By admin | April 29, 2012
By Richard Allen
To hear some tell it, fans who do not like to watch boring high speed parades around 1.5 mile cookie cutter tracks have a blood lust for wrecks and won’t be satisfied until there is a massive crash in every race. However, I would suggest that such is not the case.
While wrecks may sometimes be the byproduct of intense racing, my sense is that fans who often complain about modern day NASCAR simply want the intense racing and the ensuing drama that goes with it. This weekend in Richmond provided three consecutive nights of exactly that.
On Thursday night, the drivers of the K&N Pro Series East got a rare opportunity to show their stuff to a live national television audience. And show their stuff they did. After a night of exchanging positions throughout the field, Brett Moffitt beat out Chase Elliott and Corey Lajoie in a fender banging battle for the win.
Friday night’s Nationwide Series contest picked up right where the K&N event left off. After Kevin Harvick led much of the way, Kurt Busch assumed the top spot late in the race and then held off a hard charging Denny Hamlin at the finish line by mere inches.
Saturday’s Sprint Cup 400 lapper capped the weekend with all sorts of late race drama. Often controversial Kyle Busch returned to victory lane for the fourth consecutive year in this event. But that did not tell the whole story.
The last 100 laps were filled with things to talk about. There appeared to be a little gamesmanship between the pit crews of Jimmie Johnson and Paul Menard. Carl Edwards was black flagged for jumping a restart in a penalty that will no doubt be debated this week. And, Tony Stewart’s pit crew didn’t have their best stop when it counted most and their driver let them know about it.
Now that is not to say NASCAR needs to create controversy with mysterious late race cautions or scoring errors(more to come on those subjects later).
And add to all that , late in the race NASCAR’s most popular driver, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., made a strong bid to end a losing streak that has been going on since 2008.
It’s not wrecks people necessarily want to see, it’s close competition and drama. This past weekend in Richmond provided those things.
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