OK, maybe not directly but go with me on this one.
Weather forcasts all weekend were calling for rain, NASCAR knew it was coming so what did they do? They ran the race at the 3:40 ET start time anyway.
If NASCAR would have made the start time about 1 hr earlier they just might have got all of the race in before the skies opened up and would have avoided the extra pressure put on drivers to get to the front in a hurry or to get back on the lead lap fast.
From this view point it was NASCAR's inaction and quest for primetime ratings that caused the Vickers/Earnhardt mishap and nothing else.
One thing I really hate about NASCAR is the fact that they have changed the regular start times (approx 1:00 pm) for their races to later times so that they can get into the TV prime time slots. Good for their pocketbooks but sucks for the fans.
I remember going to a race years and years ago and NASCAR started the race earlier because of the threat of rain - yep earlier. As a paying ticket holder I appreciated the fact that NASCAR tried to get the whole entire race in before the rain hit.
That just isn't the case anymore.
The average race fan who attends each and every one of these races deserves to see the whole entire race and it should be NASCAR's obligation to give these paying fans exactly what they paid for - an entire race.
You know, if they are worried about their ratings so much tape the damn race and broadcast it during the regular time anyway, I'd still watch it from the comfort of my own couch and be really happy that I got to see a whole entire race instead of the anti-climatic event that was held this past weekend. And I'm sure the TV Networks would appreciate an entire race with an exciting finish too instead of what they got on Sunday.
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