I was skeptic when I heard the announcement of Stage racing. The first thing that popped into my head was wow plate races are going to be wreck fests.
I figured Daytona and Talladega were going to be “oh no I’m in 11 or 12 spot I can make it 10th before we cross the line just let me squeeze in this small space or bump this car out of my way” Envisioning the reason I hate plate racing the Big One!
Well nothing of the sort happened at Daytona but as the season has progressed I have found the racing and strategy for getting stage points very interesting. It has proved that it gives us better racing.
I have stayed engaged in races, or if I had to dvr the race I know that stage break coming and forward through the pit cycle till I see we are ready for green.
With television and radio knowing that they have x time at this point in races is nice too. Television has done side by side commercials through the race not just the last x many laps.
Those stage points are adding up for some drivers and making the points interesting. We still don’t know how the bonus points are going to work come playoffs. But I feel the racing can only get better as drivers realize how far behind in those points they are. Races should only improve more over the summer leading into the Fall Richmond race.
Yes, a lot of the normal drivers are getting those points but there are some you would expect to be that aren’t. In point NASCAR is rewarding those that run a good race but just can’t make it to the end.
My hats off to the Monster Energy Series Cup drivers that have figured out at plate races it’s better to be there in the end for the win than the stage win at plate races. The Xfinity race Saturday was what I had been expecting as for the wrecks at Stage ends.
I also feel the five-minute clock has helped at plate races too. Plate races seems to be the only place that you really see the impact.