Monday, May 3, 2010

Time to wave goodbye to the wave around

NASCAR has done a terrific job these past couple of seasons making changes in an attempt to make the racing more exciting (double file restarts, multiple G-W-C’s, bringing back the spoiler). However, one rule change I have been skeptical about from the beginning has been the wave around rule. I have tolerated it for the most part (it is nice when your driver takes advantage of it), but it finally got out of hand this past Saturday. In case you weren’t watching or fell asleep (I for one didn’t find this race boring at all), let me recap. Kyle Busch had put all but seven cars one lap down when one of those “debris” cautions came out. The eight lead lap cars came down to pit and guess what happened? That’s right; the lapped cars took the wave around by not pitting. In a matter of laps, we went from having eight lead lap cars to thirty! A couple of laps later, we had another questionable debris caution, allowing the wave around recipients to pit and get on an even strategy with the leaders.

Unlike many others, I like the length of the Cup races. I don’t think they need to be shortened at all. Its fun to see a race develop over the course of four hundred laps. The first half of Saturday’s race was a perfect example. To me, it was enjoyable seeing only a handful of cars on the lead lap. On the other hand, NASCAR is doing everything they can to make the racing as competitive as possible, and the wave around rule demonstrates that. However, it defeats the purpose of any driver running hard early on knowing the wave around puts every driver back in the game. My suggestion is to get rid of this rule but keep the free pass. Like I said though, the wave around creates more competition and because of this, it is likely we are stuck with it.

Changing subjects, if you didn’t get a chance to see the truck race yesterday, check out the highlights. That battle for the lead with ten laps to go was simply amazing. Kudos to NASCAR for drying the track when they could of called it a race.

That’s all for today, hope everyone is enjoying their Monday…


  1. I do not like the rule either I think it is a very dumb rule. It gives you something you did not earn just like the lucky dog rule does.

  2. Without the wave around rule there would have been 22 cars in front of the leader on the restart. That would have undoubtedly led to a caution which puts those cars back on the lead lap anyway so there's really little difference in that scenario.

  3. Michael Waltrip is no longer racing so why the need for it... just to keep his car in the top 35.
    The Lucky Dog is bad enough....get rid of it!

  4. It's been almost 50 years since I became a NASCAR fan and I miss many things from "the good ole days" but... let me assure younger fans that races that were won by two, three, four and even more laps were no where near as exciting as today's racer-tainment events!

  5. for many years Earnhardt Sr. got the number one pit stall, nobody complained about that until Gordon knocked him off his pedestal and they changed the rule. This rule is no more crappier than letting lapped cars pull up to be even with the leader!! The beginning of that was a "fast lane" for Petty, Pearson, and the other good cars. Not a "welfare system" and don't get me started on the point "welfare" system to make the cars closer than they are. Richard Childress was a top ten driver and quit, a top ten driver now aint agonna quit til he's pushed out!

  6. No it would not have. Restarts start with leaders in front no matter what. That's what the double file restarts did. And I agree, DO NOT shorten the races. On my one day off I want as much racing as possible. That's why I LOVE the 600. Its called strategy.

  7. The thing that everybody is missing is that this all started with the mystery caution when Jimmy was going to go a lap down.
    Did anybody see the debris?? Was this a caution called by Mike Helton to reset the race and keep more than 5 cars on the lead lap?
    I call shenanigans !!!!