Probably not a Hallet thread..
It really doesn't matter to me as I could be on either side of the fence in the future. Much of this started at the Runoffs last year with the weather. It would have made zero difference to me as I was fastest in both sessions first and third. I don't think Butch's scenario is that far fetched, see 2011 Runoffs
A couple arguments for the other side just to take the other side.
-Why would we weigh sessions in the weekend any heavier than the beginning?
-Every one has the same opportunity to show up ready and prepared to "qualify" for qualifying.
-Race laps can be aided by multi car draft that may/may not happen in qualifying often with 4-5 fastest cars
-to a certain extent, you make your own luck. Show up prepared to qualify each and every session.
-bad/good luck is part of racing, real or manufactured.
If for some reason you have/had a problem in qualifying you have an opportunity to move up with a fast race lap. You also have the benefit of draft etc in race that you may/may not in qualifying, if in the top 4-5, you have the benefit of drafting the fastest guys in the field.
I think what we have now is fair for all, could work for you, could work against. IMO, a case could also be made that pole sitter in qualifying should not lose his/her time against a race lap? All the same arguments for could be used against.
My opinions have zero to do with this weekend. Matt and I could have started 10-11 in either order and the results would have been the same other than Matt could have beat me both days just as easily. But little to do with starting position. Not my point, nor do I think it is Matt's.