Sprint Cup Reality

                                       SPRINT CUP REALITY

     The reality of all forms of competition is overlayed with controversy and drama. The dry statistics and cold numbers can never be enough to satisfy the basic needs in human nature. Very often, the priority leans more toward excitement than truth. The reality is that competition can never be completely separated from entertainment. That’s fine, from a promotional and emotional standpoint. Let people have their entertainment. The credibility of the game demands a higher standard. In that interest, the structure of the contest must conform to the way that performance is described and presented to the public.

                                             QUALIFYING

     The beginning of this competition is the first glaring disconnect from reality. Sprint Cup time trials are completely different from race conditions. The car setup is completely different than the settings for the actual long distance race. The repetition of car after car circling the track, separated by a few tenths of a second, is boring and monotonous. The remedy is to actually race for the qualifying positions. The format must be flexible enough to allow for variations in field of entry. The pace of the events must be quick enough to hold viewing attention.

     I propose a qualifying structure of 8 lap races, consisting of 4 cars, each. Each driver would be required to complete a green flag pit stop to change a right rear tire. This stop would be completed after lap 2, and before lap 8. The winner of the quickest qualifying race wins the pole position and is awarded 2 points. The winners of the other races are placed in order of the elapsed time of their races.They are    awarded 1 point. All caution periods and race stoppages are included in the elapsed time of the race. Caution laps do not count. The remaining drivers are seeded in a qualifying race of reasonable distance, according to the order of finish in their qualifying races. Regardless of number of entries, points are awarded to the first 17 drivers in the race field. The final qualifying race fills out the field of 43 cars. Real racing would sell more tickets and advertising. That would keep focus on the purpose of the contest, winning. Closure in the qualifying system would add greatly to anticipation of the race

                                       POINT STRUCTURE

     The Standings, Race Results and Stats present Wins, Top 5s and Top 10s as though they were significant and important. Numerically, this is expressed only with a Win, being worth 5 points more than 2nd Place. I propose carrying that principle out into a sliding scale for 5th and 10th Places. 5th Place would be worth 4 points more than 6th Place. 10th Place would be worth 3 points more than 11th Place.  The point structure would then match up with the description of activity in the sport.

                      THE CHASE FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP

     Since the current format for selecting drivers to compete for the championship has created more controversy than resolution. While that may produce interest and media focus for promotional purposes, it does nothing for the integrity of the sport. There are far more real things that can be done. I propose a structure for this selection process that adds significance to each race. People should have something more significant to talk about, than celebrity gossip.

     One of my complaints about The Chase is that it would be possible for a driver to be in the Top 12 of the Points Standings for 25 races, and still and still not be in contention for the Championship.

     Credibility demands a more equitable system for selecting  contenders. I propose a system that makes each race significant in the process, and rewards sustained performance.

     I propose dividing the season into 3 segments. The first segment of 14 races, the second of 11 races, and concluded with The Chace. The segments are separated by points resets. A driver that is in the Top 10 for 7 of the first 14 races qualifies for the points reset. A restart after a caution period that includes lapped cars has a Lucky Dog. Any driver that fits that description would be a Lucky Dog for that segment of the season.  The same rule would apply for drivers in this category for 6 of the middle 11 races.

     Each race should also have a Lucky Dog. The driver with the best finish, who is not in the Top 10 going into that race, is the Lucky Dog for that race. At the point break, those drivers are sorted behind the Top 10, according to their points. As drivers are added to the eligible list for a points reset or The Chase, the choice of the Lucky Dog for each race is governed by that list. Basing eligibility for The Chase on performance in each race would add credibility to The Chase. The sport needs credibility in this critical area that is now dominated
by controversy.

                                HISTORY AND TRADITION

     For decades, people have asked for reasons why the Daytona 500 is the biggest race on the schedule. I propose settling the argument, once and for all. The reality is that the Daytona 500 is the start of a new season, following a comparatively long off – season. The fans become accustomed to waiting a week between races. They wait months for the Daytona 500. The race should have significance above the other races. I propose that the winner of the Daytona 500 be the Lucky Dog for the season. It would be the only race  of the season with that significance. That driver is in The Chase, for the rest of the season.

