NASCAR Makes Smart Move on Restart Policy

NASCAR has announced a new policy on how race restarts will be handled. Instead of going with the lead lap cars on the outside row and lapped cars on the bottom row, the lapped cars will go to the back. This is a very smart move by NASCAR.

Fans have long been frustrated by the restart policy in NASCAR. The same situation arises time and again. The green flag waves and the first place car takes off to a huge lead. Why? The cars behind him have to thrash around trying to pass back markers who are in the bottom lane.

In theory, this approach is designed to allow the lapped cars to have a chance to get in front of the first place car and back on the lead lap. In reality, it almost never happens. There is, after all, a reason those cars are a lap down!

The recent All Star race was a big eye opener. The lead cars restarted in two rows and the racing was wild. Cars were driving into the gap between the rows. Frankly, it produced the best racing we’ve seen in NASCAR in a very long time. Shockingly, NASCAR appeared to agree and has made the change.

So, how does the new policy work? It is pretty simple. The lead lap cars will line up in two rows at the front of the field. The odd position cars [3rd, 5th, etc.] will be lined up on the bottom row with the even positioned cars on the top. To make the first position valuable, the leading car will be able to choose whether he wants the top or bottom row with the second place car taking the other position.

The new policy is a winner for a couple of reasons. First, it is going to make for far more exciting racing than we currently see. This will be particularly true for restarts near the end of the race. Instead of watching the second place car struggle to drive around the outside of a lapped car, we’ll actually see all the top cars going at it. It will be great!

You should be happy with this change even if you don’t like the new policy. Why? NASCAR is taking action. Television ratings are down over ten percent and anyone watching a race can see all the empty seats in the stands. The only way to rectify this is to make the racing exciting again. This is a big step in that direction and we can expect to see other changes as well. Making wins more valuable from a points perspective would be a logical next step.

Dirk Gibson writes about racing for DCJAutoParts.com – your online home for high performance auto parts and accessories online.

Outdoor Sports in Victoria BC

Outdoor sports are hugely popular in Victoria BC.  Those who are living in Victoria benefit from the mild climate on the southern tip of Vancouver Island and make the most of it; taking advantage of the fact they can get outside and play all year long.  This means that amateur sports of all sorts thrive here, and almost any type of outdoor sport you can think of (and maybe some you’ve never heard of) are played here.

Regardless of age, everyone can enjoy and benefit from outdoor sports.  Fresh air and exercise are important for children, youths, adults and seniors, and the social aspect of getting active, whether you choose a team or an individual sport, is good for our mental well being.

One of the most popular amateur outdoor sports in Victoria is soccer.  There are numerous leagues offering recreation and high level teams for all age groups, by gender and coed.  “Footy” is a relatively inexpensive sport, all you need in the way of equipment is a pair of cleats, shinpads and of course, a ball! 

Another outdoor sport played by thousands in the Greater Victoria area is baseball.  You can choose from hardball or softball (fastpitch or slowpitch).  Whatever your game there is likely a team to match your skill level with competitive and gender based leagues across all ages as well as coed and recreational “beer” league baseball.

North American style football, lacrosse and rugby all offer an outstanding test of physical and mental toughness, as the many boys and girls, men and women who participate in these gritty outdoor sports will attest to.  Both box lacrosse and field lacrosse are growing in popularity with youth, men and women living in Victoria.  There are rugby leagues for men, women, youth and juniors, and there are women’s, men’s and youth football leagues offering tackle, touch and flag football in Greater Victoria.

Running and bicycling are popular individual sports here; combine them with swimming and you have Triathlon, a sport that’s growing rapidly both locally and internationally.

Some sports can be played indoors or outdoors, depending on appropriate venues.  Equestrian sports, tennis and even swimming are sometimes outdoor sports.  Elk Lake regularly hosts open water swimming races.

A few other outdoor sports that those who are living in Victoria participate in include:

Lawn Bowling;
Rowing;
Track and Field
Cricket, and
Disc sports like Disc Golf, Ultimate and Goaltimate (the last two are team field sports involving a frisbee rather than a ball).

This group represents the main organised amateur outdoor sports that are played in Victoria, BC.  There is probably at least one among them that you would enjoy participating in, so get out there and play! 

 

Geoff McLean is a realtor in Victoria BC who approaches his real estate vocation with honesty, integrity and straightforwardness. 

Geoff is also the primary author of a blog about his home city.  Living in Victoria is a valuable source of information about the Greater Victoria area for those who are interested in moving to this beautiful city.