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Fans are calling for a red flag on NASCAR's Chicago event—do you agree with them?

The NASCAR Xfinity Series race in Chicago has left fans pleading for more racing action after a lengthy run of caution laps. With a late restart in the race, somewhere around 15 laps to go, there was a huge pileup. The likes of Josh Bilicki and Andre Castro, along with a few others, stalled the entire field after wrecking each other.

Initially, this was a good race for fans, who were enjoying some impressive road racing action between Kyle Larson and Shane van Gisbergen. With a different strategy, the two drivers were mired in traffic and were hoping to make a run for the lead late in the race. However, the late wreck even saw fluids and fuel leaks on the racetrack, which warranted a clean-up job.

Next thing you know, there are multiple caution laps, thus limiting the opportunity for drivers to make a late charge. The race was only scheduled for a length of 50 laps, with the first two stages having 15 laps each and the final stage having a 30-lap run. But it seems like the race will be cut short- all because of the caution laps. According to fans, NASCAR could’ve dealt with this situation better.

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Poll of the day

Do you think NASCAR should reconsider its return to Chicago?

Yes, it's a disaster

No, it just needs better planning

Maybe, but with changes

Absolutely not, it's great

Last year, the weather forced NASCAR to cut the race short. While the weather isn’t at odds with NASCAR racing this time around, caution laps aren’t helping the cause. With a scheduled 50-lap run, it is just frustrating for fans to see the race being hampered by wrecks and yellow fever. Perhaps there could have been better alternatives that NASCAR could enforce, instead of eating up the valuable length of the race.

Fans were riled up to see the race being run down with caution laps

The multi-car wreck didn’t leave any option for the track crew, but to clear the debris and fluids off the track before going back to green. However, the process was tedious and long, leaving fans worried about missing out on some good road racing action that they had witnessed so far. “Are they counting caution laps? If so were screwed on a good racing finish. Whys it so short?!?!”.

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Last year’s edition had an original length of 55 laps. But with rain impeding the action, they had to call the race officials after running just 25 laps. Perhaps those extra 5 laps could’ve saved the day and allowed fans to enjoy more racing for today’s event. “This race needs to be longer”.

Some even lost their cool reacting to the ordeal. They even suggested that NASCAR should miraculously add more laps to the race to mitigate the late race cautions and stoppages. “NASCAR needs to add laps to this race. It’s gonna be f**king overtime by the time they’re done cleaning that mess up”.

However, amidst the barrage of complaints, there was a genuine solution that NASCAR could look into and try to implement in upcoming races. “An easier solution would be red flagging during the clean up”.

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Usually, a NASCAR race at least provides a racing spectacle of around 2 hours. But this was rather short, and it felt we had reached the end stage of the race in a blink. In a bid to keep up with the good racing action, this fan suggested, “This race is going by way too quick. How about we just start again at lap 10 and go from there?”

The NASCAR Cup Series race has also been trimmed out compared to last year’s event. Hopefully, it will stay clean and green for the most part, enabling fans to witness some good road racing action.