301,318.458 Race

Another race is in the can.

So THAT explains why Bruton wants frequent regularly scheduled cautions. Of course, another option is to have Nascar‘s version of golf course designers. ( As long as it’s not the one who designed the greens at Augusta. )

I wish to retract something I said last week. I used the term ” knee-jerk reaction ” in regard to Nascar and its rules modifications at Daytona. I misspoke. I do not believe they act in that way, and have not for quite some time. I believe they painstakingly try to do the best they can for the good of the sport. It doesn’t always work out that way, but they ” adapt, improvise and overcome “.

Back to Loudon, NH. ( I hate the thought. ) Just curious. Somebody enlighten me, please. Why is it 301 laps? Is there some connection to Lenox? A nice even 300 isn’t going to make the race distance any less logical. I know some car numbers and race title numbers have been, or are, sponsor related, but I don’t get this one. Must have something to do with why they race there in the first place. Please, no calls. I know, just like any track that does’t lend itself to stellar racing and finishes, there was indeed some good racing going on. Any kind of racing is better than no racing at all – like what’s coming up this weekend. I suspect there’s a week off between NH and Indy for exactly that reason. Since the racing at both venues is quite similar, the week off might soften the blow. Bruton may have a point. The best Indy race so far was the one they had a competition caution every 10-15 laps or so.

7.15.71: At Islip; 250 laps around a .2 mile track. There was a scoring error which led to the checkers flying 20 laps short. The King won the caution-free race @ 49.925 mph – almost 4 mph faster than he qualified in his pole run. ( I’m guessing those last 20 laps wouldn’t have made much difference – but you never know. )

7.15.78: At Nashville, Richard Childress scored his best ever Nascar finish ( 3rd ).

If Ned was in the booth we’d know what’s up with Hank Parker, Jr.

By Gary Erdakos

Ref: racing-reference.info, Greg Fielden’s “Forty Years of Stock Car Racing”, Richard Sowers’ “The Complete Statistical History of Stock-Car Racing”.


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