This Is Not My NASCAR Anymore

by on October 8, 2017

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2013 'Daytona 500' Qualifying

I used to be a pretty big NASCAR fan…  that is, until the big networks showed up, dropped their big buck sponsor dollars and started calling the shots on how they think NASCAR should be run. And to be honest, since they are dropping the big bucks, they are the bosses of NASCAR and they can call the shots.

And it’s quite apparent with all the changes that have taken place over the last few years. So much to the point that I quit watching diligently every weekend, skipped most of last season and just decided to try and catch a few races on TV this year, if I remember to.

So over the last few weeks, I had recorded some or wanted to record some NASCAR Cup series races to catch some NASCAR racing. It’s no secret that I started to become disappointed in NASCAR when they started to manipulate the aero packages in restrictor plate racing to force overheating if cars drafted too long together. And then there was the side-effect of their aero tinkering. That side effect was that whoever was in the lead with 10 to go in a restrictor plate race, usually nabbed the win.

I’m sure they’ve tinkered with all their checks, balances of modifications of late to keep things up to par for the excitement levels.

But with that in mind I had set up my DISH DVR, but for some reason, once you set a timer for NASCAR events, it seems that all NASCAR events are not distinguished from each other, so your DVR will pretty much record almost EVERYTHING that is NASCAR… qualifying, practice, preshow, postshow, every other show about it and the race. Ug.

And then I finally caught a broadcast that I recorded. And I got myself some British announcers for the Watkins Glen race. What the heck, is NBC hoping for that F1 feel?

And then I forgot, it’s no longer really racing. The networks who dropped the big sponsor bucks on the sport want auto racing to be more like stick and ball sports. And so now we have three segments per race, and winning a race “qualifies that team for the playoffs.”

The playoffs. Huh.

I remember listening to the Godfather, Dave Moody on Sirius XM some years back ripping into people about how starting and stopping a race for whatever fanciful reason that a caller came up with WAS NOT RACING. But now, he must be seething under the collar. But I suspect you won’t hear it because they have to be more supportive of their chosen sport coverage.  i know this because when I worked for an outlet and ran my own site, we got reminders on how to be more supportive, or less critical and more even keeled about things that upset us.

And to be fair, that was not a bad request. If all you got was angry reporting about something, it would get old for everyone involved.

But be it as it may, we now have whatever modifications they’ve done to these IROC…  sorry, NASCAR cars, have qualifying segments, qualifying for playoffs (A win puts you in the ‘playoffs’) and what not.

Three sections to a race. That’s boring to this old-school fan. But if the networks think it works for them and keeps the product fresh, so be it, because in the end, it’s all about the ratings for the sponsors.

I for one, even when I loved NASCAR, thought the Cup series races were too long while the second tier races were the perfect length. Sure, it defeats the endurance aspect of the sport, but then, doesn’t segment racing?

So there you have it. I stopped buying diecasts, (Though I have one hell of a Champion’s collection), I stopped buying into the hype of the latest sponsor or event or special events, and I pretty much only now keep a cursory eye on the sport and watch all the young, fresh faces starting to populate the sport.

To be honest, someone turned me on to GP Moto racing. One set of tires, one quick race, all guts! My god have you ever checked out these races? It might not be quite up your alley, but it’s fun to check out when it’s on BEIN network.

And that’s where I stand. My NASCAR phase has passed.

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