                                           COMMENTARY

     From my perspective, Joey Logano is one of the great stories of 2012. In the format that I’ve proposed, he wasn’t eligible for the 14th race points reset, until the last possible moment. That changed with a win that made him the Lucky Dog for that race. He did that as big as it can be done. He won the race from the pole. That is one of life’s great lessons. There is always something to be won. There is always hope, right to the end.

     Matt Kenseth would be a great story in the format I’ve proposed. I would like to see how a driver performs, knowing that he has secured a place in The Chase. Since the news from week to week points out those who are taking significant steps toward a championship, that motivation would still remain. It would be interesting to see how the elevated status affects race strategy, over the course of a season.

     I’ll close out with my list of the current Top 10 Standings for Sprint Cup 2012. Please note the records since the point reset going into Michigan It is certainly food for thought. A significant note here is that, after Race 17 at Kentucky, there are 11 drivers within numerical reach of the points lead. That can’t be said for the current points system. It remains to be seen how the comparison plays out after Race 25. The simulation of the 2011 says that the points should also be tighter, in this simulation.

    Comments are always welcome. I’m sure that there are ideas I haven’t thought of.

                CURRENT STANDINGS

Pos.       Driver                   Car #      TOT

1      Jimmie Johnson         #48        698
2      Matt Kenseth              #17        691
3      Dale Earnhardt Jr.     #88         688
4      Clint Bowyer              #15         681
5      Jeff Gordon               #24         680
6      Greg Biffle                 #16         675
7      Brad Keselowski       #  2         670
8      Tony Stewart             #14          667
9      Kevin Harvick           #29          659
10    Martin Truex Jr.        #56         654

11      Kasey Kahne            #  5         646
12      A J Allmendinger      #22         644
13      Denny Hamlin           #11         635
14      Carl Edwards            #99         632
15      Kyle Busch               #18         632
16      Paul Menard             #27         628
17      Ryan Newman          #39         618
18      Joey Logano            #20         614
19      Aric Almirola             #43         607
20      David Ragan            #34         597
21      Mark Martin             #55          562


                                                                                          

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Short Sabbatical

I’ve been away from my usual activities for a little bit. I picked up the materials to start a drafting project. I’m going to draw an engine that I’ve designed, over the last 40 years or so. I’m drawing it to demonstrate two principles. The first is to get around the pressure and fuel limitations in conventional engines. The second is to create a way to contain combustion in a small zone in the combustion chamber. This engine would have both a load sensitive compression ratio and output speed. What I would do with it, beyond my own amusement, I don’t know. Yes, it would get as lot better gas mileage, perhaps double.

I’ve read so many articles and papers about altering the pressure curve, and they seem to be a partial answer, not really changing the curve that much. I also want to beat the pressure limit at which detonation and pre-ignition occurs. If the pressure level is physically altered after the fuel is burned, there can be no damaging uncontrolled reactions. It’s just hot, inert gas.

The U. S. Patent Office has always been the most corrupt agency in the U. S. government. It’s that little clause about awarding patents to the applicant “best able to bring a product to market”. That’s why the man who invented the intermittent wiper blade system had to fight Ford for years, and spend 5 million of his own money to get a judgment. At the last that I heard, he hadn’t gotten a dime from Ford. The highest proprietary interest is served. I would rather put it in the public domain and have a thousand little cottage industry shops build it. That can’t be stopped.

This looks more like the engine I was describing. At least it looks clearer. It would require special assembly techniques, just because the secondary crankshaft is there.

Either the main bearing webs would have to be a modular pre – assembled unit, or the dimensions would have to be changed, to allow assembly by conventional means. External dimension limitations suggest that the first option is best.

