by Charlie Turner
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One way or another, the best of the best of stock car racing are matched up in a winner-takes-all, million dollar cash run. The perfect set up.
My favorite part of the whole thing this weekend was when All Star Pole winner, Carl Edwards was given a microphone and he – Carl – conducted interviews with drivers before the Showdown, race-in race . Really good stuff!
Other Speed TV guys like Dr Dick Bergeren helped show how loose the competitors were, and how racing for the cash seemed to be a nice change from regular race weeks. It was cool.
So why in the world did Speed/NASCAR have to hype it up with Two Waltrips and a Straight Man?
I’m sorry DW and Mikey fans but Saturday night was too much AllWaltrip for me. I counted three different times in segment number two alone when Michael and Darrell Waltrip took turns telling us – IN REALLY REALLY EXCITED VOICES – how all the stars were moving up front and would be there at the end for the most fantastic, exciting, blah, blah blah…..
This could not have been an accident. I think that NASCAR knows that the contrived nature of the All-Star race is lame. I mean, what is the purpose of segment one? Segment two is almost as bad. NASCAR knows it sucks and dropped the Waltrip bomb on us to keep everyone awake.
I have a suggestion. Hold a 100 lap race, give each team two sets of tires, give the winner a million bucks and let Mike Joy pick his own broadcast partners.
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