The NASCAR Sprint Unlimited race just finished and all I can do is liken it to a frustrating appetizer. Why is it frustrating you ask? Because to me watching the Unlimited is like eating a delicious yet commercial-ridden appetizer only to have to wait a week for the main dinner course (the salad course will be the Bud Duels that are happening on Thursday while I am at WORK! URGH!). This year the format of the (too short) non-points paying race was voted on by fans (yes I voted too). The fans chose a race that was segmented into 30 laps, 25 laps and 20 laps respectively. They also (wisely) chose a 4 tire pit stop after segment 1 and for no driver eliminations (don’t worry though- there were only 12 drivers left by segment three anyway and only 10 of them were really in any sort of contention for the win- with two cars being cut off from the main pack). They also could choose the fire suit that Miss Sprint Cup wore in victory lane. I think it is fun that NASCAR does things like that to encourage fan participation- especially on non-points races.
Personally I was anxious for the Unlimited because except for a couple laps of pre-season testing and practice- I hadn’t really seen much of the Gen 6 cars on track at all. Seeing the cars on track- I am liking how easy it is to tell the manufacturers apart with these cars. And one thing that I was kind of iffy on when I heard about it- the names on the top of the windshields? LOVE it- I find it very aesthetically pleasing.