Sunday, May 23, 2010

A few thoughts from the All Star Challenge

I wrote about this a couple weeks back, but allow me to reiterate. There is no new Kyle Busch! If anything, his attitude is getting worse.

Speaking of Kyle, you knew something was going to happen between him and Denny when the lined up side by side on the front row for the final segment.

Jimmie Johnson is certainly not struggling since the spoiler came back. He is however, struggling to close out races.

This is the only time I will ever say this, but this is a race that could be shortened. Personally, I think a 30-20-10 segment would be nice. I also was not a fan of the mandatory four tire pit stop at the final segment. Get rid of this and bring back the inversion, the coolest thing ever.

If I thought the invert rule was awesome, you might be asking yourself what I think the dumbest rule is. Without a doubt, it is the 10 minute break before the final segment. It’s cool that teams get to use that time to work on their cars, but it’s a total momentum killer. Racing is a fast paced sport, and intermissions simply don’t belong in any race.

The thing that got me most excited about past all star races were the double file restarts. Now that we have it for every race, it’s just not the same. Maybe NASCAR should consider spicing it back with 3 wide starts? Now that could be interesting…

People lately have been complaining about the lack of excitement on the track. Here is a suggestion – get rid of qualifying and do a random draw. Seeing Kevin Conway start fourth in the Open provided for some thrilling laps in the beginning. Not to mention, this would cut back some costs with less track time.

Disregarding how it looks, I actually love this new car. It is much safer, tougher, and honestly, I don’t think it has made the racing any worse. Kurt Busch smacked the wall twice and still rallied to win. And Tony Stewart, who was caught up in the big one, was able to overcome his wounded car to finish 5th.

And finally, I would like to see what Regan Smith could do with better fund team, like Red Bull. I know he didn’t do much with DEI a few years ago, but I believe Smith could consistently be a top 10 finisher given a second chance.

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