"Time to wave goodbye to the wavearound"
Posted by G14 on May 3, 2010
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NASCAR has done a terrific job these past couple of seasons making changes in an attempt to make the racing more exciting (double file restarts, multiple G-W-C?s, bringing back the spoiler). However, one rule change I have been skeptical about from the beginning has been the wave around rule. I have tolerated it for the most part (it is nice when your driver takes advantage of it), but it finally got out of hand this past Saturday. In case you weren?t watching or fell asleep (I for one didn?t find this race boring at all), let me recap. Kyle Busch had put all but seven cars one lap down when one of those ?debris? cautions came out. The eight lead lap cars came down to pit and guess what happened? That?s right; the lapped cars took the wave around by not pitting. In a matter of laps, we went from having eight lead lap cars to thirty! A couple of laps later, we had another questionable debris caution, allowing the wave around recipients to pit and get on an even strategy with the leaders.
Unlike many others, I like the length of the Cup races. I don?t think they need to be shortened at all. Its fun to see a race develop over the course of four hundred laps. The first half of Saturday?s race was a perfect example. To me, it was enjoyable seeing only a handful of cars on the lead lap. On the other hand, NASCAR is doing everything they can to make the racing as competitive as possible, and the wave around rule demonstrates that. However, it defeats the purpose of any driver running hard early on knowing the wave around puts every driver back in the game. My suggestion is to get rid of this rule but keep the free pass. Like I said though, the wave around creates more competition and because of this, it is likely we are stuck with it.
Changing subjects, if you didn?t get a chance to see the truck race yesterday, check out the highlights. That battle for the lead with ten laps to go was simply amazing. Kudos to NASCAR for drying the track when they could of called it a race.
That?s all for today, hope everyone is enjoying their Monday?
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