While it wasn’t pretty or tidy or anything of the sort, NASCAR raced on the Charlotte Motor Speedway “roval.” And guess what? It was completely and totally watchable.
Unsurprisingly, the defining moments turned out to be:
1) Half of the Top 10 missing the Turn 1 braking point on a restart, then piling into the wall.
2) The leader getting taken out at the chicane well within sight of the checkered flag.
But beyond the predictable outcomes — road racing a 3,500-pound car with 900 horsepower on a course with no runoff ain’t easy — the important thing is that NASCAR tried something new and it seemed, perhaps, to have worked after years of reduced interest in the same ol’ thing.
So what’s next? A real street circuit? NASCAR rallycross?
[Source: NASCAR on YouTube]