Originally written on Start 'N' Park Blog  |  Last updated 9/2/14
For the second time this season, an oily race track had an effect on the outcome of the race. Back in Watkins Glen in August, a track scattered with oil led to two passes for the lead on the final lap. When race leader Kyle Busch spun in the oil it led to Marcos Ambrose and Brad Keselowski battling it out for the win. Ambrose eventually slid to the victory. Sunday in Phoenix, the main grove on the frontstretch was littered with oil from Danica Patrick’s wrecked car and once the leaders hit the home stretch, they started slipping everywhere and a pile-up ensued. Point’s leader Brad Keselowski suffered damage in the wreck but he was able to cross the finish line successfully. If NASCAR threw out the caution when Danica Patrick wrecked on the second to last lap, we likely wouldn’t be talking about this. NASCAR wanted a green flag finish and after an extended red flag under the last caution, NASCAR didn’t want to have another lengthy caution that prolonged the race. The result of that is a pile-up of cars scattered across the front stretch. Since NASCAR didn’t throw the yellow with two laps to go, more “excitement” occurred on track. I don’t think many teams in the garage area consider torn up race cars “excitement.” Fans might have enjoyed the melee that formed on the final lap but many teams in NASCAR didn’t. Even with the wreck on the final lap, many drivers involved placed in the top ten. Ryan Newman finished fifth and he may consider the finish successful but the result of his car was not. The wreck started when Greg Biffle slid in the oil and got into Ryan Newman and Kurt Busch. Busch then shot down the track and hit Paul Menard, sending Menard into the back of Danica Patrick’s wrecked car which was moving slowly on the frontstretch. Menard’s impact to the back of Patrick’s car sent Patrick’s car up into the air. The car came back down but the rear end of the car was absolutely destroyed. Then, Ryan Newman got hit by Kurt Busch’s car after Busch’s car hit Menard and Newman got into Mark Martin, sending Martin hard into the inside wall. Once the dust or smoke settled from the wreck, there were four plus cars destroyed and sitting on the frontstretch. If NASCAR wanted to create an exciting finish every week like we have seen in two of the most “exciting” races of the year at Watkins Glen and Phoenix, they should just lay oil on the track before the final restart. Some of the decisions NASCAR is making are questionable and many teams who have to bring destroyed race cars back across the county would agree. NASCAR’s definition of excitement should be close, competitive racing not cars slipping in oil coming to the checker. Phoenix could be called an “exciting” race but NASCAR’s decisions played a key role in the outcome of the race and therefore, NASCAR created the excitement. Overall, some may think the oily track created “excitement” on the final lap but in reality, it was a poor decision by NASCAR that created the “excitement” on the final lap.

Who should coach the Cleveland Cavaliers?

DeMarcus Cousins’ demons return as Celtics blow past Kings

Suh says ‘next question’ 10 times when asked about Rodgers incident

Reds acquire Marlon Byrd, for some reason

Report: Johnny Manziel’s teammates still believe in him

Report: Kevin Sumlin tells NFL teams he's staying at Texas A&M


Are more NHL games ending in a shootout?

Urban Meyer expects to have Braxton Miller back

Report: Stephen Drew's asking price for 2015 is '9M to $10M'

Suh blames 'numb feet' for stepping on Rodgers

Clippers reportedly ‘don’t like each other’

Jets reportedly have reached out to Jim Mora

Bills head coach Doug Marrone opts out of contract

Peach Bowl: TCU makes a statement against Ole Miss

Remembering Roberto Clemente’s 3,000th hit

Marvin Lewis doesn't like playoff drought questions

The hunt is on for 'The Black Mamba,' Kobe Bryant

49ers reporter advises Michigan media on Jim Harbaugh

Ranking the NBA's MVP candidates

Redskins GM: Team is winning off the field

Utah's Alec Burks to miss rest of season

Rose Bowl: Five things to watch in Oregon-Florida St. showdown

Dad extracts son's tooth tied to a golf ball

25 most important players of College Football Playoff

Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Remembering Roberto Clemente’s 3,000th hit

Ranking the NBA's MVP candidates

Report: Teammates believe in Manziel

Things to watch in Rose Bowl showdown

25 most important players of CFP

Belichick keeps Pats ahead of NFL trends

Clippers reportedly ‘don’t like each other’

Top storylines: NFL Wild Card Playoffs

Miller interested in transferring to FSU

Ravens' security boss charged with sex offense

Shawn Marion, The Matrix and the small forward evolution

10 sports media predictions for 2015

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.