This is is going to make a few people mad, but it needs to be brought up. That is blocking, years ago it was almost as bad as cheating to block someone, but now a days its starting to be considered ok. Lets look at what it does, it causes drivers to have to make evasive actions which in turn causes drivers to hit each other , which in turn gets drivers hurt.
I don’t know where it started to be acceptable but now it is starting to get out of hand. In the second of the duals it was Mark Martin who for years has been known for his clean driving style, but in the duals he made a blocking move that carried Kyle Busch up to the wall and almost into it. Friday night it was used by Busch on the last lap to almost take Rick Crawford out coming to the line.
As I have said many times here on top of the box racing is about racing, not bumping contrary to popular belief rubbin is not racing, rubbing gets drivers hurt. Yeah it happens some times and yeah it can not be avoided but that don’t make it ok.(Here comes the part that will make a few mad) Lets look back at the 500 that we lost Dale Sr., he was blocking, he was doing it to give his son and his driver Mike Waltrip a chance to break away and go for the win, (sort of a conflict of interest I think driving for one team and using that equipment to benefit a team you own) in his effort to let the 2 DEI cars to go battle for the win, he caused a massive pile up that cost a lot of teams cars and Dale Sr. his life.
But blocking has come to be acceptable, and it is going to lead to more drivers getting hurt or even killed. This is a dangerous sport, face it, these cars are 3600lbs missiles a weapon and to use them like this is not going to do anything but get someone hurt, if you can’t outrun a car then let it go, don’t make all these crazy moves to stay in front of it. F-1 has made provisions for blocking due to drivers getting hurt in the melee’s that have followed blocking incidents. NASCAR should learn from them before someone gets hurt.
I am sure that there will be a bunch of folks who can give all these excuses that “oh because NASCAR has put restrictor plates on cars you have to block” arguments well horse feathers. That don’t fly, is it ok to put drivers lives on the line just because of a rule, that is to help even out races? NO!!!! it is not.
So please NASCAR PLEASE do something about this before we loose another driver like we lost Dale Sr. Racing can be fun and exciting with out this blatant blocking crap, but someone has to step up to the plate and make a stand against it. As we sit down to watch the 2009 500 watch for yourself at some of the moves drivers are making to block and as a result of blocking and see if you really think it is a good idea.