So with a change of venue out, what else can NASCAR try to make the All-Star Race less boring?
This weekend, NASCAR’s finest head to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Monster Energy All-Star Race. But a small glitch during the stop cost him three positions in the pits, and with Keselowski staying out because he had no fresh tires available, Larson restarted fifth with little chance to get to the front in the final 10-lap stage.
Larson’s move on Johnson on the final lap didn’t please Johnson, who gestured wildly toward Larson on the cool-down lap. “We came down pit road the leader and three people passed us, that was pretty much the difference there”.
“It seemed like that was kind of the theme of the night: Once a guy kind of got out front, that was it”, Busch said.
“It’s going to be interesting to see how it works out”, Larson said.
“We’ve moved on from Kansas”, the 20-year-old Rhodes said. I picked up some time there.
Brad Keselowski tweeted after Saturday night’s Monster Energy All-Star Race that NASCAR “made up” a rule regarding the use of special soft “option” tires during the exhibition race. I can’t say enough about this team and everybody on this M&M’s Caramel Camry. But now perhaps the thing to do is go the opposite way and just make the race 70 laps. “I got just a good enough launch and a good restart there to get some traction going on the 2 (Brad Keselowski) auto and when I got to start-finish I had to pull out and move to the bottom in order to get below them and that all worked”.
For Larson it was a gratifying performance, considering he barely qualified for the final round.
In an event unlike any other, the NASCAR All-Star Race is fast, wild and unpredictable – from rookie winners to shortcuts across the grass (both done by Earnhardts).
Larson was the slowest of the five drivers to advance to the second round.
As Blaney fell back through the field, Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Harvick and Kurt Busch waged a battle for second behind Johnson.
The All-Star race showed Kyle Larson is the likely favorite for the Coca-Cola 600.
Busch didn’t even have the fastest auto.
“I think we are coming in feeling good about what we’re doing and the auto we’re bringing, all those things”. They’re also allowing teams to use one set of “softer tires” to use during one of the four race segments. “That was a fun last 10 laps and I was just mad we weren’t in the lead starting it”. “We learned quite a bit in the first 50 laps”.
The first round wasn’t without its anxious moments.
“When you’re the second place auto, you can’t jump the leader”. But Newman kept his No. 31 Chevy off the walls and brought it to his crew for service. “Now it’s time to go get a points win here”. But I’m just really disappointed, obviously.
The two best candidates are second-year drivers Chase Elliott (fourth in points) and Ryan Blaney (11th in points). It came out of nowhere and just jumped sideways on me. Had it not been for pit road, he might have been the victor. But that was it for us.
Margin of Victory: 1.274 seconds.
Next up for LVMS is the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday, Sept. 30, which will be part of the series’ playoffs for the second consecutive year.