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(ESPN)   On Friday the 13th, NASCAR decides to make the Chase thirteen drivers strong. ITS STILL REAL TO ME DAMNIT   (espn.go.com) divider line 162
    More: Followup, NASCAR, Jeff Gordon, Mike Helton, David Gilliland, Joey Logano, Richmond International Raceway, Chase for the Sprint Cup, Michael Waltrip Racing  
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2013-09-13 10:58:48 PM  
Mikey's take: the rules are BS.
 
2013-09-13 10:58:59 PM  
bluorangefyre: (and really, would NASCAR suspend Jeff Gordon?)

Sadly, no.  I thought for sure they'd park him after his stunt at Phoenix last year.  Instead he got a "Now Jeffy, play nice.." warning. Which is another thing I don't understand.  Jeff can put another driver into the wall (And technically, Clint could have been killed by that little stunt.) and gets away with a slap on the wrist.  But pit late in the race to give your team mate a bump? That's $300,000 and a Congressional hearing. Really?
 
2013-09-13 11:02:21 PM  

StormChaser: bluorangefyre: (and really, would NASCAR suspend Jeff Gordon?)

Sadly, no.  I thought for sure they'd park him after his stunt at Phoenix last year.  Instead he got a "Now Jeffy, play nice.." warning. Which is another thing I don't understand.  Jeff can put another driver into the wall (And technically, Clint could have been killed by that little stunt.) and gets away with a slap on the wrist.  But pit late in the race to give your team mate a bump? That's $300,000 and a Congressional hearing. Really?


Well there are those who are so big in the sport that they wouldn't dare suspend them lest they have a revolt by the fans.  Did they suspend Richard Petty when he won with an engine that was too big?  Did they fine Dale Earnhardt for putting drivers into the wall?
 
2013-09-13 11:02:58 PM  

StormChaser: When did Jeff Gordon turn into such a toddler? His Twitter feed after the MWR punishment was the social media equivalent of telling a 2 year old they can't have ice cream before dinner.  And for what? So he could get into the chase and continue to blow engines, crash cars, and generally be irrelevant like he has been all season?


Gordon is a top 20 driver at best. He just had some damned good cars under him when Evernham was his crew chief. (Anyone who can build a car so badass that while not breaking a single rule, bent the rulebook so badly that NASCAR told them they never want to see that car again ever is good.) Same for JJ, he'd be lucky to make the chase w/o Knaus masterminding the operation. People seem to forget how much a good crew does for you.
 
2013-09-13 11:03:46 PM  
NASCAR Wonka @NASCAR_Wonka

If Kyle Busch had run himself over and unable to participate in the Chase, NASCAR was prepared to add seven more drivers to compensate.

/sorry VW
 
2013-09-13 11:04:26 PM  
NASCAR Wonka @NASCAR_Wonka

Kyle Busch practiced earlier today for his truck series burnout.

pbs.twimg.com
 
2013-09-13 11:05:24 PM  
What kind of name for a race is Enjoy Illinois anyway?

From what I've seen, it's corruption and inferior pizza
 
2013-09-13 11:07:06 PM  
I've decided... Sundays race thread should be great.
 
2013-09-13 11:07:18 PM  

HamstersFromHell: (Anyone who can build a car so badass that while not breaking a single rule, bent the rulebook so badly that NASCAR told them they never want to see that car again ever is good.)


I still love that story. "Did we break any rules? Nope, don't ever bring that car here again.".
 
2013-09-13 11:08:22 PM  
Four commercial breaks in the last 30 laps of the truck race. Amazing.
 
2013-09-13 11:12:49 PM  

bluorangefyre: Well there are those who are so big in the sport that they wouldn't dare suspend them lest they have a revolt by the fans.  Did they suspend Richard Petty when he won with an engine that was too big?  Did they fine Dale Earnhardt for putting drivers into the wall?


That was why the "press conference" today was a thing of beauty. Some uppity reporter asked France and Helton point blank if the standing rule was for "fans to know who won the race before they left the track" (the excuse created pretty much by that Petty incident). then why did they wait till Friday this week to let us know they'd messed with the chase lineup? They both instantly looked like "Oh, shiat, someone asked THAT question!" The hemming and hawing was a sight to see.

I also loved Helton's comment that they would address the questions of the press only after they've had their meeting with the drivers. crew chiefs and owners Saturday. Translation: "We've farked ourselves into a corner, and we'll need another 12-18 hours to get our story straight."
 
