Get your notepads ready...there is another rules/format change for NASCAR's three top touring series. Each race will now consist of three segments with points awarded at the end of each. WTF NASCAR? Remember when there just used to be races and points were awarded at the end of each race and whoever had the most points at the end of the season was the champion?
I appreciate what NASCAR is trying to do with trying to make the sport more exciting to the casual fan, but unfortunately I think the opposite is going on. Constant changes and so many rules I think will leave the casual fan feeling like they are left behind and unable to catch up on what is going on. And the die hard fans prefer things how it used to be before race segments and the Chase playoff format. I am sure there are a few fans that will support the new package and I hope it works out for them.
NASCAR is trying to manufacture excitement. Now don't get me wrong, I do appreciate having multiple drivers racing for the championship at the end of the season as opposed to the championship already being decided weeks before the end of the season. I don't know what the answer is to help restore NASCAR's fading interest, but look at the truck series race at Eldora. Even though this race is on a Wednesday night, it is one of the series most popular events. This is the only race on dirt among NASCAR cars top three series and it features a different race format. Heat races, followed by last chance races and then the feature. This format forces drivers to race into the feature race by finishing in the top few positions of the heat or last chance races. Maybe NASCAR should try for this kind of "Saturday night short track" format for all races? It may not be the answer, but it would be fun to watch.