Trivia: Who won the last Cup race before the tragic events of 9/11?
After each NASCAR race I go on many message boards to see what other fans thought about it. No matter how exciting the race was, there are always plenty of people who found it boring. I know everyone has their own opinion, but lately it seems that this has become an issue more widespread. It is a shame, because I firmly believe that the racing is no less "boring" than it was ten years ago.
It really comes down to how one defines an exciting race. Racing, unlike other sports, has several variables that can produce an exciting show. Lead changes, pit strategy, photo finishes, four wide racing, and last lap passes all are ingredients for a terrific race. All are ingredients, but only one is required for excitement. My personal favorite? Lead changes. I am not talking about lead changes under caution or during green flag pit stops obviously.
Thats why it is frustrating to hear so many people complain about the lack of on track action this year. In 2010 the average amount of lead changes a race has been twenty-eight; the average in the previous ten seasons was around twenty. Unfortunately it seems like many don't see it the same way. I am curious to know what you think and welcome your opinions.
Trivia answer: Ricky Rudd at Richmond
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