Tladega, Alaa – Sunday Yalla Wood 500 (2 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN) will mark the halfway point for 2022 NASCAR Cup Series Postseason. However, for most fans, or even regular fans at the time, they probably wouldn’t let this aspect slip into their minds.
This is a very big problem.
There has been so much hype around the motorsports world over the past few months that it has drawn attention away from qualifying. I mean just look at how busy this past week alone has been.
At some point, the news cycle should start to slow down and allow focus to run the track’s activity. It can’t just happen on weekends only.
NASCAR is sorely missing the boat at the moment.
Much of this is self-made. We are talking tires. We are talking about fires. We are talking about safety. We are talking about injuries. We are talking about sanctions. We’re talking about 2023 schedules and upcoming driver lineups. What we don’t talk about is how we’ve seen 4 non-racing drivers win all 4 races so far and the championship is now as wide open as before.
I mean, Sunday is the penultimate race of the round of 12. Call me the number one leader in the championship now, not to mention the best drivers who can make it to the championship 4.
You can not. It is wide open. It was also not discussed.
That’s because every week we head out with a new record but at the end of the day we don’t even talk about the next race.
This week we started talking about the tire disaster from Texas and what could be better. After a day the burden was on the official and penalties. This debate ran for 24 hours in the news cycle. Then Thursday came to where Alex Bowman announced he would be sitting in this weekend’s race due to concussion like symptoms.
Has anything come out this week to point us towards Talladega?
How about going to Texas? The tire and power steering problems were from Bristol. There has been more talk of Ryan Blaney’s penalty. The only thing discussed in Texas is that the challenges lie ahead.
How about going to Bristol? It was geared more toward Kyle Busch’s transition from JGR to RCR and what that means for Tyler Reddick and KBM. The 2023 schedules have been released and Jeremy Clements’ re-win at Daytona. Brandon Jones was transitioning from JGR to JRM. More about next season than the actual season itself.
The morals of the story here are the storylines in the most important part of NASCAR’s season not for fixes. It is outside of that.
Which is why I feel that the most important season in NASCAR history is being missed by trouble, drama, and 2023.
it’s a shame. However, we have 5 weeks left and a chance to correct this moving forward. Make the news cycles less busy and let the attention return to the playoffs. That’s why I did this in the first place.