By admin | August 2, 2009
By Richard Allen
I’ve been to several races like the one in Pocono that got rained out and it stinks. It makes for a difficult situation for everyone involved.
Fans have paid a lot of money and gone out of their way to attend. Many of those fans can not come back on Monday due to having to go back to work. It is especially tough to be walking out of a track with the sun shining knowing all that money, time and effort have gone for nothing.
The fans are the ones who suffer most after a rainout and that is unfortunate.
Teams are also put in a tough spot. They are faced with being one day behind schedule with a trip back to the northeast now less than one week away. Some crew members have to stay at the track while others must be sent back to the shop in order to put final preparations on the cars that will be loaded on the truck for Watkins Glen.
NASCAR is in a tough spot as well. They really had no choice but to call the race. Even though the sun was out when the decision was made, the track was not dry and was not going to get dry with enough daylight left to run the full race. They will be criticized but they made the only call they could have.
Some will no doubt suggest they could have waited a little longer and attempted to simply run to the halfway point. Had they done that there would have been no guarantee the weepers would have stopped weeping. Then, everyone would have sat there for additional hours and still not seen a race. NASCAR would have been criticized for making people wait. It was a no win situation for the sanctioning body.
There are more weepers than the ones on the track at the end of the day in Pocono.
With all that said, Monday races aren’t all bad. It gives something to look forward to on what is normally a day that often provides little to get excited about for most. Granted, many who want to watch will have to use the DVR (or for those of us not up with the times, the VCR).
There is definitely something to be said for watching a race on tape delay. No commercials means it can be watched in about half the time. And considering it’s a lengthy Pocono race, that can be a good thing.
Also, there is no pre-race banter to have to sit through. NASCAR says the race will start at 12:00. That is when ESPN will come on the air. There will be an almost immediate, ‘Gentlemen, start your engines’ rather than have the coverage start with drivers not even in their firesuits yet.
So, there are a few good points about racing on Mondays, but unfortunately, for those who will miss getting to see a race, those good points do not come close to outweighing the bad.
Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly column appears in The Mountain Press every Wednesday.
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