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Fast Thoughts for May 5: Fox makes short-sighted decision to move throwback races to FS1;

Fast Thoughts for May 5: Fox makes short-sighted decision to move throwback races to FS1;

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FS1 viewers Sunday will see Bubba Wallace honor NASCAR Hall of Famer Wendell Scott with his paint scheme. Those watching Fox will get their second chance in a 24-hour window to see “The Best of Greatest Sports Legends: Class of 1987.”

1 Fox makes a short-sighted decision to air the Darlington throwback races on FS1. Because I didn’t follow NASCAR until relocating to Virginia in 2000, the annual throwback races are always among my favorites. You learn not only about the history of the sport, but what effect the legendary drivers had on fans and today’s competitors. Each year, NBC treated the broadcast with reverence, inviting racing announcers from yesteryear and having the broadcast crew outfitted in apparel authentic to that decade. In addition, NBC would unveil history lessons throughout the telecast, bringing those years to life for a few minutes at a time. Most importantly, though, the race was always on the main network and thoroughly promoted, a great opportunity to snag new eyeballs while showing some older fans who had stopped watching in recent years how today’s product stacks up. So what will viewers tuned into Fox during this weekend’s Xfinity and NASCAR Cup races have to look forward to? How about “The Best of Greatest Sports Legends: Class of 1987” ... on both days. To borrow a throwback phrase in the spirit of the weekend: “What in the wide, wide world of sports is a goin’ on here?” I realize this is purely a financial decision to add value to FS1, and without the Fox Broadcasting Company, some of these races might not be televised at all. But treating this weekend’s races — from a broadcast perspective — the same as it did last week’s at Kansas Speedway is a massive waste. When nothing is presented as special, don’t be surprised when the viewership picks up on that. If Fox is merely concerned about the bottom line, please trade the throwback races back to NBC so we can sleep through another 1.5-mile snorefest on FS1.

2 Around the commonwealth: Brenden Queen and Conner Hall split wins in a pair of 50-lap Late Model features to remain 1-2 in the track points standings. Other winners were Nick Sample (Grand Stock), Travis Wall (Pro Six), Louie Pasderetz (Super Truck), Spencer Saunders (Legend) and Trey Williams (Bandolero). ... Bob Schacht and Ben Ebeling — who passed Schacht with 11 laps remaining in the nightcap — each nabbed a win in twin 60-lap Super Cup races at Dominion Raceway. Other winners were Mike Rudy and Chris Humblet (Modified doubleheader), Ryan Matthews (Virginia Racer), C.J. Terczak (Any Car) and Keith Riley (Mini Stock). ... A week after rain washed out most of the action at local short tracks, competitors at Virginia Motor Speedway struck back during its annual Mud Mayhem event. Paul Palmer set a Sling Pit track record of 1.990 seconds in the X-Cut Dragster Division. Travis Shoemaker broke his own record with a 2.008-second run in the X-Cut Injector Division, and Keith Mitchell set a record of 2.045 seconds in the XX-Paddle Injector Division. ... A $10,053 top prize will be on the line Friday night when the Super Late Models finally take to the track at Wythe Raceway as part of the Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals. The event was originally scheduled for April 2, but cold weather scrapped those plans. Last Saturday’s winners at the track were J.R. Davis (Wythe Eye Modified), Nick Hoffman (Mountain Modified), Tanner Cook (Pro Mini), Phillip Hostetler (K-Car), Eddie Bentley (Super Street) and Daniel Tate (U-Car).

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