A Rules Package Change? Another Band-Aid?

CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 19: during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 19, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

CHARLOTTE, NC – MAY 19: during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 19, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

If you’re a serious fan, then you’ve already heard it. NASCAR’s leadership is considering using the all-star race rules package at select future races. According to a a news release at Jayski.com, discussions picked up further steam after Kyle Busch laid the wood to the Coca-Cola 600.

It would appear fan reaction is similar to that of yours truly…..another change? Change is ok if it really works. The issue from this point of view is that the rules package change sounds like yet another band aid. For those of you who are fans of classic comic strips, the name Rube Goldberg comes to mind.

Yes, NASCAR needs to do something. In a day and age where more and more potential fans take a more utilitarian approach to automobiles, you don’t need your remaining target market turned off by boring races.

At the same time, it would sure make more sense to address the problem in a more meaningful way. For one, how about removing the splitter? What about revamping the front end?

Now while we talk about the rules package, a question reverberates in my mind: if NASCAR thought it would really work, wouldn’t they have done it sooner? I am reminded of something a former co-worker once told me. That just because you think the leadership is supposed to be smarter than you on the topic, does not necessarily mean that they are.

I suppose at the end of the day, it’s at least worth a look right now. I’ve been watching races faithfully for 11 seasons now, and I’m telling you, I often find myself thinking that I’m in the midst of four hours I won’t get back. Racing’s a rush, but NASCAR doesn’t make it easy.

They’re the ones with skin in the game, shouldn’t a real solution matter? Oh wait, the Frances are talking about selling NASCAR. Ugh. What time are the races at the local speedway Saturday?