The White Zone: I’ll Begrudgingly Give the Caution Clock a Chance

“The white zone is for immediate loading and unloading…” and I need to say that I’ll give the clock a chance.

I’m sure for a lot of you, the biggest lightning rod that stood out on the first day of the Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour was the caution clock for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Truth be told, when I heard about the caution clock, I was spending my time thinking of how I’d rip this apart and call out someone in the offices at Daytona Beach. Now that I’ve had a few hours to mull it over and while I still don’t like the idea, I’ll begrudgingly give it a chance this season.

I’ve become more lukewarm to the idea now after hearing Vince Welch had done the math on how many races would’ve been affected last year had this rule been in place. Just a quick aside: If you’re one of those people who wastes his/her time adding up the points to determine the champion with no Chase system every single freaking year, you don’t get to say what Welch did was a waste of time.

He said that of the 23 races last season, nine would’ve been affected by this new rule. None of them, however, would’ve been affected more than once.

Also, Truck races aren’t known for having long green runs. They tend to be pretty caution-heavy. They’re also pretty damn short. Plus as I remember, in the early days of the Truck Series, they used to stop the race halfway through to take a break.

Now while I’m the farthest thing from a racing purest, I still have my version of what I’ll tolerate changing and what I feel needs to stay put. I understand that things will always change in NASCAR. I get it. I really, really do. But I’ve always followed that statement up with that if we’re going to make changes, they have to make sense!

Yes, it’s gimmicky. I still don’t like it, but I’m willing to give it a chance because I know change is always inevitable. I wasn’t too keen on the elimination format when they announced it, but I gave it a chance and I love it!

So in conclusion, I’m willing to give it a chance and I would urge the rest of you to do so as well. If you don’t like it because it’s too gimmicky, I understand and completely sympathize with your judgement. But if you’re just going to complain about it because it’s different, then I kindly suggest you go to that corner of the internet that fondly remembers your utopian NASCAR that never existed.

My plane is about to take off, so I must wrap this up. Until then, I’ll leave you with this fact. Odontophobia is the fear of teeth.

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Tucker White
Tucker White
I've followed NASCAR for well over 20 years of my life, both as a fan and now as a member of the media. As of 2023, I'm on my eighth season as a traveling NASCAR beat writer. For all its flaws and dumb moments, NASCAR at its best produces some of the best action you'll ever see in the sport of auto racing. Case in point: Kyle Larson's threading the needle pass at Darlington Raceway on May 9, 2021. On used-up tires, racing on a worn surface and an aero package that put his car on the razor's edge of control, Larson demonstrated why he's a generational talent. Those are the stories I want to capture and break down. In addition to NASCAR, I also follow IndyCar and Formula 1. As a native of Knoxville, Tennessee, and a graduate of the University of Tennessee, I'm a diehard Tennessee Volunteers fan (especially in regards to Tennessee football). If covering NASCAR doesn't kill me, down the road, watching Tennessee football will. I'm also a diehard fan of the Atlanta Braves, and I lived long enough to see them win a World Series for the first time since 1995 (when I was just a year old). I've also sworn my fan allegiance to the Nashville Predators, though that's not paid out as much as the Braves. Furthermore, as a massive sports dork, I follow the NFL on a weekly basis. Though it's more out of an obligation than genuine passion (for sports dorks, following the NFL is basically an unwritten rule). Outside of sports, I'm a major cinema buff and a weeb. My favorite film is "Your Name" and my favorite anime is "Black Lagoon."

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