February 20, 2007
Why NASCAR Doesn't Care About Safety(Filed under: Speculating)
Oh yeah, NASCAR started up again. We're kind of on again off again here, so deal with it.
As a lifetime Mark Martin fan it should come as no surprise that I was bummed about Sunday's finish. There was much screaming and yelling as the cars started spinning, passing and flipping, but what's done is done. A last lap wreck while Martin was leading, but NASCAR didn't throw the caution which would have given Martin his first ever Daytona 500 win, and Kevin Harvick comes out of nowhere to beat Martin to the line by a few feet.
I'm not going to be one of those annoying fans who whines and complains. It's just a race.
My only beef is that I wish NASCAR would be consistent. The practice of freezing the field when the caution comes out was for driver safety. No racing to the line so we can get the emergency crews out there quicker. It's a good safety measure. But it only makes sense if you enforce it consistently. When cars wreck and flip over, that's pretty much a guaranteed caution. Safety is on the line. But NASCAR didn't do it. They wanted a green flag finish, which was exciting and fun. But it completely contradicts their supposed commitment to safety.
If that was any lap but the last one it would have been a caution. Last lap wrecks have killed drivers, which is something we've seen before at Daytona, but apparently that's not important anymore.
I'm bummed for Martin, but he's a swell guy and took it like a veteran. But NASCAR's actions prove that they don't really care about safety. What they really care about is an exciting finish that boosts ratings and business. That really shouldn't come as any surprise, but there it is.
And it would have been so fun to see Roush kick himself for not finding some way to keep Martin.
Posted by kevin at February 20, 2007 9:07 AM
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