Probably wasn’t the feedback NASCAR was hoping for.
NASCAR announced a new All Star format last week that would put restrictor plates on the cars, bring back a splitter from 2014 and implement an adjustment that would prevent the lead car from gaining an advantage over the rest of the pack. The move has so far been applauded by NASCAR and its drivers, with even retired driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr on board, but not everyone is a fan of the adjustment.
“That’s not what i signed up to be a NASCAR driver for, Busch said of the changes made to The annual All Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway,” To Continue to scrunch the field up and take advantages away from those that are not fast. “
The change was made by NASCAR officials in hopes of creating more side by side racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway and could be the start of the sport implementing restrictor plates at other mile and half tracks to help create more excitement for fans. The change has already been made to The Xfinity Series race at Indianapolis, which ran restrictor plates only a few years ago.
“I think this is such a great direction to go to, and the All-Star Race is the perfect opportunity to see how it works on the Cup (Series) level. Dale Jr said of the changes, “I think we had pretty good success with it at the XFINITY (Series) level last year at Indianapolis (Motor Speedway). This is going to be the most excited I’ve been about an All-Star Race in a really long time.
Whether NASCAR decides to make these changes to more races on The Monster Energy Cup Series schedule remains to be seen and will be highly dependent on what fans think of The All Star race this year, but this seems to be a notable step forward for the sport and could be indicative of further changes towards more exciting racing.