Saturday, October 14, 2006

Let's stop talking about what's wrong with racing and look at ... well, the racing

So I am watching the end of the Busch Series race from Lowe’s Motor Speedway at Charlotte Friday night and I find myself wondering about something.
Every couple of days or so, I get an e-mail from a NASCAR fan or read something on a bulletin board about how the guys racing at the top level of stock-car racing don’t race as hard as people used to race.
Really? I wonder what races they’ve been watching lately.Jeff Burton and Matt Kenseth at Dover? Brian Vickers, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. at Talladega? Casey Mears and Carl Edwards and then Dave Blaney and Kenseth in the Dollar General 300 at Charlotte?
I think it’s time we stopped talking about what’s wrong with racing for just a minute or two and say a word or two about what these guys have been up to.
I would suggest we start with "Wow."
The fact that the first and/or second place cars have wrecked three times in the waning laps in the past two NASCAR races – the Vickers-Johnson-Earnhardt Jr. incident at Talladega and the Edwards-Mears and Blaney-Kenseth ones in the Busch race Friday night – tells me that some drivers in race cars these days care a whole lot about finishing first.
This is not about saying who did what or who said what or who’s mad at who. Forget all of that middle-school drama. What I want to appreciate for a minute here is the sheer "want-to" factor that has been on display.
Yes, Vickers made a mistake at Talladega and Mears made one at Charlotte, taking out guys who were leading races. But they both made those mistakes going for wins, and race fans ought to be happy to at least know that’s what they were trying to do.
Blaney and Kenseth went door-to-door for the win in the Charlotte Busch race, just like Kenseth and Burton did in the Cup race at Dover. Kenseth eventually ran out of gas at Dover and he wrecked trying to hold on to win at Charlotte, but don’t tell me that son of a gun doesn’t hang it out trying to win.
Let’s also pause a minute to brag on Dave Blaney. He’s been running markedly better in the Cup races lately and his win at Charlotte was an example of things finally falling his way. Here’s a word of warning to those of you who don’t think Toyota’s Cup driver roster in 2007 looks all that formidable. Give Blaney race cars with the kind of financial and engineering support Bill Davis Racing is going to get from Toyota and you might be surprised at how that teams winds up running next season.It’s late Friday night – actually, early Saturday morning – as I write this. The Bank of America 500 at Charlotte could wind up being a runaway snooze fest, but even if that happens it wouldn’t change the fact that race fans have seen some pretty cool stuff in the past few weeks.
I just thought that was something I should point out.

16 comments:

-SPK said...

I believe that people see what they want to see, and after the 3 red flags last night I saw one amazing run for a win!

All drivers should want it as bad as Blaney and Vickers (last week) wanted it - and I think we'd be watching different races. Did you see the happiness in Blaney's eyes in victory lane? I haven't seen that kind of raw emotion in a long time.

If that was Kenseth in victory lane (again) he would have mumbled a little bit about crew and said it was a great race - but I would have gone to bed saying "Ho hum."

Not last night!

KenP said...

The last two races have been great! More like in the 80's when things happened and not just yawn-fests we have endured the last few years. Drivers take other drivers out, that happens, but standing up the last laps of to watch a race on TV is racing! Let's hope for a good one tonight.

Monkeesfan said...

I've been watching racing for over two decades and the complaints about drivers not racing hard have a lot of validity even with Dover's surprising finish and the always-superior competition we see at Talladega.

While we've seen some surprising finishes lately - from Jeff Burton's rally at Dover to Cale & Donnie Redux at Talladega to Dave Blaney's Charlotte BGN win - for the most part the racing over the last 25 years has not lived up to its potential. Talladega has averaged over 40 lead changes a race this decade, and this is supposed to be the norm for all the tracks.

Certainly ten wrecks and three red flags - one for a scoring screwup that sounds like yet another reason to drop freezing the field and go back to racing to the stripe - at Charlotte's Busch bash isn't a lot of people's idea of a great race.

As for drivers making mistakes while going for wins, we need to stop pretending that this was the case with Brian Vickers at Talladega. Matt Kenseth losing it off Four at Charlotte is a mistake; Ernie Irvan plowing through the quad-oval grass going for the win in the 1994 All-Star Race was a mistake. What Vickers did was a cheapshot.

