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July 31, 2013

de la Bastide: IMS not the problem when it comes to NASCAR

New aerodynamics needed to improve racing.

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The IMS race was more interesting than most because the two dominant cars on the day, Ryan Newman and Jimmie Johnson, battled for the lead throughout the race. Had Johnson not had a 17-second pit stop with less than 26 remaining, it would have been a much closer finish.

I kept waiting for NASCAR to throw a late caution flag at IMS to bunch up the field for another restart. It seems like many of their races have a late caution to add some excitement to the finish.

One has to wonder if Johnson had been leading and Newman chasing, would there have been a late race caution flag to bunch up the field?

For the national scribes who want to talk about boring racing — have they watched a Nationwide Series race lately? Kyle Busch has won eight of the 15 races and normally wins in overwhelming fashion.

If the truth be known, NASCAR took away a good Nationwide Series race in Indianapolis when it moved the event from Lucas Oil Raceway to IMS. The LOR races were always filled with bumping and banging and an exciting finish.

The best two races of the weekend were the Champion Racing Association Super Series and JEGS All-Stars Tour events at LOR on Friday.

With discussions taking place in Indianapolis about moving the sports car races from the Brickyard weekend to either May or September, will that mean a Camping World Truck Series event will be added at IMS?

The Truck Series needs to return to Eldora Speedway for a race on the dirt and away from IMS.

Running the Brickyard 400 at night, maybe as soon as 2014, would renew fan interest in the race. Temperatures would be cooler and the competition should improve with the cars getting more tire grip in the corners.

Whether people like it or not, a win at IMS is second only to winning the Daytona 500.

Ken de la Bastide may be reached at ken.delabastide@kokomotribune.com or 765-454-8580.

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