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Just Cooling Off
March 9, 2014 - Edward Thomas
NASCAR has brought out a new qualifying method that is supposed to increase viewership by fans a the track and excite the fans watching on television. Some drivers are enjoying the results of this new tactic as others are terrified.
Team Penske drivers Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski have captured the top two spots in the Sprint Cup races at Phoenix and Las Vegas. Each has benefited in points standings with Keselowski coming out on top at Las Vegas Sunday.
Two instances during the quote "Knockout" qualifying sessions hampered the performance of Carl Edwards and Marcos Ambrose. While cooling off their engines during the first session, both drivers were nearly clipped. Edwards and Ambrose chose to run the ampron to be safe from the other qualifiers running at over 170 mph.
Officials have stated that these two instances are not enough to alter the new rules. This weekend's race at Bristol will not afford any mistakes by drivers running at speed or those just cooling off their engines due to the tight quarters.
These new rules may help draw viewers to the track and add to the flavor for TV watchers, but drivers may spend time in the emergency care center if an accident happens.
The new Gen6 car is faster this year due to more downforce, but officials are slow to make changes based on the words of their drivers. Their life is on the line each and everytime they take to the track. Officials only jeopardize their judgement. Judgement should fall into the hands of NASCAR drivers that are the center of the racing product, not the officials on the track and sittling in an air conditioned tower each week.
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