OT Nascar to allow drivers to start "mixing it up"

Submitted by umichzach on January 21st, 2010 at 2:30 PM

http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/nascar/cup/news/story?id=4845878

i don't follow nascar at all (i think its stupid) so could someone else explain what the hell would letting drivers "mix it up" do for the sport. Are they trying to be more like hockey and attract viewers for the fights/confrontations? the article says it will energize the sport but i just don't know enough about nascar to understand how getting in someone's face (presumably) after the race qill equate to more viewers during the race.

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gater

January 21st, 2010 at 2:37 PM ^

i don't follow it closely, but it seems like they're done everything in their power to make it so that nobody bumps another driver and everyone is on their best behavior. They did that so that they could go "mainstream". What I think they didn't understand is that the people buying their merchandise and going to the races loved that part of racing and were getting more and more pissed off as they took it away.

Don

January 21st, 2010 at 2:39 PM ^

"NASCAR will now permit bump-drafting at Daytona and Talladega and more contact on the race track."

I'm not a NASCAR fan either, but if they pulled drunken, shirtless fans at random from the infield at Talladega and stuffed them into the cars to see if they could make it around the track for five laps going at least 200 mph for a $50,000 prize, I'd watch it.

Blue Palasky_68

January 21st, 2010 at 2:55 PM ^

As a race fan, I love this move. They have tried so hard to go mainstream and took the NASCAR out of NASCAR. Sponsors didn't want their drivers getting into fistfights in the garage after someone wreaked another diver. While trying to please the sponsors, which makes these teams run, they ruined the product they were putting out there for the fans who pay to watch these guys. With ratings that are dropping faster than Tiger Woods endorsments, their starting to feel the pinch. I would love to see these guys police their own. It sure would make it more interesting and the driver would have to answer to people for more than an "accident". NASCAR gets me through until September!

UMfan21

January 21st, 2010 at 4:21 PM ^

Over the past few years they have sucked all of the excitement out of the events. More and more restrictions on the car set ups to make them all "equal" (which means they all run in a bunch and do nothing). You can't hardly touch cars without being penalized. You can't swear without being penalized. You can't get mad, say bad things or punch a guy who just wrecked your $250k ride and endangered you... They repaved several of the tracks to make the outside lanes as fast as the inside lanes...again just resulting in no passing, but rather a clump of cars that goes around together.

I started watching nascar in 2002 or 2003 and it has diminished significantly in my eyes since then because of all of these rule changes. It is very stale indeed. It's not just about "mixing it up" after a race, but it's about being able to push cars out of the race during the race, and then drop an f-bomb after wards.

I don't know if it's enough to save nascar, but it should make it watchable again (I haven't watched it in a few years now).

MaizeAndBlueWahoo

January 21st, 2010 at 4:49 PM ^

Explanation: Corporate sponsors have wanted their drivers to be model little citizens, which is boring. That combined with the death grip on "safety issues" that NASCAR has is even more boring. Basically they're going to stop laying absurd penalties for getting in shouting matches in the garages and bumping each other around a bit on the track. In other words, they're going to let them entertain people a bit more. Would hockey fans want to see the fighting taken out of hockey?

bighousechris

January 21st, 2010 at 9:28 PM ^

Horrific accidents can happen anywhere at any time for any reason. Remember 3? The tracks and the cars themselves are becoming safer, which I'd great, but for God sakes it's racin'. I would think that any driver at any level understands the risk involved going 180mph 3 inches from the next guy. NASCAR has become sterile and with this move I think they realize that it's the inherent brawn and attitude that got the sport this far and the need to get back to those roots.

clarkiefromcanada

January 21st, 2010 at 9:36 PM ^

I grew up on the NASCAR watching "The Nashville Network" and sometimes "TNT" carry their races before it became corporate and watered down.

"Fans were incensed that the rough and tumble sport they once loved had been molded into boring, follow-the-leader racing"...that's completely accurate with the cars being equal and all contact limited it had basically become the IRL or Formula One and full of vanilla (hello Jimmie Johnson). Dale Earnhardt would have been thrown out of NASCAR in the past 5 years.

I am sure he is looking down at these changes (including the spoiler remod) with some happiness. I hope it's watchable again.

jvblaha

January 21st, 2010 at 11:15 PM ^

As a North Carolinian and proud NASCAR fan, I believe NASCAR is turning back to its roots. The recession has destroyed their dreams for a more national sport and this is the beginning of retracting back into the south east and their original fan base. Hopefully this will be followed by returning to the great regional tracks that always sold out and eliminating some of the races in Las Vegas and California. I would love to see Darlington take back father's day, and Wilkesboro and Rockingham reopen.

It's not too late for NASCAR to win back its fan base. Let's go racin boys! Boogity Boogity Boogity!!!

clarkiefromcanada

January 21st, 2010 at 11:24 PM ^

Little Bill's vision placed the sport on antiseptic copycat tracks (Texas, California, Vegas, Chicagoland) at the expense of tracks (Rockingham, Darlington, North Wilkesboro) where real long term fans built the sport. Fans appreciated the history and tradition of those places; when the Fox money came calling NASCAR pulled out. I, for one, would be glad to see a retrenchment in the traditional Southern and Eastern markets where they have had the greatest success and, bluntly, better racing. I would absolutely support a return to the short tracks, as well.