Sunday Night Quick Takes

Spencer Neff
Hope all the dads out there had a great Father’s Day.

• After dominating the Truck Series race in Iowa on Friday night, Erik Jones passed Ryan Blaney late in the Xfinity Series race at Chicagoland on Sunday to win the rain-delayed event. After subbing for Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch earlier in the year, many had been wondering if Joe Gibbs would move Jones up to the Cup Series full-time.

However, there was also the thought that Gibbs wants to avoid moving him up too quickly with big expectations, as many say was the problem with Joey Logano’s journey to the series.

Although I could understand that mentality, I think Gibbs may need to move Jones up within the next year or two at the absolute most. Otherwise, teams will be chomping at the bit for his services and Gibbs will regret it if Jones bolts for another team.

• Nico Rosberg of Mercedes won the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday morning, giving him and teammate Lewis Hamilton seven of eight victories in the 2015 season. Although parity has been somewhat of a hard find in F1, it may be time for the series to look into how to improve the competition.

Even as competition has not been the hallmark of the series and it may never present the unpredictability that NASCAR and IndyCar thrive on, creating an even slightly more level field could help bring in new viewers and re-energize the current fan base.

It is true that many sports fans enjoy dynasties and dominant superstars, but I think in present times, competition and unpredictability is paramount to attract new sports fans.

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