Sunday, November 30, 2008

Win a BP $25 Gas Card Contest

Update: Contest Closed

I’m sure most of us have seen the every changing gas prices daily over the past several months including hitting $4 for a gallon for gasoline at one point this year, so thanks to M80 on behalf of BP.

I am running a automotive photography contest with each winner receiving one $25 BP Gift Cards. I love photography and while I am out and about, I like to take a couple of automotive photos of cars that look cool, where ever its safe and publish them on my blog whether it’s at an auto show, local car show or in just in a parking lot. People have some of the most interesting vehicles and I love seeing them, so to enter the “Wins a $25 BP Gas card Automotive Photography Contest”, just submit a photo or two taken by you (the submitter) of a car, vehicle, something interesting or cool while you are out and about in the United States (for example a Smart car, a Dodge Challenger HEMI, a Camaro, even your own car) and include a brief description including what it is and where you found it, (please follow the rules below in submitting) for a chance to a chance to win a $25 BP Gift card. I will publish the winning entries with first name only and description on my blog.

To enter the contest all you have to do is:

- Submit an automotive photo of a car with a brief description. The photo must be taken by submitted person (you).
- Photo must be send via email to racedriven@gmail.com as either an attachment or in body, at least 640x480 and no larger than 1024x68 in either .jpg and .gif format, file must be no larger than 100kb, please keep them smaller.
- Please include your mailing address (Your address will not be shared with anyone outside of Racedriven.com)- Subject line “Automotive Photography Contest”.
- I will email you if you have won a $25 BP Gift card to confirm your mailing address.- Only one entry per shipping address, per email address per person.
- Contest is open to United States residents only.
- Contest starts Thursday, November 6, 2008
- Contest ends once all of the $25 BP Gift cards are gone or on Thursday, December 18, 2008.
- Any questions, please email me at racedriven@gmail.com

The winning photos will be published on Racedriven.com with the brief description, thank you.

Be sure to check out the Amoco Ultimate Photo Contest on CarDomain.com.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Johnny Benson and Clint Bowyer each win first NASCAR national championship in a tight points battle despite not having a chase format.

As all three NASCAR national series seasons have come to a close at the triple header finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway last weekend, one question in particular comes to mind, does NASCAR really need to add a new unique chase format to either or both the Nationwide Series and the Truck Series?

Before I get into each series and how it ended, in my opinion, the chase format in the Cup Series was started for two reasons, first as a result of Matt Kenseth in 2003 winning the championship with basically one victory that season and a runaway points standings. Second was in light of the new sponsor Nextel, of course now Sprint. Personally, I believe that the chase format should only be unique to the NASCAR Cup Series, because that the elite series and they should have a different way of determining their champion then the rest of the NASCAR national series.

With that said, the Nationwide Series points battle in past seasons has been nothing to really write about in terms of going down to the wire, however for 2008, that wasn’t the case, one driver/team didn’t dominate the races and win the series championship a couple of races before the finale (like Kevin Harvick did a couple years ago or like Carl Edwards did last season), instead NASCAR fans were treated, saw two (Cup Series Regular) drivers and teams battling all season long for that covered driver’s championship and of course a whole new race for the owners championship as the Nationwide Series has been know for.

You had to be impressed with both Clint Bowyer, a more consistent driver vs. the hard charging Carl Edwards, a driver that goes out and puts it all on the line without wrecking people and wins races. I enjoyed the driver’s championship chase this year, the chase is suppose to go down to the final laps in the last race of the season and where it wasn’t decided until the checked flag flew because Carl Edwards did everything he could do including winning the race, but to his surprise, Clint Bowyer finished 5th, of course that was enough for Clint Bowyer to capture his first Nationwide Series title by just 21 points over Edwards.

Bottom line, Carl Edwards did everything he could going down to finale race in Miami including winning the last race, but Clint Bowyer did it just that little bit better with the finishes. If NASCAR wants to make a change, then how about adding 10 bonus points per victory all season long, that way it’s not just consistent finishes that win championships, but victories that wins a championship.

Clint Bowyer: Carl gave us a hell of a run for our money right there at the end, he did, you knew it was coming. He was going for it and then, when Carl Edwards goes for it he goes for it. Just really proud of you know, all the guys, they did an extremely good job. BB&T backed us, Camping World, everybody that’s involved with this, Snap-on and Richard for giving me the opportunity. It means so much to be able to come out and compete at this level and to be able to win a championship it’s really cool.

