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Thoughtful Thursday - 2019
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Thoughtful Thursday! (No stupid questions) - January 03, 2019
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Thoughtful Thursday! (No stupid questions) - January 31, 2019
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Thoughtful Thursday! (No stupid questions) - January 31, 2019

Welcome to this week's Thoughtful Thursday thread! Also known as "No Stupid Questions"

Thoughtful Thursday - a post idea by u/davidgillilandfan38 for all fans to ask whatever NASCAR-related question they want answered in hopes to get an explanation for something they've been unsure of. No question is too stupid! Want to know why the cars drive left around ovals instead of right or why the cars don't have headlights (they're just stickers!)? Or maybe you want to know something more technical that someone with more experience might know? This thread is for you! Ask below!

Serious answers only, please!

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11 points · 3 months ago

It seems to be dependent on tires. I fear it will be a pack for 5-10 laps, followed by track position being EVERYTHING for the rest of a run.

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1 point · 3 months ago

I think NASCAR knows exactly the type of racing this package will produce. They want the pack to stay bunched up, and I think for the most part that it will.

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-7 points · 3 months ago(0 children)
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Why does NASCAR not use triple digit numbers and do you think that will change going forward?

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Bubba Wallace
16 points · 3 months ago

They used to back in the 50s and 60s. No need to use them anymore since there will never be anywhere near 100 cars in a race. I think the reason for getting rid of them was it's more difficult for spotters to make out a 3 digit number

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Didn't Darrell Waltrip try to run a 3 digit number one year? I think at darlington, but NASCAR made him change it.

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Bubba Wallace
2 points · 3 months ago

Yeah he was gonna run a Tim Flock #300 throwback but they made him change it. I think it was in 1998

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Why were the Xfinity cars faster than the cup cars? It’s been a long time since I’ve watched nascar until this year

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Kyle Busch
12 points · 3 months ago

NASCAR has choked the Cup cars down to 550 HP with a high downforce/drag package for every track sans road courses/short tracks because enough fans whined that there weren't photo finishes and 300 lead changes per race.

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Thank you for the answer. How do fans like yourself feel about it?

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Kyle Busch
1 point · 3 months ago

I don't speak for everyone, but I personally do not like it. This series is the pinnacle of stock car racing and they've effectively turned it into your local go-kart track where whomever gets the souped up kart will win. They're reducing the influence of driver talent all because the modern "fan" needs to be constantly entertained with passing, even if it's artificially induced.

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Since it’s been so long since I’ve watched I’m not sure how to feel, but my first impression is negative. I saw tweets yesterday about Kyle Busch complaining about it, and although he has said things in the past about tracks like Talladega that I disagree with, I feel like he makes some very valid points. My feelings are definitely influenced by nascar in general though, i haven’t like really any choices made since the COT

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5 points · 3 months ago

Were there any fans who dismissed the trucks as a gimmick when the series made its official debut in 1995?

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Oh yeah, I guy I worked with at the time thought it wouldn't last more than 10 races cause "ain't nobody wanna see no trucks at Daytona." We gave him grief for it - he grew to enjoy it.

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3 points · 3 months ago

Bet he also said "who the hell wanna read a text when they can just call me instead"

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4 points · 3 months ago

Can someone please explain the caution period/no live pit stop change made for the Snowball Derby? I’m confused how they pit without losing their spot during green flags. I thought I read they aren’t predetermined cautions like stages, but I can’t figure it out.

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3 points · 3 months ago

They will be allowed to pit during certain cautions without losing position relative to the other drivers that pitted at the same time.

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7 points · 3 months ago

To add to this, typically what tracks will do for these controlled cautions is not count caution laps (done to ensure scoring stays consist and teams are not rushing to beat the pace car off pit road) but allow cars to run under the yellow and decide to pit or not. Then the cars who do choose to pit will be put behind all of the cars that stayed out in the order in which they entered pit lane. So as an example, let's say the running order of the race is 92, 04, 51, 6, 42, and 37 when the caution comes out on lap 201. Under the yellow, the 04 and 42 choose to pit. The two team have as much time as they need during the caution period to complete service and return to the track for the restart and the order in which they exit pit road does not matter. Then the restart order of the race would be 92, 51, 6, 37, 04, and 42 and the race would restart on lap 202. Not sure if this is exactly what the officials in Penscaola will do, but this is fairly typical of what you might see at your typical SLM event.

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3 points · 3 months ago

Thanks I didn't have time to go into detail on my reply but wanted to make sure he/she got an answer.

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2 points · 3 months ago

How did Ben Rhodes not get his lap back at Talladega?

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1 point · 3 months ago

How fast will the cars be at Talladega?

I'm confused since the 500 is still 2018 rules.

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1 point · 3 months ago

Should NASCAR create a series that's intended to be wicked cheap like the dash series?

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2018 MENCS Champion Joey Logano
3 points · 3 months ago

They have multiple series which are wicked cheap. It's called the Whelen All American series. It's basically each NASCAR sanctioned short track's local divisions. There are four divisions (numbered 1,2,3 and 4). Drivers get points towards the National championship depending on how many cars are in their feature. Now the cheapest touring division I would say would probably be K&N East and West. It's cheap mostly due to the condensed schedule. There are a lot of non-NASCAR sanctioned touring divisions that are wicked cheap to run (up here we have the Northeast Mini Stock Tour. That's pretty low budget). But I don't see NASCAR bringing back something like the dash series.

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I've been saying that for a while. Bring back the dash series. Spec chassis, spec engine. Run at short and dirt tracks, and tracks large enough to run a drafting package like the NA18D. Use the enhanced ruleset in that series, and get rid of it in cup.

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