Feb 24, 2013; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Danica Patrick (10) leads the field through the tri-oval during the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-USA TODAY Sports

Daytona 500: Fans Want Racing, Not Wreckfests


Rant Warning: I’ve read many articles this week about the Daytona 500 and then read the wrath of many fans talking about how many writers don’t care about driver and fan safety. It made me a bit upset, so I felt the need to share my own opinion. Remember this is nothing more than my opinion!

This past weekend fans have let their disappointment in the Daytona 500 known throughout the NASCAR community. Many fans got criticized by others because of their opinion just based on the results of Saturday’s last lap crash that injured spectators. However, I feel that most fans are misunderstanding what we’re expecting out of the Daytona 500.

Personally, I agree with the fans that were disappointed in the lack of excitement from Sunday’s race. However, I’ve faced some criticism myself about why I am disappointed. Those who disagree with me don’t exactly see what I am truly trying to say.

I was expecting an action packed race full of action with the new generation six car. By action, I don’t mean wrecks. I simply mean good on track racing. For example: Yes, there were wrecks during Friday night’s Camping World Truck Series, but it was the actual product of racing that made that race entertaining to watch.

When it comes to good on track product, I am not asking for NASCAR to make the cars easy to wreck so we continually have wrecks and people getting hurt.

On Sunday, it was mostly single file racing. Only on restarts did we have some side-by-side racing, and that didn’t last for long. Were the drivers scared? Or would nobody reach out and help someone challenge?

Either way, what I am trying to say is simple this. I do not wish for wrecks to happen to make a race entertaining. I wish for good racing on the track that keeps fans on their heels and safe as well as keeping the drivers safe. Sunday was boring to be quite frank. Single file racing is like watching a train pass by at a railroad crossing.

I hope this is how those who found the race boring too feel and not because they wanted wrecks through out the race.

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