CONCORD, N.C. (AP) -- It didn't take teams very long to figure
out their best shot at winning the All-Star race would be in the
first 20 laps.
What few predicted, though, was the new format would encourage
drivers to take it easy for portions of Saturday night's $1 million
race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Now fans are upset winner Jimmie Johnson essentially sandbagged
for 60 or so laps before turning it up for a final charge to his
third All-Star race victory.
This year's format ensured the winners of each of the first four
20-lap segments would line up 1 through 4 for the mandatory final
trip down pit road.
Then they only had to race back onto the track for a 10-lap
sprint to the finish.