The new format for the All-star race has been announced and I took the text from Jayski.com and added my thoughts in there, not sure how this is going to workout but it sure seems like the makings for a “yawner” for the first 3 segments. Lets look at how NASCAR wants this to go.
Segment 1: 50 laps with a mandatory green-flag pit stop on Lap 25 at which time teams must pit and take on four tires. Following the end of Segment 1, the caution flag will be displayed for an optional pit stop.
I don’t see this as anything more than a warming up of the tires….
* Segment 2: 20 laps with the caution flag displayed at the end of Segment 2 for an optional pit stop.
More tire warming, if someone is really far off they may make a pit stop here but I doubt it.
* Segment 3: 20 laps with a 10-minute break at the end of Segment 3. Teams may make normal adjustments to their cars during this break. The finishing order after the third segment determines the final starting positions for the fourth and final segment.
Now this one has something going for it, it is going to set up the starting line up for the last segment, so here you will see some action I think.
* Segment 4: 10-lap shootout with only green-flag laps counting.
Now all these drivers going for 1 million dollars, now this might make some drivers take chances they wouldn’t normally take, this one should be good! But the other 3 segments should be yawners.
The eligibility standards for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race remain the same: race winners from either the 2008 or 2009 season through May 9 or any past champions of the all-star event or NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (over the previous 10 years) are eligible for the race. In addition, the top-two finishers in the Sprint Showdown, a 40-lap preliminary race scheduled for 7:30pm/et and the winner of the Sprint Fan Vote, all advance into the all-star race lineup. Kasey Kahne can thank the fans for giving him the opportunity to win the 2008 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, as he made it into the field after being voted in by the fans.
Other than taking up TV time I really don’t see what the first two segments are there for, unless it is to warm up the tires. Now the last 2 segments are going to really get exciting as segment 3 is going to set the field for the final shootout for 1 million dollars. Now who is going to win???? I expect a repeat of last year!
On a separate note…..Last night I had the honor of being on Racing Radio Hour show of Shaun Whitfield, on 1370 AM in Chattanooga Tn. It is a ESPN station and he was very gracious allowing me to plug my blog and talk about racing. I only hope I get to get back on there again! If you want to checkout Shaun’s TV show its on Monday nights on Fox61 in Chattanooga Tn. You can go to the website and watch previous shows. It is a good show and the hosts are really race fans disguised as announcers! Here is the link to watch them if you like. Let them know you heard about it on Top of the box blog!!!!!
thanks and see ya at the races!