May 19, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson (48) leads the field to the start of the last 10 lap segment during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

Is the All-Star Race Over Hyped?

The All-Star race has always been considered one of the best races of the year. To them it seems like its bigger than the Daytona 500. With all of the hype that goes into the Sprint All-Star race, is it ever as good as they make it seem?

With the months of hype to last years countdown to the All-Star race on SPEED during commercials during the Daytona 500 it seems like the All-Star race is the biggest race. In actuality it is not, in fact personally I can’t remember the last great All-Star race. The media seems to love to bring up the 1989 and 1992 All-Star Race. In case that you don’t get the SPEED channel the 1989 All-Star race was when coming to the white flag, Rusty Wallace spun Darrell Waltrip which sparked a huge fight between the pit crews. In 1992 Kyle Petty spun Davey Allison while crossing the finish line and although Davey Allison won, he was injured in the crash and did not go to victory lane.  There has not been a memorable All-Star finish like that in some time.

The reason that they should not hype it up is because of two reasons. One, NASCAR fans are going to watch the race regardless of where or what it is. Fans just want to watch a race. Two, when they throw all of the hype to the race and nothing big happens it almost seems like a big let down. Like when they do the driver intros to the All-Star race like it’s the Daytona 500 or Indy 500. Then to top it off the whole pit crew comes out behind the driver. If you look closely behind the drivers and pit crew when they come out you might see the “Sprint Logo” about 20-30 times. There is absolutely no need for those lengthy driver intros.

NASCAR fans don’t need races hyped up because regardless of what race it is NASCAR fans are going to watch the race. All they need to do is tell us when the race is on and what channel and I guarantee you all NASCAR fans would watch it. Its simple as that and at the same time, it would save FOX and SPEED a lot of money.

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