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NASCAR: All-Star format irritates fans

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon May 21, 2012 4:31 am

NASCAR: All-Star format irritates fans

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — It didn’t take teams very long to figure out their best shot at winning the All-Star race would be in the first 20 laps.

What few predicted, though, was that the new format would encourage drivers to take it easy for portions of Saturday night’s $1 million race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Now fans are upset winner Jimmie Johnson essentially sandbagged for 60 or so laps before turning it up for a final charge to his third All-Star race victory.

“Everybody knew if you could win that first segment, you could control the night,” said Johnson, who indeed won the first of four 20-lap segments.

Under the format for this year’s race, the winners of each of the first four 20-lap segments lined up 1-through-4 for the mandatory trip down pit road. Once there, it was a race to simply be the first drivers to get back on the track for the final 10-lap sprint to the finish.

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