Late-Race Wreck Caused By Double-File Restarts? Try a Blown Tire

Ben SwareyContributor IJuly 12, 2009

JOLIET, IL - JULY 09: Jeff Burton drives the #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on July 9, 2009 in Joliet, Illinois.  (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images)

Late in Saturday's 400, Paul Menard blew a tire and spun, collecting Scott Speed and Jeff Burton. Jeff Burton blames the incident on double-file restarts. So, should NASCAR rethink having double file restarts? I think not!

Burton's unfortunate wreck may have been caused by the double-file restart rule, but that was not the only reason for Burton's wreck. Paul Menard blew a tire and collected Scott Speed, and as a result, Burton was involved in the wreck. If Menard would not have blown a tire, Burton would not have been involved in a crash.

Having double-file restarts is the best decision NASCAR has made all season long. Having the double-file restarts makes the field more crowded. With the double-file restarts, not so many drivers will get lapped at short tracks like Martinsville. But most of all, the fans love the excitement of double-file restarts.

The NASCAR Nationwide Series has also recently added the double-file restart rule. No driver in the Nationwide Series has complained about it. In fact, the Camping World Truck Series may also go to double-file restarts soon. So why is Burton complaining about having double file restarts?

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series added the double file restart rule after this year's All-Star race at Lowe's Motor Speedway. NASCAR liked double-file restarts so well that the Nationwide Series went to double-file restarts. Since the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series moved to the new system, the races have been more exciting for the fans. NASCAR should have made this move a long time ago!

Many fans may be asking, "Why doesn't the Camping World Truck Series have the new rule?" They will probably have the double-file restart soon. NASCAR Camping World Truck drivers need to experience the drama of double-file restarts, too! Most of all, the fans would love to see the double-file restart rule go into effect for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series!