Now in my over 40 years of being around racing in all forms, the yellow flag has meant caution, warning, there is a issue drivers need to be aware of. It causes drivers to slow and stop on track battles, wait to see what the problem is, well in Sundays race at Fontana there has been some concern that NASCAR threw a caution for no reason other than to bunch the field up to, “liven up’ the event. Kasey Kahne took exception to this and blasted NASCAR with this comment,
“We worked hard all day, got ourselves in a good position. I think it was going to be a good points day, and NASCAR threw a debris caution for no debris, which caused Kurt Busch to hit the wall, which caused me to go to the grass and Greg Biffle. And from there, that caused the whole next wreck on the front stretch. It’s disappointing that we had a bad race because of a caution to put a show on for the fans. That’s a good part of the sport, we have to keep the fans excited, but sometimes it ruins people’s days, and today it was our day. “
Well Scene Daily’s Jeff Gluck says he see’s no problems with “phantom Cautions” … is this guy serious? Or has he fallen and hit his head? Well let me clue this “guy “ in on what the yellow means….
“ The solid yellow flag, or caution flag, universally requires drivers to slow down due to a hazard on the track “
Key word is “ hazard “ on the track, now if there is no “hazard” why throw a caution? So it can bunch the field up? NOT!!!! NASCAR saw fit years ago to stop racing back to the yellow when a driver almost got killed, and now they have decided to start throwing them “just to bunch up “ the field. HORSE FEATHERS!!!!!! again it will get some one hurt but it don’t seen to affect the powers that be at NASCAR because they have gotten off the concern for drivers well being and are now worried more about the $$$$$$$$$
Gluck stated in his “commentary “ that
“Personally, I don’t have a problem with “phantom” cautions. If NASCAR is looking for an excuse to bring all the cars back together and create some excitement with a double-file restart, I’m totally OK with that. “
Well there Mr. Gluck have you ever raced? Nope… have you ever been involved with a race team? Nope….. so what do you know? Nothing other than what NASCAR tells you to say….
Yellow flags are for when something is wrong, not to bunch up a field, Fans want excitement, real honest excitement, not excitement created by NASCAR.
Mr. Gluck also says”
In some cases, a debris caution is a less blatant way to call a timeout. Other sports have timeouts to reset the action. What’s wrong with using the debris caution to inject some action into an otherwise boring race?
Well timeouts are not a way to reset the action in any other sport. When a team calls a timeout in the fourth quarter, they don’t reset the score to put them within a touchdown. They don’t get to catch up with the team in front of them. The timeout is to give them extra time to come up with a plan to stop the other team. All a “ time out in NASCAR would cause is wrecking, and wrecking is not good racing
Persona;;y I don’t like Jimmie Johnson, but I would rather see him win by 3 laps than see a caution thrown like it was Sunday, it cost lots of drivers a shot at a good points race and RPM 4 cars. But hey Jeff Gluck don’t mind it so it is ok… sounds like a NASCAR lackey to me.
And what was up with NASCAR telling the 9 crew they could not work on their car? That there wasn’t enough time to fix it …. Kenny Francis told Kahne on the radio that “NASCAR won’t let us fix the car when the yellow comes back out” what is up with that? Seems they are taking the “governing body” a little to far….
tell you what NASCAR how about we all admit publicly that your God and you give us back the real racing …. like it is supposed to be? Oh yeah, find somewhere for Gluck so we don’t have to hear or read his slanted ramblings anymore……he is on your payroll right??