Fans of NASCAR have been more critical of the sport this season than seasons before due to the fact that fans believe that the domination by Hendrick Motorsports is bad for the quality of racing. Fans were aggervated with the quality of racing and blamed it on the COT due to the wing on the back and how challenging it is for the drivers to muscle the cars around the track. Fans bitched about how the drivers personalities are dull due to NASCAR being so strict on driver conduct on and off the track so with all these complaints by the fans of NASCAR, the NASCAR sanctioning body lisened and decided to make some changes for the 2010 season.
The changes consisted of getting rid of the rear wing on the COT for the more traditional spoiler on the back of the cars, letting the drivers have the "gloves off" which means letting the drivers settle the score their own ways and not having NASCAR get involved with on track issues, and the last change was making three attempts at a green white checker finish instead of one. The results of these changes have been mixed with fan reactions but it has caused a lot of soundwaves in the sports community and it has been great publicity for the sport itself in mainstream America.
The spoiler hasnt changed the racing too much but it has made the cars look more like stock cars and it appeals to the more traditonal fans. The gloves off approch has been centered in a lot of controversies and it has created some new rivalries like Carl Edwards vs. Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson vs. Jeff Gordon. The multiple attempts at a Green White Checkard finish has really made the ending of races more exciting and it has been a huge success with fans with all of the close finishes that we have seen in 2010.
Jimmie Johnson is still the man to beat in NASCAR right now but it seems like this year, we have seen more contenders go after the 48 team and really make this season more exciting like the on track issues with Jeff Gordon to the exciting battle with Kevin Harvick at Auto Club Speedway. Johnson has won three races this season and is second in points but he hasn't dominated races like he has in the last two seasons because the rest of the field has seemed to finally catch up to Jimmie Johnson.
The overall racing on the track has been nothing short of amazing because of the changes that NASCAR has made this year. There have been already been seven diffrent winners this year and some big name drivers who are on some incredible losing streaks like Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle, and Jeff Burton. But this year has seen some memorable winning moments like Jamie McMurray who was a driver that was on the outside looking in for a ride at the end of the 2009 season, wins the biggest race in NASCAR, the Daytona 500. Denny Hamlin who had just came off ACL surgery a week earlier comes out to Texas and wins the race, and seeing two drivers named Newman and Harvick snap their losing streaks in dramatic style.
NASCAR has seen some awesome racing and some classic finishes this season with the gloves off approach to the racing for now on. We saw an amazing 88 lead changes at Talladega two weeks ago which seems to have been dubbed as one of the greatest races of all time. The finishes to each race has been memorable and the excitement from the start to the end of each race has been off the charts which is something that NASCAR hasn't had in a while.
So as we go further into the 2010 season; we will see silly season become even more silly, some aggressive moments on the track, and maybe even some more photo finishes followed up by a classic battle in the Chase for the Championship this season. I cannot wait for the next race coming up because now NASCAR is nothing short of amazing and you never know whats going to happen on each lap.