So I have to admit- I was not as enthralled with the All-Star Race this year as I have been in years past. Why? I can’t be 100 percent sure why-but likely it’s a combination of things. I think a big part of it has to do with the fact that they never seem to stick to a format (would it kill them to reverse the field again maybe in the second to last segment- that year was fun). Plus I REALLY miss the Pit Crew Challenge. ALOT. That was always my FAVORITE event of the All-Star Week celebrations- the pit crews getting to show their stuff and shine in the light for awhile….NASCAR is a team sport and unfortunately they can be a little overlooked sometimes I think. . Plus I readily admit that a teeny tiny part of me is jealous and would LOVE to be in the Charlotte area touring race shops and such instead of working. One of these years it will happen…
About the race itself? I LOVED the qualifying format. LOVE LOVE LOVE! It could have only been more exciting if there had been multiple cars on the track at the same time- you know since that seems to be NASCAR’s deal with knockout qualifying. If they could figure out a way to incorporate a pit stop into knockout qualifying now- that would be something! So there was that- and to think I came close to blowing off watching qualifying…so glad I didn’t.
Regarding Tony’s performance at the All-Star Race all I can say is this: I can only hope that Tony finds what he’s looking for at the pawn shop this week…sigh. I will say this- Tony put his all into that qualifying attempt- leaving parts on pit road as he left! Tony qualified 15th and finished 12th (mostly by attrition- but he was excited towards the end of the race when he passed a car). Jamie McMurray was the winner!
Notes About the All-Star Race:
I have only ONE thing to talk about in NOTES this week- and that is the fan vote. I can NOT believe the amount of negativity that I have seen over the fact that Josh Wise won the fan vote. Seriously people? Just because whomever you expected or voted for didn’t win you are upset with it? That is the point of a FAN VOTE. I personally think it’s GREAT that Josh Wise won. Why? It’s obviously bringing new, different fans into the sport! If NASCAR ruled that they didn’t cheat in anyway to get the fan vote then all the power to them. It is the FAN vote after all. Quit being jealous- and vote more next time. (I will get off my soap box now).
Gratuitous Tony Stewart:
Next Sunday is the longest race of the season- the Coca-Cola 600…
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