Yes there has been some surprisingly good racing the last several weeks, but it remains the case that what we see at Talladega is supposed to be the sport's norm, not the exception.

Gvav1 said...

DP...

Thank you! I'm so tired of so many people holding on to yesterday, not just in racing but in general.

Nascar is great...just enjoy it fans!

ezrider714 said...

Well, when you look at the racing it is pretty plain to see why all the talk is about what's wrong with it.The races you refer to use to be the norm,now there the rare exception.Wins mean so little now in the overall scheme of things that the basic concept of having a race has been turned upside down. That is just not GOOD Racing.

okla21fan said...

"good ole days" syndrome lives!

(and ESPN broadcasts were 'better' back in the day as well. riiiiiiight. ESPN had just as many comercials, missed just as many restarts, had announcers that 'spoke' by never really added to the race coverage, and so on)

the product on the track today is just as competative as is was 30 years ago. (maybe more, since now 25 cars have a legitimate chances to win each week, instead of 10 or so from 30 years ago)

okla21fan said...

ezrider714 said...
"Wins mean so little now in the overall scheme of things that the basic concept of having a race has been turned upside down."

Just looking at the driver with the most wins this season. Khane is in 8th in Chase points and 160 back with 6 season wins. Under the old system he would be 10th in the points and 595 points back. So to say the any 'old' system rewarded wins doesnt hold much water either.

Monkeesfan said...

With the Winston Cup cars idle Sunday, other areas offered racing for fans to sample, and NASCAR's oldest touring division saw the deciding blow of its championship season in stunning fashion.

clemenson1 said...

I would agree the Busch Race Friday was the best race since the 2004 Spring Darlington Race with Craven and Busch going at it. I would also like to say these races usually have your average drivers (not to say Blaney and Craven aren't great) in average cars working their tails off to beat better equipment or drivers. Mears flat out drove the wheels off that car on Friday Night before he wiped it out. Blaney did the same a few laps later to win. I watch the ARCA race on Sunday and watch Craig Kinser and Steven Wallace do the same in the last ten laps. It always fun to watch the two guys going bonzi to win a race. In the cup series I only see Jeff Burton and Dale Jr. "drive it like you stole it" mentality to win in the chase. I lot of other driver show this so don't get me wrong. But in the chase it mainly been these two drivers. You heard the conversation Chad K. told JJ don't go after him let perserve a good finish. Chad advice came a week to late as well. But to get back to the cup series there is more points racing going on which the smarter drivers will often settle for good finish and not go after the win like an average driver. Finishes are always better when driver have nothing to lose or everything to gain. That's when racing is fun to watch.

Anonymous said...

i dont think the discrepancy between the racing of yesteryear and today has to do with the drivers and their desire as much as it has to do with the cars.

In years past, the cars were "Stock" cars that were ratcheted up a notch or 2 for racing. I beg you to find a legitimate part on the Chevy, Ford, or Dodge that you can get on your monte carlo, fusion, or charger...

And in that time, the uniqueness of the cars has gone away. Because the cars were stock, you bought a Chevy or Ford on Monday if you were a Chevy or Ford fan. Now, nobody cares. Its not a Ford engine, its a Rousch engine. Its a fabricated body, not a Dodge body.

Stick em all in Hudsons and Fords and see what happens!

Monkeesfan said...

anonymous, you're partly right, though the racing in the 1970s and a good portion of the 1980s was great with racecars that had long since evolved to pure racing machines. Thast the racecars evolved into pure racecars per se isn't the problem as much as having too much - too much horsepower, too little tire, and a weakened draft.

As for driver desire, the points-racing mentality of the last 20-plus years is part of the issue; the reward for racing regardless of finish has also dulled desire by drivers to go for the win; the incentive to fight harder to win just isn't there.

Mike said...

I totally agree with David regarding Blaney. Aside from Jarrett's provisional, Blaney is the only Toyota driver inside the top 35. That alone gives BDR a huge head start. They also have Mayfield essentially an R&D driver for the rest of the year working on the new Camry. BDR is definitely in the best shape of the Toyota teams. I can see Blaney's team making a run at top 15 in the points.

Anonymous said...

福~
「朵
語‧,最一件事,就。好,你西.........................................................................................................................................................................................

Anonymous said...

