Sunday, June 12, 2011

NASCAR: Could the IRL IndyCars Series’ Firestone Twin 275s at Texas format help make NASCAR’s Cup Series Pocono or Texas races more exciting?

Welcome Ladies and Gentlemen, as not only a NASCAR fan, but a racing fan, I watched two completely different races this past weekend.

1. On one hand, last (Saturday) night, the Texas Motor Speedway and the IRL IZOD IndyCar Series recreated an old format to add some excitement to what is normally a long 550k IndyCar race in hopes to sell more tickets.

I don’t know about them selling more tickets part, but from watching the Firestone Twin 275s at home on TV, the format itself was actually a good idea. I found that having two heat races did add some drama and excitement to the racing.

Of course while the racing was good, the blind draw and wasting time between race 1 and race 2 was terrible and painful to watch on television. That blind draw will have to go for sure to make it fair for all of the drivers.

Maybe taking the results from race 1 and inverting the top 6 or 10 or 12 would make the process better. And also giving a 10 minute break between the races would work too. Then turn them loose and let them go racing.

By the way, Dario Franchitti win race 1 and Will Power win race 2.

2. On the other hand, the 5-hour energy 500 at Pocono Raceway for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series was a completely different race (won by Jeff Gordon), it was a long “endurance” 500 mile race on the tricky triangle and while that might be exciting for some, it isn’t exciting for others including me.

Sure the double-file restarts do bunch up the field and add some excitement again for a few laps, but once they get strung out, the long, boring race returns and that’s not fun. And not even the TV broadcasters in the booth really know what to do at times or what to say for that matter.

As a matter of fact, for whatever the reason, NASCAR has a several of these long races on the schedule and four of them are at Pocono Raceway and Texas Motor Speedway.

So after watching the Firestone Twin 275s and the Pocono 500, as well as the Texas 500 earlier this year, I thought that NASCAR could benefit from a change in formats and those two heat races might make the racing at either Pocono or Texas better.

Now I don’t know if Pocono would be willing to give the format a shot, but I do know that Eddie Gossage, promoter at TMS would consider giving something else a shot if he felt it would give more excitement to a race and sell more tickets.

Personally as a NASCAR fan, I’m putting it out there and would like to see f NASCAR would consider the new format for one race maybe in 2012, it could be interesting and entertaining for sure.

So I wonder, would NASCAR ever consider it? And would fans support a change in format given that this is still a points race and keep in mind that both race together count as one points race.



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.