The 2018 All-Star Race represented a fundamental change in NASCAR’s approach to racing and it is going to take some time to decide its implications.
Opinions were mixed when NASCAR first announced a rules package for this year’s All-Star Race similar to the one used last year in the Xfinity Series at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. After seeing it in action with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series cars, refinement is needed, but the direction is good, according the NASCAR America analyst Jeff Burton.
“This is a fundamental change in what racing has always been about and how you drive a race car,” Burton said Monday. “It is a major change. We heard some of the drivers talk about it: ‘Good’, ‘Bad’. I think the majority of the fan interaction was really good. But I don’t think it’s as easy as saying this is what we need to do all the time.”
The package tightened the field and provided action throughout the field.
Burton described some of the race action: “We see Martin Truex Jr. with the lead. Kyle Busch with people behind him turns left and is going to be able to clear him right here. And that’s what I want to see. I want to see that kind of racing. And, by the way, the racing behind the lead is fascinating. What are you doing to put yourself in a position to have a chance to get to the lead?”
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