I don't like it, actually I haven't liked it in a while but with the large amount of changes that has happened in NASCAR over the course of this last season and off-season what I've disliked about the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona has now come to the forefront.
Let me explain.
Back in the days when it was the Busch Clash, and later as the Bud Shootout, the rules were simple; 1) you win a pole as a driver and you're in, 2) you're a former winner of the Busch Clash and you're in. That's it. Done.
Now things are so complicated it's gotten to the point of stupidity.
To get in now you have to be one of the top six teams in owner points from each manufacturer.
Now it's the car that is in the race and not the driver. What that means is this; Clint Bowyer is out and the new driver of the 07 car, Casey Mears, is in; Ryan Newman is out and David Stremme is in; and Tony Stewart is out and Joey Logano is in.
But wait it doesn't stop there, Ryan Newman is a two-time loser here as he also won a pole this last season at Phoenix and he still doesn't get in because it its Coors that sponsors Qualifying Day now and not Budweiser.
Three other pole sitters are on the outside looking out as well; Joe Nemechek who qualified at Talladega, Patrick Carpentier who qualified at New Hampshire, and Paul Menard who qualified at Daytona.
Anheuser-Busch has stated that the change in qualifying for the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona was because the pole award was now sponsored by Coors.
Also, Juan Montoya will be on the outside looking in because of the merger between Ganassi and DEI.
Guess who is in? The 43 car with no driver and no sponsorship as of yet and a history of not running in the race because it is sponsored by an alcohol making company, the 55 of Michael Waltrip (did he even get a top 5 in any race this year?), the 00 of David Reutimann who drove the 44 last year, and finally the 77 of Sam Hornish may move into the lineup if the 43 car does not participate in the event.
I don't know, but based on past experiences it seems that the more complicated things are the less enjoyable they are too. The K.I.S.S. method of Keep It Simple Stupid should really apply here but there is nothing simple about this is there?
Maybe I'm just being a little too pessimistic and I should just give this new format a try, I don't know, why don't you tell me if you agree or not.