To state the obvious, there should be an All-Star Race for the Nationwide Series. Minor leagues usually have their own All-Star games, and the Nationwide Series regulars could use an attention boost. The less obvious questions follow. Where should it be held? What are the entry criteria? Will there be Buschwackers?
The entry criteria could make Buschwakers necessary. Let's follow the Sprint Cup criteria and limit the race to drivers who have won a Nationwide Series race (this year or last) while contending for Nationwide Series points. That would limit a race held right now to 7 drivers: James Buescher, Elliott Sadler, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Austin Dillon, Justin Allgaier, Sam Hornish Jr., and Regan Smith. As 7 drivers would not make for an interesting race, here are additional rules to fill out the field.
1. The defending owner's champion may enter a car driven by a current Nationwide Series points-eligible driver.
2. The last five drivers' champions may enter. (Buschwackers enter through here.)
3. A last chance qualifying race will be open to all drivers competing for Nationwide Series points.
4. A fan vote can elect one Nationwide Series driver, not already eligible, into the race.
It would be wise to hold the race in the vicinity of Charlotte out of convenience to both the teams and the Buschwackers, assuming the race coincides with the Sprint All-Star Race. It would also be wise to not hold the race at Charlotte Motor Speedway because there aren't enough stand-alone races. The following tracks are either too small or lack the facilities for such an event: South Boston Speedway, Hickory Motor Speedway, North Wilkesboro Speedway, and Myrtle Beach Speedway. There are several tracks within reasonable distance to consider.
1. Martinsville Speedway. The track would need temporary lights and the last Nationwide Series race here was a dull wreck fest.
2. Atlanta Motor Speedway. It's a long drive, and there would be some empty seats; however, it does offer a throwback to 1986.
3. Virginia International Raceway. The size of the track makes temporary lights impractical, but the road course offers a rain-or-shine aspect. Who expected a road course anyway?
4. Richmond International Raceway. Being so close after the points race at Richmond works against this track, unless the All-Star weekend moves to late June (as I suggested last year).
5. Darlington Raceway. Same problems as Richmond.
6. Greenville-Pickens Speedway. Big enough to fit 20,000 fans, but needs a SAFER barrier.
7. Rockingham Speedway. Big enough to fit 40,000 fans, but needs temporary lights. It's also very close to Charlotte and the most likely choice.
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