Originally Posted by lubedude
Maybe it's just me, but tonight's race, like the last 3 since the "Chase" points system began, didn't seem like Bristol. I'm not a fan of wreckfest races, but you could always count on a little drama at this little short track. Not tonight...and not in long while at this place. Drivers are way too conservative and afraid to jeapordize their point standing.
NASCAR is well on its way toward choking the goose...let's hope they get some sense soon.
I really don't think that it wasn't that guys weren't aggressive enough or didn't have any intentions of racing like usual at Bristol, but as documented by ESPN & Speed, with the new resurfacing, and adding more space in the corners/turns, + the COT; it just made it much more easy to go side-by-side and even 3-wide through the turns, thus not needing to "bump & run" like usual. You could just go on either side of the guy you're trying to pass or split/go around 2 other cars in the banking.
In fact, you could argue that while the room is there to do so, watching guys go 3-wide coming out of the turns was plenty aggressive, seeing as how most times when its just 2 cars SbS, they usually "merge" together coming out of the high-banked turns.