Carl Edwards: Definitely it’s frustrating to not win the championship, I mean that’s what we set out to do this season. But I believe that I understand the spots of where we lost it, things that I did that cost us some points, and I think over the last, I don’t know, 10 or 15 races, we have executed and performed at a really high level. If we can continue that going into next season, then it might almost be worth it, you know, to have learned what we learned this season even though it cost us a championship. But yeah so it is frustrating but trust me there’s no shame in trying your hardest and giving it all you’ve got and getting beat. You know you’ve just got to keep going.

Bowyer reflected on his humble beginnings as he savored his victory.

Bowyer: It’s just incredible. I mean, it makes you think back to how it all started, you know working in a body shop in Kansas and trying to figure out what was the next move. You’re out of money, your parents gave up, you know, three retirements to get you to where you’re at and you know it was kind of the end of the road and out of nowhere my cell phone rings and it was Richard. You know it’s just unbelievable to think back how my career started with a race in Nashville and then winning my first race in the Nationwide Series at Nashville, and you know very proud to be able to do this for Richard. Kind of feels like giving back for taking a chance on me, and you know it finally paid off for him. – Quotes from Nationwide.com
However, while the Nationwide Series had a good battle for the championship down to the wire in Miami, the Truck Series had just a three-point difference between leader Johnny Benson and second place Ron Hornaday Jr. going into the finale and this is not the first time in the series history that the Truck Series has had the best points battle neither.

What a battle all season long, so many times in watching the 2008 Truck Series season, I though boy this points battle should have changed, but it didn’t, what racing luck both teams had, case in point, Phoenix, the second to last race of the 2008 season, Ron Hornaday Jr., racing hard into turn 3 underneath Kyle Busch all to lead a lap, losses the his truck and hits the wall, the points standings should have been spread out, but no, Johnny Benson crashed too later in the race, as a matter of fact, Hornaday gained a couple of points on Benson because that #33 team fixed that truck right the first time.

In watching the finale in Miami on television, you couldn’t help but notice that whoever finished in front of the other one was going to win the championship. This title could have gone either way, first it was Johnny Benson’s, then during the middle to the final laps of the race, it was Ron Hornaday Jr. up by a couple of points, however it all came down to that final caution flag and whether to take four tires or just rightside tires. Two factors here, first Hornaday took 4 tires which I though and still believe was the right call for the final laps, they though it out on the line and let the chips fall where it may.

Second, Scott Speed played a role in this one too. I bring this up for two reasons, one because it’s true, he is driving a Toyota and that was his teammate. Speed on the restart, spun his tires and blocked Hornaday for chasing down Benson, passing him and possibly winning the championship, however one thing to keep in mind, even if Hornaday had passed Benson with a couple laps to go. He would have still had to pass one more truck to win the championship, but for what it’s worth, great battle all season long, and to see Benson and Hornaday battle right down to the checkered flag was perfect, I was hoping for Ron Hornaday Jr. and the KHI #33 crew to win the championship, but Johnny Benson did a great job and I congratulate him, he won the championship by 7 points over Ron Hornaday Jr., so does the Truck Series really need a chase format now, no thanks, however I would like to suggest same thing I suggested for the Nationwide Series, add 10 bonus points per victory all season long, that way it’s not just consistent finishes that win championships, but victories that wins a championship.



Johnny Benson (23) and Ron Hornaday Jr. race side-by-side during the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Benson finished seventh and Hornaday finished eighth, giving Benson his first series title. That’s what I am going to remember about the Truck Series Chmapionship in 2008 going down to final lap in Miami.(Photo Credit: Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Friday, November 14, 2008

The ever-changing NASCAR: DEI/Ganassi merger, new testing policy and the end of an era for some.

As NASCAR gears up for their season finale, the NASCAR championship weekend in Homestead, FL, that includes the crowning of all three National Series Championships which for the most part are all up for grabs, there seems to be a theme growing throughout the garage area, entitled ever-changing economy and what NASCAR and teams/organizations are going to do to survive to race in 2009.

