Opinion: Add Standing Start to All-Star Race

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Can you imagine what it would be like if the final segment of the Sprint All-Star race began with a standing start like what Forumla One uses to begin its races? (Photo: Getty Images)

Picture this scene: More than 20 cars are aligned on the frontstretch at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Drivers strapped in. Engines revving.

Ahead is Turn 1 and the beginning of a 10-lap dash for $1 million. Beside and behind are competitors ready to make their move. 

There are no worries about who will cross the start/finish line first on this restart because this literally is, “Ready ... set ... go!’’

When the command is given and the green light flashes, divers hit the gas. A stream of tire smoke drifts into the night sky amid the flashing lights from camera phones. Drivers jockey for position as they head to Turn 1. The Sprint All-Star race resumes.

Such a scene won’t happen unless NASCAR, Sprint and Charlotte Motor Speedway agree to such a change but there’s hope. It’s 10 months until the next all-star race and this is the perfect time to consider new ideas for next year’s race.

An idea that deserves consideration is having cars take off from a standing start to begin the final segment of the all-star race.

It’s not any crazier than a 10-minute break before the final segment, an inversion, a mandatory pit stop, double-file restarts or even allowing backup cars to be used after the green flag waved. All have occurred at least once in this event.

NASCAR has shown its open to such unique ideas. Maybe this is the best time to consider such an option with the Camping World Truck Series only days away from running the first NASCAR national series race at a dirt track since 1970.

Let’s be honest, if there’s something worth trying, it should be done in the all-star race because it’s a non-points event and has a smaller field than a typical race.

Each year the all-star race looks for new ways to entertain fans. That’s the way it should be. The all-star race shouldn’t look like any of the other 30-plus races fans see each Cup season. This event should be something different, something fun and something short.

Maybe a standing start will work. Maybe it won’t, but until it’s tried who really knows?

It’s OK to question the usefulness of starting the final segment this way. Just don’t dismiss it because it hasn’t been done before in this race or its been done in Formula One and recently tried by the IZOD IndyCar Series. Don’t dismiss the idea because it’s not something NASCAR has done in decades, if ever.

Sure, this is a change for change’s sake but sometimes that’s OK. No this isn’t a change to try to lure some 18-year fan to the track and run off the fan that has followed the sport since Bobby Allison and Richard Petty were battling at North Wilkesboro.

This is merely a different way to start the final segment. Whether one likes the idea, it’s a safe bet many will watch. Some will watch to see it fail and if it does can boast they knew it would. Some will hope it succeeds and give them something else they can enjoy about the all-star race. Curiosity will lure other fans. Whatever the reason, they’ll want to watch.

And isn’t that the point?

The opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the positions of the Motor Racing Network.

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