Sunday, May 15, 2011

NASCAR: Drivers just can’t handle “Boy’s Have at it” and “I’ve had it” with this “hook racing”, time for some real rules from NASCAR.

Welcome readers, today I want to discuss one of the biggest debates in NASCAR, the “Boy’s Have at it” attitude that NASCAR created back in January-February 2010 that has proven to be mixed results.

As a NASCAR fan for almost the past two decades, I’ve seen a lot of racing and its been interesting and exciting at times. I have a real passion for the sport.

But when the “Boy’s have at it” came along back in 2010, the 2010 and the first 10 races of 2011 Cup Series season’s racing has been even better in terms of more competition on-track especially with the intro of double-file restarts, G-W-C, the re-intro of the rear spoiler, a new front molded splitter, and more.

It has been a real boost to the Cup Series races for sure. Even more, in a series that once saw mainly a few drivers dominate and win races, now fans are seeing changing, namely drivers are getting up on the wheel and there is 10 to almost 20 different drivers on any given weekend that can win one of these Cup Series races.

A classic example has to be 8 different winners in the first 10 races of the 2010 NASCAR Cup Series season.

The “Boy’s have at it” attitude also has drivers willing to mix it up more, but in that, that lies the problem. Now I have no problem with drivers mixing it up on track with a little beating and banging on each other. Using eight tires instead of four tires and even a little bumping, you know what I mean.

But there is at least in my opinion a line in the concrete that drivers shouldn’t cross before it goes from real racing to very aggressive or dirty driving and so far since the start of the 2010 NASCAR Cup Series season I have seen several drivers cross that line and most of the time, its a driver that has re-developed the famous no-no move of hooking a driver in the left or right rear and sending the other driver into the inside or outside wall.

This move in my opinion is a safety issues, mean some drivers are getting airborne because of it as well as being sent into the wall and causing a huge pileup.

For NASCAR, a sanctioning body that prides themselves on safety, this is now a safety issue and needs there full attention.

A few classic examples of this over the top or over the line racing and actions are:

1. Carl Edwards wrecking Brad Keselowski at the spring race Atlanta in 2010 which Edwards hooked Keselowski in the left rear, sending him airborne, lucky Brad walked away.

2. Same deal as one, Carl Edwards wrecking Brad Keselowski at Gateway in 2010 which Edwards hooked Keselowski in the left rear, sending him into the inside wall and causing a huge pileup. Personally if NASCAR was playing fairly, Edwards would have been parked the next Cup race.

3. Kurt Busch vs. Jeff Gordon at Martinsville in Fall 2010. Gordon bumped Busch out of the way going into turn 3, but instead of simply returning the favor in turn 1, Busch hooked Gordon in the left rear, sending Gordon hard into the inside wall. Busch claims to have given Gordon that move for all of Gordon’s BS with the #2 Miller Lite Dodge over the years including the Rusty Wallace days. Of course to me that was total BS and Wallace handled that himself, that’s also for another day.

4. Juan Montoya vs. Ryan Newman at the spring Richmond race in 2011, Newman either didn’t give Montoya enough room off turn 2 on to the back straightaway or Montoya didn’t give Newman enough room and Montoya ended up into the outside wall with backend damage. So Montoya hooked Newman in the right rear, sending him spinning into the outside wall.

5. Kevin Harvick vs. Kyle Busch at Darlington in 2011 (last weekend depending upon when you read this). Busch bumped Harvick, then Harvick bumped Busch back, you would think that would be the end of it, but no, after coming off turn 4 three wide with Harvick and Bowyer to the inside, Bowyer gets bumped sending him into the outside wall and then Busch drivers down the race track and hooks Harvick in the right rear sending him into the outside wall.

And by the way, this one received a 4 race probation and $25K for both Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick, but the penalty was just for the pit road incident after the race, not on track. Personally, Kyle Busch should have been been given a 25 point penalty for sending Harvick’s un-maned car into the pit wall on top of the $25k and probation.

Those are just a few examples of the over the line racing that has been going on on-track and why NASCAR needs to do any with “Boy’s Have at it” and replace it with simple and better rules, basically a real defined line that I might add Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Kevin Harvick and more drivers are asking for.

I truly believe that since some NASCAR drivers just can’t handle “Boy’s Have at it”, these drivers have turned a good thing into a bad thing very quickly, NASCAR now should change this “Boy’s have at it” policy and insert a clear line with rules for all drivers to follow as soon as possible before another incident happens.

And believe me, once 4 weeks have passed (after Michigan), Busch vs. Harvick will be back on for sure.

NASCAR your turn! Fans what do you think, comment below and keep it clean.



Full Disclosure: This article was originally published on Brian Vermette's former blog called BVinsight, however once RaceDriven.com was re-launched and rebrand, BVinsight was renamed BVDaily with 33 of 44 articles being published here on RaceDriven due to subject.