豆豆聊天室 aio交友愛情館 2008真情寫真 2009真情寫真 aa片免費看 捷克論壇 微風論壇 大眾論壇 plus論壇 080視訊聊天室 情色視訊交友90739 美女交友-成人聊天室 色情小說 做愛成人圖片區 豆豆色情聊天室 080豆豆聊天室 小辣妹影音交友網 台中情人聊天室 桃園星願聊天室 高雄網友聊天室 新中台灣聊天室 中部網友聊天室 嘉義之光聊天室 基隆海岸聊天室 中壢網友聊天室 南台灣聊天室 南部聊坊聊天室 台南不夜城聊天室 南部網友聊天室 屏東網友聊天室 台南網友聊天室 屏東聊坊聊天室 雲林網友聊天室 大學生BBS聊天室 網路學院聊天室 屏東夜語聊天室 孤男寡女聊天室 一網情深聊天室 心靈饗宴聊天室 流星花園聊天室 食色男女色情聊天室 真愛宣言交友聊天室 情人皇朝聊天室 上班族成人聊天室 上班族f1影音視訊聊天室 哈雷視訊聊天室 080影音視訊聊天室 38不夜城聊天室 援交聊天室080 080哈啦聊天室 台北已婚聊天室 已婚廣場聊天室 夢幻家族聊天室 摸摸扣扣同學會聊天室 520情色聊天室 QQ成人交友聊天室 免費視訊網愛聊天室 愛情公寓免費聊天室 拉子性愛聊天室 柔情網友聊天室 哈啦影音交友網 哈啦影音視訊聊天室 櫻井莉亞三點全露寫真集 123上班族聊天室 尋夢園上班族聊天室 成人聊天室上班族 080上班族聊天室 6k聊天室 粉紅豆豆聊天室 080豆豆聊天網 新豆豆聊天室 080聊天室 免費音樂試聽 流行音樂試聽 免費aa片試看A片 免費a長片線上看 色情貼影片 免費a長片 本土成人貼圖站 大台灣情色網 台灣男人幫論壇 A圖網 嘟嘟成人電影網 火辣春夢貼圖網 情色貼圖俱樂部 台灣成人電影 絲襪美腿樂園 18美女貼圖區 柔情聊天網 707網愛聊天室聯盟 台北69色情貼圖區 38女孩情色網 台灣映像館 波波成人情色網站 美女成人貼圖區 無碼貼圖力量 色妹妹性愛貼圖區 日本女優貼圖網 日本美少女貼圖區 亞洲風暴情色貼圖網 哈啦聊天室 美少女自拍貼圖 辣妹成人情色網 台北女孩情色網 辣手貼圖情色網 AV無碼女優影片 男女情色寫真貼圖 a片天使俱樂部 萍水相逢遊戲區 平水相逢遊戲區 免費視訊交友90739 免費視訊聊天 辣妹視訊 - 影音聊天網 080視訊聊天室 日本美女肛交 美女工廠貼圖區 百分百貼圖區 亞洲成人電影情色網 台灣本土自拍貼圖網 麻辣貼圖情色網 好色客成人圖片貼圖區 711成人AV貼圖區 台灣美女貼圖區 筱萱成人論壇 咪咪情色貼圖區 momokoko同學會視訊 kk272視訊 情色文學小站 成人情色貼圖區 嘟嘟成人網 嘟嘟情人色網 - 貼圖區 免費色情a片下載 台灣情色論壇 成人影片分享 免費視訊聊天區 微風 成人 論壇 kiss文學區 taiwankiss文學區

cvxv said...

