NASCAR’s All-Star race fails to shine

CONCORD, NC - MAY 18: Cars race during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 18, 2013 in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
CONCORD, NC - MAY 18: Cars race during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 18, 2013 in Concord, North Carolina.  (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
CONCORD, NC – MAY 18: Cars race during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 18, 2013 in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway proved to be less than stellar.  While there were moments of great racing, overall the no-holds-barred free for all hyped by promoters never materialized.

After a long drawn out prerace topped by a predictable fan vote what NASCAR delivered was a forgettable affair with the only highlight of the entire weekend actually coming on Friday. Perhaps the biggest change in a format that changes every year, Friday nights qualifying session saw pit road speeds suspended giving drivers an added challenge. Fans got an edge of your seat experience that saw Carl Edwards win the pole.

“Man, that’s a wild deal,” a slightly breathless Clint Bowyer said. “It’s amazing coming off pit road like that. It’s interesting, it’s exciting … that’s a fun event right there.” MORE>>>

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