So NASCAR is going to go with double-file restarts in the Cup series. Good for them. The new rule should make for some interesting racing over the next few weeks, and especially in the Chase. I worked with my colleague
I was at Dover last week while we were doing our reporting, and I talked to a few drivers and crew chiefs about NASCAR's recent state-of-the-sport meeting, and the circuit's ongoing discussion about self-improvement. There were, not surprisingly, lots of opinions and little consensus. Change is going to come slowly.
One of the most thoughtful drivers I spoke to was
We've got to keep the racing entertaining, we've got to keep the fans entertained, we need a good drug policy. Do we consider doing a double-file restart? What do you guys think? What's the pros and cons? It was a real open discussion, and I think it was perfect. It gives us all a chance to think about it, come up with a few things. For instance, when we go do a tire test or something, we can try a few of these small items for, technically, free. Right? We're already going and testing. We're not having to schedule a test just to go try something. So let's be smart economically, whether it's a little shift, change here or something.
"So the consensus became, of fans, media, TV commentators, "Oh, this car isn't as good. It's just the car. That's why the racing's no good." And if you look, there's more cars on the lead lap. There's tighter finishes -- the margin of victory. What about the race that me,
"Now, same discussion we had with the old car, is there anything we can do to make it better? To give you more race-ability? And I think that that's just... It was the same thing with the old car. You know? Aero push. Aero push. Aero push. Well, NASCAR cut an inch off the rear spoilers on the old car. So, they're changing from the old car like that (snaps fingers). They haven't touched this car in three years. We cut an inch off the old spoiler. Then we came back and cut another half inch off it. Then they gave us a bumper rule to move our tails over. They were giving us rules like this (snapping fingers) in the old car. The new car has been what it is. It didn't need those modifications, really.
"Now I think the thing is, is there anything we can do to make it better? And yes, there is. And the reason why is that you can always make anything better. I don't care what it is. You can always make a car get better fuel mileage. You can always make it handle better. You can always make it more aerodynamic. You can always make your grass greener if you put more fertilizer on it. There's always something that can be done. Now, what is economical and easy?
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Ladies and gentlemen, rest assured that this piece displays none of that. Revel in the awkward blooper reel that takes up the first 30 seconds or so, the lack of even one funny idea for a skit and, the real low point, the nervous overacting in the drinking-fountain "bit." I grant you, the stop-and-go, engine-revving drag race in the parking lot that takes us to the fade-out has potential, but it's so abbreviated it's hard to tell what's going on. Couldn't we have gotten a few more seconds of that instead of, say, the behind-the-scenes B-roll of Busch standing in the hallway?