With that said, a domino fell, as on Wednesday, Dale Earnhardt Inc and Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates announced in a statement:

Two of motorsports’ biggest names – Earnhardt and Ganassi – will launch a four-car team beginning in 2009 through the combination of the motorsports operations of Dale Earnhardt, Inc. (DEI) and Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, Inc. (CGRFS). NASCAR stars Martin Truex Jr. and Juan Pablo Montoya will drive the Nos. 1 and 42 respectively and future star Aric Almirola will be behind the wheel of the No. 8. The driver of the No. 41 will be named in the near future.

“In this ultra-competitive era of NASCAR, it is necessary to build and sustain the strongest team possible and our combining with thepeople and equipment at Dale Earnhardt Inc. will help create a strong four-carprogram for years to come,” said Chip Ganassi. “This is a win-win for both organizations as well as all of our partners.”

“Having a partner like Chip who is heavily involved on the competition side of the business is an ideal situation for DEI,” Teresa Earnhardt said. “He has a long history of managing championship teams in the IndyCar and Rolex Grand-Am Series and I share his passion and goals of winning races and ultimately championships in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. I think this is a case where we are stronger together than we are apart.” Details of the new four-car operation will be announced at a future date. – Ganassi Racing website.
This one took me by surprise and in a sense that my first thoughts were, DEI is gone, personally, since Dale Jr. left DEI, they really haven’t made an impact on me, however it still was Dale Earnhardt’s company, now with this merger, DEI is gone and it’s now Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates.

It seems to be a sign of the things to come in NASCAR. I remember Felix Sabates saying on NASCAR Now earlier this year that NASCAR should have a 36-car field on the Cup Series in 2010. You know, I thought the idea was over blown and not something NASCAR should consider in the first place, why make it harder for already struggling teams to make the race and besides, it’s not NASCAR’s job to do that, it will be the teams who creates that number (up to 43) and this merger removes three-cars in sense.

Word is, they will be running a four-car Chevrolet team. This is where I began thinking as well, in a shaky economy, why wouldn’t Chevrolet just release DEI from their contract and let this new 4-car race team run Dodge’s instead.

Chevrolet already has a 4-car Hendrick Motorsports, 2-car Stewart-Haas Racing and 4-car Richard-Childress Racing, so why not cut back their, besides, those are your best teams anyway. Now the only problem besides the 5-year Chevrolet contract for DEI is that RCR and DEI have combined their engine program into one, however Ganassi Racing has a Dodge engine department and using that might be better..

However as an even more changing economy, NASCAR has done a complete 180 in there testing policy, it was originally discussed that NASCAR would give every organization 24 days of testing, but earlier today, NASCAR made this statement:

In an effort to help teams manage costs, NASCAR is suspending testing for its three national and two regional racing series for the 2009 season.

Testing for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the NASCAR Nationwide Series,the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, as well as the NASCAR Camping World East and West Regional Touring Series at tracks hosting any of those events are included in the 2009 policy.

NASCAR reached this decision followingseveral months of discussion with the teams regarding testing, coupled with the current economic conditions. The suspension of testing should save the industry millions of dollars.

"This is a significant move during an unusual time for all of us," said NASCAR President Mike Helton in making the announcement.“NASCAR has routinely adjusted its test policy over the years to reflect current conditions. This is another example of that.” – NASCAR PR
Surprised, but not, this really changes what NASCAR teams can do, there is no testing allowed at most racetracks in the United States, as a result, I would imagine that this would say a few million dollars, but mark this, teams will find a way to test. Rockingham Speedway and the half-mile test track that looks like Martinsville comes to mind, VIR road course and some test tracks including Chevrolet’s, Ford’s, Dodge’s and Toyota’s test tracks will be used , plus don’t be surprised to see maybe Roush or Hendrick build a new track just to test. Look at the track list for all 5 racing series, Hickory, Greenville-Pickens Speedway, Kentucky, Nashville are all on the list of not allowed to test at.

And as the NASCAR Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway begins to plays out, take some time and first check out what will bring the field in the Ford 400 to the green flag, a 2010 Ford Fusion hybrid and remember that for some, it is truly the end of an era.

Last season at this time, the drivers, teams, owners, media and the fans were all talking about Dale Earnhardt Jr’s final race in the #8 Budweiser DEI Chevrolet, for this season it’s Tony Stewart as Stewart will leaving Joe Gibbs Racing to join the newly formed Stewart-Haas Racing which will field Chevrolets. With this move, Ryan Newman will leave Penske Racing to join him in the second car.

