Woody: What Race Was TV Watching On Sunday?
Larry Woody | Senior Writer
I’ve gotta get Larry the Cable Guy to come over and take a look at my set. Apparently I’m not picking up the same race telecast that the boys in the booth are watching.
Last week at California they kept raving about the “close racing” and “tight competition.”
Somehow I missed it, just as I missed all those “exciting lead changes” Jack Roush said we were treated to last season.
Granted, I nodded off several times during the race, so maybe I dozed through the drama they were describing. But I don’t think so. The race I saw was a snoozer – 90 percent riding and 10 percent racing, similar to the ho-hum ride-arounds of the last few years.
I was fired up after Daytona. We were treated to some tight racing and old-fashioned bump-and-grind battles. I thought that NASCAR’s “Have at it” edict might have taken effect.
Then came (yawn) California and a racing relapse.
There were times during the race when I hoped they’d find a pothole to patch. Anything to break the monotony.
I remember a time when race fans were hesitant to go to the bathroom or concession stand for fear they’d miss something. Now they can go take a bubble bath and bake a turkey and not miss anything except a couple of Digger dances.
I don’t know what the problem is – the cars, the tracks or the drivers. But after a promising start at Daytona, last Sunday it seemed like we were right back where we were last year: NAP-CAR.
I’m not sure that NASCAR’s visit to Vegas this weekend will cure what ails it. Vegas, like California, hasn’t exactly been Darlington West since its inception.
I went out for Vegas’ Cup opener a few years ago and the most exciting thing was watching a desert breeze ruffle the chorus girls’ feathers in Victory Circle. The action has been so-so ever since.
Two races do not a season make and it’s too soon to draw any firm conclusions. But so far this season NASCAR’s batting .500 – a Daytona homer and a California strikeout.
That would be a good batting average in baseball but it won’t cut it in stock car racing. Fifty percent good racing will fill up 50 percent of the seats.
When the Cable Guy gets my TV fixed maybe he can offer some advice to the drivers: it’s time to crank it up and git’er done.
– Larry Woody can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org Comments