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Yes more competition cautions, but not the ones to check tires of equipment but the ones to tighten up the field.

In NASCAR once the field spreads out to one lane it's like watching a bunch of ants marching, is boring my dear friends. Sunday at Sonoma was a good example.

They should also set a mark as to how many cars have to be on the lead lap, 20 cars could be a good mark, NASCAR then can call a caution that would give the lucky dog and the chance for a wave around for the teams who chose to do so.

The point is to keep the lead lap with at least 21 plus race cars, this would make the competition more interesting specially with the disparity that appears to be between the top 5 teams and the rest of the field.

 Let me explain what Im talking about, if you take Hendrick's four teams plus their satellite Stewart-Hass who has two, Gibbs with three, Roush and Childress both with three, that is 15 cars that would probably run in the lead lap thus not giving much opportunity to the rest of the field.

Would you agree is a better for the fans when there is 30 cars in the lead lap, of course it is because it gives them hope that their team may get up front even if it's by a wreck.

I'm a # 42 and #1 fan so if they fall back to the abyss of laps down I lose interest and hope, some may say those teams are hopeless anyway but that's another story for another day.

Enough said.

June 26, 2012  07:50 AM ET

Actually I think in some ways competition cautions would cause less parity not more.

Even without regularly scheduled cautions we see cars like the 48 and 17 march through the field and compete for the win at the end. All of this under the pressure of "getting it right" under green flag pitstops. Having a caution every 50 green flag laps (for argument's sake) would mean these guys no longer have to pull off changes to the car in 14 seconds. They can take longer (relatively) to adjust their cars.

So instead of the 48 taking all race to get up front he will be there before the first third of the race, and then just pulling away from the field afterward. And don't we get enough talk about the 48 already?

June 26, 2012  03:20 PM ET

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June 27, 2012  11:27 AM ET

You are not achieving parity, all you are doing is penalizing the better cars of the day and rewarding the laggards. Rules for your so called parity need to take effect before gentlemen, start your engines.

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June 27, 2012  04:38 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Actually I think in some ways competition cautions would cause less parity not more. Even without regularly scheduled cautions we see cars like the 48 and 17 march through the field and compete for the win at the end. All of this under the pressure of "getting it right" under green flag pitstops. Having a caution every 50 green flag laps (for argument's sake) would mean these guys no longer have to pull off changes to the car in 14 seconds. They can take longer (relatively) to adjust their cars.So instead of the 48 taking all race to get up front he will be there before the first third of the race, and then just pulling away from the field afterward. And don't we get enough talk about the 48 already?

I cant agree with you because they all would have the same opportunity....But here is the real problem, I would assume Hendrick and Stewart share info on data...Am I wrong ????you actually have a six car team, that is the problem with NASCAR right now , they need to set a budget and limit the number to two or three teams and clamp down on the satellite crap so all teams can get an equal opportunity???this is heading to a 5 team road show like the monster trucks???just an opinion..

June 27, 2012  04:40 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

You are not achieving parity, all you are doing is penalizing the better cars of the day and rewarding the laggards. Rules for your so called parity need to take effect before gentlemen, start your engines.

If you get a chance read comment no. 5

June 27, 2012  04:41 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Ditto. If some cat has the talent and a car fast enough to win by 10 laps, I say "let's see it".

If you get a chance read comment no. 5

June 27, 2012  04:43 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

You are not achieving parity, all you are doing is penalizing the better cars of the day and rewarding the laggards. Rules for your so called parity need to take effect before gentlemen, start your engines.

If you get a chance read comment no. 5

June 28, 2012  10:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I cant agree with you because they all would have the same opportunity....But here is the real problem, I would assume Hendrick and Stewart share info on data...Am I wrong ????you actually have a six car team, that is the problem with NASCAR right now , they need to set a budget and limit the number to two or three teams and clamp down on the satellite crap so all teams can get an equal opportunity???this is heading to a 5 team road show like the monster trucks???just an opinion..

