Darlington Southern 500: NASCAR Trying To Bring The Good Old Days Back

al asifyouknowSenior Analyst IMay 9, 2010

DARLINGTON, SC - MAY 08:  Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 AMP Energy / National Guard Chevrolet, races during the NASCAR Sprint Cup series SHOWTIME Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on May 8, 2010 in Darlington, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Lets bring back the old Boston Garden , you know where the Celtics played with all the dead spots on the floors and all the slippery spots from the leaks.

Here one I’m familiar with, Cleveland Municipal stadium , where at times fans needed top bring rubber boots in case they had to go to the bathroom, you know flooding with funny things floating in the water.

I could go on and on but I think you get the point, old is not always good, even if they did a multi million dollar renovation.

I understand they did invest 16 million dollar in upgrades a few years ago.

As I watched Darlington all my focus was on who was going to hit the wall next, for me the race was not about racing but about who was going to survived the so called “Darlington stripe”

Did any of you feel the someway?

I know I’m stepping into holy grail territory when talking about Darlington, but I did hear the broadcast experts point out how narrow the track was, so why can’t this track be modernized , that may not be the proper word, but you know what I’m saying.

How can NASCAR make “the wrecking wall” irrelevant?

Would making this track wider stop the “Darlington stripe” and thus stop the multiple repairs and back up cars teams have to use?

The “run a few laps and repair gig” has to cost this teams lots of money .


Something else I noticed during the race, passing is almost impossible at this track, the recurring advise by the racing experts (DW) was that drivers should be racing the track .

What ? Whatever that is! That most be race talk well beyond my understanding.

As a fan I understand drivers need to be aware of the idiosyncrasies of the track their on, but you still got to race other cars , it is a automobile race , isn’t it?

Oh well ! I know that with all the investment they've done on the track the last five or six years, the track will stay as it is, a wall waiting for someone to hit it and single file racing .

It is what it is !

Actually I got up early to watch the GP2 and then the Formula 1 race, so I’m okay with single file racing.

Just saying !

And as always I’m just a fan with an opinion and from what I understand everybody has one and I thank God for that.

Enough said.