Like I said earlier this year, this a good move, not only for Chevrolet because they get there star back, but because Stewart wants to be an owner. I believe he will not only be a winning car owner, but winning driver and 3-time champion. What’s Next…

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

No excuse for ABC to switch from NASCAR in Phoenix to America’s Funniest Home Videos.

On Monday, ESPN explained the decision to switch the remainder of the live telecast of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in Phoenix in the Eastern and Central time zones of the US at 7:30pm from ABC to ESPN2 for other programming:

"After two red flags, rain in Phoenix and 4 1/2 hours on ABC, we were still 34 minutes from the end of the telecast as it turned out. We told fans in the East and Central from the second red flag on that the race was moving to ESPN2. ABC's entertainment viewers and NASCAR fans were both well served in a tough spot, and we are fortunate to have ESPN2 among our networks to serve the fans." - ESPN

What a statement made by ESPN after last Sunday night’s Cup Series race in Phoenix, so now, instead of the big story of the night being a good race and the chase for the championship, it’s now going to be why would ESPN switch from the live Cup Series race to America’s Funniest Home Videos that headlined kicking it in the crib, garage door dove and doggy go round, well at least the episode was new, by the way, kicking in the crib won.

Yeah I don’t think that made a difference to NASCAR fans either, can imagine, as NASCAR fan watching the race #34, which was also a chase race #9 In Phoenix that had already run late due to rain and wind, not to mention having a good battle upfront for the lead, to hear the announcer say at the bottom of the hour, you would have to turn your television to ESPN2 to caught the remainder (last 34 laps) of the Cup Series, oh wait that happened, believe me, it didn’t go well in this house neither, well at least this was the first time right, nope not even close. And here I thought that what FOX did earlier this April which ironically was here at Phoenix, a good 1 mile track that produces good racing and yet…

In my opinion, there is no reason why ABC should have switched the race to ESPN2 for America’s Funniest Home Videos, I just don’t get it, just one question, now I have digital cable and most people due, however, can you imagine watching this race with 34 laps to go, Jimmie Johnson leading, Jeff Gordon his teammate had a blown engine, the #26 and #2 breathing down knocking on your back bumper and not having ESPN2 on your television??? Sorry ESPN, you cut a classic duel in the desert for America’s Funniest Home Video and yet even though I have ESPN2, no luck here, this was not the right call at all period.

So, first, does this beat out FOX switching from the Boston Red Sox game I might add was due to a lengthy rain delay to the NASCAR Cup Series race earlier this April with ironically was at Phoenix International Raceway? Of course FOX switched from Baseball to NASCAR if that makes any difference, which it doesn’t, however FOX had a no win deal when it came to FOX in Boston, ABC/ESPN did have a win lose deal here and they lost.

So anyway, second, I mean second, what was the second biggest story coming out Phoenix on that evening/night? In being a NASCAR fan, one of the best racetracks on the schedule in my opinion besides Richmond and Bristol is Phoenix which I heard was a sellout crowd, good to hear in this economy, which I might add, turned out to be a good race depending upon what you classify as a good race.

If a good race to you is lots of side-by-side racing, lots of passing which is what racing is in the first place throughout the field, the drama following the #24 Jeff Gordon’s engine blowing up and that it might affect the points leader Jimmie Johnson, then it a good race, however if a good race is centered upon the number of lead changes, passing in the top 3 perhaps, then maybe you had a problem with the race considering Jimmie Johnson started on the pole and changed the lead around with Kurt Busch and Jamie McMurray, before leading the most laps, dominating, winning the race and making huge statement in the championship, then it might not have been a good race, personally it was your classic duel in the desert, but nothing is going to top the spring race at Phoenix which Jimmie Johnson won in a late race drama of fuel mileage.

You know in watching this race, a few notes, I found it a little ironically that last week at Texas Motor Speedway, David Gilliland got in it on the racetrack with Montoya and that one ended with Gilliland pulling a dangerous move turning down on Montoya and wrecking him and of course himself in the process and then fast forward to Phoenix, Gilliland found himself getting jacked up by Scott Speed.

What a sight to see, a photo is worth a thousand words, check that one out, however if you are reading this with no images, then imagine if you will, once the smoke cleared, Gilliland in his #38 was jacked up in the air sitting with his rear end on top of the #84 Red Bull of Scott Speed hood, does anybody got wings...

