Bristol (Tenn) Motor Speedway is ready. It’s All-Star time baby. For the first time ever, the All-Star race will be held on a short track. The .526-mile high banked Tennessee oval will play host to the annual event as it’s just the second time this race has been held outside of Charlotte. The other was in 1986 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Other than that, the Charlotte Motor Speedway has played host to 34 of the 35 All-Star races held.
On Wednesday night (7 p.m. ET, FS1, PRN), $1 million is on the line to the winner. Bristol, unlike Charlotte, is a place drivers can use a bumper and move cars out of the way to get by. Expect the good old chrome horn to be used at the end of the race.
That’s excitement. So is this — change.
NASCAR typically uses the All-Star race for experiments. Double file restarts? They were born in the All-Star race. Stage breaks? All-Star race.
Now, we get a choose cone, a new track, a weeknight event to go along with lights under the cars as well as a new number placement.
Change galore. How many of these changes stick for the future?
We know there’s a good chance some of these stay on, but which ones?