Where to begin ... Lets start in Indianapolis, where track owner Roger Penske is opening the road course for the Xfinity race. There was a lot of talk before Mr Penske bought IMS about using the road course ... with a lot of people against the idea since the whole point of going to Indy is to race the classic track. We have also been hearing for the past couple of years how hard it would be (at Charlotte) to have a road course and oval race on the same weekend. So it is extra special that IMS will be pulling off the feat (changing from the Xfinity road course to the Cup oval in 90 minutes). Condensed weekends ... time at the track will be reduced this year with more impound racing. Race what was qualified, no adjustments and re-teching the cars. Same day qualifying will also be used at some events. Pocono will race two Cup races with the same cars! Hall of Fame ... a good induction ceremony with all five inductees related (through work) to each other in some way. And the last time five people will be inducted. New rules for next year's class, two of ten nominated "modern era" candidates will be enshrined and one of five nominated "pioneer" candidates will be enshrined. Which means a lot less people in the hall of fame going forward. There are two people who I feel may be overlooked, perhaps permanently, due to the HOF rule change. Carl Edwards and Janet Guthrie. In the past couple of years I have been hearing about how instrumental Danica Patrick was to the sport - as if she was some sort of pioneer. But her time in Nascar came in an era where sexism was bad, not normal. Janet Guthrie fought open discrimination and paved the way for many women, including Danica, to enter the sport as equals. I feel that Janet has a place in the HOF - but will be pushed aside by other "modern era" drivers. Carl Edwards has 72 wins, 28 in Cup. While the HOF is not the "hall of statistics" I feel that he had enough of an impact on the sport that under the old HOF rules he would get an induction. Now - I'm not sure. I hope that all of the future inductees are more worthy than those not chosen, but losing two slots per year will eliminate people. Looking at this year's class I am glad all five made it and didn't have to fall under the new rules.