A lot of people say the season really starts in Phoenix — after the wildcard of the restrictor plate Daytona 500 that opens the season.
Phoenix is also the beginning of the new multi-car qualifying session — no working late for me. I’ll be glued to Fox Sports 1 come 6pm or thereabouts.
But truth be told, I liked the old format just fine. My whole in-person NASCAR experience consists of the last two Pole Days up at Martinsville. My son and I loved every minute of the single-car qualifying, glued to the track for the whole session.
But I totally can see how this new format is going to be more exciting for everyone involved — from the fans to the drivers.
We’re going to see more backup cars having to be pulled out this season, along with more drama between drivers.
I’ll also be interested to see how quickly crew chiefs and their teams find loop holes, advantages, etc.
All in all, tonight should be interesting, exciting and a refreshing upgrade to qualifying in the Sprint Cup Series.