Rain, rain go away

- February 26th, 2012

DAYTONA — There is nothing more frustrating in sports that a rain out, whether it be baseball or motorsports, where it happens most often.
But because baseball is a 162-game season and has a provision for doubling up rain cancelled games later in the season the weather really doesn’t much interfere with the overall schedule.
But in NASCAR it is a much different situation.
Instead of a rain postponement affecting just two teams like in baseball it affects all 43 teams in NASCAR.
And an event the size of the Daytona 500 just can’t be picked up and plopped down on a different weekend.
So if the rain delays this year’s Daytona 500 you can bet the tall foreheads at NASCAR will wait until the last possible moment before making that decision.
My guess is that it will be a night race under the lights at Daytona on Sunday.

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  1. Barry says:

    I have been an auto racing afficianado for over 50 years. As far as I am concerned the drivers (in all catagories; NASCAR, Indy, Formula 1) are a bunch of girls compared to the old days (which are not really all that long ago).
    Drivers in 1935-36 were hitting speeds of 200mph on straightaways with no rollbars, no seatbelts, no suspension, rubber tires and no crash helmuts (even). They drove in T-shirts and maybe even wing-tipped shoes. Lot’s had flasks in thier jackets to sip on too! Rain didn’t stop them. Some were good in wet conditions, some weren’t.—————well, that’s how it goes. NASCAR should have a bunch of regular sedans with good rain tires and a basic cage setup for the drivers to race in case of rain. Then we could see the men from the boys (GIRLS). I don’t think the fans would mind at at all. May the best girl, I mean man, win. I used to race around all the time at over 100mph (in a rain drenched area of North America) with no protection at all except my skill and stupidity with no seatbelts, no crash helmut, not even a rollbar, biased ply tires (radials didn’t exist) , and sometimes a flask! They could have run that race to-day if I was boss and I don’t think the fans would have complained. Most of them can’t really drive worth a shit anyway (except in their dreams) and they might have actually enjoyed a reality based race closer to their own experiences. ————-I find it interesting that the fastest average Daytona race happened over 30 years ago (177 mph. avg.-Buddy Baker), no race has come close before or since. “We” were doing 200 mph. on straightaways (in Europe) almost 80 years ago and have not increased much or often since. “We” hit a wall a long time ago. Let’s live with that. Let the race go, “come rain or come shine”!

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