Time sure flies when you're driving fast! Seems like just yesterday, we were down in Daytona. This coming weekend, the boys come home to North Carolina and Lowe's Motor Speedway for the NASCAR All-Star Race.
The NASCAR All-Star race is a unique beast. Drivers qualify through a various number of ways, being current year race winners, past champions, past winners of the All-Star race, and finally the winner of the Sprint Open. Any driver in the top 50 in points who is competing in 2008 is eligible for the Open, and the winner then makes the All-Star race. Whew!
But what makes the NASCAR All-Star race the best All-Star competition in professional sports is the fact that unlike other sports where athletes are just having a good time or aren't really playing to their full potential, the NASCAR All-Star race is racing like no other. There are no points. The only thing that matters is winning. Finishing 2nd doesn't do a darn thing. So, driver's will do insane things in order to win. It's kinda like everyone taking a "checkers or wreckers" driving style to the racetrack for this one short race. IT'S INSANE and IT'S AWESOME!!!!
The only down side is the stupid performances that go along with it. A few years ago, they had Red Hot Chili Peppers playing in Turn 1, DURING THE RACE!!!! It was the most God awful thing I've ever heard. Ole Rusty understands that NASCAR is trying to lure new fans, but gracious, they don't need to be abandoning the tried and true fans, do they? I sure hope they tone it down this year.
Well, since there's no points race this weekend, there's no fantasy picks either. But that's okay, cause Rusty needs extra time to prepare for the Coca Cola 600 next weekend. What LOOOOOONNNNNNGGGG race.
So, y'all come back now, hear?