What every form of racing needs is a story line, at least every now and then. Major breakthroughs and rules changes create story lines. Let's look at the history and possibilities today for story lines.....
With strict rules and cookie cutter cars, there is no story line. We go from race to race and watch lap after lap of one, then another driver change position, only to fall back or move up...yawn. Where's the excitement?
Remember the "old" days? When a relatively unknown AA Fuel team developed the very first multi-clutch and shattered the world record, not at a national event, but at a local NHRA race. It was truly a story line. Or, when (fill in the blank) cars dominated whatever series and everyone screamed for them to win or lose.
Give me controversy, give me suspense. If you watched the Super Motocross racing this season, you couldn't help but get excited for Bubba Stewart during his come back run to win the series by only four points, getting run off the track by his rival in a close race for second place but really to gain the points needed to win the championship.
Curt Spalding goes out in a dirt late model, modified to the hilt with large plexiglass panels at Kalamazoo and breaks the world record for a 3/8 mile track with a 10.715 second lap. That my friend is a story line. Follow this link to see it happen - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOqraCghtrA.