I realize that NASCAR could not please anyone. After all, not all fans want to see the same thing. And, frankly, some people live to complain; No matter what is done, there are those out there who will find something wrong with it. When it comes to criticizing the new stage format; People just have to chill out. Give him a chance to scream out loud.
Of course, there are some fans that were critical as soon as the announcement of the new format came from NASCAR, without even seeing it in the game. How about seeing something in the game before announcing that the sky is falling. Or in the case of some dark NASCAR fans who like to believe that the sport is based on life support.
Yes, I get that the tendency is that the angry ones are louder; the happy people have better things to do and moan. Hey, maybe that’s why they are not so bitter. It is refreshing to hear from fans who just enjoy racing and do not occasionally make a hobby of moaning, groaning and complaining.
For those who want to find something wrong with everything NASCAR does, seemingly to be as angry and bitter as it is a kind of honor badge, give the new format a chance. Is that too much?
And Daytona alone is not a fair chance. Plate racing is a very special animal and can only be seen four times a year. The Cup Series runs more races a year and more record races a year, so I’ll use its numbers to emphasize my point. Do we want a format for a 36-race season that is best suited for just a ninth of the race? I do not think so. Also, the Limitor Plate Race is such a strange bird that it can not reasonably be seen as an indication of what will happen elsewhere.
That being said, I do not think that many critics in Daytona format last fall, anyway, are really valid.
First, what makes these critics so sure that the format causes any of the attrition on Friday night, Saturday or Sunday? I’m not sure. Have not we seen wreck festivals in Daytona? I’m pretty sure we have that. I chalk to what we experienced last weekend, to driver mistakes, not to a catastrophe of a format.
While I’m at it, I want to talk about some of the specific reviews, so here’s how it works:
Yes, the format makes for some extra precautions – two a race, as a matter of fact. Wait a minute; does it really do that? Sometimes this weekend, when you look at all three national series races, there were several times when the respective race was already under caution when a stage ended and a new stage began. Additional precautions so? I do not think so. As for the warnings that came out, just to finish a stage and start a new one, that’s just two extra warnings a race, folks. This is not really much in the course of a race.
In addition, these two known warnings help NASCAR to give fans what they want, judging by some loud complaints in recent years. Do you remember the handles over so many races because of advertising missing? I do. So, does not tv people have the chance to show their commercials when things are going well? News flash, you see more races this way.
That brings out another fan-grip that I’ve heard in the last few days. These precautionary steps between the steps are just too damn long. really!?! Yes, back to racing earlier, so more commercials need to be shown during the Green Flag race, which we really want. Not!
Then there are the people who claim that the new format would be better if the laps between stages were not counted towards the race’s total distance. Was not there an outcry about races that need to be shortened not so long ago? If yellow laps between the stages do not count, would not this circle the whole lap and extend the race? Is not that the opposite of what some of you asked not too long ago? You cannot have it in both directions, people.
Some of the reviews on the new stage format have shown me: Maybe NASCAR is not its worst opponent. If the sport really dies, the blame may be out of place. Critics, apparently all that NASCAR likes to blame Brian France. Sure, France has made decisions and done things in a way I disagree with, but maybe it’s not really the biggest enemy of the sport. It looks more and more to me, the biggest enemy facing NASCAR at this time is a group of people claiming to be fans. After all, any decision and / or act is bad for these people, even if it gives them what they supposedly want.
The Daytona 500 2017 was sold out and the TV audience for the season opener was sold out. Cheer on it, people who claim the days of sport are numbered. How about all the time you’ve spent in a more productive way – coming up with a system that makes the race exciting on lap 50, on lap 100, and so on. Boring race is one of your complaints, is not it? The stage format reduces that, but hey, some of you are going to complain about getting exactly what you want, so maybe the ball should be in your hands. Apparently that’s the only way some of you will be happy. Heck, you would probably even complain about your own decisions. Would not surprise me anymore.