What’s up with all of the late-race cautions this season? Good question. Tom Bowles points out: "Attendance and revenue are down sharply, and the economy’s taken its toll on sponsorship, ownership and driver development. Add in declining TV ratings, and NASCAR needs to put its best foot forward to turn the tide before renewal contracts begin in 2011." A conspiracy theorist might conclude that NASCAR is trying to jack up the excitement of the races artificially. And by conspiracy theorist we mean Denny Hamlin

Hamlin was leading by almost 10 seconds late in the race when a debris caution came out on lap 182 for a piece of what looked like rubber on the backstretch. Hamlin stopped just short of accusing officials of wrongdoing.
"I understand this is show business," he said in frustration. "I didn’t see any debris, if that’s what you’re asking. I mean, we typically get [a debris caution] every single week. I’m not going to say it’s accepted, but what can you do?"

Fodder for conspiracy theorists (