CALLIN' THE SHOTS!

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CALLIN' THE SHOTS!

    This article is about officials in sports; who does well, and not so well, along with what can be done to fix things.

    To be honest I could go on forever about each sport.  There are pluses and minuses for each, but I don't want to try and bore you so I will just stick to NASCAR and F1.

    As both NASCAR and F1 both have very technical sanctioning bodies to police the sport, each one is so different in how they judge infractions and maintain a level playing field for teams.

    The main thing is just about all the penalties in F1 that go down with any team usually are never reported to the public. This in my mind is some sort of political issue with the race teams. 

    Also, F1 never posts the monetary winnings of the teams at all.  I want to know what they did wrong, and how much they won, my ticket helps pay the purse. 

    The complete opposite is what you get in (as my friends call it) the "redneck roundy round." 

    NASCAR makes any violations public, usually after they are 100 percent sure of the issue.  They tell you who did it, why, and what its going to cost them--which by the way happened this weekend in Charlotte for the 600.  The punishment will be billed later this week to Johnny Suater and Scott Riggs' teams.  It's going to be bad, believe me.

    They also post the purse and each driver's winnings every weekend. 

    My next thing is tires. In F1, teams can run different tire manufactures which can easily be an advantage for other teams, because if one team can't afford a more developed tire, they have no hope of winning.

    NASCAR makes every team use the same tire with the same compound, which keeps the competition in toe.  There are no advantages in tires; it's all about to how you set them up.

    F1 cars tech in a weird way.  If you have ever seen them tech a car all those teams are getting away with something, just look at the bodies of the cars.  They are so different from one another how can any F1 team know if they are behind a roadblock in body development, when the sanctioning body keeps it all secret, and each manufacture's body is all jacked up?

    NASCAR is the complete opposite.  Even before the common bodies of this year, all main based wind tunnel data was open to all teams for all makes.  NASCAR wants the teams to know they are policing an even playing field for all the teams and their sponsors.  With the common bodies, no one team has an aerodynamic advantage.  

    Okay.  Here is my only beef with NASCAR where F1 really does a hell of a job; good old instant replay.

    Numerous times during F1 races they are using replay to see if drivers broke a rule while racing, and nine times out of ten they get it right.  They have an official go down and show them how they called it.  Those teams can argue the call, and every now and then win.

    But not in NASCAR.  When they make a call they stick to it right or wrong.  Even with the 100 different camera angles they have access to they never use it. Although the television networks do.  They and their viewers watch a call go wrong as plain as the eye can see, but NASCAR never reverses the call.

    For instance, in Darlington two weeks ago, a driver was called in for a stop and go penalty for jumping the leader on a restart.  When played back on TV you could obviously see the leader's tires spin which resulted in the second place car going by the leader before the flag-stand. 

    The TV station went one step further to point out the mistake by NASCAR (I think to help them change there mind) so they played the in-car camera with audio of the leader.  You could hear him spin the tires, but still they held there call to what it was.

    I guess no matter what, since racing started there has never been a fixed race in the history of the sport, mainly because its just about impossible due to all the variables.

    But it still needs it's tweaking in some areas. When people say "Ooh they called a caution so whats his name could win," I say yea right, there is too much money on the line and that would ruin a racing sanctioning body forever.

    See you at the track!!!

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