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WindyMan
Mar 21, 2002

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Do you think NASCAR racing sucks? You'd only be partially correct! While the racing at the national level is hilariously inconsistent and bad, let us remind ourselves that NASCAR isn't just that. NASCAR is also your local short track and various regional championships. This stuff is actually really loving good and you should go to your local track and/or watch more of it on TV.

NASCAR is still NASCAR and it is trying it darnedest to gently caress it up, however. You may have heard that NASCAR bought out ARCA recently, and this year we're seeing the result of that. ARCA is still gonna ARCA with its mix of superspeedways, intermediates, short tracks, old cars, young racers, old racers, and questionable brakes. But on top of that NASCAR has rebranded the K&N East and K&N West series as the ARCA East and ARCA West series. Separately, ARCA Prime, East and West will all carry on as they have been in the recent past, so what you've been using to seeing there should continue.

Here's where things get interesting and/or needlessly complicated. Ten races of the 20-race ARCA series will be designated as ARCA Showdown races, where the regular ARCA cars, East cars, and West cars are all eligible to run. These are all short tracks and road courses and could potentially have high car counts, so they will not suck. It's a championship-in-a-championship thing going on, which is probably better than T H E P L A Y O F F S.

The TV coverage will be a mixed bag since ARCA was on FS1 and MAVTV, and K&N was is on NBCSN. But! NASCAR did A Good Thing and is offering streaming coverage of everything ARCA, Pinty's, Whelen Modifieds (now confirmed!), and other grassroots local track races via NBC Sports Gold. It's only $20 a year for the NASCAR Trackpass ($45 for the bundle with IMSA and AFT) which actually sounds like a very good deal now that I'm typing it out like this and I will probably get it!!!

One last note, you'll probably hear of this Hallie Deegan lady-person switching from Toyota to Ford and moving up from K&N West to ARCA proper.

https://twitter.com/BlackFlagMatter...567751554228224

That's racin'!

ARCA Series Schedule (with ARCA Showdown schedule)
K&N ARCA East Schedule
K&N ARCA West Schedule

WindyMan fucked around with this message at 22:24 on Jan 6, 2020

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WindyMan
Mar 21, 2002

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CBJSprague24 posted:

NASCAR is experimenting with a new pit stop procedure in select NXS and Truck races:

Things worked very well the last time NASCAR tried loving with pit stops!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zW5K1Ba21n8

and

http://www.trucktrend.com/news/163-...s-fueling-rule/

quote:

Before the 2009 season, NASCAR imposed a new pit stop rule which allows only five crewman over the wall on a pit stop, and also says teams can no longer change tires and fuel the truck on the same stop.

(Actually no, it didn't work very well at all)

WindyMan fucked around with this message at 22:04 on Jan 7, 2020

WindyMan
Mar 21, 2002

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https://twitter.com/jimmiejohnson/s...5533370368?s=21

drat.

WindyMan
Mar 21, 2002

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https://twitter.com/MattWeaverAW/st...699851908276224

Congrats to all the truck teams. You've all made the playoffs!

WindyMan
Mar 21, 2002

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93s914lQUTY

WindyMan
Mar 21, 2002

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https://twitter.com/A_S12/status/1225848209584640000

uh oh

WindyMan
Mar 21, 2002

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THE BIG 1 0001010111011!!!!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syQjJBEVNx8

WindyMan
Mar 21, 2002

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Twitter is murmuring that the pace car was hit during the last (I think?) red flag. No video of it since it was completely glossed over during the race broadcast.

But this is ARCA. It isn't the first time it's happened.

https://twitter.com/Basso488/status/886231388587933697

WindyMan
Mar 21, 2002

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NASCAR is dumb and gay

WindyMan
Mar 21, 2002

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The real question is, will he be eating at Applebee's

WindyMan
Mar 21, 2002

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CBJSprague24 posted:

Revisiting this, I don't have an SBJ subscription- can anybody who does give us the cliff notes as to what the penalties might be?

They haven't floated any specific penalties, just that there might be some. It's ridiculous though, because there isn't any "penalty" I can think of that isn't ultimately financial and to the detriment of the track…and ultimately, NASCAR itself. What, are they going to cut ticket prices and risk not making money, to appease NASCAR? Or are they going to set prices at what the market will bear to make money, only to be penalized by NASCAR? A lose-lose on the face of it.

I can only think of one thing that makes sense out of this. For tracks that have two dates that aren't Daytona, Talladega, Bristol, Martinsville, etc., NASCAR could threaten to pull one of their dates in favor of another track if attendance numbers don't look good (or look good on TV).

This could be a pipe dream on my part, wanting Cup or Trucks/Xfinity to run at Irwindale or a Los Angeles street race instead of Fontana, for example. But it could also be NASCAR setting a standard for itself that might mean it's time to move on from a track or a date for greener pastures. Maybe that's another pipe dream, heh.

WindyMan
Mar 21, 2002

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In celebration of the positive news with Ryan Newman, here is a Good and Cool photo of Dale Earnhardt.

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Mar 21, 2002

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spanky69 posted:

Looks like someone stole his shoes while he was in there

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Mar 21, 2002

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SwampYankee posted:

More important news: Ken Schrader is driving in a school bus figure 8 race on his 65th birthday

https://speedsport.com/racing-natio...at-toledo-oval/

Is there anyone more awesome than Schrader?

You can tell the real racers from everyone else because real racers like Schrader will keep racing long after the big bucks have gone.