Finally, specking of the chase for the championship, this one is about over depending upon what Jimmie Johnson does, this is his third championship and all he has to do is go get it finishing better then 35th, last year at Homestead, he was points racing, but if he knows he has this championship, I think he is going to go for the victory too and that has been Jimmie Johnson in this seasons chase and if he three-peats, that would be perfect in my eyes period and he’s earned and so has his entire #48 Hendrick Motorsports crew.

(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Win a BP $25 Gas Card Automotive Photography Contest

Update: this contest has closed.

I’m sure most of us have seen the every changing gas prices daily over the past several months including hitting $4 for a gallon for gasoline at one point this year, so thanks to M80 on behalf of BP, I am running an automotive photography contest with each winner receiving one $25 BP Gift Cards.

I love photography and while I am out and about, I like to take a couple of automotive photos of cars that look cool, where ever its safe and publish them on my blog whether it’s at an auto show, local car show or in just in a parking lot. People have some of the most interesting vehicles and I love seeing them, so to enter the “Wins a $25 BP Gas card Automotive Photography Contest”, just submit a photo or two taken by you (the submitter) of a car, vehicle, something interesting or cool while you are out and about in the United States (for example a Smart car, a Dodge Challenger HEMI, a Camaro, even your own car) and include a brief description including what it is and where you found it, (please follow the rules below in submitting) for a chance to a chance to win a $25 BP Gift card. I will publish the winning entries with first name only and description on my blog.

To enter the contest all you have to do is:

- Submit an automotive photo of a car with a brief description. The photo must be taken by submitted person (you).
- Photo must be send via email to racedriven@gmail.com as either an attachment or in body, at least 640x480 and no larger than 1024x68 in either .jpg and .gif format, file must be no larger than 100kb, please keep them smaller.
- Please include your mailing address (Your address will not be shared with anyone outside of Racedriven.com)
- Subject line “Automotive Photography Contest”.

- I will email you if you have won a $25 BP Gift card to confirm your mailing address.
- Only one entry per shipping address, per email address per person.
- Contest is open to United States residents only.
- Contest starts Thursday, November 6, 2008
- Contest ends once all of the $25 BP Gift cards are gone or on Thursday, December 18, 2008.
- Any questions, please email me at racedriven@gmail.com

The winning photos will be published on Racedriven.com with the brief description, thank you. Be sure to check out the Amoco Ultimate Photo Contest on CarDomain.com.

- Racedriven

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

What about merging the NASCAR Nationwide Series and the NASCAR Truck Series?

Even with the good addition of Camping World coming on-board as the title sponsor in the truck series for the next seven-years beginning in 2009 replacing the longtime series sponsor Craftsman, which had been the sole title sponsor since the inception of the NASCAR Truck Series in 1995, and the fact that the truck series has some of the best races all season long, is short, action packed and to the point, there is some huge problems in keeping the series as is right now.

You have the manufacturers, Dodge is pulling back support and so is Ford, I don’t know to what how much, but its big do to the economy, not to mention that truck sales are so far down right now. Another point is smaller fields at a lot of races in 2008 and then there’s sponsors, case in point there, even the points leader #23-Johnny Benson hasn’t had sponsorship in a couple of races this season and he’s winning and on television regularly, so…

Now look at the Nationwide Series, there are having the same problems there too, from sponsorships with sponsors would rather sponsor Cup drivers than up and coming drivers, to NASCAR trying to introduce the new Nationwide Series COT car in 2010, some of these teams are not going to be able to pay for it, not to mention the schedule, it doesn’t fit the neither series either with 25 races for the Truck Series and 35 races for the Nationwide Series.

How? It would call for merging both the Nationwide Series with the Truck Series, using the Truck Series rules, tire usage and so on, since manufacturer truck sales are down, it would use a much safer Nationwide COT car, in turn it would create more sponsorship opportunities, a 43+ car field weekly (no way of knowing fully), a better, filler schedule with a completely different car/vehicle from the cup Series so the nationwide Series isn’t called the Cup Lite’s, more drivers, however it will also force some drivers, teams, and owners out of the series.

