I’m not really sure where the rumor du jour originated this weekend, and frankly it doesn’t matter, but this idea that NASCAR might be making the starting fields in every series smaller does not make a whole lot of sense.
This rumor emerged Monday on Yahoo Sports, with writer Bob Margolis saying it was, “another sign of the times.” Would someone mind explaining to me how making the starting fields for races smaller is a “sign of the times?” The argument I believe Mr. Margolis is trying to make is that somehow the present poor economic situation would somehow justify making the fields smaller. I’m not really sure how that would be the case.
If anything, I would argue it would hurt the teams, the sponsors and ultimately the sport. Sponsors are going to be much less inclined to pour millions of dollars into a team if the odds of their driver making the field are severely decreased. Likewise, this would add strength to and likely increase the size of mega-teams competing under one common umbrella. Because the opportunity to get into races would be decreased, teams would be forced to align themselves with more successful organizations or face getting freight trained.
Fans would flee when their favorite driver is either not making races, or forced to leave the sport and the backlash from team owners would be unprecedented.
As far as the present reality, why when you consistently have 45-48 cars trying to make the field, would you tell not just one or two guys to go home, but 10 (Margolis says that NASCAR would cut the field to 36)? Not to mention the other series’. In the brief, Margolis writes that NASCAR would decrease the truck series field from 36 to 28 and the Nationwide field from 43 to 28. So this means the elimination of at least a couple dozen cars. While the truck series does have trouble filling the field, they don’t have that much trouble. And often, the Nationwide Series has too many cars.
As we have talked about here many times, you can not believe every rumor you hear in the garage area or on the shop floor. The people who work in this sport love nothing more than a good piece of gossip and they are always willing to pass it on. I’m not sure what about this particular item made Mr. Margolis think it had some validity, but let’s just say, I’ll believe when I see it.
Now it’s time for you to sound off. What do you think about the size of the field? Too big, too small, just right? Do you believe the rumor? Let us know.