I think more than ever, NASCAR (at the cup, XFinity, Truck level) is truly showing that as long as nobody gets hurt, the more wrecks (the more destruction of equipment), the better.
I thought yesterday was the ultimate example of how desperate of a situation they are in... But now that I think about it, I thought Talledega was the ultimate....
I guess it's kind of like football where they want the hard hits... they want the spectacular footage that these collisions cause, but then they all want to pivot to what a shame that somebody got hurt, or how so many cars got wrecked...
Automobile racing is a dangerous enough sport. Racing in near dark conditions, in/on water so deep that the splitter was kicking the water up over the windshield I would offer is crossing the line.
By NASCAR encouraging blocking at tracks like Talladega by never penalizing ill advised blocks... (doesn't help that the announcers often elevate the spotter's role and then use how hard it was for the spotter to see a certain spot on the track as the reason for the block that went wrong...) and by encouraging ill advised "bumps" which often eliminate other competitors while the "bumper" continues on without penalty... is getting them exactly what they think they need. Excitement... Destruction... Drama.
Maybe they're just about out of options... I'm sure they've got a lot of new marketing folks working on a plan, and maybe that's what their focus groups have determined is needed.
What's next... Maybe setting up jumps through rings of fire over a pool of sharks? Don't laugh... It's probably on their list of "What do we do next?"