看房子,買房子,建商自售,自售,台北新成屋,台北豪宅,新成屋,豪宅,美髮儀器,美髮,儀器,髮型,EMBA,MBA,學位,EMBA,專業認證,認證課程,博士學位,DBA,PHD,在職進修,碩士學位,推廣教育,DBA,進修課程,碩士學位,網路廣告,關鍵字廣告,關鍵字,課程介紹,學分班,文憑,牛樟芝,段木,牛樟菇,日式料理, 台北居酒屋,日本料理,結婚,婚宴場地,推車飲茶,港式點心,尾牙春酒,台北住宿,國內訂房,台北HOTEL,台北婚宴,飯店優惠,台北結婚,場地,住宿,訂房,HOTEL,飯店,造型系列,學位,SEO,婚宴,捷運,學區,美髮,儀器,髮型,看房子,買房子,建商自售,自售,房子,捷運,學區,台北新成屋,台北豪宅,新成屋,豪宅,學位,碩士學位,進修,在職進修, 課程,教育,學位,證照,mba,文憑,學分班,台北住宿,國內訂房,台北HOTEL,台北婚宴,飯店優惠,住宿,訂房,HOTEL,飯店,婚宴,台北住宿,國內訂房,台北HOTEL,台北婚宴,飯店優惠,住宿,訂房,HOTEL,飯店,婚宴,台北住宿,國內訂房,台北HOTEL,台北婚宴,飯店優惠,住宿,訂房,HOTEL,飯店,婚宴,結婚,婚宴場地,推車飲茶,港式點心,尾牙春酒,台北結婚,場地,結婚,場地,推車飲茶,港式點心,尾牙春酒,台北結婚,婚宴場地,結婚,婚宴場地,推車飲茶,港式點心,尾牙春酒,台北結婚,場地,居酒屋,燒烤,美髮,儀器,髮型,美髮,儀器,髮型,美髮,儀器,髮型,美髮,儀器,髮型,小套房,小套房,進修,在職進修,留學,證照,MBA,EMBA,留學,MBA,EMBA,留學,進修,在職進修,牛樟芝,段木,牛樟菇,關鍵字排名,網路行銷,PMP,在職專班,研究所在職專班,碩士在職專班,PMP,證照,在職專班,研究所在職專班,碩士在職專班,SEO,廣告,關鍵字,關鍵字排名,網路行銷,網頁設計,網站設計,網站排名,搜尋引擎,網路廣告,SEO,廣告,關鍵字,關鍵字排名,網路行銷,網頁設計,網站設計,網站排名,搜尋引擎,網路廣告,SEO,廣告,關鍵字,關鍵字排名,網路行銷,網頁設計,網站設計,網站排名,搜尋引擎,網路廣告,SEO,廣告,關鍵字,關鍵字排名,網路行銷,網頁設計,網站設計,網站排名,搜尋引擎,網路廣告,EMBA,MBA,PMP
,在職進修,專案管理,出國留學,EMBA,MBA,PMP
,在職進修,專案管理,出國留學,EMBA,MBA,PMP,在職進修,專案管理,出國留學,婚宴,婚宴,婚宴,婚宴,漢高資訊,漢高資訊,比利時,比利時聯合商學院,宜蘭民宿,台東民宿,澎湖民宿,墾丁民宿,花蓮民宿,SEO,找工作,汽車旅館

住宿,民宿,飯宿,住宿,民宿,美容,美髮,整形,造型,美容,室內設計,室內設計,室內設計,室內設計,室內設計,漢高資訊,在職進修,漢高資訊,在職進修,漢高資訊,在職進修,漢高資訊,在職進修,漢高資訊,在職進修,住宿,民宿,飯店,旅遊,美容,美髮,整形,造型,設計,室內設計,裝潢,房地產,進修,在職進修,MBA,EMBA,羅志祥,周杰倫,五月天,蔡依林,林志玲,羅志祥,周杰倫,五月天,蔡依林,林志玲,羅志祥,羅志祥,周杰倫,五月天,蔡依林,住宿,民宿,飯宿,旅遊,住宿,民宿,飯宿,旅遊,美髮,整形,造型,美容,美髮,整形,造型,設計,室內設計,裝潢,房地產,設計,室內設計,裝潢,房地產,比利時聯合商學院,在職進修,MBA,EMBA,比利時聯合商學院,在職進修,MBA,EMBA,漢高資訊

Anonymous said...

童裝批發

童裝批發

童裝

童裝



酒店喝酒

酒店消費

喝花酒

粉味

禮服酒店

寒假打工

酒店小姐

酒店應徵

禮服店

酒店日領

便服酒店

酒店上班

酒店經紀

便服店

酒店上班

酒店打工


台北禮服酒店



台北酒店經紀

酒店

酒店pt

台北酒店經紀

酒店兼差

台北酒店

台北便服酒店

酒店工作

台北禮服店

酒店公關

酒店午場

台北酒店公關

酒店行政

酒店資訊