WindyMan
Mar 21, 2002

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https://twitter.com/A_S12/status/1235253938800275456

WindyMan
Mar 21, 2002

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First reply:

https://twitter.com/DriveThrough_/s...686189988003843

WindyMan
Mar 21, 2002

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https://twitter.com/Thompsons_Photo...539993243385856

Aftermath

WindyMan
Mar 21, 2002

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Same thing with Sonoma and the short chute. It's paved on the other side of the curb, so they just went around the curb to the outside lol

Also, gently caress the short chute thank the lord they went back to the full proper road course with the carousel.

WindyMan
Mar 21, 2002

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CBJSprague24 posted:

Blatantly running way the hell wide on the exit of the carousel at Watkins Glen is a bastardization of what road racing is supposed to be and GET OFFA MAH LAWN.

uh weren't we all OK with Indycar running wide at turn 19 at CotA

WindyMan
Mar 21, 2002

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ICYMI:

WEC cancelled Sebring (travel ban)

Supercross cancelled Seattle this weekend (Watch More Supercross)

NBA suspending all games indefinitely

NHL making a decision tomorrow (gonna be shocking if they don't suspend)

President Trump and Vice President Pence are in charge of getting this all under control

I don't see how NASCAR (or Indycar) can easily escape from this, unless they plead and practice ignorance.

WindyMan
Mar 21, 2002

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oh wait this is NASCAR we're talking about lol enjoy your racing

WindyMan
Mar 21, 2002

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Bobby Labonte too, so that will be cool. Sunday, 1:30 pm ET, FS1.

https://www.enascar.com/news-media/...-series-on-fs1/

WindyMan
Mar 21, 2002

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shame on an IGA posted:

Hey if anyone's jonesing to watch left turns for an hour here's a 200 lap oval track bike race with fixies, no brakes, and some weird tag-team rule


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDScj91sBQs

That's the Madison, where teams of two trade-off by touch (whipping is most effective) to try to win sprint points and a big point bonus for lapping the field. One rests while the other books it. It's dope as hell to see see an effective whip launch a teammate into a sprint.

But this is the NASCAR thread. How about some tandem drafting in the derny race? (This is a loving legendary race, watch it all.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9mLS4jStBA#t=245s

WindyMan fucked around with this message at 06:49 on Mar 29, 2020

WindyMan
Mar 21, 2002

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WindyMan
Mar 21, 2002

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Race owned. Lots of hilarity.

Also this happened in practice

https://www.twitch.tv/jordan10taylo...aciousSkunkMau5

WindyMan
Mar 21, 2002

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https://twitter.com/CreditOneBank/s...804711752073217

https://twitter.com/A_S12/status/1249809822654095371

WindyMan
Mar 21, 2002

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https://twitter.com/alanisnking/sta...812416189411334

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Mar 21, 2002

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CBJSprague24 posted:

Anybody else think this is NASCAR thinking whichever sport starts again first is going to get massive ratings and this is their chance to seize on that?

That's definitely part of it, but it helps that racing is an isolated, individual sport to begin with. They'd be the most safe to restart first. Next would be golf and baseball, forgetting the locker room situations.

skaboomizzy posted:

I really don't see how they can do this safely.

The answer to that problem was solved in Space Jam!

WindyMan
Mar 21, 2002

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Peanut President posted:

I see the 600 is a never ending whirlwind of excitement just like every year

*vortex

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Mar 21, 2002

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mischief posted:

Needs more drone though.

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Mar 21, 2002

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hunnert car pileup posted:

American Sports Cavalcade was the poo poo

AMERICAN


SPORTS


CAVALCADE

WindyMan
Mar 21, 2002

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So this is thing:

https://www.destructoid.com/unrelea...rs-593051.phtml

A year before Days of Thunder came out on the NES, there was another version of it in development that was nearly complete but never known about until it was recently uncovered.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63G9PrLLo_U

Neat!

WindyMan
Mar 21, 2002

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hunnert car pileup posted:

NASCAR still has a ways to catch up to this guy:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sypVwLKrFmU

Super Dave gently caress yeah

and Riverside gently caress yeah

WindyMan
Mar 21, 2002

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The Croc posted:

Should run the old riverside layout on current riverside.

WindyMan
Mar 21, 2002

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Ungratek posted:

I wish stages would go away. It’s pretty much eliminated green flag pit stops.

Better idea: Keep stages for points-paying purposes. Eliminate the known caution, stage break, and restart.

Strategy would become a lot more interesting in the early parts of the race.

And it'd bring back the Gatorade $10k halfway bonus vibe, but at two points during the race.

WindyMan
Mar 21, 2002

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big nipples big life posted:

This is good but for it to work nascar couldn't go back to phantom debris cautions to get restarts.

NASCAR needs restarts now to force close action when everyone is on the same strategy, nearly the same equipment.

If you have different chunks of the field doing different strategies for different reasons at different points of the race, at least up until halfway or so, close action happens more naturally thereby eliminating most of the need for it.

WindyMan
Mar 21, 2002

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big nipples big life posted:

Just gonna put his southernmost tunnel right out there for all the world to see, I guess that's the benefits of being 7 time.

I'd imagine it'd be quite the tunnel after 7 times

WindyMan
Mar 21, 2002

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Only acceptable roof covered/indoor tracks:

- Chili Bowl

- Formula E London (rip)

- Supercross in a dome

WindyMan
Mar 21, 2002

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Fun fact I saw somewhere:

quote:

Matt DiBenedetto’s average finish of 14.9 is the Wood Bros.’ highest since Morgan Shepherd in 1994 (12.7, 6th in points)

I clicked a few more links, and…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a02goTtXD1Q

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WindyMan
Mar 21, 2002

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shyduck posted:

That was the worst race ever

Counterpoint:

https://twitter.com/Mattzel89/statu...426921640775681

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