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And Another Thing


Green, white, wrecker

So. Once again NASCAR's new three-tries-at-a-green-white-checker-finish produces another dazzling finish, this time at Talladega, where Kevin Harvick pulled the slingshot on Jamie McMurray coming off the tri-oval and beat him by a nose across the line.

That's great. But I still hate the new rule.

Here's the deal: You give these guys three cracks at a green-white-checker finish, it's pretty much a license to drive like idiots in the last 10 laps. Seriously, I can't remember the last time I saw a clean finish in a restrictor-plate race. It gets down to the end, and suddenly all these supposed incredible driving talents can't get through two laps without running into each other.

It's beyond ridiculous. And I'm convinced it doesn't happen without the new rule.

I can't think of any other reason why we're seeing one crash after another when the races get down to the finish. Today there was a big one with six laps to go, then two more on the first two green-white-checkers before a lap had been completed.

Once upon a time, and not all that long ago, that wasn't happening, because no one wanted to give a race away on a yellow at the end. Now they don't have to worry about that, so it's an almost weekly occurrence; today's was the fourth race in eight so far that has gone to the green-white-checker.

Beyond ridiculous.

Ben Smith's blog.