OPINION: Green White Checkers: A Good Thing?


I was listening to SIRIUSXM NASCAR this afternoon on my way to work and the topic they were discussing grabbed my attention.

The question asked was: Are Green White Checkered finishes a good thing? Do they need to be changed? Eliminated?

Good question.

I have mixed views on this topic but here are my thoughts.

I love the idea of racing it out until the end. Having a caution flag on the last lap when the racing is so close at the front just leaves fans, drivers and teams frustrated and feeling like the race didn’t get to play out. Implementing the GWC finish was a great idea by NASCAR, but I think it could use a few tweaks.

Currently, the GWC finish can be run up to three times at the end of a race if the drivers fail to make it to the finish under green. Upon the third attempt, the final flag signals the end of the race whether it is the checkered or the caution flag.

Listening to SIRIUSXM NASCAR, the analysts and callers had some good opinions that got me thinking: why not have unlimited GWC finishes?

How many times has a race ended under caution since the GWC rule has been put in place? Quite a few.

Seeing a race finish under caution leaves everyone wanting more. We want to see the drivers race it out…not coast across the finish line. Keeping the GWC rule but allowing NASCAR to do it an unlimited amount of times would give the fans the finish they want.

Now, this plan definitely has its flaws. Take Daytona and Talladega for example. With the “big ones” happening frequently during the closing laps of these races, having an unlimited amount of GWC finishes could leave us with just a handful of cars left on the track before they finally race it out to the checkers. That would be too much carnage.

But think of the excitement that having an unlimited amount of GWC finishes would bring! Pit stops would be that much more important. Having enough fuel, calculating how much fuel a driver might need, would be mind-boggling.

Do you think NASCAR should change the GWC rule? Comment below and let us know!

Tags: Camping World Turck Series Green White Checkered GWC NASCAR Nationwide Series Opinion Sprint Cup Series

  • Nick Brincks

    It used to be unlimited in the truck series, before Sprint Cup and Nationwide used it. One night at Gateway, after four green white checkers and tons of wrecked trucks, NASCAR got smart and said unlimited is too many. Three is plenty; the biggest thing they should do is race back to the checkers on the last lap.

  • http://twitter.com/Spin_47 Les Bailey

    The problem you run into with unlimited GWC’s is it becomes a fuel management thing, and I hate fuel management finishes. I also hate it when a driver is winning at the end, and they throw the old caution for a water bottle that might be on the track. They only do that to bunch the cars up to get a possible exciting finish. This puts the screws to the guy who should have won, and didn’t. If the race were exciting for 500 laps, they wouldn’t need the fantastic finale’ to bring the fans back.