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What Really Matters
Virtually no one gets out of Daytona without finding something to complain about. At the very least, once the 500 is over, some drivers will just shrug their shoulders and say, "it's just the way things are here", while standing by their wrecked race car.
While I certainly understand the driver's criticisms of the new Daytona qualifying format, I believe it's a huge step in the right direction; away from single car qualifying.
We are in the entertainment business. Frankly, there wasn't much entertaining about one car at a time on a 2 ½ -mile oval. There may have been at one time, but no more.
I found the new format to be must-see/must-hear. Live. The old single car format was more "let me know when it's over; and who got the pole" for me. This format: I needed to know exactly what was going on when it was happening. And, isn't that, basically, the definition of entertainment? (Especially in this day and age of shorter attention spans.)
Could the format use some tweaks? Sure. But as entertainment, it beat the old format by a country mile.