Can’t sleep? No problem! Watch Nascar at Indy!

The 15th Brickyard 400 was run Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and just like almost all of the 14 preceding races, Nascar put race fans to sleep.

Sure there was some faux excitement as Jimmy Johnson held off Mark Martin at the end, but that was about it.

Lap after lap it was the usual follow-the-leader at the famed Brickyard and it has basically been that way since the first race back in 1994.

The long term problem is that the Indianapolis Motor Speedway isn’t made for stock car racing.  You have 9 degree banked turns connected by two long straight-aways and the short straight-aways (short chutes) between the turns at each end of the track.  It’s next to impossible to get a run on the outside in these heavy cars so it becomes a drag race to enter turn 1 or turn 3.

The COT has made the problem even worse.  Every race track they run has basically the same problem, drivers can’t pass and whoever gets into the lead, they’re gone from the rest of the field.

What’s the answer?  Well, unless the Indianapolis Motor Speedway wants to change it’s historic layout and rebuild it like Las Vegas and Homestead have done, there isn’t one, other than Nascar not race at Indianapolis and that isn’t going to happen!

The Brickyard 400 is what made Nascar into what it is today. Read that carefully.  The Brickyard 400 is what made Nascar into what it is today.

Before Nascar raced at IMS they were considered a “southern” sport.  Yes they did race at places like Michigan and Pocono but those were just “excursions” into the Midwest.  The Brickyard 400 gave Nascar legitimacy as a real national sport thanks to being accepted at the most revered track in the world.

No matter how boring the racing becomes at Indy (hard to think it could get any worse!) Nascar is not going to stop racing there..and IMS is not going to stop inviting them as they need the money. (That’s a different problem!)

The one good thing about the Brickyard each year, you’re guaranteed a nice 2 hour nap between the first 20 laps and the last 20 laps and you won’t miss a thing!


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