BGN Race Recap
"Hello race fans, this is Runsty Tailpipe reporting for
the National Racing News to you from the Memphis Motorsports Park". "Well
Rusty, this was quite a race. Ten, count em folks, ten cautions in a one
hundred lap race. That's and average of one every ten laps. Amazing." "You
are so right Holly. Let's get right into the race folks. We viewed much
of the race through an onboard camera in the number seven car of Bill Boyd.
That along with all of our trackside cameras gave us wonderful race coverage."
The starting field was eleven. There was a problem right
away. On lap one, entering turn three Joe Marino's #13 came into contact
with Lil_E's car from the rear. Fortunately, everyone was able to continue.
Up front John Hoover and his #23 held the lead. The number 30 car had to
enter the pits for apparent repairs.
Joe, remember to give a bit more room, especially on cold
The field restarted on lap 5. On lap 8 , Mike
Schrader got a run off of turn two against the 24 of Ed Miller. Ed came
in on the 9 cars position and forced Mike even further inside. Ed swung
first right , in reaction, and then once again came back in on Mike's car
just prior to entering turn three. The contact caused both cars to spin
This is clearly the #24 cars fault , according to my replay.
No warp is apparent. Mike clearly had the inside line and a slight lead
going into the turn.
Ed, try staying on the outside line closer to the wall on the
backstretch.. Relax, don't overreact. Be steady.
In the meantime, Willy was carrying far too much speed coming
onto the backstretch and ran onto the infield grass to avoid tailending
the #7 car that was slowing for the caution. No damage was incurred. Willy
then resumed his position behind the 7 Car of Bill Boyd and third place.
The field restarted on lap 12. Going through turn
three of lap 13, the #28 car tagged the #24 car from the rear. Warp from
the #24 car is indicated as the culprit here. Sorry Pete. The 24 car was
spun around. Both continued and Ed limped back to the pits for repairs.
The entire field restarted on lap 19. We still hadn't lost a
competitor even with all of the incidents. Going into turn two on lap 20,
Willy, running in third, entered too high and appeared to over corect and
came too far inside and caught the inside berm. This caused him to check
up. Joe came cruising by. On turn exit, Skip in car #44 had a good run
on the #25 took him on the inside. It appeared that he may have slightly
tapped the 25 car on his left rear. Bubba was able to pull up along side
of Willy on the outside. Willy found himself in a self made sandwich, with
his car in the middle.
Instead of backing off from this position, Willy
charged right back going into turn three. As a result the #25 car couldn't
hold its line and pushed up into the line of the 15 car. Both the 15 and
25 car were spun around and around. The remainder of the field sped safely
by. Willy and Bubba were able to continue. A caution insued. Bubba entered
the pits for repairs.
The field restarted on lap 26. Again trouble
from the start. Bubba tagged Mike's #9 entering turn one. Mike was
able to continue apparently undamaged.
Bubba, practice running various lines on starts. It will
help you to adjust to other cars positions calmly.
Up ahead the #76 car went a bit low and caught the inside
berm and had to check up. Lil_E got a run on him coming off of turn two
and onto the backstretch. Glenn went outside, Luc came from mid track to
the inside. They apparently tapped. The subsequent loss of control caused
the cars to come together again. Glenn was spun around and across the track
into the infield where he collected the #28 car which was trying to avoid
the mess by going well low. Luc continued on. Glenn and Pete subsequently
were able to continue. Another caution.
Luc, aggression is fine as far as it goes. Would it have
ruined your day if you would have simply backed off for one second and
not struck Glenn from the rear. You continue to run too close to enable
a decent reaction time to anything that may happen in front of you. It
is still early in the race.
All of the field remains despite all of the cautions.
There are simply too many incidents being caused by over-aggression on
During this caution the simulation seemed to have what
I call a "brain fart". Things went wrong. Cars were put a lap down that
shouldn't have been a lap down. Race positions were messed up. It was all
confusing. Warp was part of the problem.
I noticed something that probably contributed to the problems
during this caution period. The #28 car was poking around the track at
28-30 mph. instead of continuing around to join the rest of the field behind
the pace car. This caused anyone that passed him being guilty of passing
under yellow or maybe causing the simulation to not be able to correctly
keep track of car positions as it normally does.
What is the story Pete? Your actions probably messed up
a lot of things. Why the slow speed under caution? It probably had the
same effect as driving backwards. I don't want to see you do this ever
again. NASCAR 3 is a simulation, drive it as such, Realistically. The simulation
seems to have difficulty when drivers do illogical or boneheaded things.
Guys, don't be angry with the simulation. Drivers and warp cause most problems.
We were able to restart on lap 35. Going into turn
one the #28 car entered the trun wide. Skip's #44 went low to take advantage
of the opening. The #28 pulled down and into the oncoming 44. Both cars
were spun around. Although Bubba had gone as high as possible to
avoid this incident he still was caught up in it but not seriously. A caution
followed. #28 pitted and didn't reenter the race. Damage? Don't know. He
is the first race casualty.
