And once we find that person, a petition to revert back to the 500 kilometer distance is in order.
Officials at Phoenix International Raceway were concerned that with NASCAR's new standard start time that the race wouldn't end under the lights at the standard 312-lap distance.
Not only would that have happened last night, but the three hour and 50 minute race ended just after 11:30 ET. A little late, don't you think?
NASCAR and Phoenix officials need to find the right balance of twilight and night race, given the time changes and that Phoenix is the only track west of the Rockies with a night race. Do fans want a "night" race that doesn't run for very long at night? Or would you rather stay up late so you can see the cars under the lights on the left coast?
Either way, I don't think either solution involves 600 kilometers.
Other random thoughts from last night's race:
• Alan Kulwicki won the first race at Phoenix International Raceway, so Fox did a little montage about Kulwicki's win, showing his trademark victory celebration.
As you all know, that victory celebration was a backwards lap around the track and Kulwicki named it the Polish Victory Lap.
If you've been in a news hole, earlier Saturday, the Polish President, his wife and many other top Polish officials were killed in a plane crash in Russia.
Kulwicki also died in a plane crash.
It was an innocuous feature by Fox, and something that was probably planned before yesterday's incidents. Still, it was one of those "whoa" moments where everything comes together a little too closely.
• Saturday night was the first time that car no. 39 has won in the Sprint Cup Series.
• Robby Gordon moved into the top 35, bumping Travis Kvapil out of the guaranteed starters
• Kurt Busch getting into Kasey Kahne is hardly a reflection of Richard Petty Motorsports, but one has to wonder how fed up Kahne is getting at RPM and how close his is to leaving the team at the end of the year. Limping around PIR in a beat up car is no way to spend your birthday.