This week is the NASCAR All-Star race. For the second year in a row the race is outside of its formerly familiar home at Charlotte Motor Speedway, this time optin for Texas Motor Speedway after a one-year stint at Daytona International Speedway.
Let me be clear. I am all for changing the location of the All-Star race.
Where I get lost is constant altering of the race format. NASCAR sends out information before each race about how the stages will be made up. I found myself retyping their information just so I would have some understanding of the race this year. In short the race is a myrid of undetermined number of cars to be inverted, a full field invert, and an average finish component to set up the final two stages. All of this takes place in 100 laps.
It is worth mentioning at this time that Texas Motor Speedway was given this race after NASCAR took one of their normally scheduled races and used it for the road course race at Circuit of the Americas in Austin.
You probably already can see where this is headed. Guess what track has the All-Star race this season and also has the ability to run a race with a road course element? Why not just run 30 laps on the oval, 20 laps on the road course and end with a 10 lap shootout on the oval?
We are talking about All-Stars here. Why not let this be determined by who was best not just on a 1.5 mile oval but also the roval? It is not for points, just for cash. I know some will say the cars are set up differently but are they really? The roval aspect at Texas removes just part of the back stretch. This is a race made up of the best of the best when it comes to drivers. Surely they can handle it.