’ve watched since the INDY debacle a few years ago. I fell asleep towards the middle of the race. And Martinsville wasn’t any better unless you’re a Hendricks fan. And now we’ve got Kansas to forward to. Oh boy!!

  8. Michael in SoCal Says:
    April 16th, 2012 at 9:57 am

    The racing at Texas was abysmal. The mile-and-a-half tracks (and the 2 milers, plus Pocono & Indianapolis) are what is killing Nascar. These tracks get the cars too spread out. Occasionally, these tracks have good racing, but all too often, they don’t. Rockingham was a bit of a parade as well, but with a smaller track, there usually was traffic for the parade to navigate through, making for a better race.

  9. Sue Says:
    April 16th, 2012 at 11:49 am

    First….Martinsville racing was great. Lots of passing and good racing… but….Second…Fox only showed the front of the grid so the TV people didn’t get to see the good passing and racing. Fox has a thing with the front of the pack and tight shots. And DW will not be quiet. Maybe if we all tweeted him all night he would be reading the tweets and not talk so much.

  10. Wayne T. Morgan Says:
    April 16th, 2012 at 11:52 am

    NA$CAR fans and writers are as fickle as a group of ole’ Ladies. First you bitch about too many cautions and now you bitch because there were two and a record pace race was run. Gordon didn’t have any trouble coming through the field as did a few others so why bitch unless your car wasn’t fast enough to make it up front. I thought racing was gettin out front and keeping the lead while the others made changes and chased him down. Now if you want to sleep watch F-1 and if you like action go to your local dirt track and watch real racing without politics and all the front men telling you wat to think. Oh and ever-changing NA$CAR rules.

  11. Dan Says:
    April 16th, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    And I thought M.I.S. was boring, on the other hand after all my naps saturday night I was well rested to watch the truck race sunday, and that wasn’t much better!

  12. Dan Says:
    April 16th, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Hey Wayne if its boring its boring, I’m not gonna sit here and pretend the race was something that it wasn’t, and after they made the double-file restart rule the more cautions the better!

  13. The Mad Man Says:
    April 17th, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    There were 4 problems with Saturday night’s race. One is it was at one of the cookie cutter tracks which have proven that they bore the fans to sleep. The second is all the cars are the same, just like the IROC cars from days of old. Then you have the poor commercial presentation being interrupted by a few shots of a car or two on the track before showing more commercials. Then you have the poor commentary to go with what was shown on TV. The problem with the wind was it was all being generated from the Fox announcing crew.

    Compare that to the IndyCar race on Sunday. Lots of action there. No continued cheerleading or product shilling for one manufacturer or fuel or tire provider from the announce team. Good shots of the cars racing even though it was on a street course. Great analysis of the wrecks. No excuses being served up from the announce crew for a driver error or mistake. It was a nail biter because of the way pit and driver strategy played out. Can’t say the same about Texas.

  14. erik Says:
    May 17th, 2012 at 11:12 am

    I agree man, it’s hard to watch NASCAR with the caution flags and commercials. I saw you talk about recording and watching the next day, and there is some cool new technology out there that automatically skips commercials for you. I have Dish, and a Dish coworker told me the Hopper Whole Home DVR now comes with the Auto-hop feature. This lets you set your DVR to automatically skip commercials for anything recorded using the Prime Time Anytime feature. It’s very cool to not have to manually fast forward through, and for all the rest of the slow times you still have the normal FF feature. This is very beneficial for me, as I am always crunched for time and need to speed things up when watching my shows.