In fairness the split lane has been there since the first TORC race there. The use of the uneven whoops after the split concludes does allow for a second line through Talladega that seemed effective later in races (notably when CJ pulled even with Carlson on the second-to-last lap Saturday before stuffing it going into the new CAT section) but the left lane, in my viewing, seems to consistently be faster and provide better track position. Racers tended to agree, as one of the big challenges pulling through the 180 was scrambling to get back inside to it.Totally! It was constantly changing perhaps because of the sand. I loved how it led into the whoop rhythms too. So depending on how the racers maintain momentum on either line they could blitz through and come out ahead of whomever they were racing against.
It really was a brilliant addition by ERX.