NASCAR can tinker with the rules and the regulations and the formats until something absolutely clicks. […] what NASCAR, Charlotte Motor Speedway and the driver council came up with was the optional use of a softer tire for the event. Teams are now challenged to decide if they will use the tires early to be one of the 10 cars advancing to the final shootout, or if they will save the tires for the final sprint to the $1 million prize. Marcus Smith, the president and chief operating officer of Speedway Motorsports Inc., believes the “bonus tire” is going to add excitement to the race. Don’t tell teams the rules — segment lengths, inversions, etc. — until the pre-race driver meeting. Stage an iRacing online tournament for the drivers on the infield big screen to set the starting order.