Vascar Enforced 500

Another good race is in the can.

It could just be this race put the longing for the “spin him to win” days of Bristol behind us. With a lot of help from abcespndisney‘s presentation, and some lessons learned by the teams since the track was reconfigured, I believe Bristol is back. A pretty exciting evening.

And can you believe the 24 actually passed cars whenever the green flag dropped? How unlike him. At the start, I figured that was a sign he would tie Bobby Allison for 3rd place. (Yeah, I know. But that’s a whole other argument.)

Do any authorities – other than apparently Nascar – still use VASCAR (visual average speed computer and recorder) to catch speeders? I haven’t seen those advisory signs on the road in decades.

And finally, will the 4 most famous words in racing ever actually be limited to 4 words again?

8.27.66: @ Bowman Gray in the Myers Brothers Memorial, under a 10 lap caution, B. Allison and Curtis Turner repeatedly rammed and spun each other until their cars were undriveable. At that point Nascar ejected both drivers.

8.28.77: On a rainy day in Bristol, Nascar chose to run the final 34 laps under “yellow red flag” (whatever that is).

If Ned were in the booth we’d know what’s up with Ron Bouchard.

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



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