 It appears that I wasn’t clear in my explanation and description. This engine has cylinders paired together, in common combustion chambers. It is not two separate engines. This is just one possible layout. Next, is an idea for a flat 8 cylinder layout, again with 16 pistons in pairs, and without cylinder head gaskets, just because I don’t like the concept of cylinder head gaskets.

The Daily Climb-Tuesday, Feb. 28th, 2012

Tuesday, Feb. 28th, 2012 –  With all of the financial uncertainty in the world, it is understandable that people feel victimized by circumstances beyond their control. Yet, there are things in the control of the people. People can still vote with their wallets. That would be the method that confronts the biggest betrayal of public trust, in United States history. The root of the problem is in the system that distributes the currency. If people refused to do business with institutions that practice fractional reserve banking, the tide would turn, immediately. Many people will still pursue east credit and limitless currency leverage. They will get exactly what they bargained for, in the bank failures and market collapses that are coming. If institutions that accept the limitation of being restricted to loaning deposits in equal measure, they should flourish. The debt spiral of fractional reserve banking is a death spiral. No one wants to die, physically, financially or spiritually. Honest weights and measures are security.

The Daily Climb-Monday, Feb. 27th, 2012

Monday, Feb. 27th, 2012 –  That word, “mandatory” comes up more often, these days. We have a long history no indoctrination. It begins with believing a lie, and goes downhill from there. It begins with the lie that the currency is money. Over the last 100 years, the iron fist is coming out of the velvet glove. The list of “have to’s” has been growing, ever since. The Bible refers to this as hard bondage. It becomes more severe with time. We are told that we have to have a S. S. number. The demands go on to the expanding mountain of paper agreements that we “have to” sign. The United States has chosen to serve another god, since 1860. The result is the debt slavery that we live in. Eventually, everyone will “have to” take a mark in their right hyand or forehead, and bow their knee to the Beast.

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The Daily Climb-Friday, Feb. 24th, 2012

Friday, Feb. 24th, 2012 –  For 50 years, the accepted “truism” has been that the economy runs on credit. That isn’t entirely true. That only describes the instrument and says nothing about the process. The rest of the story is that the economy runs on insider trading. The workings of the double satandard are obvious. When individual figures get caught in the practice, the result is a contentious trial, and prison time. When public institutions and private banks collude in the practice, it’s called “monetary policy” . the daily headlines in the financial news are filled with events describing “most favored” institutions. Occasional disclosure of improprieties by public officials depend on which faction is currently in power. The final tally of the books is that they are all thieves. Never before in history have people been so dependent on being on the right side of wrong. Entire nations have tied their future fortunes to corruption.

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The Daily Climb-Wednesday, Feb 22nd, 2012

Wednesday, Feb. 22nd, 2012 –  We should see these things coming. Syria looks like it’s setting up as an instant replay of Libya. The Greek bailout plan is designed to fail. The same old story, repeated over and over, just gets old. Default, already. The continuing adventures of Monsanto both corporate credibility and consumer gullibility. GMO corn in Wal-Mart stores? Boycott Wal-Mart. That’s a simple solution. It reminds me of an incident in a service station I used to work in. One of the regular customers walked in, looked out in the shop, and didn’t see anyone. Without turning around, he asked of no one in particular, “Who’s running this whorehouse?”. I’m always reminded of that time, when I read political headlines. I don’t think that government is as honorable as a brothel. At least a brothel wouldn’t be operating more than a trillion in the red, every year.

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The Daily Climb-Sunday, Feb. 19th, 2012

Sunday, Feb. 19th, 2012 –  Today was unusual. The days we live in are unusual. My theme in writing tonight has been to keep it short and simple. In the “Two Masters Update”, I presented the choices, allowing the possibility that people can still make a choice. In the “Commercial Identity Update”, I presented the consequences of those choices. Now for the Public Service Announcement: Picture two eggs, sunny-side up, sizzling in a skillet. This is the human brain on fiat currency, artificial sweeteners, toxic herbicides and pesticides, and GMO crops. Any questions?

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