2013-09-13 11:13:59 PM  

HamstersFromHell: StormChaser: When did Jeff Gordon turn into such a toddler? His Twitter feed after the MWR punishment was the social media equivalent of telling a 2 year old they can't have ice cream before dinner.  And for what? So he could get into the chase and continue to blow engines, crash cars, and generally be irrelevant like he has been all season?

Gordon is a top 20 driver at best. He just had some damned good cars under him when Evernham was his crew chief. (Anyone who can build a car so badass that while not breaking a single rule, bent the rulebook so badly that NASCAR told them they never want to see that car again ever is good.) Same for JJ, he'd be lucky to make the chase w/o Knaus masterminding the operation. People seem to forget how much a good crew does for you.


But Knauss is also a really huge whiner.  He literally traded his pit crew mid-race for Gordon's pit crew.  I've never seen anything like it before or since.
 
2013-09-13 11:17:46 PM  

crotchgrabber: I've decided... Sundays race thread should be great.


Yeah and I'll be stuck at work one more Sunday so I'll miss it.  Ah well, we may have a boring enough weekend to where I can get on Fark from my CrapPhone.
 
2013-09-13 11:21:07 PM  

crotchgrabber: I've decided... Sundays race thread should be great.


I'm glad Gordon got in, but Chase would be more fun if he hadn't.
 
2013-09-13 11:24:56 PM  

bluorangefyre: StormChaser: bluorangefyre: (and really, would NASCAR suspend Jeff Gordon?)

Sadly, no.  I thought for sure they'd park him after his stunt at Phoenix last year.  Instead he got a "Now Jeffy, play nice.." warning. Which is another thing I don't understand.  Jeff can put another driver into the wall (And technically, Clint could have been killed by that little stunt.) and gets away with a slap on the wrist.  But pit late in the race to give your team mate a bump? That's $300,000 and a Congressional hearing. Really?

Well there are those who are so big in the sport that they wouldn't dare suspend them lest they have a revolt by the fans.  Did they suspend Richard Petty when he won with an engine that was too big?  Did they fine Dale Earnhardt for putting drivers into the wall?


So what DOES Jeff have to do to get suspended?
 
2013-09-13 11:27:32 PM  

StormChaser: bluorangefyre: StormChaser: bluorangefyre: (and really, would NASCAR suspend Jeff Gordon?)

Sadly, no.  I thought for sure they'd park him after his stunt at Phoenix last year.  Instead he got a "Now Jeffy, play nice.." warning. Which is another thing I don't understand.  Jeff can put another driver into the wall (And technically, Clint could have been killed by that little stunt.) and gets away with a slap on the wrist.  But pit late in the race to give your team mate a bump? That's $300,000 and a Congressional hearing. Really?

Well there are those who are so big in the sport that they wouldn't dare suspend them lest they have a revolt by the fans.  Did they suspend Richard Petty when he won with an engine that was too big?  Did they fine Dale Earnhardt for putting drivers into the wall?

So what DOES Jeff have to do to get suspended?


Kill another driver while doing lines of coke off a hookers ass.
 
2013-09-13 11:30:20 PM  
I think it was Mr. Petty who once said, "It ain't cheating until you're caught." The corollary to that is, "If you're caught, it's cheating".

So, if you're going to cheat, don't broadcast it on the radio.
 
2013-09-13 11:31:30 PM  

crotchgrabber: I've decided... Sundays race thread should be great.


Sunday will be epic!

I have spoken with the power idol holders and we agree to target the #15 for the next 10 races

That means we all cheer for the 48 for once because he represents all that is good and pure in NASCAR

/holy shiat! Thunder just sounded outside as I typed that last line
 
2013-09-13 11:34:18 PM  

emonk: Mikey's take: the rules are BS.


Wow.
 
2013-09-13 11:35:05 PM  
13 drivers still in it for the championship and yet they still put 43 cars on the track.  For the life of me, I can't understand why they still put 43 cars on the track when 3 - 5 cars will drop out on their own before 20 laps are over.  No wrecks or engine problems, the guys basically show up with one set of tires and call it a day.  Why keep these guys around at all?  Look at the standing, there are barely 35 drivers who even had a chance at the beginning of the season, 19 drivers didn't even earn 1 point yet 71 drivers have their names slapped on the list.  I get why Indycar  don't mess around with too many drivers.
 
