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Richmond provided racing that fans would like to see every weekend

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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11 Responses to “Richmond provided racing that fans would like to see every weekend”

  1. Sue Rarick Says:
    April 29th, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    I think the Nationwide race is what people who like “Beatin an Bangin” racing are talking about when they say that. Two drivers who want the win but are willing to do whatever it takes short of taking a cheap shot at the other car. Just a little bit of fender banging.

    Can’t really comment on the Sprint cup race because I was on my way to Belgium, but I caught some highlites and it looked like it was a decent race with a drama ending.

  2. Charles Says:
    April 30th, 2012 at 6:28 am

    The Sprint Cup race was not really that exciting, Edwards led over 250 laps I think! I did not get to watch the other races!

    It was like Martinsville to me, boring until the end when Nascar controverial called make it close in the end and masked a otherwise boring race!

    I am not a Tony Stewart fan at all…but Iam glad he called Nascar out with the seemly phatom caution flag..Fox and Nascar never showed us the debris…a big mistake…they have camera that could have pinpointed the debris…this is unacceptable!

    As for the Edward restart..Edwards probably jump the restart..but here again…they had him on the scoreboard as the leader…their ‘long distance” angles at showing Carl jump the restart was good…plus it looked like Stewart would have jumped the restart as well, if he had not spinned his tires….

    No the Richmond Sprint Cup race didnt provide the type of action I want to see every weekend…especially when the action is about a Nascar ruling instead of close racing!

  3. Bill B Says:
    April 30th, 2012 at 9:17 am

    That race could have ran caution free. However if it weren’t for the bogus cautions it would have been as bad as Texas and Kansas.

    There are several reasons people can point to - COT, tires, tracks, drivers, etc. - but I am really beginning to think it’s the chase itself. Everyone is so aware of points trying to make the chase that it affects a driver’s willingness to take a chance to gain a position.

    Prior to the chase if you were 100 points out by the 10th race of the season all you had to race for was wins. Now people are racing for top tens. I don’t know what the answer is but the racing has really lost it’s edge.

  4. Ken Says:
    April 30th, 2012 at 10:59 am

    It was not a race fans want to see. Did you see the stands and the ratings? It was a typical follow the leader race with a NASCAR manipulated “exciting” finish. The officiating was horrible and the excitement was artificial. The bobble headed booth monkeys did a poor job of telling us what was going on and the director did not show us the race.

  5. Dennis Says:
    April 30th, 2012 at 11:33 am

    SPEED’s broadcast of the K&N and Denny’s charity race was great. You got the cameras panned back enough that you saw loads of great racing. Then we got back to Telescopevision for Nationwide and Cup where they fill the screen with a shot of one or two cars. BORING!!

  6. Pamm in MI Says:
    April 30th, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Best race of the week was the K&N Series. Friday & Saturday night races were boring-no action. Friday night’s ending was good, but good endings does not a race make.

  7. Gregory D. Howe Says:
    April 30th, 2012 at 11:48 am

    The K&N Series race was by far the most compelling show of the weekend, just as great as the Rockingham truck race that featured constant battling every lap throughout the contest. The Nationwide race held my interest but was a little more sedate, fortunately we spared any of the mishaps normally brought on by the likes of Scott and/or Wallace. My wife mentioned to me that if Carl Edwards hadn’t led so much of Saturday’s event she would have found it relatively boring. I was kept entertained by watching Kurt Busch divebomb his piece through one and two, talk about a one man show!

  8. mike Says:
    April 30th, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    YES the Nationwide race was good competition, the tv was WOW which made it much better to watch & listen. Oh, wow=withoutwaltrips. The cup race was not the controversy the media makes it! The 99 KNEW who the leader was & has options if he really is in doubt. The crew chief does too, right in his pit! Neither was talked about, until after the early start didn’t work. The last yellow is more than suspect. I guess showing who threw the water bottle is a little much to ask of Fox, if they won’t even show the bottle after the fact. Numbered items & such have been mentioned before.

  9. Wayne T. Morgan Says:
    April 30th, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    I will vote for ending WOW anytime, the K&N race was very good and it seems like the lower classes of NA$CAR are always better including Trucks. Points? I think so and for cautions we have to live with it as NA$CAR slipped up last few races but made up for it this past week. Simple, when someone jumps the start for whatever reason throw caution line up again and go, if another jump happens send to the back. That way it will be even for all i.e. spinning tires gear shift or sucker play. Is That Too Simple??

  10. Tony Geinzer Says:
    April 30th, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    I would beg for mercy,Rich, why not reinvite Nashville and N Wilkesboro to Weekly or ARCA and I know I hate to use such a mannerism, but, let’s see Hickory in Nationwide again, not So Cal?

  11. Charles Says:
    April 30th, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    The Fox crew didnt use to have a problem showing digger..but not a water bottle in which should have not caused the caution…

    But the real problem with Nascar is points racing ….I know I have been saying it a long time…but to me its true…until Nascar starts making the race more important than the Chase…Nascar racing will be hardly exciting…

    You see when they start a race…”finishing” is foremost on their mine…then if the car is good ..they might chance going to the win at the end! They are already looking down the road to the next race..when they are at the present race!

    Paying more money or points to lead laps at the races..something to “put a rabbit” so to speak in front of the drivers need to be done!

    Fans dont go to see points racing …they want action…

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