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 canâ€™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. â€œI am watching last night’s Sprint Cup race in Texas on my DVR. Am I going to need the Fast Forward button a lot?â€
The responses I got to my question were numerous and overwhelming in favor of using fast forward.
â€œEither that or No Dozeâ€ replied @frankp316. â€œIt’s the ONLY button you’ll need,â€ added @Csousis. â€œFast forward necessary unless you would like a nap!â€ declared @annforth. And my personal favorite, â€œYeah it was a race where you didn’t mind when they went to commercial,â€ 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 wasnâ€™t much to keep the attention of the viewers. When discussions of the wind become the center piece of a racing broadcast, there isnâ€™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 wasnâ€™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, Iâ€™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, Iâ€™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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