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Old 11-03-2015, 08:57 AM
 
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An open letter to NASCAR. Written after Talladega....

NASCAR: An Open Letter From A Concerned Fan

Dear NASCAR,

It appears that you have gotten exactly what you wanted out of your brand new Chase format; excitement, a standard playoff format and an emphasis on winning. While you may think this is a cause for celebration and a good old pat on the back, I’m here to warn you that you’re on a slippery slope.

Yes, you’ve emphasized winning, a thing that was never particular emphasized in championship campaigns of the past, but at what cost did it take to achieve these means? In my opinion, it cost you the integrity and respect that your sport once held so dear to its heart and now treats like an afterthought as long as the result at the end of the day is intense and attracts the attention from the media.

Take for example your latest snafu at the end of The Camping World.com 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. It is many fans opinion that defending champion, Kevin Harvick, intentionally caused a wreck on the last lap of the race in order to secure his spot in the next round of your grand scheme of a Chase format.

While evidence is mounting in favor of this theory, mainly radio communications between Harvick and his crew chief and the fact that he could be seen turning up into Trevor Bayne’s quarter panel right after the six car passed him, you continue to sit there. You continue to look at the chaos that has ensued, but still do nothing to rectify it.

Not only is there something wrong with a finish like this, there’s something extremely wrong with desperation like this. Desperation that you made a by-product of this monster you call a playoff system. Gone are the days of good hard racing, replaced by the days where drivers mumble to themselves the creed, anything to win a title at the end of the season.

Is that the kind of champion you want representing the sport that you worked so hard and so long to build over the years? A champion who’s defining moment in your playoff system was to wreck half the field in order to advance to the next round? Is that any kind of champion that the fans or you can be proud of?

What makes this worse is the fact that you don’t even want to rectify the situation at all. Honestly, you probably can’t anyway, because doing so would go against the very nature of the Chase format that you have worked so hard to build during the 2013 offseason. Doing so would also draw a very confusing line between what kind of desperation is allowed and what kind of desperation isn’t.

Tell me NASCAR, what is the difference between what you have allowed to happen during Sunday’s race at Talladega, and scandals in another major sport? The only one I can see is that while the NFL, NBA NHL would punish and rectify a situation like this, you choose to just sit back and bath in the controversy that you have created.

In a way, your highly hyped playoff system is no better than pro wrestling, scripted and full of artificial excitement. That’s not to say that you personally script the outcomes of your races in the championship playoffs, but you have various rules in place to make sure that there are enough twists and turns to keep fans gasping for air.

Unfortunately for you, once NASCAR fans gather their collective breaths and realize what I already have come to understand, they will leave your sport in favor of more legitimate and rewarding forms of entertainment. This is your future NASCAR, unless of course you decide to compromise and restructure this monstrosity you call a playoff system.

It’s up to you NASCAR, start making changes, or fans will start making changes in what they watch during their Sunday afternoons. The best news I can give you at this time, is that you have an entire offseason to make changes, I just hope you will choose to make the right ones and restore the sport to the days where a fan could be proud of their champion.

Yours Truly,

A Passionate Fan That Is Ready To Move On After 2015

Last edited by dbbd; 11-03-2015 at 10:08 AM..
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Old 11-04-2015, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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And.. A very wise and valid point from Kyle Busch..

Kyle Busch: "Name above driver's door" determines NASCAR punishments

Think of the Bowyer/Gordon incident a few years back. Did Gordon get sat down for a race after that? Nope. Wasn't even a consideration.

Had that been either Busch.. at least a week out of the car.
Kyle is absolutely correct about this.. his name is mud in the NASCAR hauler as for Gordon... not so much. I think if Kenseth had still been IN THE CHASE, he would not have been suspended but since he was already OUT, no harm sitting him for a few races to make the big dogs look tough..
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Old 11-09-2015, 05:02 AM
 
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Martinsville and Texas have been the best two races of the season, so far.
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Old 11-09-2015, 06:17 AM
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Location: The Sand Hills of NC
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Pretty sure JJ was cheating yesterday when he blew by Keselowsky. The reason I say this is of the way Penske has dominated the last five races they are probably cheating too. The only way to beat a cheater is to out cheat them.
This is not the first time JJ has come out of nowhere to steal a win in the final laps.
Good job by team 48.
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Old 11-09-2015, 07:08 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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hum... hard to say. The 48 has always been one of the better teams at adjusting over the course of a race. If Jimmy is running in the top 10 consistently throughout a race, you can bet he will be strong in the final run.. Jr had an equally strong car but couldn't keep from bouncing off the wall otherwise I think him and Jimmy are 1/2 instead of 1/6...

I for one do think NASCAR is doing something fishy with the chase cars. they all finished in the top 10 minus Lagano who had the tire issue early otherwise all 8 would have been in the top 10.. fishy! YEPPERS!
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Old 11-09-2015, 08:35 AM
 
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Martinsville and Texas have been the best two races of the season, so far.
Wait 'til Phoenix next week. Three open spots.....and a LOT of competitive cars.... among them Kesolowski, Kurt B and Logano on the outside looking in as things stand after Texas.
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Old 11-09-2015, 09:18 AM
 
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Pretty sure JJ was cheating yesterday when he blew by Keselowsky. The reason I say this is of the way Penske has dominated the last five races they are probably cheating too. The only way to beat a cheater is to out cheat them.
This is not the first time JJ has come out of nowhere to steal a win in the final laps.
Good job by team 48.
take it from an old crew chief, if you are not cheating, you are not trying hard enough. one thing i used to do was study the rule book intently, looking for any advantage i could get. as smoky yunick once said, if it aint in the rule book, its legal.
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Old 11-09-2015, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Island of Misfit Toys
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The problem is the rule book! It's pretty thick nowadays. But no doubt every team on the grid is doing/trying something. If they aren't they aren't any good as a race team.
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Old 11-09-2015, 01:25 PM
 
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Originally Posted by Labonte18 View Post
And.. A very wise and valid point from Kyle Busch..

Kyle Busch: "Name above driver's door" determines NASCAR punishments

Think of the Bowyer/Gordon incident a few years back. Did Gordon get sat down for a race after that? Nope. Wasn't even a consideration.

Had that been either Busch.. at least a week out of the car.
Remember when Edwards spun Keselowski at Atlanta? Even Larry Mac commented seeing Edwards turn to the right:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2j7wUSosPw
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Old 11-11-2015, 11:47 AM
 
Location: Buckeye, AZ
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hum... hard to say. The 48 has always been one of the better teams at adjusting over the course of a race. If Jimmy is running in the top 10 consistently throughout a race, you can bet he will be strong in the final run.. Jr had an equally strong car but couldn't keep from bouncing off the wall otherwise I think him and Jimmy are 1/2 instead of 1/6...

I for one do think NASCAR is doing something fishy with the chase cars. they all finished in the top 10 minus Lagano who had the tire issue early otherwise all 8 would have been in the top 10.. fishy! YEPPERS!
I've thought that the last few years because besides Dega, we typically do see chasers win races in the chase. Kansas use to be a common non-chaser win track but it hasn't been in years. I wonder if NASCAR gives them a smaller tappred spacer now...

Also if Logano don't make the chase in Phoenix by a win or catastrophes, Kenseth better watch for payback of his own whether it is off the track or getting spun at Miami. That is unless the appeal is actually heard that week and the suspension is reduced to one week...
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