I thought the weekend at Phoenix was a triple header for Truck, Nationwide & Cup but as usual I was wrong and disappointed.
A couple of weeks ago, the better half & I watched great battles within the field as Kevin Harvick ran away, it was no contest for the win at Martinsville but we witnessed great racing nonetheless.
As usual I was watching the series run at Nashville on television too. I don't know if it was the coverage or the race itself but I found it somewhat processional & less than compelling, sure there were bits and pieces of excitement here nd there but the whole show appeared lackluster to me. With this bitter taste left in my mouth & presumably the mouths of others as well, the series leaves the stage for an entire month. Instead of making a pilgrimage to its southwest birthplace, the series takes four weeks off. It seems like an opportunity for redemption is lost, the possibility of staging an exciting contest at Phoenix or somewhere in the west is missed.
Perhaps fiscal constraints prohibit the teams from making the long westward trek, if that's the case then let the series come back to Virginia from Tennessee. Let them come to South Boston where I witnessed the greatest racing in the series up close and personal in the little "bull-ring".
The series could return to RIR which jettisoned the IRL event this year. While a little bigger than SoBo it's a great venue for the Truck Series to beat and bang in, and it is sorely missed.
Perhaps it's time for road racing to return to the series, let them come to Virginia International Raceway (VIR). While much, much larger than the two aforementioned short tracks, VIR is a beautiful setting in which to watch a race, fans would be treated to a form of racing not seen in the series since Watkins Glen & Portland International in 2000. Whether on the full course or only part of this magnificent setting, fans would be in for an interesting treat and a break from the oval course monotony.
A month is just too long to wait to see the NASCR Camping World Truck Series drivers compete!
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