Wednesday, October 6, 2010

One of the Many Reasons I Hate NASCAR

I don't think it's much of a secret that I hate NASCAR with the fiery passion of a thousand suns. It isn't auto racing; it is an overpriced demolition derby. One incident from this past weekend exemplified that. Before I get into details, here's the video.

So, basically, Kyle Bush in the 18 car had a run on Reutimann in the 00. Instead of actually trying to make a pass, he just punted Reutimann out of the way. Reutimann was understandably pissed, and tried to get back at him. Reutimann would later go on to say he "had no choice in wrecking Busch." False. Totally and completely false. If you're that upset with him, beat him by actually passing him, and not wrecking him. That hurts so much more.

Two "race cars" were needlessly destroyed because these drivers don't have any respect for each other on the race track. The old NASCAR phrase is "rubbin' is racin'." Well, no, it's not. Rubbin' is going to get someone killed unless drivers learn to respect each other on the track rather than just wrecking them out of their way. It's also a reason I don't see Dale Earnhardt as a racing legend. He never cleanly passed anyone, he just took them out.

Drivers of most other racing disciplines understand safety on the track and respect each other on the track. No one needs to be killed over someone's lack of driving skill, and that's exactly what's going to happen someday in NASCAR. Well, maybe not since they don't use any technology that gets their cars to dangerous speeds. Seriously, their engines are still carbureted, and no telemetry is run on the cars to know what they can be doing to be faster, and it still costs four times as much to have a competitive NASCAR season as it does an IndyCar season.

Anyway, I'm starting to ramble. Long story short, NASCAR drivers need to shape up before someone gets killed.

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Monday, October 4, 2010

Two 2010 Seasons Conclude

This weekend saw the conclusion of both the regular season in MLB, as well as the final race of the year for the IZOD IndyCar Series. Seeing as these are two of my favorite sports EVER, naturally, I'm going to talk about it.

First, the MLB. My Cubs finished in 5th place in the NL Central. I was impressed, however. They only finished 12 games below .500, and had been as low as 22 games under. The youth of the team put together a really good streak toward the end, and I'm excited to see what they can do next year. I think that it was obvious the players had given up on Lou Piniella, as the team really excelled after Lou's departure. I hope that Ryne Sandberg is hired as the manager starting next year. He is a great baseball personality and a true student of the game. If the Cubs don't pick him up, someone else will, and it would be terrible for the Cubs to lose Ryno.

I'm thinking it's gonna be a Rays/Phillies World Series. After coming so close last year to winning, and due to the relative inexperience of the Tampa Bay Rays, the Phillies will come in and take the series in 6. That's about a month away though.

Saturday night saw the final race of the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series at Homestead-Miami Speedway. First off, it was immediately clear why the series will not be returning to Homestead next year, as there couldn't have been any more than 5000 people in the stands, and that is a VERY liberal estimate. You're only as strong as your weakest link, and Homestead has definitely been one of the weakest links for awhile.

I was disappointed with the way the season ended. Will Power entered the race with an 11 point lead over Dario Franchitti for the championship, and just had to finish ahead of him to ensure a championship, but could have been within a couple spots of Dario, depending on where he finished. Dario dominated the race, and wrapped up the two bonus points fairly early in the race for leading the most laps. Will, as he is seemingly prone to do, choked under pressure, got the car in the marbles, and hit the wall about two-thirds through the race. From there it was Dario's championship to lose, but he finished the race and brought home the championship.

First off, this is a great string for Dario. He has won the 2007, 2009, and now 2010 titles. These are the last three seasons he participated in, as he took a year off in 2008 to try his hand in NASCAR. When you consider the fact he's won the championship each of the last three years he's tried, it's quite an impressive feat.

I am also starting to fear for Will's racing career. He had a seemingly insurmountable points lead just one month ago, and Dario was able to topple it relatively easily. A couple years ago, Will was running away with the race at Surfers' Paradise, his home race in Australia, when he stuffed his car in the tire barrier. He really needs to gain composure under high-stress situations in the car. He has amazing talent and is quite possibly the best IndyCar racer since Rick Mears, but he doesn't have anything to show for it.

This leaves one year left with the current spec until the new car comes in 2012. While next season will surely be much of the same Penske and Ganassi domination, I am hopeful other teams could be more competitive. At the very least, there will hopefully be some new(ish) names up front. Graham Rahal has secured funding for a full season next year, and should be near the top, no matter which team he runs for. Justin Wilson also did a fantastic job making something of nearly nothing in his drive with Dreyer & Reinbold this season. No matter where he winds up next season, it should be a step up from where he currently is, and I look forward to seeing what he is capable with better equipment under him.