There has always been the chance for the big one or a nasty wreck at Daytona or Talladega. What has bothered me in recent years is the indifference to wrecking and the acceptance of it. The reality is most of these recent wrecks are caused by idiotic decisions. They could have raced like this 20-30 years ago but they opted not to for fear and respect. When people got out of line speeches were made or punches were thrown. I'm hoping tonight was a wake up call for better decision making which will lead to better racing.
It won't. Nothing is going to change until a driver or fans die. It is not a question of if, it is a question of when. And when that happens NASCAR will try something like hold up a frayed belt to pass blame off to the top safety supplier.
The cause of Newman's crash last night was easy to see. He was driving with his rear view mirror and Blaney just plowed through him, typical for restrictor plate racing and restrictor plate crashes. There's no desire to change the cause.
What race was it last year where Larson almost flew at speed into the infield?