How Does NASCAR Reduce the Chaos on Overtime Restarts at Road Courses?


How does NASCAR reduce the chaos on overtime restarts at road courses? This commentary explores possible solutions for consideration. The answer is not an easy one.

The NASCAR Cup Series race at Circuit of the Americas/COTA was one of the best races in a long time, providing good racing action for everyone, The race showcases varying pit strategies, red-hot battles on the track, and drivers having to walk the delicate tightrope between running hard enough to hold position while trying to conserve fuel. Sadly, the entertainment value of the race came undone at the end with a late caution leading to several overtime restarts and chaos. 

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The ‘New Atlanta’ is what NASCAR and SMI Envisioned–A Better Race!

HAMPTON, GEORGIA – JULY 10: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, leads the field to the green flag to start the NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on July 10, 2022 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

The ‘New Atlanta is what NASCAR and SMI envisioned–a better race! But what about the fans? This commentary gives readers fuel for thought. NOTE: Commentary delayed due to illness and recovery issues.

After the end of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway NASCAR and track owners, Speedway Motorsports Inc. embarked on a multi-million dollar renovation of the facility.  The worn-out surface was repaved.  More critically, the entire track was re-profiled.  The banking in the turns increased from 24 to 28 degrees, and the turns were narrowed by more than ten feet. 

Early in the 2022 season, NASCAR announced that Atlanta would use an engine power and aerodynamic package similar to Daytona and Talladega. In essence, Atlanta Motor Speedway is now NASCAR’s third superspeedway race, despite the track’s 1.5-mile length. A stark contrast to the 2.5 and 2.66-mile lengths for Daytona and Talladega respectively.

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A Fan at the Track: Talladega Spring Weekend 2022

Photo – Michael Orzel

A Fan at the Track: Talladega Spring Weekend 2022 is from Fan4Racing contributor Michael Orzel after attending his favorite track.

Since moving to Eastern Mississippi a few years ago, the two-hour trip east to Talladega Superspeedway is a must for NASCAR events. Every season, I enjoy going to several races at various tracks. And while I enjoy the unique personality of every track, nothing comes close to the Talladega ‘experience.’

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Fan’s Guide to the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series Cars and Drivers

AVONDALE, AZ – JANUARY 26: Kyle Larson, driver of the #5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro on pit road during NASCAR Next Gen Testing on January 26, 2022, at Phoenix Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

With the 2022 season fast approaching, it’s time to look at the cars and drivers that will be on the track starting with the Busch Light Clash at the LA Colosseum this weekend. 

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COMMENTARY: Stop Whining about Respect and Focus on Racing

COMMENTARY:  Stop Whining about Respect and Focus on Racing' is an opinion piece by writer Mike Orzel and may not reflect that of Fan4Racing.

COMMENTARY: Stop Whining about Respect and Focus on Racing’ is an opinion piece by writer Mike Orzel and may not reflect that of Fan4Racing.

A common complaint lately is about drivers not showing ‘respect’ on the track.  This trend was on full display this weekend at Martinsville and hit the high-water mark for what is becoming a far-too-common theme in post-race (or post-crash) interviews.  Some drivers feel they have been wronged by their fellow competitors, and lately, they seem to be willing to chalk it up to a lack of respect on the track.

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