Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007 9:11am UTC
By Luke, Thunder Lounge
Published on Thunder Lounge.
OK, so it wasn’t Hendrick. It was, yet again, Chevrolet. That’s just how it goes, and looking back there have been times when Ford was stinking it up as well. But, we’re not here to necessarily discuss this.
The All-Star race was far from a spectacular show. It should have been dubbed the All-Star Show, not race. Is this the fault of the drivers or teams? No.
The “show” last weekend was a product of an over cautious tire, one that has little grip on the surface and makes for some pretty loose race cars.
During the All-Star coverage, many, many drivers mentioned this. Some that tend to not mention things like this and just go out and (try to) race. The broadcast team even made mention of it, and “said” it probably wouldn’t be an issue on the series’ return this fall.
If you know your car is loose as a goose, you’re not going to chance wrecking it just to gain a spot. Points on the line or not, a wreck isn’t fun. With the 600 this weekend they have to keep the big picture in mind, knowing full well the demanding physical situation of the longest distance in NASCAR.
On top of all this, four 20 lap heats just didn’t cut it. There is no doubt that this format didn’t work. Perhaps a 20/20/30/40 format might be better, and bringing back the inversion for all segments except the first. Granted, not having a fan vote as we know we are all too predictable on that one. The lottery-style machine used previously would be fine.
All in all, it was a lackluster event. No wonder is wasn’t on a mainstream channel. Not to say Speed didn’t do a good job, but shouldn’t the “All Star” event be on mainstream TV?