This is my first entry on my new blog here at racing-reference.info and I am very glad to be here! I tend to have a unique perspective on things, and I hope to use that to give you a different look at things going on in the racing world, with a primary focus on NASCAR. I tend to favor tradition over change despite my relatively young age (24, almost 25) but I will also have some unique ideas to present from time to time.
I chose the name "Mile501" because I want to give the impression of looking beyond just the racing itself, and the most common race distance is, of course, 500 miles. This will be the third place I have used my blog's name, "The Checkered Flag", in over the last several years. I wrote a statistics column for a forum for 2 or 3 years under that name, then used the same name for a weekly show I did for a while on a small local TV station. It was not a large production by any means, but I really enjoyed doing it!
I first found this website several years ago, I believe from a link off Jayski's site. I absolutely love the wealth of information it contains. My brain is very mathematical and I enjoy analyzing statistics related to racing, and this website has made that task much easier. For quite some time I have been looking for a good place to post some of my thoughts, ideas, and statistics dealing with NASCAR, so when I discovered that this site had started a blog section, I felt like it would be a perfect fit for me! Now that my introduction is out of the way, let's move on to the main point of this entry...
Several recent announcements indicate that NASCAR may finally be listening to its fans and teams! The first big step in this direction was undoubtedly the double-file restarts which began last summer. Another major announcement was the uniform start times, which is the one that excites me the most. It hasn't been much fun in recent years waiting around until 2 or 3 in the afternoon for a race to finally start, especially when I have church commitments on Sunday evenings and had to tape the end of most races to watch when I got back home. Needless to say, I have been excited about this particular change ever since it was first announced!
Most of you have heard by now that NASCAR is currently contemplating several changes. They may go back to a spoiler and make some rule changes at the restrictor plate tracks. To me, the bigger story goes beyond the rule changes themselves. For a long time, especially since Brian France took over for his father in 2004, NASCAR has been accused of not listening to either its fans or its drivers. Even I, an optimistic person by nature, have felt increasing concern that NASCAR was headed in the wrong direction and would eventually implode on itself. Brian France and its other key leaders just didn't seem to be in tune with reality.
However, I have been encouraged by these recent developments. Instead of continuing to pretend that everything is okay when it clearly is not, NASCAR has made some significant changes already and appears to be on the verge of making even more. After years of complaints and dissatisfaction, NASCAR's hearing loss toward its fans and teams may finally be improving. I now envision a brighter future for the sport, and that's good news for all of us!
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