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Let’s start NASCAR races on sticker tires

HOMESTEAD, FL – OCTOBER 18: Good Year tires sit in the garage during testing at Homestead-Miami Speedway on October 18, 2016 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/NASCAR via Getty Images)

During Kevin Harvick’s “Happy Hours” show on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio on Tuesday night, the driver of three Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races in the first five of 2018 suggested NASCAR letting teams start races on sticker tires, even after making qualifying attempts, and I wholeheartedly agree. I guess the subject is something I never really gave a lot of thought to before, but now that I have, I’m definitely on board with the idea.

I get the reasoning for the move, or at least what I assume is the reasoning for now mandating that teams start races on their qualifying tires — saving money on a set of tires. But I think there’s an inadvertent consequence of penalizing top qualifiers, considering the multi-round, knockout qualifying format. Think about it.

In most qualifying session, the pole sitter, his fellow-front-row starter and the other top-12 qualifiers will have made a lap or two in each of three rounds of qualifying. For the top-24, make that two rounds. The back-markers, meanwhile, only have a lap or two on their tires by the race green flag, because they only participated in the opening round of qualifying. Long story short, the better a driver qualifiers, the more laps he has on his tires to start the race. Why penalize the top drivers, including the pole sitter, for having the fastest car in qualifying? After all, should being fastest be the goal, here?

I get saving money by eliminating the purchase of an extra set of tires on which to start the race, but there’s another way to go about it. Why not practice on the qualifying tires, and taking away and existing practice set, making that set a sticker set with which to start the race. Problem solved. Seems simple enough to me.

Oh look; another solution to the issue of drivers not qualifying and starting in the back, but with the advantage of new tires.

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