Let's watch those mirrors guys. Give a fellow driver some
racing room. Especially if you make an error and leave an opening for a
following competitor. Also guys, when coming across the start/finish line
after a caution, lift off the gas and coast don't brake heavily or at all.
Run different lines to the cars to your front and then hold that line while
slowing for the pace car.
The remaining field restarted on lap 41. On
lap 42 come on guys, while going into turn one the 13
car struck the #24 car squarely from the rear and spun the hapless 24 car
into the outer wall. That is twice in one race Joe. Try giving a little
more room to your fellow racers. Sorry Ed. But I do have to add that
Ed, you were a lap down. The proper thing for you to have done would have
been to surrender the low line and let Joe by. If you were chasing the
leader, I'm sure you would want a lapped car to your front to get over
and let you by.
Surprisingly and thankfully, a caution didn't come out.
On lap 51 while going into turn one the #25 car came once again charging
between, guess who? The 44 car on the inside and the #15 car on the outside.
Is this a re run. Once again, Willy carried to much speed into the corner
and pushed up and slammed into Bubba's car. Around and around we go. Another
caution. Bubba and Willy pitted subsequently. Willy didn't reenter the
Guys, If you are unable to hold a needed line, don't force
an issue. Practice running different lines so you will be able to do so
during a race.
Restart on lap 58. The #7 car let Mike Schrader
pass on the iniside. Bill fell in behind him. A lap later, the 9 car went
high in turn one and Bill cruised past inside. On lap 61 the #30 car caught
the infield grass on exit of turn two while trying to apparently avoid
hard contact with the #23 of John Hoover. Luc was able to continue. A caution
came out. Luc and Mike entered the pits. Mike didn't reenter the race for
Once again Luc, try to give just a bit more room to the
car in front of you. If you are purposely trying to tap the cars in front
of you to spin them out of your way STOP IT! It won't be tolerated.
Positions on the restart on lap 67.
3. Old JH_23
7. Ed 2L
8. Mike OUT
9. Joe OUT
10. Willy OUT
11. Pete OUT
Approaching turn one on lap 69, the #30 car was right
on the bumper of the 23 car of John Hoover. To the inside of John ran Glenn's
#76. Entering the turn, Glenn clearly had the inside line and John had
the high middle line with Luc trailing both. Luc attempted to force himself
between the aformentioned cars. This was not a wise decision. It is over
aggressive driving that isn't backed up with appropriate consideration
or skill. More than speed is needed to be truly competitive. As a result
of this action Luc's car was spun into the outer wall. John's car was forced
forward and into the rear of Glenn's car. John's car then swerved right
and towards the outer wall. Thanks to his driving abilty, John was able
to recover in time and just graze the outer wall and continue. Amazingly,
no caution came out.
Up front Bill in #7 was being improperly held up by #24,
a lapped car. This situation went on for several laps. As a result, Bubba
and Glenn were able to easily close up on him.
Bill finally forced the issue on lap 74 going into turn
one. Time and distance had been lost though. Behind the 7 and 24 car, Bubba
seemed to lose control and swerved down and across the track. A caution
Ed, our rules require a lapped car to give the inside
line to the leaders of a race. Ed, if you were leading a race, would
you appreciate a lapped car not getting over for several laps to let you
We restarted on Lap 78. The remainder of the race ran
green. Bill had attempted to run the entire 100 laps without a stop. With
15 laps to go his right front tire was just a memory. Glenn began to reel
him in. With ten to go the #76 car got by when Bill went high in turn one.
Glenn slowly pulled away and got the win.
In a interview with Holly Carburator, after the race,
the race winner commented. "Hehehe. John really had no choice than to let
me get my lap back. I had fresh tires and he had 40+ on his. I blew by
him. But then I noticed that Bill had gotten around him too and was gaining
on me. I started praying for a caution." "Did you realise that the
#7 car was on his original tires?" Holly asked.
"Yea, I thought as much. He was running good considering his old tires.
But then again, we did have a lot of caution laps to save tires on. My
prayer for a caution was answered just in time. Bill was right on my bumper
when it came out. I thought it was cool that he and John, two Winston Cup
vertrans, had dominated the race thus far. Now I was hoping it would be
my turn." Were you surprised that Bill didn't also pit for tires?"
" Yes, a little bit Holly. I'm glad he didn't though. I suppose he didn't
want to give up the track position. It may have been very interesting if
he had though." "Thanks Glenn. Good luck next week." "Thanks
"Well, there you have it folks. Another BGN race in the
record books. This is Rusty Tailpipe wishing you all clean safe racing
at what ever track you find yourself at. Goodbye until next week."
NOSCAR Deputy Commisioner
WC Race Director