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 Post subject: Gas saving ain't racin'.........
PostPosted: October 14th, 2012, 12:55 pm 
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How many of you enjoy this 'gas saving as racing' scenario?

Is it time for NASCAR to address it by calling a 'fill-er-up' caution at an appropriate point in the race?

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I don't like it either, but its going to be a hard one to fix. All the teams put a lot of work into making the most power with the best mileage. Your idea of a fil er up caution is song the same lines of Bruton Smiths idea of a late caution to tighten the field up to make the last bit of the race more exciting. Not sure how the die hards will take to a change like that.


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Since my racing tastes are primarily with endurance sports car racing where fuel mileage makes the difference in who wins, I'm ok with NASCAR races occasionally coming down to that.

There's more to racing than just drive as fast as possible.

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I'd rather watch a race where pit stop strategy plays a determining factor in the outcome (even if it means cars are dialing it down near the end to save fuel), than to have some NASCAR-defined mandatory pit stop near the end so that pit strategy becomes meaningless.

I find it suspenseful watching the final few laps, wondering if the lead car is going to run out of fuel.

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Yeah the more I think about it, the more I hope NASCAR doesn't do something to alter the races that come down to fuel mileage. Like you said Rob, it is always interesting wondering who is going to make it or run out.


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It is true that pit strategy is an important part of the sport, and I'd hate to see that reduced.

Upon reflection, I realized that I'm still looking at racing to some extent from the driver's viewpoint. :)

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I didn't catch the race, how did Regan do in top level equipment (before it broke anyway).

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frdalton wrote:
I didn't catch the race, how did Regan do in top level equipment (before it broke anyway).


He was doing great. Was up into the top 10 if i remember correctly. Or very close to it anyway.


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frdalton wrote:
I didn't catch the race, how did Regan do in top level equipment (before it broke anyway).


He was doing great. Was up into the top 10 if i remember correctly. Or very close to it anyway.

He was running 10th when the engine blew but had been as high as 8th. Pretty decent after starting 26th. Can't wait to see how he does at Kansas.


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Hell of an opportunity for him. Hopefully it works into a ride with one of the top teams in the future.

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Regan Smith, driving in place of an injured Dale Earnhardt Jr., posted the fastest speed Thursday in an eventful second day of testing at Kansas Speedway.

Smith recorded a lap of 186.143 mph. The track qualifying record is 180.856 set by Matt Kenseth in October 2005. Forty-four of the 48 cars that tested topped that record on the repaved, 1.5-mile oval.

Smith is driving Earnhardt’s No. 88 Chevrolet for the second week as NASCAR’s most popular driver recovers after sustaining two concussions in six weeks.

http://tucsoncitizen.com/usa-today-spor ... by-junior/


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Smith posted a seventh place finish at Kansas, btw.

And fittingly, he was signed to a full time ride at Junior Motorsports yesterday for 2013. He will be driving the #5. Cole Whitt will switch from the #88 to the #7 (Danica's number) while the #88 will become a part time car for when Dale Jr. runs Nationwide races (it was felt that the #88 should be left available for Junior to race ... he normally would run the #5 ... as a brand identification strategy)

Smith will be sitting out this weekend's Cup race at Martinsville because he was being held in reserve in case Dale Jr. failed his final medical clearances this week (he didn't). So A.J. Allmendinger will again race the #51 Phoenix Racing car this weekend and the following weekend at Texas before Smith slides back behind the wheel of that car for the last two races (Phoenix and Homestead). Looks like A.J. may pick up the #51 ride for next season (if they are able to field a car, which is looking 50-50 right now).


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