by Pete McCole If there was a theme to Saturday night's All Star Race, it was "I don't know what's going on", as confusion and questions regarding the new format left drivers and fans alike wondering exactly what happened to turn the race from what was a simple three-segment race into a bona fide mess.
Full Moon Fever was in full effect in Saturday night's 32nd running of the NASCAR Sprint All Star Race, as Joey Logano came out on top in a race that was both thrilling and confusion and left a lot of people scratching their heads. Logano got past Kyle Larson with two laps to go to score his first-career All Star Race victory, bringing home a $1million-dollar payday and denying Larson the chance to become the fourth driver to win the all-star event after racing their way into the field.
NASCAR Truck Series at Charlotte Matt Crafton had a lot to overcome on Saturday - a 17th-place starting position and a difficult pit stall that cost him dearly in the early stages of Saturday's North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. But after 134 laps, Crafton was 5.748 seconds ahead of second-place Kyle Busch, winning the race and extending his series lead to 12 points over seventh-place finisher Timothy Peters. In fact, the two-time champion won consecutive races for the first time in his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career, going back-to-back in successive weeks at Dover and Charlotte.
by Pete McCole The NASCAR Sprint All Star race has produced many memorable moments in its 31-year history, from sheet-metal grinding crashes to bench-clearing pit crew brawls to miracle finishes that have all served to make the All Star Race one of the most storied events in all of NASCAR. For the 17th-running of the event, Mother Nature helped set the stage for one of the most unlikely victories in NASCAR history.
Bayne, Biffle, Larson Win To Advance To All Star Race
by Pete McCole Trevor Bayne, Greg Biffle and Kyle Larson advanced to the 32nd running of the NASCAR Sprint All Star race after winning segments in the Sprint Showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday. Bayne won the opening segment while Biffle took the checkered flag in the second segment. Larson won the final 10-lap dash in a thrilling finish over Chase Elliott, who also advanced after winning the Sprint Fan Vote along with Danica Patrick.
by Pete McCole By its very nature as a non-points event, the NASCAR All Star Race allows teams a golden opportunity to test out new ideas without putting their whole season on the line. With nothing to lose, teams sometimes roll into the all-star race with a new chassis setup, or a new engine package, sometimes even a new driver. And for that reason, some teams will occasionally go for the Hail Mary play - bringing something to the table that, if it works, could change everything.
NASCAR Denny Hamlin currently holds the title of 'reigning champion' for two of NASCAR's most prestigious races: the Daytona 500 and the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. Come Saturday night, he will look to continue the strangle hold on one of them, attempting to capture a second consecutive win in Saturday's NASCAR Sprint All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway
by Pete McCole For the better part of 30 years, the NASCAR Sprint All Star Race has been a showcase of the best NASCAR has to offer - the best drivers, the best out crews, the best teams - battling it out for the privilege of being the best of the best. Making into the field for the race meant you were a star in the sport - among the best 20 stock car drivers in the country, but winning the All Star Race made you a legend. And for drivers who never thought they'd even have a shot at making the All Star Race, winning the all-star event changed their careers forever.
No doubt about it. Kevin Harvick made absolutely the right decision in opting to sign a long-term deal to stay with Stewart-Haas Racing. Yes, a drive with Hendrick Motorsports - Harvick was rumored to be in line to replace the under performing Kasey Kahne in the No. 5 Chevrolet â€“ had to be tempting. Furthermore, with SHR ditching Hendrick Chevrolets for Ford in 2017, Harvick would have been able to keep driving the Hendrick-powered Chevys that have been so much a part of his success in recent years.
by Pete McCole Since its inception in 1987, the NASCAR All Star Race had established itself as a proving ground for some of the world's best stock car drivers to test their mettle against the best of the best. More than the racing itself, the entire event has been used a test bed for new ideas and innovations, a chance to try out something new in real-world race conditions before bringing it to the mainstream. Ideas and innovations that would end up revolutionizing auto racing forever.
by Pete McCole More than any other race besides the Daytona 500, perhaps no other event in NASCAR carries as much prestige to the winner as the NASCAR All Star Race. The chance to prove yourself again the best of the best, and beat them, has been the one of the spoils that comes along with winning the event. For that reason, drivers seem more intent on doing anything, and everything to win - even if that means knocking the hell out of someone who is standing in your way.
by Pete McCole NASCAR's All Star Race has been a fixture of the sport for the better part of 30 years, a no-holds-barred, winner-take-all, put all your cards on the table race featuring the top drivers in the sport. Now, mix in a couple of drivers with big egos, even bigger chips on their shoulders, and a lot of pride on the line. Such a volatile combination is bound to lead to one hell of a race.
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