Written by Monte Dutton Fri, 2019-03-01 18:52
The Daytona 500! It’s the last race with the old rules!
Next up? Atlanta. It’s the first race with the new rules!
On to Las Vegas. It’s the first race with even newer rules!
Written by Monte Dutton Sat, 2019-02-23 17:55
NASCAR is changing this year. I don’t know exactly how yet. Racing changes every year. As long as interest keeps going down, I reckon it’s going to keep on changing. If the reason it’s declining is the constant change, I guess the folks in charge haven’t noticed, being as how it’s only been a decade, give or take a few years. They seem to think if they change enough, eventually they’ll get it right. I really hope that’s this year.
Circumstances have progressed to the point where I am a writer of the macro, not the micro. Ever since NASCAR implemented phases and stages, circles and cycles, and themes that we’ve all seen before (Willie Nelson song), I’ve sort of followed the alleged philosophy of a baseball manager not known for tinkering: Let them play (race) and see what happens.