We know NASCAR would desperately like to be taken seriously among the general sports audience and win over new fans…not to mention put a tourniquet on the TV ratings bleed- out of those no longer watching races…that last for an entire day at times…but that’s another story for another day.
But, seriously. Race drivers committing speeding violations. Oxymoron with the emphasis on “moron.”
Five-time defending champion Jimmy Johnson was the latest to get nabbed by the mysterious, behind-the-curtain long arm of NASCAR officiating…for speeding on pit road during Sunday’s race at Martinsville, which is the size of a 7-11 parking lot at best…but that’s also another story for another day.
Here’s the thing. This is the kind of nonsense the general sports audience doesn’t get – I suspect NASCAR nation is fed up as well. Why can’t the drivers see how fast they are going? Period. A light is in the cars to show drivers when they are getting “close” to the speed limit on pit road. Really? Really?
Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton thinks if the speeds were given out in real time for all to see it would turn pit road into a competition. Robin, you have fan oriented events at certain venues called pit crew competitions. The networks wait to go to commercial so they can show the pit crews compete.
He went on to say if speeds were broadcast in real time they would have to “back pit road speed up even more.” So? Whatever the limit is, it is. Everyone knows it.
Better yet, how about a speedometer in the cars? Or is this just crazy talk? Folks, please tell me what I am missing here…NASCAR needs our help.
This is one reason the general sports audience doesn’t get NASCAR. As for other reasons…other stories for other days.