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Predictable NASCAR script played out in Texas

By admin | November 5, 2012

By Richard Allen

If someone tuned in only for the final 20% of the AAA 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway that viewer might have thought he was watching one of the greatest NASCAR races of all time. Well, maybe that’s a stretch but the final laps were exciting to watch, especially when compared to the monotonous first 80% of the event.

Unfortunately, Sunday’s race in Texas has become more like the very predictable norm rather than the exception in modern day NASCAR. All the elements of what the sport has become were on full display in the ‘Lone Star State’.

First of all, the race started too late which made it seem as though it dragged on for too long as daylight was consumed by darkness. NASCAR and its television partners seem to remain convinced that later start times are beneficial even though the delay in getting races going gives the powerful NFL juggernaut time to hook the casual fan audience before the green flag ever waves.

And once the race began, the same tired themes began to surface. Aero-tight cars just logged lap after eventless lap with no passing and no excitement throughout the first 400 miles on yet another 1.5 mile ‘cookie cutter’ track. Long green flag runs interrupted by the occasional debris caution put pit stops and track position at a premium.

And every race that plays out in the way described above will end in one of two possible ways. Either a late race caution will come out to set up a dash to the finish that is sure to provide a much coveted SportsCenter moment or a fuel mileage coasting contest will decide the issue. In the case of the Texas race, it was the former that prevailed even though a fuel run seemed to be in the works with just over one full green flag run remaining.

And to cap it all off, late race circumstances once again played out in favor of Jimmie Johnson and his Hendrick Motorsports team. Shocking huh?

It’s like a bad script that keeps getting sequels made even though the box office returns diminish with each screening. This ’sport’ has become far too predictable.

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9 Responses to “Predictable NASCAR script played out in Texas”

  1. Russ Says:
    November 5th, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Kinda like Peanuts falling for the old football trick again isn’t?

    Remember 146000 people were there right? Maybe when they showed the stands being half deserted they were all gone to the. Concession stands.

  2. Tony Geinzer Says:
    November 6th, 2012 at 3:09 am

    I feel Bruton Smith has a point and if JJ walks off with the Chase, a lot of folks would go home angry and that would delete the chase down the road.

  3. midasmicah Says:
    November 6th, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Once again, nas$car is doing all it can to make sure Johnson the championship. I guess making sure JJ gets #6 is more important then retaining fans. This is sheer WWE manipulation, not racing.

  4. Dan Says:
    November 6th, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Simple, DVR the race and fast forward most of it then delete, not gonna waste 3 1/2 hours on this joke of a sport!

  5. Sue Rarick Says:
    November 6th, 2012 at 9:51 am

    I take a slightly different viewabout JJ winning another title. I think if Brad the ‘Eddie Haskle’ lookalike wins the title that after the first champ PR round people would rather sell their TV than watch Nascar.

    Maybe it’s just me but I find him to be a total phony. People still make fun of Lagano acting tough but it was Brad’s “DAD” that confronted Edwards, not Brad … so much for ‘Bad Brad’.

  6. jerseygirl Says:
    November 6th, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Yep, predictable and boring. The late start times are really stupid. I had things to do on Sunday and since I’m not excited about either Texas or the “chase”, I didn’t bother to tune in. The football games on TV were much better. I had trackpass on and was using twitter and the scanner feed to follow the race - until the audio went out on the scanners with 100 laps to go. Perfect timing! (joke). I was pretty ticked off about it since I really didn’t want to bother with TV.

    I’m not interested in watching Johnson win another 10 race trophy and so I doubt that I’ll watch much of the next 2 races either.

  7. Jesse Says:
    November 6th, 2012 at 10:03 am

    I agree with Dan and the drivers all they want to do is get on their private jets and get away from all those fans they could care less about, just watch them sign autographs.

  8. Wayne T. Morgan Says:
    November 6th, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Saw some people saying how good the racing was on saturday night with The World Finals. I have preached for years about how dirt racing is far more exciting and competive it is and over half the cost to go to including hotels!! DVR NA$CAR and go to see real racing! And they will sign autographs too!

  9. Mike Says:
    November 6th, 2012 at 11:40 am

    Look in the mirror, Bruton. You own 5 freakin cookie cutters. You killed North Wilkesboro (for which I haven’t forgiven) for another snoozer in New Hampshire. You ruined Bristol. You aid & abet the move to ‘markets’ not tracks. Listen to the fans we want:

    -Stock Cars (let me articulate it slowly S T O C K C A R S)
    -Southern 500 at Darlington on LABOR DAY
    -Rockingham and North Wilkesboro returned
    -Can’t speak for all but I want 1 less race at Charlotte, eliminate 2x stops at cookie cutters, get rid of Fontana altogether, eliminate 1x race at Michigan, add a race to Iowa (using an old Kansas date), eliminate the Brickyard completely & move to IRP, add a date to Irwindale (CA), …