IN THE DRAFT: NASCAR adds odd to full day of sports
For me the Sunday before Memorial Day is supposed to be all about racing, and it was, but this past weekend was different. I can't believe I'm going to say this, but there was too much going on in the sporting world and for some silly reason I tried to see it all.
It started Saturday night with the UNC vs. N.C. State baseball game. It lasted 18 innings and was not over until almost 2 a.m. Sunday. I saw most of it and I still was up for my morning run at 7 a.m., followed by golf from England and Formula One from Monaco.
The racing was exciting even if Nico Rosburg led every lap. These open wheel cars are not usually that aggressive, but for some reason they were taking a lot of chances that didn't work out too well for anyone. Several times the cars ended up in the safer barrier walls resulting in some full-course cautions and once in a red flag. That doesn't happen much in F1 racing. I guess it was a sign of things to come.
I switched the television from golf to Indy just in time to hear the longest invocation in racing history. Now, I will never tire of hearing an invocation before a race. I am glad we still have the freedom to do so since they have tried to take prayer out of everything else, but this preacher went a bit too far.
His last request was for the Lord to aid their beloved Indiana Pacers in a victory over the Miami Heat. There is a time and a place and that was neither.
NASCAR needs to take some lessons from the Indy 500. Again, these are open wheel cars which are not supposed to run as close together as they did, but it was a great show.
There were over 65 lead changes and up to 10 cars running within two seconds of each other. A.J. Allmendinger was floundering in 25th place. Ten laps later he was in the top 10, then he was leading. It was all because of the draft.
These cars were running over 220 mph and using the draft, single file, high speed drafting, as effectively as ever. Are you listening NASCAR? If they can do it ,why can't 43 cars with fenders? Oh yeah, because NASCAR wants to be in control.
Sunday's sports action was just getting going. After playing until Sunday morning, Carolina won the ACC baseball title in the afternoon. UNC's women's lacrosse team won its first national title in triple overtime. The prayer didn't help as Miami stuffed Indiana. And there was a short race in Charlotte as bizarre as anything I have witnessed.
My son Josh and I went to play golf and as we were leaving the course is when it happened. We turned on the radio and they had just started back to racing after a caution for a Casey Mears spin when they announced they were under caution.
As usual they did not disclose why the caution, but they said who the lucky dog was, Danica Patrick. That wasn't surprising, but what was surprising was the eventual red flag.
The cable holding an overhead camera broke. I often wondered what would happen if that thing broke at any sporting event. College football and the NFL have been using that camera for a while and I wondered if it would ever get in the way. Now we know.
A race car going 195 mph does not have a chance. It ruined several drivers' chances at a win.
It has become painfully clear we take too much for granted. If something is man-made it can break. FOX Sports is very fortunate no one was seriously injured. It appears FOX has suspended the use of that camera until it can be determined what happened.
As for the race, it turned out to be another 10-lap shootout which Kevin Harvick won. Except for the late-race wrecks it was a yawner. Several drivers left Charlotte unhappy but that's racing. The only thing I didn't like Sunday was the finish at Indy, can they say green-white-checkered?, and my golf game. Other than that, it is was a good day. See you after Dover!