This topic has been discussed long before this, and it will be discussed long after this. There's no doubt that Charlotte is the home of NASCAR, and a perfect location to have an extra race for fun and money. But in my opinion it isn't fun enough nor exciting enough to garner the attention and hype it gets.
The first official all-star race started in 1985 as a 70 lap dash and has since been altered multiple times to spice up the event. These have included 2 prerequisite races, segment eliminations, and inversions. The 2010 version was a 40 lap showdown race, with the top 2 advancing to the all-star event. The all-star event involved a record four segments with two mandatory pit stops in segment one and before segment four.
In my opinion, a lot of this is filler to the inevitable 10 lap cluster, that will see cars crash and bang for ten green flag laps. This is fine, as it is exciting and what an all-star event is all about, but somehow NASCAR has turned a 10 lap dash into a dry 10 lap race that takes forever to complete. Charlotte Motor Speedway since the repaving debacle 4 years ago hasn't really offered exciting racing, as it has seen record breaking caution races, to domination by many drivers. The Coca-Cola/World 600 has lost a lot of it's attraction as the racing has been sub-par. This is why there's no doubt in my mind that the All-Star event should be shifted between a couple of racetracks. Now I know what some of you are thinking...
They already tried that and it was a bust!It would never work! no other racetracks could produce the same attendance numbers as Charlotte, but I beg to differ...
The 1986 All-Star race in Atlanta was a big failure but that was because it was only the second ever all-star event and it was poorly marketed. In addition a record low amount of cars were in this race at 10, which produced a boring event. In this day in age, many tracks could benefit from a race where the drivers weren't so worried and just raced hard. A track like California can turn from a sloucher to a brilliant facility because of one race.
The All-Star race is no doubt one of the more exciting races, but to me it's too predictable and undramatic to really have me glued to the television. It'd be pretty cool to have an all-star race in Talladega, Bristol or even Darlington. NASCAR already has 10 of it's 36 events on cookie cutters, so seeing CMS every year as it's excitement race is pretty lame.
My Solution? Rotate the All-Star event every three years with three of your most exciting or needy racetracks.
Charlotte can have it every three years, but give Bristol a chance to regain it's reputation as grassroots racing, and give Darlington the extra race it deserves as an exhibition event. All these tracks have lights, and all three have a great history in NASCAR. With 1000000 bucks on the line, Bristol might regain it's popularity and Darlington might get the extra boost it has needed since the new millennium.
What do you think? Should it be moved? Rotated? or kept at Charlotte forever. If so, What can be done to regain the excitement of the All-Star event from years past?
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