There’s a thing southern folks like to say, and surely you’ve heard it before: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” That’s what NASCAR did by making “overtime” rules at the start of the 2016 season, and it’s gone about as well as enrolling a cat in swim lessons. And maybe, just maybe, NASCAR’s starting to realize that.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Daytona International Speedway has been kind of like a two-day marathon, but not in the Rolex 24 Hours way. Rain just keeps washing out the race, so much so that you get psychologically conditioned to think that every caution is for a damp track. But this one wasn’t, for once.
We won’t spoil it for you. Just watch the video.
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch, known to take little kids’ lunch money in the lower Xfinity Series, started on the pole for Saturday’s race at Michigan International Speedway. He didn’t stay up there for long, as contact with close friend Brad Keselowski sent him straight into the infield grass.
In June, things are going to get pretty weird in NASCAR broadcasting. For the first time, the entire broadcast team will be active drivers—the booth, the pit-road reporters and everyone else. Fox Sports, the broadcaster for that race, said they have free rein “as long as no one sets fire” to the booth. Uh, yikes?
Not even restrictor-plate racing can keep Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers from taking the top spots in the lower Xfinity Series—at least, not this weekend at Talladega. Four of the top five finishers are either current or former Cup regulars, with Aric Almirola taking the win. But hey! It was a fun race.
It was around 12:45 p.m. local time when Alabama’s Talladega Superspeedway decided it was lunchtime, and, luckily for track and unluckily for its drivers, it didn’t have to look far. There were plenty of race cars diving into the third turn to chomp on.
When NASCAR announced its overtime line in 2016, I had hopes for it. I thought a consistent line could help avoid controversy, unlike the old rule for cautions at the end of the race, and shushing conspiracy theorists about “rigged races” is almost always a positive. But then I saw the overtime line used in a race.
If there’s one thing we know about modern NASCAR, it’s that the sanctioning body often takes the most complicated route in order to solve a problem. Look at the points system. But there was a painfully obvious way to go in its most recent “fix” to make a parade of a race more interesting, and NASCAR didn’t do it.
NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Cole Custer has a history of being in the wrong place at the times when his fellow NASCAR competitors are feeling a bit too aggressive. But, in a rare sighting at Auto Club Speedway in California, Custer actually experienced a wreck without any greedy or petty motive behind it.
Remember the awkward coincidence of NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick being in the television booth when a driver he called a spoon-fed rich kid intentionally wrecked someone under caution? Well, that kid got no fines or penalties for it. Instead, NASCAR served up penalties to drivers whose cars failed inspection.
After being spun out late in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Saturday, Austin Dillon retaliated against a driver under caution. The scene felt odd, but it wasn’t the wreck. It was the steaming awkwardness of the broadcast, because the guy commentating called Dillon a spoon-fed rich kid when they were teammates.
Since virtually every human the planet doesn’t want Atlanta Motor Speedway to repave its racing surface after the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, the track may actually reconsider its plans to destroy everything that’s good and holy in the world of cookie-cutter race tracks. This is a beautiful day.
NASCAR decided that rather than running its weekend triple header over three days like usual, it would run both the Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series races on the same day. Both races started with a wreck in the first two laps at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday.
Just a few laps after the green flag came back out following the first major wreck of the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, it, well, it happened again. According to the Fox Sports 1 broadcast, only 13 drivers have not wrecked so far. It’s only lap 30 of 120.
Just 23 laps into the NASCAR Xfinity Series’ season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway, a massive wreck collected nearly half of the field. That isn’t anything new at Daytona, but what is new is that NASCAR changed repair rules for the season—meaning a lot of those cars could be out of the race.
Perhaps one of the most widespread critiques about NASCAR is that “something has to change.” The races are “too long” or “too boring,” and all they do is “make left turns.” But if you look back on the last few years, too much change has occurred—and it’s been more of a plague than an improvement.
NASCAR Xfinity Series competitor Daniel Suarez, who Motorsport reports became the first Mexico-born driver to win a NASCAR national series race with an Xfinity Series victory at Michigan International Speedway in June, took the series title with a win at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday night.
Is there a better place to spend the weekend than at the race track? Maybe you can think of a few, but it’s definitely up there. We spent some of Friday night with a Zombie Dodge Xfinity Series team, MBM Motorsports, at Texas Motor Speedway’s NASCAR weekend. What’s on your agenda?
Most of the drivers who qualified for the Chase for the Championship in each of NASCAR’s top-three series have had terrible luck since the Chase races started. Seriously. With this kind of bad luck, it’s surprising that they qualified for the championship races in the first place.