So NASCAR staged their annual Sprint All-Star race Saturday night, which by the way for those who forgot, won’t be the actual Sprint All-Star Race next season. Sprint is abandoning the sport at the end of this year so next year the All-Star Race will be something like the “Chef Boyardee” or “Keebler” All-Star Race and everyone will vote their favorite driver in to the main event by turning in empty cans of Spaghetti-O , or dressing up like little elves or something stupid.
Another thing there won’t be in NASCAR’s All-Star Race next season is the format we saw Saturday night. As they are apt to do, NASCAR changed the All-Star format, splitting the main event into 3 segments, 50, 50 and a 13 lap final shootout. There was also a mandatory pit stop in each of the first segments, with a minimum of two tires. The third segment was also tied to tires; a draw decided whether the top 9,10, or 11 cars at the end of segment two would be forced to pit for four tires, while those behind would stay out on older tires. The intended result would be leaders with older tires while trying to hold off cars with fresher tires. Sounds pretty exciting on paper.
It didn’t quite work out that way in reality however.