Time Again For The All Stars To Shine  

From a NASCAR Fan’s View

It’s that time again… Time for the All Stars in NASCAR Cup to shine and they once again put it all on the line at North Wilkesboro. As is the case for every All Star race, it’s not about the points, it’s about the money and it brings out the best and the worst in pursuit of that big money. Well, maybe “the worst” is a little bit too strong of a word for what actually happens but, it does bring out the “strong competitiveness” of every single driver involved.

So what is the thing that makes the All Star race such a big deal other than just the money? Well, from my view, it is because of a lot of things. One of the most obvious things, at least to me, is the way the competition goes. It is usually wide open and it is generally exciting to watch. After all, first some have to qualify by running in the Open and then they get to compete in the big show. After that, there is the way the race is setup to run or the format for it. After that, it is generally just good hard racing and taking advantage of every opportunity to end up at the front, hopefully taking the victory – and the money – home. Of course, there are always the bragging rights that come along with winning the 2024 All Star race.

Mostly, it is about the racing and, as I mentioned earlier, it is about winning. With the winning comes the money and then it’s moving on to the next big race which is the 600.

It does appear the Fords have finally found some consistent speed. After the last two weekends with the RFK team of Chris Buescher finishing second in a photo finish with Kyle Larson and then RFK boss, Brad Keselowski, finishing first last weekend. And then there is the way qualifying went with Joey Logano winning the pole and Brad qualifying second. Then the pits crews took over and did their most to shine and that they did.

Speaking of Kyle Larson, it has been a busy week for him. After a few setbacks, he did qualify in the top twelve for the Indy 500 and will be pressing the envelope to make it on time for starting the All Star race tonight. If he qualifies in the top six this afternoon at Indy, he then can qualify to run for the pole position later this afternoon and, no matter what happens there, he will jump on a jet and, as I mentioned, press the envelope to make it to North Wilkesboro to start in the rear for the All Star race.

I don’t know how you feel about all of this but, for me, I am not only pulling for Kyle to qualify well at Indy – maybe in the front couple of rows – if not on the pole, and then go to the All Star race tonight and finish at or near the front there. After all, he is still leading in the points race by thirty points and has been performing well this season. It will be a challenge but I am sure he is up to the task. One plus for him though, There are no points to lose or gain tonight so his points lead is safe, at least until next weekend.

So… once again it is time for the All Stars to shine in the race tonight and I am not at all sure how this night race at North Wilkesboro is going to pan out. I am sure there will be some surprises and possibly an unexpected winner and that winner could be one that no one is even thinking of.

So, what do you think? Will it be a Ford or will it be a Toyota? Will it be a Chevy and will that Chevy be in the Hendrick camp and will that chevy be piloted by Kyle Larson or one of the others? I’m not sure which of the makes or teams will win but I am sure this All Star race won’t disappoint. It will be intense right down to the final flag and I know which of them I want to win, but then I am just the slightest bit biased. After all I am a fan, too.

Hey, this is Russ and that’s my view… See ya next time…
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