Remember the All-Star race last year? No? I barely do. The one thing I do remember was that each of the 4 “heats” had a winner who was guaranteed to start up front for the final shootout. So of course, the winners of the first 3 segments were found in the back of the pack, not racing. I believe you can find our schmak of that event here.
I can’t remember what we said, but the new format revealed today has some tweaks.
They are going to take the average position of all 4 finishes, and use that to line up the drivers for the last mandatory pit stop.
Also, they are going to award a $1 million bonus if a driver manages to win all 5 segments of the race. Not likely, and I have a feeling that at least two different drivers will win in the first 3 segments, meaning that the bonus has the potential to be a big hype and not relevant for the second half of the race.
But still, the emphasis is on making it unrewarding to run in the back, so good on them. Do you think these changes will be enough to bring some excitement back to the All-Star race? Or do you think that someone will just checkout and stink up the show again?