NASCAR All-Star Race Preview…Live From Charlotte

All Star games are occasionally fun.

They generally offer a few hours of mindless entertainment, but the problem is that they rarely seem to mean much to the players.

Oh sure, us fans get excited to watch the best player from our favorite team compete against the best…but usually, it’s a big let down.

But imagine if there was something on the line. (And no, I’m not talking about home field advantage in an as-yet-to-be-determined championship series.)

Let’s pretend that next year, right before the NBA All-Star game tipped off, Michael Jordan walked into both locker rooms and threw a million dollars on the table. “Best player wins this,” he mutters as he walks out of the room.

Ah, you are right. He’s way too stingy to do that. Nevermind.

Pretend it’s Shaq.

So Shaq throws down the bounty, and the players all perk up.

He calmly announces the rules:

  • Guards will play a game of 21 in the 1st quarter.
  • Forwards and centers will do the same in the 2nd and 3rd quarters respectively.
  • Only the top three from each game will advance and be able to play in the 4th quarter.
  • The winners of each quarter will get to start out the final game with a 6 point head-start.
  • The winner of the 4th quarter will receive $1 million.
  • Teammates don’t matter.
  • Coaches don’t matter.
  • This is about YOU. Who is the best player on earth?

Now, just tell me this: If you were a fan of basketball, would this be a better alternative than the current format of 45 casual minutes of basketball and then a three minute frenzy at the end if it’s close?

Of course it would be.

Well, that’s what’s going on in Charlotte this weekend for the NASCAR All-Star Race.

It’s every man for himself. Winner take all. $1 million bucks on the line. Points don’t matter.

Quite simply, it’s going to be awesome.

Even if you don’t like NASCAR, this one should be a dandy.

The race will only be 90 laps long this season and consist of five segments.

The first four segments will be 20 lap sprints to determine track position for the “4th Quarter” if you will.  The winner of each sprint will be able to go to the front of the line and drive into the pits first before the final 10 lap shootout.

With each “reset” of the race, the cars will bunch back up and race each other like crazy. It should make for some unbelievable racing.

I’m here in Charlotte, courtesy of 3M and its driver, Greg Biffle.  Follow me on twitter throughout the next two days as I will be trying to give you a little different look into the world of NASCAR.

Ladies and Gentlemen…start your engines…because this weekend will definitely be one to remember.

About the Author

Jon Washburn

Jon Washburn grew up in Indianapolis, IN and as such, is a diehard Pacers, Colts, and Cubs fans. When it comes to college, he cheers for Notre Dame football fan and Purdue basketball. Yes, this sounds shady, but since he grew up without cable, he learned to love Notre Dame - the only team on TV. Glenn "The Big Dog" Robinson was at Purdue when Jon was in his formative years, so he latched onto them as well. Did that make him a fair-weather fan at the time? Sure. Give him a break...he was 8...and he has stayed with those teams ever since. Currently, he lives in Charleston, SC with his wife who grew up in Cleveland. Although he is no longer physically in the Midwest, his heart will always be there. Jon goes by the name "Twitch" because he has Tourette's Syndrome. Hit him up on his twitter @jwtwitch.