Brad Keselowski climbed out of his Sprint Cup car on Sunday at Watkins Glen International following a second-place finish in one of the wildest last laps you’ll ever see and said with a great big smile, “This is the way racing should be.”

He’s right. Unfortunately, it’s not the way racing can be.

Not all the time.

And it never has been.

You may think every race back in the day was like the 1976 Daytona 500 when David Pearson and Richard Petty had a spectacular wreck just short of the finish line, with Pearson limping to the checkered flag first in a car that looked like it had been through a demolition derby.