NASCAR: Five Lessons Learned From Michigan

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Jun 14, 2015; Brooklyn, MI, USA; Sprint Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick (4) races Sprint Cup Series driver Carl Edwards (19) and Sprint Cup Series driver Matt Kenseth (20) during the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Fuel Mileage was something discussed throughout the race and didn’t even play a role in deciding the winner by the time the race had ended. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /

4. The Fuel Mileage Game is a Major Issue

Throughout the race at Michigan fans were constantly reminded of how driver were trying to save fuel to stay out in front.

Regardless of if you’ve been watching NASCAR for years or this is your first season, fuel mileage does not make for an interesting race.

The problem though, is that by the time the race was over, fuel was not even an issue and played no role in determining the winner. Cautions erased any potential drama of rookie driver Chase Elliot running out of gas, so what seemed like a major talking about throughout the race was gone by the final restart.

Fuel mileage can sometimes lead to interesting results, as drivers see wins slip away as they run out of gas, but what fan really enjoys watching drivers try to save fuel throughout the race? This only becomes more of an issue as it emerges as a constant strategy on tracks like Michigan.

Fans want to see racing, not how much fuel a driver can save in order to help them stay out in front.

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