NASCAR 2019

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  1. James Long

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    NASCAR 2020 ...
    If you don't like this year's schedule (identical to last year's schedule) next year's is a big change.

    Being from Indiana it is interesting to see Indianapolis punted around the schedule ... but July 4th weekend is not a bad landing spot. Daytona moves to the "end of the regular season" spot.

    There are about a dozen headlines that could be written ... Atlanta and Homestead in March after the western sweep opens the door for Phoenix to be the final race of the year. And a Saturday/Sunday double header in Pocano! I hope they have good weather on that weekend. Then again two cup races on the same day would be fun. No Pocano road course ... which would be possible if the dates were kept separate.

    It should be a decent schedule. BTW: The two off weekends in a row at the end of July coincide with NBC's Olympic coverage. NASCAR decided to leave a gap in the schedule instead of accepting a slot on one of NBC's lesser networks.
     
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    James - do you have a link for the 2020 schedule ?
     
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    Some day drivers will learn how to qualify without stinking up the show. I thought that day was last Monday. Apparently not.

    I thought it was clear: "The middle lane must remain clear. If I driver pulls into that lane, he must head onto the race track." Yet middle lane drivers tried to merge into side lanes after passing cars and when cars did go side lane drivers cut them off. Mayhem rules. NASCAR has a few weeks before the next expected problem (Dover or Kansas) but the chaos is bad.
     
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    They will change it soon again. Nobody likes what is going on.
    I think the last 12 will be made to run independent laps and not as a group for the pole and top 12 positions.
     
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    Third round single car (slowest to fastest of the 2nd round qualifiers) sounds fair. Then no one gets the draft and no one gets the advantage.
    Unfortunately the problem was seen in all three rounds - so something will need to be done to "simplify" the rules.
    I would say: To allow more time for the single car third round the second round will be shortened to five minutes.
    I would say: No passing on pit road. If cars are waiting drivers can pull in at the end of either line. If the other line is shorter they can change lines. But drivers cannot put in front of a car in either line. Once the driver passes the end of both lines they are committed to go on the track.
    I would say: Cars must leave pit road at pit road speed. If pit road speed is 45 MPH they must drive 45 MPH (and less than 50.0 MPH) while leaving pit road. If driving slower that the "pit road speed" causes a car behind to not be able to achieve pit road speed it will be considered blocking and that driver's first lap will be disqualified.

    The "no passing" rule may cause a problem if there is a disabled vehicle in line. Part of me wants to say "tough" ... get out on the track and qualify. If the above doesn't work then the next step would be allowing only one line for "staging" ... or none (pull away from your crew and go!). I don't want to see the staging lines completely disappear as the drivers nearly wrecked pulling away from their crew locations to reach the staging locations. Wrecking where crews are over the wall would not be a good thing. But the drivers need to GO!

    I just hope that whatever they come up with is easily understood and followed. Considering all of the time fans watched drivers NOT qualify (sitting for 9 minutes isn't qualifying) the only penalties during qualifying were for speeding on pit road. Apparently NASCAR decided to let drivers stink up the show without penalty. :(
     
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    Jeff Gordon suggested that when a car pulls out of their parking space that they must not stop and continue onto the track and make a lap. That would eliminate the log jam at the end of pit row.
     
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    I'd rather have the log jam at the end of pit road than in the middle where crew members are standing by cars. But it would be "simple" ... go means go, no stopping, no backing up, take a lap.
     
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    The rest of the story on 2020 schedules (truck and Xfinity): 2020 schedules for Xfinity Series, Gander Trucks unveiled | NASCAR.com
    Four races on Pocano weekend! Trucks and Cup Saturday, Xfinity and Cup Sunday. I hope the weather is good.

    And DW calls it quits at the end of the season: Darrell Waltrip to retire from FOX following 19-year run | NASCAR.com
    It was good to see Darrell call his Boogity from the flag stand while waving the green flag for the race. And then seconds later "caution!" with the eventual winner being wrecked on the first lap. That's Bristol baby!

    Bristol qualifying wasn't too bad ... most of the cars rolled off with five minutes to go each session, so there was only 10 out of 25 minutes with a single car (more or less) on the track.
     
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    From the "use it or lose it" department ... three FIVE minute rounds of qualifying today. This is not a permanent change (affecting all qualifying henceforth), but I expect NASCAR to do the same at future tracks where the drivers are unlikely to go out at the beginning of the round.
     
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    They could just eliminate the qualifying all together and use their times they got in the practices.
     
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    Interesting fact (or at least interesting to me). A car numbered 19 has only won a Cup race nine times:
    Five times were wins by Carl Edwards ("my driver" before he walked away - I still like him and hope he makes the Hall of Fame in the next couple of years).
    Twice were wins by Jeremy Mayfield in 2004 and 2005. And the first win was in 1960.
    Mayfield and Edwards both had one win at Richmond in the 19. So out of around 1475 starts and nine wins, three have come at Richmond.
     
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    Those facts might change now with Truex driving the 19 Toyota.
     
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    I expect he will make the 19 look good. Carl got his five 19 wins in two years. Truex is capable of doing that (4 wins in 2016 and 2018, 8 wins and the championship in 2017).
     

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