NASCAR has tried a lot of different things over the years; looking to increase interest.  And who can blame them?  What's the old saying about the definition of insanity…doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result?

But, outside of the double-file restarts, I can't think of a better change than the stages we saw instituted this year.  As far as I'm concerned, it was a complete success.

At the track, it made races seem to go by quicker.  A perfect example was the Coke 600, where, instead of having them spend 4 hours racing to one finish, they had three checkpoints along the way.  And, by paying points at those posts…well, we found out again, that in the past, the drivers really weren't giving it "everything I've got every minute".  There was more there.

And, that was the biggest driving force behind the change; give folks watching, something to get excited about at points along the way.  Give them a reason to watch more than the start and finish and mow the lawn in between.

The cherry on top was that the winningest driver in each national series not only made the finals but won the championships. 

My only request now is, leave it alone.