Forgive me in advance, but this is going to sound like a rant, which it probably is.
Believe it or not, NASCAR is better than any other sport when it comes to listening to the fans. Unfortunately, this is a major problem. As the cliché goes, if it aint broke, don?t fix it. Well NASCAR isn?t broke but they started addressing some concerns from the fans. Some of the changes have been great. We have the spoiler back, double file restarts, consistent start times, and green white checkered finishes (some hate this, but we the fans asked for it). This is all good, but it appears to be causing more problems, not solving them. I am digressing a little bit, but the fact that NASCAR has been listening worries me that they will make another change ? shorter races. While it makes good sense economically and I wouldn?t mind an abbreviated race at Fontana (I?d rather it off the schedule), shorter races will be the death of NASCAR. I may be in the minority here, but shortening the races in an attempt to make them more exciting is a no win situation.
First of all, it will piss off even more longtime fans who enjoy the current length of races. We don?t need to lose any more veteran fans. Secondly, I guarantee racing will not be any better if it is only 300 laps. The All Star Challenge this past weekend was the perfect example. A 100 lap race, no points on the line. However, we still saw drivers biding their time, waiting to the end. That doesn?t bother me one bit, it?s a part of racing. As a matter of fact, thats an aspect of racing that I enjoy. If you don?t buy that example, look at the Nationwide series. If you find that more exciting, why not make that the series you watch? After all, it has most of the Cup drivers in there. Here is another thing. If you have a problem with the length of a race, there are many simple solutions. During the parts you find "boring", do some laundry, watch NFL, exercise, etc. For people that enjoy the length of the races, what are we to do if they are shortened? That?s an hour or two less in my week that I am watching NASCAR. It is also an hour or two more in the week I spend getting excited about the next race. NASCAR, I beg you, please don?t shorten the races.
Out of curiosity, how many of you that are in favor of shorter races enjoy watching qualifying and practice?
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