2013-09-13 11:36:25 PM  

smerfnablin: crotchgrabber: I've decided... Sundays race thread should be great.

Sunday will be epic!

I have spoken with the power idol holders and we agree to target the #15 for the next 10 races

That means we all cheer for the 48 for once because he represents all that is good and pure in NASCAR

/holy shiat! Thunder just sounded outside as I typed that last line


First things first:  we cripple the 48's chances of winning, THEN we focus on Bowyer.

StormChaser: So what DOES Jeff have to do to get suspended?


Target his own teammate in car #48.
 
2013-09-13 11:37:43 PM  

smerfnablin: I have spoken with the power idol holders and we agree to target the #15 for the next 10 races

That means we all cheer for the 48 for once because he represents all that is good and pure in NASCAR


I'll show you, I'll pick JJ in the Fark fantasy league. He'll be in the wall by lap12.
 
2013-09-13 11:41:40 PM  

lack of warmth: 13 drivers still in it for the championship and yet they still put 43 cars on the track.  For the life of me, I can't understand why they still put 43 cars on the track when 3 - 5 cars will drop out on their own before 20 laps are over.  No wrecks or engine problems, the guys basically show up with one set of tires and call it a day.  Why keep these guys around at all?  Look at the standing, there are barely 35 drivers who even had a chance at the beginning of the season, 19 drivers didn't even earn 1 point yet 71 drivers have their names slapped on the list.  I get why Indycar  don't mess around with too many drivers.


$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$  That's why, sponsors pay for those rolling billboards
 
2013-09-13 11:43:36 PM  

lack of warmth: 13 drivers still in it for the championship and yet they still put 43 cars on the track.  For the life of me, I can't understand why they still put 43 cars on the track when 3 - 5 cars will drop out on their own before 20 laps are over.  No wrecks or engine problems, the guys basically show up with one set of tires and call it a day.  Why keep these guys around at all?  Look at the standing, there are barely 35 drivers who even had a chance at the beginning of the season, 19 drivers didn't even earn 1 point yet 71 drivers have their names slapped on the list.  I get why Indycar  don't mess around with too many drivers.


1) Someone outside the Chase could still get a victory or at least end up in the money. They still have sponsors to keep happy and race operations to support.
2) Seat time in a race is still seat time. It's a great time to do development work on your new engine package or race setup or even your driver.
3) The teammates outside the chase can still help the teammates in the chase by being drafting partners or pitting together.
 
2013-09-13 11:44:05 PM  

lack of warmth: 13 drivers still in it for the championship and yet they still put 43 cars on the track.  For the life of me, I can't understand why they still put 43 cars on the track when 3 - 5 cars will drop out on their own before 20 laps are over.  No wrecks or engine problems, the guys basically show up with one set of tires and call it a day.  Why keep these guys around at all?  Look at the standing, there are barely 35 drivers who even had a chance at the beginning of the season, 19 drivers didn't even earn 1 point yet 71 drivers have their names slapped on the list.  I get why Indycar  don't mess around with too many drivers
.

NASCAR won't pull the start and parkers because to have less than a full 43 car field would be an embarassment to them.

They did reduce the amount paid in purse money to them, but they still make a profit off entering. Simple fix would be to pay less than entry fee for 36th and below.
 
2013-09-13 11:44:58 PM  
bluorangefyre:
StormChaser: So what DOES Jeff have to do to get suspended?

Target his own teammate in car #48.


Oh I wish! Although the post-race fight would probably be the most boring one in Nascar history. Lots of slapping and whining and not much else.
 
2013-09-13 11:45:58 PM  
fark it....

TEAM JOEY!
 
2013-09-13 11:47:01 PM  

killershark: Can someone explain to me what the big deal is about all of this? I'm an F1 fan and this whole situation sounds like typical team orders to me. So is it a "This is 'Murican racing!" situation or is there really a rule against team orders in NASCAR? Or was this not a case of team orders and there's something else I'm not seeing?


The problem with "team orders" in NASCAR is that not all owners are equal. Some own four cars, some two. Single-car operations are always struggling. In F1 every team has two cars that run the same set of sponsors.
 
2013-09-13 11:47:56 PM  
Jeff Gordon is one of the top 10 athletes of the past 25 years, hands down.  He was flat out screwed and clearly this move is the only possible outcome that will bring credibility back to the Association.
 
