When did racing become a snoozefest?

I think I’ve found a cure for insomnia.  Watch either a Nascar Sprint Cup Series or and Indy Racing League race.

Nascar use to be know for side-by-side racing and lots of passing.  Now, with the birth of the COT, it’s more of a follow-the-leader parade.

Yes, there are some passes for the lead on the racing surface, but many are during pit stop sequences.  Is that why you paid $100 for a ticket or invested 4 hours in front of the TV to watch? 

Occasionally, such as at Michigan, an exciting finish makes many forget they were bored to death for a couple of hours.  Just because two cars that were leading on the final lap run out of fuel does not a classic finish race make.

Nascar is trying to come up with answers as attendance and TV ratings dwindle. The solution is right in front of them, listen to the teams input on how to make the COT racier.

Thankfully, it seems Nascar is listening and considering changes after their recent Town Hall meetings with their constituency.  Seems is the operative word.  I’m not holding my breath.

The Indy Racing League built its reputation on 200 MPH side-by-side racing on ovals.  Now, no one passes and the real racing that gets fans on their feet and coming back every year totals about 5 minutes a race.

Texas Motor Speedway use to be unbelievable in its passing.  A couple of weeks ago it was follow-the-leader and the win came thanks to a final pit stop.  Iowa Speedway over the weekend had only four cars on the lead lap at the end and no one close to winner Dario Franchitti.

Here again, the IRL says they will make some “changes.”  I say, show me!

Until both series wake up and make their product worthy of a fans time and money, I suggest going to your local short track.  You might not be watching Dale Earnhardt, Jr, Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Helio Castroneves, Danica Patrick, and Dario Franchitti, but you will have a great time, see exciting racing, spend less money and be home early on a Friday or Saturday night.

Then again, if you want to get in nice nap, the Nascar Sprint Cup Series and the IRL may be just the ticket for you!


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