I am sad to admit that the All-Star race just wasn’t that exciting this year. I can’t put my finger on exactly why. It seemed that for me ever since they stopped having the pit crew competitions in advance of the All-Star race that the quality of the whole racing product as a whole has gone down hill for this event. Five segments was too many. I vote for longer segments with not as many- really it seemed just as we started racing it was time for the competition caution.
What I did like? The qualifying that included a full four tire pit stop- it put pressure on the crew AND drive to perform at their very best. THAT I like. Almost so much I wish they qualified like that for EVERY race. It puts emphasis on the team aspect of the sport by including the crew members performance in the qualifying. There is just something I like about that- it made qualifying entertaining to watch for me. (more…)