2013-09-13 11:50:52 PM  

Stikman72: Jeff Gordon is one of the top 10 athletes of the past 25 years, hands down.  He was flat out screwed and clearly this move is the only possible outcome that will bring credibility back to the Association.


What will bring credibility back to NASCAR is having a rule book set in stone for the duration of the season, from Daytona to Homestead.
 
2013-09-13 11:53:41 PM  

HamstersFromHell: smerfnablin: I have spoken with the power idol holders and we agree to target the #15 for the next 10 races

That means we all cheer for the 48 for once because he represents all that is good and pure in NASCAR

I'll show you, I'll pick JJ in the Fark fantasy league. He'll be in the wall by lap12.


Johnson has never won at Chicagoland so that might not be a good idea

But! Never fear! I trust that Danzero, vegaswench and turbocat will all be cheering for the 48 at least for the first 4 or 5 races!

I have faith!
 
2013-09-13 11:55:09 PM  

bluorangefyre: What will bring credibility back to NASCAR is having a rule book set in stone for the duration of the season, from Daytona to Homestead.


Very true... I think the whole system is a sham and should be shelved
 
2013-09-14 12:00:11 AM  
pbs.twimg.com
 
2013-09-14 12:01:05 AM  

smerfnablin: But! Never fear! I trust that Danzero, vegaswench and turbocat will all be cheering for the 48 at least for the first 4 or 5 races!

 
2013-09-14 12:01:55 AM  
dammit

photo3.ask.fm
 
2013-09-14 12:03:23 AM  

DanZero: smerfnablin: But! Never fear! I trust that Danzero, vegaswench and turbocat will all be cheering for the 48 at least for the first 4 or 5 races!


You were quoting for truth.

Thank you

Remember set power idols to Bowyer for awhile please
 
2013-09-14 12:06:05 AM  

smerfnablin: DanZero: smerfnablin: But! Never fear! I trust that Danzero, vegaswench and turbocat will all be cheering for the 48 at least for the first 4 or 5 races!

You were quoting for truth.

Thank you

Remember set power idols to Bowyer for awhile please


It was an UNFETCHABLE URL, didn't hit preview.

Although to see 15 wreck wouldn't be all that surprising either
 
2013-09-14 12:12:48 AM  

Tom_Slick: I still love that story. "Did we break any rules? Nope, don't ever bring that car here again."


There have been a few "outside the box" cars that you can say that about. The ones that come right to mind are:

T-Rex (of course) As an aside, I'd love to see what was so different that freaked NASCAR out.

Penske PC-23 car as set up for the 1994 Indy 500 with the Mercedes/Ilmor 500I."pushrod" engine. (Now *that* was some creative rule bending!) Of course, that car was the main reason behind the CART/IRL split.

Granatelli's STP Turbine cars.

Mazda's 787B LeMans winner. (And to a lesser extent, the Audi TDI cars when they hit the endurance racing scene.

I'd give honorable mention to Junior Johnson's Monte Carlo with DW driving at Bristol (when everyone else was running the SS variant, Jr went with a flat nose Monte Carlo for better brake cooling over "aero" and DW lapped the field up thru 3rd place.

And Bobby Allison's choice of a Pontiac LeMans over everyone else's Grand Prix..that pointed tail made it a slippery car and nigh impossible to draft.

Any others?
 
2013-09-14 12:17:27 AM  

HamstersFromHell: Tom_Slick: I still love that story. "Did we break any rules? Nope, don't ever bring that car here again."

There have been a few "outside the box" cars that you can say that about. The ones that come right to mind are:

T-Rex (of course) As an aside, I'd love to see what was so different that freaked NASCAR out.

Penske PC-23 car as set up for the 1994 Indy 500 with the Mercedes/Ilmor 500I."pushrod" engine. (Now *that* was some creative rule bending!) Of course, that car was the main reason behind the CART/IRL split.

Granatelli's STP Turbine cars.

Mazda's 787B LeMans winner. (And to a lesser extent, the Audi TDI cars when they hit the endurance racing scene.

I'd give honorable mention to Junior Johnson's Monte Carlo with DW driving at Bristol (when everyone else was running the SS variant, Jr went with a flat nose Monte Carlo for better brake cooling over "aero" and DW lapped the field up thru 3rd place.

