Once Again a Race is Postponed for Rain: Why Not Use Rain Tires?

Danielle hendersonCorrespondent IAugust 9, 2009

WATKINS GLEN, NY - AUGUST 09:  Pit crews work to cover the cars as rain delays the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at Watkins Glen International on August 9, 2009 in Watkins Glen, New York.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

For the second consecutive week, a Sprint Cup series event has been postponed until Monday for rain.

If you tuned into coverage on ESPN, you would know that with 10 seconds until the command for drivers to start their engines was scheduled to be given, Nascar decided they would wait on the rain that was expected, and then attempt to dry the track.

Today, the ESPN crew kept us entertained by interviewing drivers, talking about the chances of racing on Sunday, and the possibility of rain tires.

With all the talk of rain tires and such, I was led to wonder whether or not that would be a good idea on Nascar's part.

After all, there are many different situations when the rain comes. We have days like today, where it came and went but left the track soaked. In my opinion they should have given the teams rain tires and told them to go.

It wasn't raining, just a light sprinkle, and it's not like a little rain-X can't fix that. I know they had rain tires, I saw them on TV during the delay!

But why didn't NASCAR give teams rain tires?

I believe the reason is they haven't been able to test it like they want. We all know how NASCAR tests everything to death, look how long it was before we got double file restarts.

Another situation would be it rained all day and never stopped, then drivers would need wipers, tons of rain-X, defrosters and possibly mud flaps.

Now we wouldn't be able to run them in the case of thunder and lightning but towards the end of a storm, when it just is raining we could very well have them running.

Rain tires and other equipment would have to be easily accessible and easy to install. They could make defrosters mandatory and have teams and cars ready to install windshield wipers.

This of course wouldn't work at all tracks, probably only road courses and a few short tracks where speeds are lower.

NASCAR could also make the changes only mandatory at certain tracks where they would possibly run in the rain.

It would be cool to watch a Bristol race in the rain though, don't you agree?

Road courses would be good in the rain too, speeds aren't too high, guys are braking a lot, it would be perfect, especially at Sonoma.

I could stay on this subject forever, I actually could talk about ways to improve NASCAR and its racing forever, but I won't.