Once the threat of rain waned in Phoenix, Arizona, fans settled in to watch the Blue Jeans Go Green 200, the second NASCAR Nationwide Series event of the season.
Kyle Busch dominated the field, leading 155 of 168 laps. Statistically, that’s 92%. The race ended under a red flag due to rain, leaving 32 laps to the imagination. The Air Titan tried as hard as it could, but, sometimes, the rain just returns.
However, it looked like a race that has been seen many times. It’s too bad that race fans hate reruns.
The issue with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers racing in the lower series is that it takes the predictability out of everything. Racing is different from other sports because there are 43 different players out there. Excitement is supposed to lurk around every corner. People aren’t supposed to be begging NASCAR to call the race for rain because “what’s the point?” due to a NSCS driver’s dominance.
Those in the sport defend the act by saying it brings in sponsorship. I don’t believe that for a second; if Cup drivers aren’t in the seats, then talented young guns can fill them. In this day and age, prospective racers are molded into marketable images that give informative, interesting interviews. What sponsor wouldn’t want that? They can handle the media better than some veterans. If given the opportunity, a name can be made.
NASCAR is currently considering the idea of limiting the number of second- and third-tier races NSCS drivers participate in, and this is a fantastic move. Not only will it open up seats for up-and-coming racers, it will bring back the unpredictability many enjoy. More people will tune in to see a new face make it into Victory Lane. All will be right with the world.
Mother Nature needs to take a chill pill and leave NASCAR alone. Nobody likes rain-shortened races. Well, maybe Kyle Busch.
Point Standings after the Blue Jeans Go Green 200
1. Regan Smith (–)
2. Trevor Bayne (-5)
3. Elliott Sadler (-6)
4. Ty Dillon (-12)
5. Dylan Kwasniewski (-16)
6. Brendan Gaughan (-17)
7. Chase Elliott (-19)
8. Brian Scott (-23)
8. James Buescher (-23)
10. Mike Wallace (-28)
11. Mike Bliss (-32)
12. Ryan Reed (-35)