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2020 NASCAR Season Thread

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15 hours ago, dont care said:

It is for useable purposes, I personally used that same knot every time I’ve gone fishing, many times on boats, and a handful of times in the army. Reason being is it’s an incredibly strong knot that won’t come undone even when trying to untie it is difficult.

 

This. It was probably a fisherman who tied that knot. I have never seen so many people be mad that a hate crime didn't happen before, though. Very surprising.

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Those last few laps of the Xfinity race were really fun. Seemd like every lap another car entered the fray and had a chance for the win until Cindric and Allmendinger got together.

 

This is a very specific memory but Justin Allgaier's car looked a lot like Casey Atwood's Muppets car from '03

 

 

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Stock car racing on road courses is so, so great — NASCAR should run more of them (though the Cup race should stay on the oval at IMS).

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How’s everyone liking the new number/sponsor placement? I honestly really like it. It’ll take some getting used to, but you’re not really losing much from a viewership standpoint.

 

As far as the lights on the rear of the cars, they’re really only useful for night races and they don’t even add much to the cars. I’d imagine this is just a one and done.

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Lights on the bottom is dumb dumb especially when it’s only to display manufacturers is which, like you can’t tell the difference from a mustang, to a camaro, to a camery without it.

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10 hours ago, DNAsports said:

How’s everyone liking the new number/sponsor placement? I honestly really like it. It’ll take some getting used to, but you’re not really losing much from a viewership standpoint.

 

As far as the lights on the rear of the cars, they’re really only useful for night races and they don’t even add much to the cars. I’d imagine this is just a one and done.

If the number HAS to be off-center, then I'd prefer it to be right behind the front tire, where the contingency decals used to be. But, if designers design the schemes right, it can work in front of the rear wheel. (See the 37, for example.)

 

As far as the underglow, it added nothing.

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Underglow seemed like a fun idea but using the different colors to differentiate manufacturers rather than tying the color into the paint scheme is dumb.  People don't care that much about manufacturers and seeing red underneath the FedEx car while the McDonalds car had orange was a little annoying.

 

The numbers were poorly executed but they weren't awful in the few cases where it was done right.  In most cases it was dependent on the logo/wordmark since teams really just half-assed it.  WorldWide Technology logo on Bubba Wallace's car looked great.  But Cottonelle on Ricky Stenhouse Jr.'s car looked awful.  I actually prefer how they do it on the rear quarter panel for the eNascar Heat series to what they did last night, but it's better on some schemes (Interstate, TRD, Hendrick) than others (CAT, Dow), where the schemes are a bit lazy.

 

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Huh. I liked the underglow lights (obviously for night races only) and thought the sponsor placement was okay. Like See Red said, sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't - depended a lot on the sponsor logo. If the logo takes up a fairly square (think baseball cap) or slightly rectangular (2:3 height/width, think football helmet) amount of space, it works. If it's a long wordmark like many current quarter panel sponsors (look at Caterpillar and Interstate Batteries in the image above), it looks awful.

 

Absolutely no to car numbers on the rear quarter panel. Too hard to see. Either behind the front wheel or in front of the back one works.

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6 hours ago, See Red said:

Underglow seemed like a fun idea but using the different colors to differentiate manufacturers rather than tying the color into the paint scheme is dumb.  People don't care that much about manufacturers and seeing red underneath the FedEx car while the McDonalds car had orange was a little annoying.

 

The numbers were poorly executed but they weren't awful in the few cases where it was done right.  In most cases it was dependent on the logo/wordmark since teams really just half-assed it.  WorldWide Technology logo on Bubba Wallace's car looked great.  But Cottonelle on Ricky Stenhouse Jr.'s car looked awful.  I actually prefer how they do it on the rear quarter panel for the eNascar Heat series to what they did last night, but it's better on some schemes (Interstate, TRD, Hendrick) than others (CAT, Dow), where the schemes are a bit lazy.

 

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The problem with this is that cars don't usually have year-round sponsors. This means that sometimes week-to-week, a team will change a sponsor and/or a paint scheme. By doing that, the number becomes more important to identify the driver, and on the rear quarter like that, it gets lost.

 

Also, I've heard that the Gen-7 car will not have nearly as much room back there.

 

I still think the best solution for what NASCAR was trying to do is moving the number forward, rather than back

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This Xfinity Daytona Road course race is kind of a mess.  I was really looking forward to the Cup race tomorrow but not so much anymore.

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I’m really hating the “Roval” configurations. There is no drive off area on these so you can never get through more than a handful of laps without a caution.

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I'm enjoying them. It's different. They're obviously not perfect, but I like not having a caution for every small spin like you'd have on an oval. A few cars spin into the grass? Rub some dirt on it kid, get back out there.

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Bubba Wallace is leaving RPM at the end of the season. He and Denny Hamlin have been linked together as potential business partners and teammates and as of today, it’s being reported that Denny Hamlin has interest in purchasing Germain Racing.

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