Poll Position: What should NASCAR do about abundance of fuel-mileage races?

by | NASCAR Blogger

Managing fuel is a major part of winning at tracks like Charlotte. (US Presswire)  
Managing fuel is a major part of winning at tracks like Charlotte. (US Presswire)  

Absolutely nothing. Look, I want to see drivers going door handle to door handle every week trying to get to Victory Lane. Who doesn't want a race to end with a side-by-side duel to the checkered flag or a three-wide photo finish across the start-finish line? But the fact is over the course of a long 36-race season, that's not going to happen every week.

Fan Poll

Should NASCAR do something to limit fuel-mileage races?

No: let the races play out naturally
Yes: fuel mileage races lack excitement

Total Votes: 298

There have always been fuel mileage races in NASCAR. One of the reasons for the propensity in recent years is because the number of caution flags is down. Cars are more durable and engines rarely blow. Long green flags, as was the norm last Saturday night in Charlotte, means teams have to figure out strategy on how to get the most out of their fuel loads, knowing opportunities to come to pit road under yellow will be limited.

Fuel strategy races are the NASCAR equivalent of a 1-0 pitcher's duel in baseball or a low scoring NFL game dominated by two running attacks and defense. They might not provide spectacular highlights or memorable action for that matter, but they are part of the sport. There's nothing the sanctioning body should do to change the scenario. Races need to play themselves out organically without manipulation. If that means a string of fuel mileage strategy races, so be it.


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