It's that time again. NASCAR, fresh off of the Carl Edwards flying machine debacle in Talladega is headed back to Richmond for the first of their two annual southeast Virginia appearances.
The first good thing about the Chase would be that after twenty-six races, no matter how big the lead is, it evaporates to next to nothing. If a driver has been widening his lead throughout the season, that lead is gone at the start of the Chase. In fact, if he has not won the most laps, he is no longer in the lead. History has shown that this Chase format leads to an exciting finish to the NASCAR season.
Let's look first at what doesn't work in the Chase format for NASCAR. By changing the format, nascar communication effectively made the early part of the season a race to get in the top twelve, not a race for the championship. Drivers don't talk about what they can do to catch the leader, but what they can do to stay in the top twelve. This leads to teams taking fewer chances to win races, as they just need to salvage points. Although wins help in the seeding of teams once the Chase begins, this can lead to teams chasing twelfth, not first. "Points racing" was a component of the previous format, but has become more prominent in the Chase.
Nissan Altima was the only Nissan to break the top ten. The Altima starts at $19,000 and the hybrid version goes for $25,000 and comes with a four cylinder or a six cylinder engine. The Altima gets 23 MPG in the city and 32 MPG on the highway. The Altima also won the JD Power Award for inital quality but the bad news is sales were down NASCAR racing over last year.
Driver Orientation Recap. Once you are familiar with the proper hand signals and driving lines, your instructor will recap all the safety features of the racecar. And there will be an opportunity for more questions/answers.
In other movie news, OWN has retained the rights to "Lee Damiels' The Butler," notes The Wrap. That should come as no surprise given OWN is Oprah Winfrey's network. She stars in the film as well.
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