NASCAR’s tweaked version of the green-white-checkered rule has provided a plethora of excitement thus far in the 2010 season, but it has also provided something else: wrecks. While fans grew frustrated of finishes culminating with untimely yellow flags, the resulting rule change was warranted and needed, for the sake of paying race fans.
Is the rule logically correct? Fans certainly say so, but the result is a trend that cannot be ignored. The Sprint Cup Series has showcased its wild finishes with the rule, and the Nationwide Series displayed how the G-W-C can go sour quickly. The Big One triggered on the final lap between Jamie McMurray and Clint Bowyer resulted in an innocent Dennis Setzer hurtling into the Turn 4 catchfence.
It’s unlikely that this trend of carnage at the end of races will change anytime soon, or get cheaper for car owners, but it sure does deliver the show for fans in the stands.
JR Motorsports’ superspeedway junk
Two of the three superspeedway races are in the books for the Nationwide Series, and not even JR Motorsports can escape the unfortunate side of the unique style of racing. In February, Danica Patrick was caught up in the mess at Daytona prior to the halfway point and team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. was sent on his roof down the backstretch.
At Talladega on Sunday, the organization’s fate was not much better. Rookie Steve Arpin, in his first career start, found trouble on the frontstretch and quickly received a hard welcome to the Nationwide Series, and Daytona 500 champion Jamie McMurray was swept up in the last lap mayhem.
Even though JR Motorsports is one of the premier teams and consistently contends for race wins, fixing wrecked race cars doesn’t get any cheaper or easier.
The modern-day slingshot
The famous slingshot, or a variation of, that cemented some of the most famous moments in NASCAR in the history books appears to have made a return. Sprint Cup Series veterans brought the two-car breakaway technique to the Aaron’s 312 on Sunday evening.
Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick were some of the combatants that worked the tactic to perfection at certain points throughout the 120-lap affair. The newly discovered superspeedway technique allowed two cars to bump-draft away from the pack, with the second car being able to pass, seemingly, at will. While the race was not decided with a two car breakaway, at certain points on Sunday, it seemed as if the 2010 Aaron’s 312 was a window that looked back into the 1970s and 1980s.