The point is, while I personally love watching the Truck Series most of the time and sometimes the Nationwide Series races on television, there does need to be change here and yes even merging both series might be a good idea, I’m just thinking more on-track competition week on and week out…hopefully, there are good changes on the horizon in NASCAR, but just remember, NASCAR has lived on for well over 50 years now and they have done well so far, I’m here watching, you’re here watch, I’m writing on it, covering it and other are too, they must be doing right, but you can always make it better in small increments.

What would you do with the Nationwide Series and Truck Series?


Carl Edwards (No. 60) and Kevin Harvick lead the field to green at the start of the NASCAR Nationwide Series O'Reilly Challenge Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway. (Photo Credit: Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR via NASCAR PR)

- Racedriven

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Qualifying in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series makes all the difference.

As I sit here watching final practice (or for some, Happy Hour which is normally not happy nor an hour long) for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series which is in final preparation for tomorrow’s 500 mile race at Texas Motor Speedway, one discussion not only in the media, but with NASCAR fans that has been widely talked about is NASCAR’s current qualifying policy.

Over the past several years, NASCAR has tweaked there Cup Series qualifying policy a few times including recently breaking up the qualifying into two sessions, first the top 35 cars will qualify and then second, the go or go home drivers (the drivers that must qualify on speed due to the fact that they are not in the top 35 in points) which gives the must qualify on speed drivers all a fighting chance in the same weather and track conditions to make the 43 car starting field for the big race.

The current policy is working pretty well, of course I don’t care much for watching single car qualifying, but at least it’s fair for all drivers, two laps to get the best speed, fastest speeds and top 35 status makes the field.

However for the past several years, NASCAR hasn’t experienced canceling qualifying due to rain on a regular basis, as a matter of fact, in 2006 NASCAR only canceled qualify twice, first at Bristol and then at Atlanta, in 2007, it bumped up three times of qualifying canceled, first at Texas, then Daytona and Watkins Glen, in 2007, NASCAR only canceled qualify three times, first at Texas, then Daytona and Watkins Glen.

One note, Watkins Glen is a road course which has had their qualifying canceled in the last three years, that’s an interesting thing to know.

But here’s where the new problem comes in, so far in 2008 (as of Texas Motor Speedway), NASCAR due to its current qualifying policy has been forced to cancel qualifying due to rain a total of 10 times, which includes California, Bristol, Michigan, Chicago, Watkins Glen, Richmond, New Hampshire, Charlotte, Martinsville and Atlanta. 10 times, that a series record, not a record NASCAR would ever want to achieve.

So with more than 43 cars on just about any given weekend showing up to attempt to make qualifying lap, what is NASCAR to do to ensure that each driver/team at least has a fighting chance to make the field and not have to turn around and go home because qualifying was canceled due to rain or something else? Well, in my opinion, there are two options…

Keep in mind, there must be more than 43 drivers/teams attempting to qualify, and weather and schedule permitting at the racetrack…

1. Hold qualifying on the next day for the entire field, this option takes around 2 to 3 hours to complete which would fall mostly on Saturday. The downside is that the next day schedule doesn’t normally have that must open room on the schedule.

2. Hold qualifying on the next day for only the go or go home drivers, the cars that are required to qualify on speed. This option would set the field by owner’s points for not only the top 35, but for the entire 43 car starting lineup. There really isn’t as big of a downside here, it would only take 30 minutes, plus a practice session before the qualifying and the field is set by owner’s points.

In my opinion, while I would like to see the first option happen with all drivers/teams attempt to qualify, it may not be possible for that to happen due to the next day schedule, so instead the second option is better, first it takes less time for qualifying to be held along with a practice session before qualifying if it wasn’t held the previous day and most importantly, it allows the go or go home drivers (the must qualify on speed cars because they don’t have a golden pass) to at least make an attempt. Every drivers/team has a chance to make the race period.

Either way that NASCAR goes would be better for those teams that are outside of the top 35 in points, just remember, NASCAR has always been open on having an driver/team come in to any given race whether it’s the Daytona 500 that draws 50 cars sometimes, the Brickyard 400, Bristol 500 or another race and be able to attempt to make the field, that’s racing, any (eligible) driver/team who can go racing, should be able to go racing in all of NASCAR’s three national series and that shouldn’t change just because NASCAR is getting bigger every year.

In 2009, NASCAR should add this to their qualifying policy and in the current shaky economy, more sponsors and owners would find this appealing considering that NASCAR is a sponsorship driven sport.

- Racedriven