New NASCAR Changes for the 2015 Season

Betting on car auto racing is not at all like wagering on horse races, and this 2015 NASCAR season will be even more different from the previous ones. Most gurus had expected a series of changes to be introduced at the start of the new season. For those caught unaware by the rules, they will have to comply with them whether they like it or not. Based on reports from various sports analysts, the new changes will have a huge impact on the sport. The new video replay system is, however, the change that is expected to make the greatest impact for the NASCAR 2015 season.

Contrary to what many would expect, there will be fewer officials available on the racing pits and roads to oversee the game. Their absence will, however, not mean the levels of monitoring have been compromised. As in previous seasons, teams will hardly get a chance of getting away with mistakes and cases of cheating.

The removal of the games officials from the roads and pits will be compensated with the installation of new sports video monitoring systems. The system will be distributed everywhere to capture all the event’s happenings in detail. All judgments from NASCAR for the whole season will be based on the details captured on the videos. Teams will be punished and fined accordingly based on clear evidence from the system.

Of all the areas the system will monitor, there is one that is expected to have immediate impact. Crew members are used to jumping off the walls unnecessarily. To be on the safe side, members will have to abide by the rules and follow them strictly. According to the current NASCAR rules, teams are always supposed to be on the ground and in their pit stall anytime their competing car crosses over the back line of the subsequent stall. In previous competitions, teams have hardly been fined for violating this rule. When using naked human eyes to monitor such situations, an official would barely notice any violations. Any documented violation would have to be noticeable to everyone. For the currently installed video replay system, even a split of second error will be noticeable. As a result, an action will have to be taken for the violation.

The new video system was tested at the close of the 2014 season and several teams were flagged countless times for jumping the wall too early. NASCAR hopes the new system will help bring sanity to the sport and curb the multiple instances of errors. According to verified data from NASCAR, none of the teams was perfect in observing this rule and they will have to practice to avoid conflicts with the management.

Just like how other things come to pass, the teams will eventually adapt and adjust to the new video system replay and monitoring. It would, however, be absurd to think that the system will not cause hiccups early in the season. Some teams will probably take the whole season before they get accustomed to it. The situation will be no different from what we see during NFL games where there are several off-side and false start penalties. All in all, we hope for more fun from this exciting sport and see whose NASCAR odds will work out.

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Greg is a published award winning sportswriter who spent 23 years combined active and active reserve military service, much of that in and around the Special Operations community. Greg is the author of "The Nuts and Bolts of NASCAR: The Definitive Viewers' Guide to Big-Time Stock Car Auto Racing" and has been published in major publications across the country including the Los Angeles Times, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was also a contributor to Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Soul, published in 2010, and the Christmas edition in 2016. He wrote as the NASCAR, Formula 1, Auto Reviews and National Veterans Affairs Examiner for and has appeared on Fox News. He holds a BS degree in communications, a Masters degree in psychology and is currently a PhD candidate majoring in psychology. He is currently the weekend Motorsports Editor for Autoweek.