Just over a week ago, NASCAR forgot what it is. A brief moment of confusion led to a lot of not-so-great changes for the series, including an overhaul of the championship formats in both of its top developmental series and a caution clock. A clock. Try to cough that one out. But if NASCAR wants to be like baseball or basketball, there are a few other rules it should try to grab instead. For those who missed the announcement—or tried to forget about it—both the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Xfinity Series will now use tweaked versions of the Sprint Cup Series’ Chase format to decide their champions. While NASCAR did do one good thing with Xfinity competition by adding heat races (gasp, something native to motorsports!) to the four eligible Dash 4 Cash events, they essentially turned each green-flag run during a NCWTS race into college-basketball half. Ding, ding, ding, that’s right—for every 20 minutes of racing outside of the final 10 or 20 laps, there will be a caution. There are plenty of racing series that do run on a clock, and that’s fine. The races are timed in those cases, so it’s a bit different. Laps… Read full this story
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