Is it me or has the racing gotten very soft lately? This is the top racing series right? Seems to me that the 'boys have at it' approach has had the opposite effect that NASCAR intended. No more do we see drivers taking risks and going three wide, or a driver dive-bombing into a turn to pass someone. The only real bumping we see is at Dega and Daytona, and that's because of the tandem racing. Why are these guys just sitting in their cars for a joyride and being content with what they have, instead of using a fender here and there and getting more than what they've got?
What I see is driver's relying too much on their cars, and once their setup is maxed out to its potential we see no natural ability from driver's using their actual skill to get to the front or gain some positions. I'm in no way saying that these guys aren't giving their all, but what I see is majority of drivers relying too much on setup and forgetting the hardcore hard-nosed racing that this sport was founded on. Too many times these days these drivers aren't racing at the end. They are just riding around hoping that the fuel-mileage calculations are correct, and doing this totally takes away from any type of ACTUAL racing.
Of course there are a few aspects that might be a contributor to this style of racing. One of them being the cars being so aero-dependant. So many times we see a car gain on another but cannot complete the pass because of dirty air. The car behind is obviously faster, but once they get in the car's dirty air that's in front of them they can't do anything. Another might be the thought of fuel strategy in the back of the drivers and crew chiefs mind. It has become such a part of racing today that majority of teams unload on Friday already preparing for a fuel-mileage race. Another contributor to the current style of racing may be the tires, and the fact they are actually too good of a tire. These tires are not falling off like they did in the past, which allows teams to log more laps which then allows the fuel-milage aspect to kick in and become the main objective.
It seems to me that drivers and teams are falling back on the cars' setups and the fuel-mileage aspect of things and forgetting the one main thing: PLAIN OLD RACING.