It seems like a lot of NASCAR fans want to have their cake and eat it, too. And by that, I mean that they want to have it both ways, so to speak. Now, I realize that with each controversy, if you even want to call it that, there are totally different groups of fans that get their panties all in knots and voice their displeasures on social media. Still, I want to say that we can’t have it both ways.
From the restart controversy from awhile back to the Joey Logano/Matt Kenseth soap opera, I’ve heard and read gripes from fans that claim NASCAR makes up rules as it goes along, and gripes that NASCAR isn’t enforcing some of the rules it already had.
Speaking of restarts, or in Sunday night’s case, starts, Kurt Busch’s penalty for jumping the start at Phoenix International Raceway, as in whether or not he really jumped the start and whether or not he should have been penalized as one of the then-Chase drivers in an elimination race isn’t the bone of contention I want to address, here, today.
Today’s post, or gripe, if you will, is to the fans complaining about a race of Sunday’s importance being called early because of rain.
NASCAR can’t control the weather, so they race would, at the very least, needed to have been halted when it was actually called. At what time Sunday night would it have been okay for NASCAR to have thrown in the proverbial towel?
Some of the latest disgruntled fans mentioned the solution of restarting the race on lap 220 and run to lap 312 on Monday.
What happened to not making up to rules as we go along and enforcing the rules we have?
Here’s a brief lesson on a small portion of the NASCAR rule book:
Once a race gets past the halfway point and is red-flagged, NASCAR will make reasonable attempts to get the race resumed that day, but if said race can’t be restarted that day, it won’t be carried over to the next day. Instead, it’ll be called official, with the driver at the time the race is called being declared the race winner.
Okay, there it is folks. Are you suggesting NASCAR ignore this rule? Or are you suggesting the sanctioning body should make up amendment to this rule midseason to suit this particular situatiion?
But wait. I thought NASCAR should enforce its rules and shouldn’t make up rules midseason. Like I said before, we can’t have it both ways.
Some fans seem to believe that the race shouldn’t have even been started on Sunday evening, because after a three-hour window of dryness, there was a 50/50 chance rain might have returned. Seriously!?!
I realize that ending a Chase elimination race early because of rain when the driver who dominated the race, also a Chaser, just lost the lead, but it is what it is. We can’t control Mother Nature, and life isn’t fair and all that jazz.
For what it’s worth, Kevin Harvick, who was dominating the race, advanced to the Championship Four, anyway.
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