NASCAR 2019

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  1. Feb 7, 2019 #1 of 11
    James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    Big changes this year ... but I'll start with one that is off the track. NASCAR Race Hub on FS1.

    Race Hub has moved to a new studio. A green screen. Some times I wish I didn't know. The floor and backgrounds do not exist in the room where the hosts and guests interact. The software is doing a good job of making the angles look natural ... but don't expect anyone to be wearing green.

    #1 on track change ... don't cheat.
    I hate the term cheating when applied to NASCAR. I prefer "rules violation". I also get annoyed when people talk about teams "breaking the law" when they violate rules. The rules are not laws. At worst the teams would be guilty of a contract violation - violating their contract with NASCAR where they agreed to follow the rules - not violating a law.

    Pushing the limits is an important part of the sport. The focus is on pushing the limits of human skill and endurance along with engineering vehicles that can perform better than any other vehicle on the track and working strategies that outwit other teams. Unfortunately some see "pushing the limits" as "cheating" and use the derogatory word.

    I would not say that a person driving 60 in a 55 MPH zone on a public highway was cheating. I would say that they were breaking a rule (in that case, a law). "Cheating" should be reserved for the worst cases of blatant violations - losing three lug nuts is not cheating.

    That being said, if the teams are found to be in violation of the rules after the end of the race they don't win. Violators are disqualified. Last place points and money for any violators, including stage points. And this year's twist is everyone moves up to fill the disqualified positions. Including awarding race wins, stage wins and all the points.

    The good news that ("except in rare instances") that disqualification will not happen on Wednesday. The stupidity of waiting until Wednesday to see if the winner gets to keep their win will end this year. NASCAR will tech three cars (1st, 2nd and a random car) immediately following the race and declare an official winner and finishing order within 90 minutes. (An exception would be if a problem is found in an engine. In that case the penalties would be handed out later.)

    #2 Pass inspection and qualify
    No more crew suspensions. Which were becoming pointless since the suspended person could still work on the car prior to its arrival at the track and could still advise and make decisions relating to how the car was running. Now there will be a start at the back with a pass through penalty at the end of lap 1. I would have started cars at the back and held them for a lap (one lap down) but the pass through is a step in the right direction.

    #3 New aero package
    Everyone seemed to love it at last year's All Star race. Hopefully it will improve the racing.

    I am tired of NASCAR "tightening up" the field. The chase was created to put the top 10 closer together. Adjustments have expanded that to 16 drivers (nearly half of the field) and made it impossible for a driver to walk away with a championship as easily as they did in years past. I didn't mind when the best drivers and teams could dominate. Winning a race with 2nd place a lap down or winning a championship the week before the final race does not bother me. It shows that driver and team are just that good. Now that is gone ... it is all about being in position and winning one specific race. The most excellent season means nothing of one of the other four cars crosses the line in front of the best driver of the season in the final race.

    I am glad that Joey won last year's championship ... but "the big three and me" turned in to the big three not winning. That sort of comeback would not have been so easy prior to the multi-round playoffs and certainly not possible before the chase. Is that good?
     
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    jimmie57

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    Why dont they just put peddles in the cars and be done with it ???
     
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    That should make the racing closer.
     
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    We don't watch much Nascar these days, especially with our hometown boy Kenseth retiring (again). He would do a stint on the morning sports talk show in Milwaukee once a week during the season for many years, and he was great to listen to. Now that is done yet again.

    And that came several years after Dick Trickle retired (from Wisconsin too). Who could ever forget a name like that? :)

    I watched a little bit of the Clash race today, and don't like that FOX still kills the left side of the screen with the statistics. I wish they would have moved back to the top or at least the bottom of the screen. Our household still prefers the previous version of the Clash, when it was the Bud Shootout held the Saturday Night before qualifying. The first big race of the season- as night-racing. Those days are gone for now. Nielson will not get a lot of ratings from our house for Nascar this year, unfortunately for these and other reasons.

    We will tune into the truck series here and there for another Wisconsin driver (Sauter), but it will be hit or miss at best, for only a couple of races.

    It's just not what it used to be. :(
     
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    I was driving during the race so I listened to it on the radio. The rain won. :)

    I did record the race and watched the ending for myself to see Jimmy "pass" Menard. Jimmy was back above the yellow line and stayed ahead of the other surviving drivers. I don't believe Jimmy could have avoided crossing the double yellow. If it wasn't for the wreck the race would have been fairly boring ... a lot of follow the leader and red flags for damp track. The rain at the end was worth ending the race for - especially with most of the field wrecked.

    The wreck would probably be a bigger issue if it was a points race. That starts next week. Nice trophy Jimmie ... now get one that counts! :D
    (And congrats to Chad for giving his new driver a car that could win the pole.)

    (Unrelated - But today's trip in the car was to return something I bought at Lowes and buy something at Menards. Transactions completed long before the incident.)
     
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    I, for one, like having the standings on the side of the screen. It allows me to keep better track of where my favorite drivers (and their rivals) are running, instead of having to wait for the crawl to scroll through a bunch of people I don't care about. If I look aside for just a second, I miss it, then have to wait several minutes for it to scroll around again. It's easier to see who's moving up and who's moving down, too. It's not like they are covering up any action.
     
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    I see your point, and it is a valid one, but everybody dips their Oreo cookie a little differently. For me, it looks like/goes back to the Pillar Box days of TV watching on the old 4:3 ratio. The only difference with this and last year (on FOX) is the right side is wide open. I feel like I have to adjust my eyes constantly when watching on FOX compared to NBC/other broadcasts.......
     
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    I’m just glad the 500 had mostly side by side racing and it wasn’t follow the leader like the Clash and Duels were.
     
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    I like it also.
    Before they ever did this I put my Task Bar on my monitor in the vertical direction on the left side.
    My reasoning was that I have a lot more space horizontal than I do in the vertical direction and the percentage of screen lost was less.
     
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    Yes, there were lots of position changes during the race. Mikey Likes it.
     

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