Saturday, May 16, 2009

Fantasy NASCAR: All-Star Weekend

We aren't half way through the year but yet here is the All-Star weekend for NASCAR. How do you have an all-star event when you don't have teams and essesntially every weekend is an all-star event?

It is a race open to race winners (either as a driver or a car owner) from the previous season as well as the current season, plus the past ten event winners and past decade's Cup Series champions. Drivers are also eligible if they are one of the top two finishers in the Sprint Showdown qualifying race (a 40-lap race in two 20-lap segments for drivers not qualified for the main event) or remain on the lead lap in the Sprint Showdown and get the most votes in a fan vote.

Here is what that means. There are 18 guys competing this Saturday night for $1 million. That's it. No points, just money. It serves as a practice for next weeks big event, the Coca Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway, but this weekend is still a fun exhibition and allows drivers to pull out all the stops for just money.

So with no fantasy points on the line this weekend I offer a few ways they could modify this All-Star weekend, in order to make it more exciting.

1- They already have the pit crew challenge in which pit crews compete for the fastest time.

It is much like the NBA Skills Challege. But lets make it more like the NBA and add a contest with judges. Who has the best victory celebration? Drivers compete doing flips, burnouts, bows, or anything else that would entertain the crowd and judges. It'd be interesting to see a 1-mile burn out.

2- A tag-team event. Take two drivers, picked at random to compete together in a race. Driver transfer and all as the race goes on. Thing of it as an Olympic event, 2 x 400, or something like that.

3- Let a fan drive a car with these guys. Let your imagination play this one out and see that it would be quite entertaining. He or she will sign a waiver and we'll see just how skillful the other drivers are.

These are just some things that could be played out for all-star weekend. Leave your comments on what you would like to see.

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