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The Backstretch Blog's Race Day: NASCAR Goes Soft

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This blog is really not about what you think it is. Or, maybe it is. You may or may not have heard that NASCAR is giving drivers an option on tires at tonight's All Star Race. The 'bonus' tire is softer and built for the short runs. But if a driver opts to uses them in the race's final segment, then they start at the rear of the field.

"I hope that the option tire is a good thing, because I think that would be a cool kind of added thing for regular season races in the future," Kyle Larson told media at the track this weekend. "I'm sure NASCAR and Goodyear are trying to probably use this All-Star event as a test to see if it's going to work. I hope it does. I hope the racing is really exciting."

That really it the key at this race more than any other, it to make the racing exciting. There are no points so driver will try things they wont during normal races. Including giving up field position for a softer tire. "It's usually a crazy night and a fun night where the pit crews get a chance to be in the spotlight more than usual, as well," said Jimmie Johnson. "Last year we were leading on the final restart and our strategy didn't work out. There are a few different rules for this one, so I am sure (No. 48 team crew chief) Chad (Knaus) will come up with something good."

Johnson is one of 10 former All Star Race winners in tonight's field and the driver with the most wins, four.

Larson lead the field to the green from the pole. The night starts with the open race where three drivers will transfer to the big show. Racing begins a little after 6pm tonight. You can watch the race on FOX Sports 1.
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