And Bobby Allison's choice of a Pontiac LeMans over everyone else's Grand Prix..that pointed tail made it a slippery car and nigh impossible to draft.

Any others?


Smokey Yunick bringing the 3/4ths scale car springs to mind.

Jimmie Johnson toying with hydraulics also springs to mind.
 
2013-09-14 12:26:35 AM  

DanZero: clintster: Why is this in the Sports tab, again?

BECAUSE FARK YOU THATS WHY!

I *always* wanted to say that.


Well, he is being a douche, but he unwittingly has a point this time.  If you dont let the results on the field of play mean anything, is it a sport?
 
2013-09-14 12:37:42 AM  

clintster: Why is this in the Sports tab, again?


Because you touch yourself at night.
 
2013-09-14 12:46:19 AM  

Bane of Broone: clintster: Why is this in the Sports tab, again?

Because you touch yourself at night.


DAMN YOU CEILING CAT!
 
2013-09-14 12:53:10 AM  
Adolf Oliver Nipples It always was, and it always has been. The Frances have ruled with an iron fist.

Nobody mentions this angle, but a 'sport' owned & dominated by one family with vested interests everywhere is the most direct of the many WWE analogies...
 
2013-09-14 01:11:36 AM  
what i want to happen- bowyer, logano, johnson, and gordon try to wreck each other (team vs team) and all four go into the wall before the start and park crowd.

what will happen- someone will take out kasey kahne instead.
 
2013-09-14 01:17:30 AM  

smerfnablin: But! Never fear! I trust that Danzero, vegaswench and turbocat will all be cheering for the 48 at least for the first 4 or 5 races!

I have faith!


Now youve gone and done it

farm4.staticflickr.com
 
2013-09-14 01:19:38 AM  

crotchgrabber:Has anyone met any NASCAR fan in the history of the world who likes the chase? My dad is a math geek so he likes figuring out what the standings should be, but I think that may be the only reason for anyone to like it.

I'm going to take a load of crap for this, but I don't hate the concept of the Chase.  But I do hate the execution.

1)The Chase needs to be shorter.  Look at the spring Dover race and compare it to the fall Dover race.  You can't win the Chase in race 3, but you can lose it there so everyone just follows the leader and just tries to play it safe.  Same with Talladega.    It favors certain drivers.  There needs either to be rotating or random tracks in the Chase.  Honestly, I'd drop three races from the schedule (probably consisting of a NH race, a Martinsville, and one of the generic D shape tracks), make the Chase 8 races, w/ one road course and rotate about 4 of the tracks and add one "wild card" weekend where they go to a new track to expand the markets but maybe can't/won't support a race every year (like Mexico City).

2) The "regular" season needs to mean something.  Give the driver who wins it a trophy (or at least a banner) like every other sport.  Sell the sponsorship.  Call it something like the Richard Petty Award presented by Ace Hardware or some dumb crap.  Give the driver bonus Chase points.

3) Don't reset the points to something ridiculous.  Start with a reasonable number like 1000pts.  If someone tanks the Chase, they should be able to fall to 13th (or in this case, 14th).  Or don't reset the points and give eligible Chase drivers double points during the Chase.

4) Sit down with the teams for the month and hash out a clear, definitive set of competition rules.  (Technical rulebook should remain separate and confidential.)  Even the announcers who are former crew chiefs, drivers, and owners have to guess sometimes.  A crew last week wasn't sure what they had to do to serve a penalty and ending up serving it twice.  Even the replacement NFL refs didn't penalize a team then throw a flag on the next play and make them go back and correct the first penalty.  It needs to be clear who calls what when, under what circumstances, and what the on-track penalty is for each infraction.  (Off track penalties will always evolve.)

5) Make it clear to teams and drivers where the line is regarding social media.  You don't see this problem so much in the NFL, NHL, MLB, or especially the NBA because they spell it out.  When Mark Cuban talks about the officiating, he knows he's getting fined.  If Denny Hamlin talks about the validity of a late race caution, tip a magic 8 ball.
 
killershark: Can someone explain to me what the big deal is about all of this? I'm an F1 fan and this whole situation sounds like typical team orders to me. So is it a "This is 'Murican racing!" situation or is there really a rule against team orders in NASCAR? Or was this not a case of team orders and there's something else I'm not seeing?


