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Hope you were paying attention Saturday

Posted on: August 1, 2009 11:11 pm
Edited on: August 1, 2009 11:22 pm
If you like racing it doesn't get much better than the action and history that ensued on Saturday.

First up was the Nationwide Series paying a visit to Iowa Speedway for the first time. While Newton, Iowa, isn't exactly a hot spot destination, if Saturday's race was any indication, it could become a hot ticket for NASCAR fans. The race featured plenty of side-by-side racing including an excellent duel between Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch for the win. Cup fans should be envious of the show Iowa was able to put on with the Nationwide cars.

But the Nationwide race in Iowa was merely the appetizer. Over at Kentucky Speedway, the IRL debuted the "Push to Pass" button in an effort to create more compelling racing. In large part the move came as a reaction to the June race at Richmond after which drivers were actually apologizing for the lack of passing and excitement.

There were no such problems at Kentucky. All night the drivers were battling for the lead and there was side-by-side action all over the track. Ultimately, Ryan Briscoe would edge Ed Carpenter in the seventh-closest finish in IndyCar Series history.

Whether the new turbo button is what upped the excitement level in Kentucky remains up for debate. Kentucky has always been a very racy track for the IndyCar Series, but the rule changes certainly didn't appear to hurt things.

And finally, in Nashville, shortly after Briscoe captured his victory in Kentucky, Ron Hornaday Jr. was blitzing the field for his fifth consecutive Truck Series victory. 

And there's actually more to look forward to Sunday. No, no, not the Cup cars at sleep-inducing Pocono (though if that's what floats your boat, more power to you). I'm the talking about the X-Games, where the rally cars close the action sports festivities.
Category: Auto Racing

Since: Apr 25, 2007
Posted on: August 2, 2009 9:53 am

Hope you were paying attention Saturday

I thoroughly enjoyed the IRL race at Kentucky. That's the most competitive racing I've seen in the IRL in recent memory. I was really pulling for Ed Carpenter and Vision Racing. What a story that would have made for Tony George. Along with the Push to Pass button, I read where the drivers stated the removal of the wickers on the rear wing were key to the close racing.

Since: Sep 24, 2007
Posted on: August 2, 2009 2:23 am

Hope you were paying attention Saturday

PLEASE PLEASE- NASCAR fans, give the IRL a chance!  As a veteran of 36 Indianapolis 500s and every Brickyard 400 but one, I understand the appreciation for those heavy cars navigating the tracks bumping and scrapping to the finish, but when the open wheel cars can put on a super speedway show at breathless speeds in excess of 215 mph, this is racing at the highest point of nerve and resolve.  While the resilience of the NASCAR racers makes for a lot of mid-race fun, realizing that the slightest contact between Indy cars is likely disaster makes the show such as we saw tonight at Kentucky Speedway what makes American racing special.  Curve after curve only inches apart is spectacular racing and I'd put any NASCAR fan to the challenge - watch the IRL or better yet, attend one Indianapolis 500 and watch the staggering spectacle of the 33 car flying start and see if your blood isn't up like nowhere else.  Michael Schumacher once stated he'd never run the Indianapolis 500 because it was "too dangerous;" and he means just that.

Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: August 1, 2009 11:32 pm

Hope you were paying attention Saturday

Hope you were paying attention Saturday
Yes I was Brian, awesome racing today and tonight. You are right about tomorrows Pocono boring fest, by the time the #48 or #5 start running away from the field we will see the dreaded debris caution before lap 50. The thing is the IRL did something to help the racing, the push to pass button isn't just a gimmick like the shootout restarts in cup, this is something that performs on the car and gives a instant advantage for a short time, it worked great. I mean Nascar could give NOS bottles and say well when your bottle runs out your just out, just a thought. Plus I like it when you take a chance to win or take the lead by almost blowing up a motor if you used to much NOS. What a element something like this would add. But I have feeling we will only see the Hendrick Brigade run away and hide and Smoke coming from the back to make another boring story we've read before. I mean Vision Racing almost beat the Mighty Penske Racing, whats the chance of Nemco Racing beating and racing Hendrick Motorsports for the win at any venue. None. Spikes.

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