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NASCAR’s All Star Problem

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The Monster Energy All Star Race Isn’t What It Used To Be, Can NASCAR Fix It?

For over three decades, NASCAR’s Star Race has been the showcase of the sport’s best in one sitting. From the Pass In The Grass to One Hot Night, the race has had it’s share of lure. Changes in the sport for the most part haven’t changed that or the excitement of All Star Night at Charlotte.

But, Saturday proved that some changes are too much. While the race format itself (3 twenty lap, followed by 1 ten lap segment involving top ten averaging drivers) was ok. The gimmicks however fell flat to the point of draining the race, some to NASCAR themselves fault directly. The “option” tire loophole the 14 and 2 teams exploited before the third stage defeated the definition of the strategy NASCAR wanted.

However, the issue of the All Star Race doesn’t stop at Saturday night. In fact, the last few year’s running have been universally panned by media and fans alike. From placing segment winners to the front to even drawing how many should pit, the race has lost it’s legitimacy as an important event. Races have been also dominated or ran with very little action.

NASCAR can and should change it, but how is the big question? There isn’t an exact answer and most likely won’t be directly. But, there are a few simple options the sanctioning body can take to return the All Star Race to glory.

For starters, moving the race during the day can easily open the track up for more passing and better racing. The last two fall races at CMS were rained out, and ran good races during the daytime. Also, bringing the format back to basics with a straight forward lap segments and one elimination round. Lastly, leaving the gimmicks behind would make the entire race easier to follow.

Overall, the race is currently NASCAR’s version of a lab experiment. Rather than just showcasing the best on their own, gimmicks have determined them. But, getting the race back to basics while not moving tracks can get NASCAR’s All Star event back on track.