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Author Topic: Statement from Pemberton on Calling Daytona  (Read 562 times)
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« on: February 21, 2009, 03:50:27 PM »

What a load of hooey!  Their "obligatons" never seem to extend to giving the fans full race for all the money they spend, no matter what they say.  From Jayski:

"NASCAR comments on quick Daytona 500 call: Here's Robin Pemberton, NASCAR VP of Competition on the issue of if the Daytona 500 should be run to completion: "That's fine if we didn't have other obligations further on down the road. Teams had to start traveling out here Monday evening or Tuesday at some time. It is a great race. There's a lot of prestige that goes along with it but it is just one of our many, many races that we conduct during the season and all of our races basically have the same guidelines whether its rain-shortened and what we try to do for the fans and out of respect for the people who are sitting in the stands.(Roanoke Times)(2-21-2009)"

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« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2009, 06:06:35 PM »

then if you cant afford rain delay, dont schedule a damn race on the other side of the country the following week. the only teams who would have had a hard time getting there were the low buck start ups. the other mega teams have multiple haulers that are loaded and ready to go from the shop before sunday's race is even started and everybody flies!!!. you might have had motorcoaches not get there before thursday. but with nothing going on but practice, the "stars' could have hung out with the crews or fans until their hideouts showed up. nascar has the market on bulls**t.

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« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2009, 05:51:41 PM »

"One of many races throughout the year?"  Duh, it's the biggest and most important one.  NASCAR should have come back on Monday if it couldn't get the track dry on Sunday night last week.  Besides, last Monday was a holiday, so there would have been a big crowd for the resumption.

Marty Smith gave more or less the same line as Pemberton on ESPN and ESPN2 last week.
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« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2009, 08:58:59 PM »

The proper answer, I believe, is to start the race earlier so that you have a longer period of time in which to get it in and completed. Had they started at 1:00 pm, they could have run 500 miles.
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« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2009, 05:12:00 PM »

Indeed, as late as 2006, the start time was 1 p.m. Eastern time.  The only reasons for the later times now are a Super Bowl-style prerace show and the desire by FOX to lead into prime-time cartoons.
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