Found August 03, 2012 on
NASCAR heads into this race weekend with fans asking a lot of questions about restarts.
The issue gained notice when Elliott Sadler was penalized for jumping a restart in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It raised the question: What does a driver do when he is running alongside the race leader, who struggles on a restart?
That's the situation Sadler found himself in. Sadler passed Brad Keselowski on a late-race restart, but then NASCAR officials ruled that he jumped the restart by speeding up too early and black-flagged him, forcing him to come down pit road. Sadler later said that Keselowski spun the tires on the restart. After penalizing Sadler, NASCAR once again faced the fans' question: What exactly was the violation? Why can't we come up with a solution to eliminate this?
We have seen these situations a lot more this season than we have in recent years. Competition, guys trying too hard, guys have new tires on. I think we're getting confused on when the rules are being adhered to versus when common sense should be in play.
That said, I know when I was competing restarts were confusing. Guys are pushing one another, and then if the leader does not get off, what do you do once this occurs? I hope NASCAR is talking to the competitors as well as the owners to try to come up with a better solution.
What worries me more than anything else is the fans. I don't think it's good for our sport when you've got fans saying, "I'm not watching NASCAR any more because they're always out to do somebody wrong."
I don't think many sports would survive very well if the fans turned against them because of a rule interpretation. For that reason, I believe NASCAR needs to come up with an adjustment here that will benefit not only our sport but our fans, so if something occurs and a ruling does come down, our fans will say, "I get it, I understand it." It needs to be black and white.
Right now, in our fans' minds, there is indecision and gray areas, and they're the ones I'm worried about the most right now. Competitors are going to do what they're told and they'll suck it up, and in the long run, they'll know that if a rule goes against them, well, it just goes against them.
But when you've got your fans that are so confused and so upset that they are threatening to quit the sport, you do not need that. We do not need that in our sport right now.
Maybe it's time for us to step back and come up with a better solution or even a better explanation for what we've got going on with starts and restarts.
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Elliott Sadler driver of the No. 2 One Main Financial Chevrolet set a new track record during qualifying at Iowa Speedway this afternoon. He ran a lap speed of 23.309 and qualified on the pole for Saturday nights US Cellular 250. This is Sadler’s fourth track record and fourth pole of this season.
By qualifying on the pole Sadler gave Chevrolet its third pole at Iowa. It’s...
Elliott Sadler rebounded from the disappointment of his jumped-restart penalty last week in Indianapolis to win the NASCAR Nationwide race at Iowa Speedway on Saturday night.
Sadler denied Ricky Stenhouse Jr. a fourth straight victory at the track, and increased his lead in the series standings to 18 points over Austin Dillon.
Sadler won the pole with a track-record qualifying...
Elliott Sadler padded his point lead with a victory at Iowa Speedway...
Elliott Sadler driver of the No.2 One Main Financial Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing started on the pole for tonight’s U.S Cellular 250 and finished the night by in the same position. Sadler found himself in victory lane for the fourth time this season.
It was an emotional win for Sadler after last weeks disappointment at the inaugural Brickyard when he was black flagged...
It isn't how you start, but how you finish.
After earning three straight poles at Iowa Speedway, Elliott Sadler finally has a finish to match.
Sadler passed Justin Allgaier with 58 laps remaining and pulled away to win the NASCAR Nationwide Series U.S. Cellular 250 on Saturday night at the 0.875-mile oval. The triumph was his fourth this season, setting a personal best...
Brad Keselowski is hoping he can lend a hand in finding the next driver of the No. 22 Penske car. Keselowski is a three time winner this season at the Sprint Cup level.
“I hope that we can secure a teammate that is an elite talent that I can work with — and certainly some of that responsibility is mine to communicate,” Keselowski said in an interview following qualifying.
This weekend the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) cars are headed to Iowa Speedway for the second time this season. They will be racing Saturday night prime time on ESPN.
After last weekends Indy 250, we look at Elliott Sadler who is now only one point ahead of teammate Austin Dillon for the championship. Sadler has started on the pole two out of three starts at the track and finished...
Elliott Sadler won the pole for Saturday night’s U.S. Cellular 250 from Iowa with a time of 23.309 seconds. Darrell Wallace, Jr., Austin Dillon, Jason Leffler, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five starting positions. The event will be live on ESPN2 at 8 PM EST.
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Darrell Wallace, Jr. returned to the site of his impressive Nationwide Series debut in May when he qualified eighth and finished ninth at Iowa Speedway’s spring race.
Wallace set the goal of improving on those efforts Saturday night and accomplished just that when he nearly captured the pole with a second-best qualifying effort.
He took advantage of starting on the front row as...
Richard Childress Racing teammates finished first (Elliott Sadler), 14th (Brendan Gaughan) and 15th (Austin Dillon).
Sadler leads the NASCAR Nationwide Series driver championship point standings over Dillon by 18 points. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. ranks third, followed by Sam Hornish Jr. and Justin Allgaier.
The No. 2 Chevrolet team is second in the Nationwide Series owner championship...
Brad Keselowski won last August at Pocono driving 500 miles on a broken left ankle.
Well, Sunday's race is only 400 miles and his ankle is feeling pretty good these days.
Imagine what he can do here when healthy.
Keselowski's victory placed him in prime position to claim one of two wild-card spots available for the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. He won't need...
Brad Keselowski, the defending winner of this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Pennsylvania 400, will have an advantage this weekend -- both ankles in working order.
"That doesn't hurt," Keselowski said.
A year ago, Keselowski went to Pocono Raceway just days after being airlifted out of Road Atlanta following a violent wreck during testing that resulted in a fracture...