By admin | March 19, 2013
By Richard Allen
This season I have been asking my followers on Twitter and Facebook immediately after each NASCAR Sprint CupÂ race to offer a grade for that particular event using the traditional scale of A, B, C, D and F. By a wide margin, this past weekend’s Food City 500 at the Bristol Motor Speedway has scored the highest marks of the season so far.
The short track action apparently suited both those in attendance and those who watched on television as for the first time in 2013, there were more ‘A’ grades than any other.Â It has to be particularly rewarding to the track considering that changes were made to the racing surface last summer in an attempt to sooth fans who had been dissatisfied since a 2007 reconfiguration. This is also good news for NASCAR considering that last week’s race in Las Vegas did not receive a single ‘A’ grade from those who offered a score.
A total of 64 fans responded to my less than scientific poll. That is the highest number of respondents since the season opening Daytona 500.
In all, 39 people declared the race to be an ‘A’ on the grade scale. There had only been seven A’s given all together in the previous three events. And to keep with the above average theme, another 20 fans considered the race worthy of a ‘B’ grade.
Only four of those who graded the race gave it a ‘C’. This is important to note due to the fact thatÂ the average scoreÂ had been the most widely distributed grade to this pointÂ in the season. One person gave the race a ‘D’ and no one scored it as an ‘F’.
I am keeping the totals throughout the season and will, in typical school teacher fashion, issue aÂ six weeks report card when the time comes. This week certainly boosted NASCAR’s overall GPA. We’ll see if the momentum continues this weekend in California.
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