Like it or not, it's road course time
Published 5:56 pm, Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Race fans, Watkins Glen -- The Glen -- is this weekend.
I know that doesn't make some folks happy.
I, for one, love the road courses and all those twists and turns.
I know some of you are probably thinking, "What are you, crazy?"
Yeah, maybe, but I think some of the best NASCAR racing we've seen in years has come on the road courses.
I'm just sorry there are only two races a year, at The Glen in upstate New York and Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.
I've been to The Glen, and I'll admit it's not the best place in the world to watch a race. But it is still fun.
The track has plenty of big-screen TVs around so, when the cars get way out from the main grandstand, you can still watch what's going on.
There's also plenty of room to set up camp all the way around the track.
The short track around The Glen is 2.45 miles and the long course is 3.4 miles. There are 11 turns with only six degrees of banking.
Infineon Raceway is 2.52 miles with 12 turns and lots of uphill and downhill action.
Sometimes teams bring in "ringers," who are road race specialists, and replace the regular drivers for road course races.
I think if the driver can't be competitive on every type of race track NASCAR goes to, then he or she should not be a race car driver, at least not at this level. I also think NASCAR needs to add a road race course to The Chase and get rid of some of those cookie cutter tracks that Jimmie Johnson is so good on.
He has improved considerably lately on the road courses.
Tony Stewart has five wins at The Glen and I'm hoping he makes it six.
So make sure you tune in on to ESPN Sunday at 1 p.m. and watch the Heluva Good Sour Cream Dips race.
I know I'm going to.