If you are one of those people who beg kind of drama (Me!) Before the checkers fly in the NASCAR All-Star Race on Sunday, well…you got it!
I’m not sure any of us expected which – which.
“When NASCAR really got away with one, we were about to crash (turn) 2,” said Denny Hamlin, who finished second (twice) to Ryan Blaney. “When I first send it to traffic, and the window is broken, I don’t know… then I sued them.”
Well, my religion. Please, by all means, don’t hold back!
“All I ask is that we know what the rules are, and play by them,” he continued. “He should have won the race. He was 100 yards away from winning the race. But a lot of cars didn’t win races because of the green and white, or a restart error, or things that happen at the end. Those things that happen.”
certainly. these Things happen…but Denny, come on!
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Okay. Let’s dive in!
We’ll start here… Who do you have: Denny or NASCAR?
Should the people in the Tower have thrown perhaps the dumbest yellow flag in sports history just seconds before Ryan Blaney crossed to win a million dollars?
No, maybe not. And oh, they even agree!
“I wish we hadn’t,” said Scott Miller, senior vice president of NASCAR. “But we did, and we’ll know we might have put that warning on prematurely.”
Yeah. Good first step!
Should Ryan Blaney have raised the black flag?
The real question, though—at least the one Denny was asking as he took his blowtorch out to the whole sport—was why Blaney wasn’t holding the black flag because of his window grille.
The consensus was throughout the garage, and in the Fox booth (oh Clint!), that it’s nearly impossible to get this sucker back from inside the car.
So unless Blaney, who Wikipedia tells me is about 150 pounds, worked a miracle from inside his cockpit, he likely finished the race in an unsafe race car.
My religion said this is wrong.
“When he got to the green, he would immediately heat up his tires on his back and you can see both hands on the steering wheel,” Miller replied. “The network was hanging… We can’t tell if it was 100% closed or not. At that point, there was no way we could be sure that it wasn’t shut down.”
Sure, though, NASCAR could have let Blaney go down the pit road to be sure, right? I mean, it’s an all-star race! We’re not exactly starring in Phoenix here.
“This would have taken out of character and out of anything else we’ve ever done already,” Miller said.
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This is not the greatest thinking in the world. I think we should have sorted out that response a little bit.
Anyway, what happened has happened. So, what’s the verdict here?
My guess: Nobody could have passed all night, NASCAR would have been happy with a late warning, they immediately regretted it when they did and decided to roll the dice that Blaney would win and the net would be left on the last two rolls instead of his black flag and deal with major setbacks.
After all, they can handle an angry Denny Hamlin. What they don’t want is an angry fan base.
On the whole issue of the lawsuit… well, that might have been a bit dramatic, but honestly, would you have seen this wreck earlier in the race? Imagine if Chase Elliott didn’t have a window grill when he smashed into a wall.
Fortunately for everyone, it will only be a hypothetical assumption.
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Well, let’s give Young Ryan Blaney his due right on his way out.
For starters…bring a Wrangler back to Victory Lane. I don’t know if you know this, but someone named Earnhardt became famous for this.
Blaney had the best car of the night (except for the best cars that crashed in front of him, of course) and pretty much set off winning and millions of dollars.
Remove the bright yellow at the end, and are we sure we need to stay in Texas for future All-Star events?
Dell Jr.. Ideas?
“The first stage was as fun as rice cake,” Junior tweeted during the race.
Yeah. Kyle Larson, you’re done!
“It can’t pass at all,” the race winner’s defender said after cutting a tire early in the show.
Denny, you weren’t shy today. Interested in commenting?
“It’s just frustrating because we don’t have consistency in our management.”
Ah, forget it. Denny is still pissed off about the lack of contact!
From where I’m sitting…yes, it likely (definitely) will take its course. It’s time to start moving this race like any other sport.
That’s not to say anyone is listening, but I’ll probably start in North Wilkesboro next year. I’m just saying.
This article originally appeared in the Daytona Beach News Journal: Denny Hamlin rips NASCAR for not connecting, VP admits wrong, Blaney gets rich