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NASCAR still doesn't get it about summer in Florida

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by hondo, Jul 5, 2015.

  1. hondo

    hondo Well-Known Member

    Looks like the race will be postponed to Monday because of rain. It's pretty clear that NASCAR officials never believe the inevitable will happen since moving its summer Daytona race to night: it rains and storms during almost every afternoon in Florida, in the mid-summer. Supposedly it was done to give NBC a big ratings bang in the first of 20 races in will air the rest of the season but wonder how many people are turned in now to listen to Kyle Petty and Dale Jarrett drone on? In addition to the idiocy of scheduling races in Florida at night during the summer, how good did they think their ratings were going to be anyway, going against U.S. vs. Japan soccer and with everyone having to return to work tomorrow?
    The natural solution would have been to read a weather forecast that a 7-year-old would have understood, start the race at noon and show it on NBC on a delay basis. Certainly that gets much higher ratings then they're getting right now, or when they race on Monday.
  2. doctorquant

    doctorquant Well-Known Member

    Awfully bummed out. I always look forward to this race. Passed up great tickets to the Rangers tonight to watch it -- then again, seeing as how they're getting drubbed by the Angels AGAIN, I might have come out ahead.
  3. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    It's really frustrating. I had been looking forward to settling in and watching this all weekend. Even watched the '01 400 and '04 500 they showed this week to get excited.
  4. Meh.. it's Daytona... just run the last five laps and call it a day.

    I hate restrictor plate racing. Hate. It.

    They should run Darlington on the 4th of July. At night.
    murphyc and franticscribe like this.
  5. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    Ummm ... the July Daytona race has been at night for years. Other than it being on Sunday rather than Saturday, why the outrage now?
    Also, this thing has been scheduled in that time slot a hell of a lot longer than U.S. vs. Japan was.
  6. doctorquant

    doctorquant Well-Known Member

    Because it's easy to call NASCAR stupid if you don't have a lot of facts at your disposal?
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  7. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    At least Daytona isn't as random as Talladega. At Daytona, you at least need to have a good car and get yourself up front toward the end. At Talladega, you don't really win so much as be lucky enough to survive and lead the last lap.

    Darlington on July 4?
    Nah, Darlington is the Labor Day race. Leave it there. Daytona has always been the July 4 race. It's a big part of the fabric of the sport.
  8. old_tony

    old_tony Well-Known Member

    So they started this race just short of midnight? Holy shit.
  9. mpcincal

    mpcincal Well-Known Member

    Just saw highlights on ESPN. Junior won in front of a huge, scary crash that saw Austin Dillon go airborne and take out part of the catch fence. Fortunately, Dillon was just fine, though a few fans suffered minor injuries (only one hospitalized). Oh, and this all happened about 2:41 a.m. local time, according to the WWL. (Video with link)

    Daytona wreck damages catch fence, mars finish of Coke Zero 400
  10. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    Nothing good happens after 2 a.m.
  11. That 3 car at Daytona is bad juju.

    Proof NASCAR is fixed: Jeff Gordon wins at Kentucky this week. ;)
  12. Captain_Kirk

    Captain_Kirk Well-Known Member

    After seeing the pictures of Dillon's car, it's hard to believe he wasn't seriously hurt.
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