This is similar to the issue at Singapore.  Neither was typical "team orders." 

Sugarpuss O'Shea:Basically, it gives France and Helton absolute power over what they do or do not like. But NASCAR abuses the hell out of this little rule, ask Denny Hamlin. They use it as a "gag order" to keep the drivers in line with any criticism of the oh so holy NASCAR.

Until Hamlin was fined, I thought that NASCAR drivers where more free to share their opinions than in other sports.Hamlin being fined earlier this year for expressing opinions on the new car was insane.


It's worse.  They started secretly fining drivers a few years ago for public comments.  They're also incredibly inconsistent when it comes to their own rulings.  They publicly applauded Keselowski for his tweets and photos during the red flag at Daytona then fined him at a later race for having an unapproved electronic device (his phone) in the car.

All NASCAR has in the old standby Rule 12.4A

12.4A: General Scope of Penalties
Any member who performs an act or participates in actions deemed by NASCAR Officials as detrimental to stock car racing or to NASCAR: a fine, and/or disqualification, and/or loss of Championship points, and/or loss of finishing position(s) in the Event, and/or probation, and/or suspension.


I really hate the current rule book setup, but in all fairness, that rule has a lot of subsections.
 
2013-09-14 01:28:32 AM  
I'm just glad Mark Martin didn't have to be part of that Waltrip crap. I couldn't imagine if he was told to take a dive even if it was supposedly for the good of the team.
 
2013-09-14 02:14:59 AM  

smerfnablin: But! Never fear! I trust that Danzero, vegaswench and turbocat will all be cheering for the 48 at least for the first 4 or 5 races!

I have faith!


What on earth are you smoking, smerf?  Puff, puff, pass, man.  ;)
 
2013-09-14 02:18:44 AM  

No Line For Beer: It's worse. They started secretly fining drivers a few years ago for public comments. They're also incredibly inconsistent when it comes to their own rulings. They publicly applauded Keselowski for his tweets and photos during the red flag at Daytona then fined him at a later race for having an unapproved electronic device (his phone) in the car.


B..b..but he might reprogram the fuel injection while waiting for the track to be cleared!

I forgot that one. Amazingly stupid of them when they are wanting to capture eyeballs with the younger fanbase.
 
2013-09-14 02:27:49 AM  
OK, I just posted this on ESPN as a reply to Ed Hinton's latest fellation of Gordon:

I can take my licks here (no pun intended), tear it apart as you please.
---------------------------
I guess that all cars entering pit road (unless under one of NASCAR's phony "debris cautions") will be subject to a NASCAR teardown on the spot to make absolutely sure you have a problem, or else be penalized for "pitting when not appropriate".

NASCAR is attempting to put a band-aid on a slashed jugular, and failing miserably. You want to really please the fans? Get rid of this chase crap. Make every point in every race all season long count for everyone, and there'd be no reason to point shave if you're only hurting your own chances.
.
Kill the Lucky Dog, Kill the wave around, go back to double file restarts with lapped cars on one lane. If you get your lap back, you actually EARNED it. (Double file restarts within the last 25 laps are leaders only, just to keep that little bit of excitement.)

No more green white checker finishes unless all competitors are allowed to pit w/o loss of track position for a fuel only stop. Quit making the end of races fuel mileage contests.

Drop the engine size to 302 cid effective at the start of the 2015 season, and then remove the restrictor plates and let them race.

Get rid of the splitter and institute an old-fashioned 36-42 inch wide chin spoiler like in the 70's. Spoiler can be no lower than the lowest part of the rest of the car. (The old "rake test".) Make the drivers actually DRIVE the cars instead of whining on the radio about "aero push". Having to back off the throttle at Talladega might actually be a healthy thing to do.

Get rid of mandatory shock and spring packages, get rid of mandatory rear end gear ratios.

No more "top 35 in points" qualifying exemption. Either you get in on your time every race, or pack it up and go home. No excuses.(I don't care if your sponsor loses all that "free" TV air time. If qualifying scares you, be a little conservative and don't crash.)

Make the race purse payouts for positions 36 and lower less than the entry fee. That should force the start and parkers to have to race in order to not lose money. (NASCAR will never do this, they would be embarrassed to death if they didn't get a full field for a race.)

Lastly, make teams be able to change engines during a race. That should keep the start and parkers running around a little longer anyway, or drive them out of the sport.

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