I will agree there is an issue with the sharing of information, but how do you regulate that? Everyone pretty much has access to their competitors' radios through Trackpass during the race, close proximity to one another in the garage area at the track, and you have multiple teams sharing the same garage space back at the privately owned shops. Unless you start posting NASCAR officials everywhere information will be shared. In fact it is this sharing of information that keeps a lot of the smaller teams running.

What you are proposing with NASCAR setting the budgets for the teams and limiting the number of cars (either by a single "owner" or through info sharing) gets into franchising, and you loose the independence and "everyman" aspect of the sport. All the teams are independent organizations, and what you are proposing would be no different than the U.S. government going and telling a company like Microsoft, Coke, or Toyoda how much money they will be spending for the year and their budget. It's not going to happen. And it's not something NASCAR want's to get into either, because then the teams and drivers go from being independent contractors (off NASCAR's dime) to being employees (on NASCAR's dime).

If anything there's too much parity in NASCAR right now. Everyone is so pushed into the same box that there is little to no innovation allowed. Look at the races, and the driver complaints. Everyone pretty much says if you are upfront in clean air your car is so much better than everyone else. This means second place has a natural disadvantage from the start compared to first place. If the crews were allowed to make some modifications to the cars beyond what they can do now then we might actually start seeing some decent racing.

June 28, 2012  12:48 PM ET

Parity is for politicians, not sports. Petty and Pearson, in the best days of NASCAR,, would win by lap.

June 28, 2012  01:25 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I cant agree with you because they all would have the same opportunity....

Everyone has the same opportunity every week when they come to the track. Some guy have a bad qualifying run and start in the back and make it to the front. Some guys start up front and move to the back. With the exception of getting caught up in someone's wreck or start and parking everyone has the same chance to win.

June 28, 2012  05:41 PM ET
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Everyone has the same opportunity every week when they come to the track. Some guy have a bad qualifying run and start in the back and make it to the front. Some guys start up front and move to the back. With the exception of getting caught up in someone's wreck or start and parking everyone has the same chance to win.

My dear friend ABSOLUTELY not true....not everyone gets the same shot to go fast you need money and not all have it.........this is not equal my friend this is a 4 or 5 orgasnosasion sport the rest are just fillers.....lol

June 28, 2012  05:42 PM ET
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My dear friend ABSOLUTELY not true....not everyone gets the same shot to go fast you need money and not all have it.........this is not equal my friend this is a 4 or 5 orgasnosasion sport the rest are just fillers.....lol

orgasnosasion...you know I'm not nchanging that spelling it may be fitting...lol

June 29, 2012  09:14 AM ET
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My dear friend ABSOLUTELY not true....not everyone gets the same shot to go fast you need money and not all have it.........this is not equal my friend this is a 4 or 5 orgasnosasion sport the rest are just fillers.....lol

You got me on that one, it does take money to run well in the series, I have used that argument many times before. But that still doesn't mean that competition cautions will level the playing field.

June 30, 2012  10:52 AM ET

This now sounds democrat vs republican. Let's level the field so that the poor under invested underfunded teams can run well against the super teams.

What's do you want next for NASCAR? Heltoncare?

Sheesh

July 1, 2012  12:38 AM ET
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This now sounds democrat vs republican. Let's level the field so that the poor under invested underfunded teams can run well against the super teams.What's do you want next for NASCAR? Helton Care?Sheesh

lol...lol....lol...is a sport not politics...but hey maybe you are right...is all about who spends the most money...lmao...

July 1, 2012  09:46 PM ET

They are talking on this subject on Wind Tunnel

 
July 2, 2012  03:04 PM ET

Congrats to Brad, a most powerful run but somewhat boring. Ironically, my wife blew my mind this weekend while I was watching the race as she pranced around the house in a spoof of the NASCAR logo tee shirt with the word "BORING" on the front! She picked it up at http://www.nascarwidows.com and it was quite funny and too close to the truth.

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