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Austin Dillon's victory in the Mudsummer Classic had nothing to do with fuel mileage or tire choice, it was about out-driving the competition.
The Mudsummer Classic was not decided by who saved the most fuel or who made the right call on the pit road. It was decided by who was the best driver.
By breaking the race into three segments, NASCAR took pit strategy out of the equation for the teams. Everyone was on the same fuel strategy and the same tire strategy for the entire 150-lap race, leaving the results in the hands of the drivers.
And that is exactly what fans want to see.
Above all else, racing should be about the driver. No paved track, not even the road courses at Sonoma and Watkins Glen. Put more emphasis on the driver than a dirt track.
In an interview with USA Today's Jeff Gluck, Dillon explained what makes dirt racing so different for a driver, saying, "You have to change your driving style throughout a race in a dirt track probably 10, 11 times...The track is changing. You're having to change with it."
Having a dirt track not only on the series schedule, but in the Chase for the Sprint Cup would ensure the championship driver earned his title.