NASCAR has the best All-Star event in all of sport. Yeah I said it. Who is going to argue with me. I mean come on now. They are thinking about getting rid of the Pro Bowl. The NBA and NHL All-Star game are both just a bunch of guys out there trying not to get hurt. And baseball had to create something to for the guys to play for to generate some false excitement.
So back to my original statement, NASCAR has he best All-Star event in all of sport.
"Our All-Star race is a lot different than other sports," said Kevin Harvick. "With the All-Star race they put a million dollars in front of you. Anytime they put that much money in front of anybody it's going to cause things to rise to another level. Take the points away from that and you really have some unique scenarios that come up. It's always fun when you know there is really nothing on the line but to win. If you do, then usually there is a big check waiting for you at the end so that gives you some bragging rights and a lot of money."
When you go to Charlotte, almost every driver on the track can win. But Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne are among the favorites.
"It is a different type of pressure," said Johnson. "There is no doubt that the Shootout and the All-Star Race are more relaxed. Sure we want to win. It is just who and what we all are. Without having the points and the structure of a normal weekend, it does make it a lot more fun."
And before the All-Stars take to the track, three drivers will add their name to the 20 that have already qualified for the All-Star race. They are he drivers who finish first and second in the Sprint Showdown. And the winner of the fan vote (Dale Earnhardt, Jr.)
"Obviously, we want to win the Sprint Showdown, qualify for the Sprint All-Star Race and win it too, but every practice session and qualifying run we make that weekend gives us the opportunity to learn more about our 1.5-mile program," said Jeff Burton, who will be racing for one of those spots by winning the Showdown. "We must go in with the mindset where we want to win the race and qualifying for the big show. If we do win the race and transfer over, it helps you out for the following week as well."