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This week’s Comfortable Hour is not so happy as we kick it off on a somber be aware given the news of Jason Leffler’s fatal accident Wednesday evening. As Jay said earlier Thursday, it is a reminder how far NASCAR has come, but in addition how harmful racing could be. NASCAR and its tracks get pleasure from with the ability to spend tens of millions of dollars on analysis and growth for car security and SAFER obstacles. Exponentially more tracks don’t have that luxury.
What’s your favourite Jason Leffler reminiscence? The second that instantly pops into my thoughts is the 2004 July Nationwide Series race at Daytona (above), when he tried to do nearly something to win the race. He was second on the ultimate lap to Michael Waltrip and made contact with Waltrip’s back bumper as he went to the surface… a bump that despatched Waltrip into the inside wall. As the sphere barreled into flip three, Leffler was pursued by Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Mike Wallace. Junior went high and so did Leffler, who was not going to let him by. But by transferring up to prevent Junior from passing, Mike Wallace snuck by on the within.
Leffler crossed the line second, however was scored 13th after a NASCAR penalty. Yeah, he could not have made many new fans out of those that cheer for Waltrip and Junior that night time, but you possibly can’t discount how much he needed to win that race.
Let’s get to it.
Clearly the forty eight along with the rest of the HMS camp as an entire has found out the GEN6 car. Yet, HMS hasn’t used any of the 4 NASCAR assessments yet. They don’t seem to be bringing new updated GEN6 variations each week to the observe. Actually the 88 camp is returning the same automobile he gained with at Michigan final spring. So, are they dishonest or is it that the cars aren’t that different in spite of everything?
- Ricky Bobby
The transition from the COT to the brand new automotive was not as stark because it was from the “Gen-4″ car to the COT. Many teams, as exemplified by Junior and the No. 88 camp at Michigan this week, have taken trusted chassis and put new car bodies on them.
Stewart-Haas is a main example that what worked with the COT does not all the time work with this yr’s automobile, however Hendrick Motorsports has sufficient entry to issues like seven-rig shaker posts and the ability to assemble a ton of data with their four vehicles that it isn’t surprising at all that they are the place they are. Oh, and Chad Knaus continues to be Chad Knaus and Jimmie Johnson remains to be Jimmie Johnson.
On a related word, the Toyotas are going to dial again in some horsepower this week. Joe Gibbs Racing has been higher than Hendrick this 12 months — they simply have not had the outcomes to show for it. Will they be the quickest crew on the town at Michigan? And will they be probably the most dependable?
Now we get a couple of contrasting opinions. I like when that occurs.
I’ve bought to give credit score where credit is due. I’m NOT a fan of the TNT Broadcasting group after they take over NASCAR for the summer time. Nevertheless, they did very effectively this 12 months. Good job! I hope they stick with it for the next 5 races.
Knowing that we would be transferring from FOX to TNT after Dover, and remembering how a lot everyone complained about TNT’s broadcasts of the races final 12 months, I figured I’d throw some gas (was I supposed to say Sunoco race fuel?) on the fire.
Fox’s broadcast of Dover from inexperienced flag to checkered flag lasted 3 hours and 15 minutes and had 116 commercials complete. This contains the side by aspect, and does not embody pre race or publish race.
TNT’s broadcast from Pocono lasted 2 hours and forty seven minutes and had one hundred and one commercials complete from green to checkered.
So sure TNT does bombard us with many extra commercials on average, but they need to be extra ashamed of the unhealthy commentary of the race. Pre race show we had been advised that the entrance straight away was 32 feet long. Announcers forgot to elucidate why the first caution was out. And worst of all, the roller on high of the display screen taking up approach to a lot space as a result of they should have an advert plastered in your face your complete time. TNT truly needs to get their act together or get out of the business of showing races.
It was the first race of the season for the TNT gang and it at all times takes a little bit of time for an saying crew to get a really feel for one another again. Plus, TNT only has six races, so Adam Alexander, Kyle Petty and Wally Dallenbach solely call 1/sixth of the NASCAR schedule collectively earlier than going again to their other duties.
I did recognize Kyle Petty’s candor after the primary caution flag when he admitted that the published hadn’t advised viewers why it had been displayed. However the worst part of the printed — it isn’t even close — was the banner advertisements at the prime of the tracker.
I totally perceive that promoting pays the bills. Hell, readers see that every week on the blog. But there ought to be no means that promoting on a normal race broadcast ought to take up a lot room in the course of the broadcast itself. Ad included, it is not an exaggeration to say that the ticker took up greater than 15 % of the display screen. It crossed the line from “noticeable” to “frustrating.”
Here’s a crazy shake-up for you: With the TV Rope falling on the observe and the 15 minute fix-it timeout got here this concept: Someday during the third quarter phase of the race a computer would spit out a random purple flag. All vehicles on the observe are required to make it to their pit stall and allowed 10 minutes to fix no matter they select; as long as it is completed in the pit stall. At 10 minutes all cars are given the signal to leave their pit stall in the same precise order when the flag was thrown. Any automobile not able to go away would lose their spot in line. However no racing to the road. And a ten minute ‘half-time’ for the TV folks to get in 15 minutes of commercials!
And to solve the restart query: All restarts should be from a standing begin, dragster type. The primary 4 cars all throughout the monitor staged at the start-finish line and so forth all the best way again. A single green mild positioned where all can see it flashes ON, they usually’re off! What enjoyable! Almost as good as the determine-8 race suggestion Tony Stewart had for Talladega.
Bring back the Truck Series halftime! I didn’t mind halftime within the Truck Collection, however I am unable to see how commonplace discipline manipulations in points races within the Dash Cup Series might be a serious thought. There are already enough complaints about particles cautions, so imagine the primary time the arbitrary crimson flag comes out with Danica Patrick or Dale Earnhardt Jr. about to be lapped? In the event you thought the Jimmie Johnson tinfoil hat stuff was big-time, you ain’t seen nothing but.
As far as the standing begins go, I’d love to see them at the All-Star Race for the beginning of the segments, if not at the very least the start of the race. (In a perfect, danger-free world I would love to see a rally begin, but yeah, that is not happening.) Let’s paint some temporary F1-type begin bins on the dogleg at CMS and make it occur!