News How NASCAR can improve the All-Star Race

05:40  19 may  2017
05:40  19 may  2017 Source:   SB Nation

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How NASCAR can improve the All - Star Race . Three ideas that returns NASCAR ’s All - Star Race into the “can’t-miss event” it once was.

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There was a time when the All-Star Race held a distinct spot on the NASCAR calendar. The non-points event was the only race sectioned into stages, to feature double-file restarts, and guaranteed to give fans a finish under the green flag.

And now? Well, those unique characteristics have become standard, adapted as the rules for all 36 Monster Energy Cup Series points races. A signature event that was special is now anything but, instead just another race that is part of an overly long schedule that stretches from mid-February to mid-November.

Further diminishing the All-Star Race’s luster is that Charlotte Motor Speedway, which has hosted the race for all but one of the 33 editions and will do so again Saturday night, is handicapped by being a track where aerodynamics and clean air are more paramount to success than a driver’s talent.

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This race is available to all race winners in the 2005 & 2006 seasons up to and including 2006 Dodge Challenger 500 ( NASCAR 07's Fight to The Top season starts from 2006), past overall champions and past All - Star Race Winners in the past 10 years.

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To win the $1 million prize, teams devise various strategies to pass as many cars on pit road as possible, because doing so on the track is a difficult proposition even when the trailing car is considerably faster than the one just ahead.

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It’s a novel idea, but also one that if successful could be incorporated in every race -- much like stages and double-file restarts.

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So what then can be done to give the All-Star Race some exclusivity, separating it from every other Cup Series race? Here are three ideas NASCAR should implement:

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Encourage innovation

Define certain broad perimeters relating to the engine, fuel, and tires, but otherwise open up the rulebook allowing crew chiefs to showcase their ingenuity. Turn the All-Star Race into a true “run what you brung” event. Let’s see what tricks Chad Knaus and Paul Wolfe have up their sleeves and what extremes they’d go to win.

Sure, it may raise expenses at a time when many teams are trying to find a way to cut costs, but this can be offset by NASCAR bumping the overall purse and increasing the winner’s share. If a sponsor cannot be found to foot the bill, Brian France could earn some much needed brownie points with fans by personally cutting the check.

Four mini races on four different tracks

Charlotte is a multipurpose venue that in addition to the 1.5-oval used by NASCAR, also features a 2.25-mile road course, a quarter-mile drag strip, and a nearly half-mile dirt track. It’s time to utilize these wide-ranging tracks to transform the All-Star Race into the NASCAR equivalent of a decathlon where over two days drivers will take part in a race on each of the four tracks, with whomever scoring the most points awarded the $1 million dollar prize.

Imagine Joey Logano vs. Kyle Busch in a drag race, which would likely have more buzz than anything that’s going to happen Saturday night. The same goes for a 30-lap race on the dirt track where the tight confines are guaranteed to induce physical racing and almost certainly some hard feelings. Think fans wouldn’t love to see Dale Earnhardt Jr. to try his hand at racing on dirt, or how quick he can get off the line on the drag strip? The answer is obvious.

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How to make Unlimited, All - Star Race more 'prestigious': How can NASCAR make the Sprint All - Star Race and "I think we look at it as a never-ending journey; if we can improve we're going to do that," Steve O'Donnell, executive vice president of competition and chief racing development officer said.

Rotate among different venues

Watching a race on a mile-and-a-half speedway at night has ceased being a novelty, such as when Charlotte in 1992 became the first intermediate track to have a race under the lights. Currently the Cup Series is full of similarly sized ovals, among them Kansas Speedway -- which held a night race just last weekend -- Kentucky Speedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway and even Charlotte -- which will host the Coca-Cola 600 next weekend -- where the races conclude after sunset.

If the intent is to incite drivers to go all-out in a race where only winning matters, then put them on a track where emotions tend to overflow. Short tracks! But instead of visiting Bristol Motor Speedway, Martinsville Speedway, or Richmond International Raceway for a third time during the season, take the All-Star Race to venues that don’t currently host a Cup Series race.

Iowa Speedway, a track drivers almost universally adore, Eldora Speedway, the Ohio dirt track owned by Tony Stewart, or Irwindale Speedway in Southern California are ideal. Not only are these tracks less than a mile in length, they also have the necessary amenities teams need to cater to sponsors.

Any of these ideas by itself would go a long way to fixing the All-Star Race. Enacting all three unequivocally restores the All-Star Race into a “can’t-miss event.”

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