Debris cautions are a touchy subject with race fans. They show up at random during a race when we least expect them to or want them to. Why do we have them at inconvenient times when it comes to knowing if there is debris or not? We have them because it's meant to keep competition fair just in case. A lot of it's called "Phantom Debris" by some because if your driver is leading then yeah the word caution isn't something you want to hear with five to go and they a comfortable lead. That's one way to look at it. Officials might see something in a specific turn and report it. Upon which this is what angers fans for late race cautions from which states the "better be safe than sorry". I would rather NASCAR do that for my driver even with a restart. Now this doesn't happen every race. Every way you look at it there is absolutely no way to please the average fan with putting an end to debris cautions and even high up team owners such as Tony Stewart. Just isn't possible. It's auto racing and it's just the way it is. Now let's look at the ironic side of things. Everyone who watches live TV coverage has to admit seeing all the hot dog wrappers, paper, water bottles flying around. Yeah of course a driver flings their bottle out there every now and then, but it's rare. It boggles my mind for the fans that attend the event live and are against the debris cautions don't feel some what responsible for a fraction of these "Phantom Debris" cautions. I like being respectful when I go to stadiums. It's not hard to put your trash in the bin. I can't fathom whining about a caution especially if I possibly influenced the outcome of a race where my favorite driver got snubbed because of well... my hamburger wrapper. Makes no sense.
Back to my point last week on Cup drivers in Xfinity races. Denny Hamlin after winning the race a couple days later had his win encumbered from the splitter structure not being flat. An L1 penalty was given to the 20 team with the loss of 25 owner points for the playoffs and a two race suspension for crew chief Chris Gabehart and a fine of $25,000. What's it's mean for Hamlin? Nothing really. He still gets his win in the Xfinity series record books and the team suffers. At the Iowa speedway it didn't draw as much crowd as a standalone or did the truck race. Which questions does it matter if a Cup regular is there or not. I won't argue the other holes in the barrel of the subject because there are no ends to it for an answer. The one I will say that does give an answer on the subject is William Byron winning the race without the Cup driver influencing the outcome. I agreed with the race without them in it. It was like Byron had a second chance to prove himself to the others in his crowd. Another positive that you don't hear about is Ryan Seig placing second. What is so special about that? You would see it more often without the regulars of Cup. Then people still complained about Byron winning because of his better JR Motorsports equipment. Seig doesn't have those resources but he pulled 2nd overall. It was a race where the xfinity regulars had their own chance. In Cup the same thing happens where dominant teams beat the less funded. Xfinity is the same way, but the Iowa race had the same playing field for "proving themselves".
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