I tried to watch the NASCAR All-Star event, and it turned into another giant yawn.
This event is as tired and predictable as watching the hype for the next Triple Crown winner in horse racing (more about that later).
Of course there were three absolute guarantees about NASCAR's big night:
I've been thinking about what the sport should do to fix NASCAR's All-Star race. I used to believe it was the best all-star event in sports, but not anymore. The lure of a million bucks to the millionaire driver has lost its "wow factor".
The multiple segments offer no suspense or intrigue except for the last few laps.
Judging by all the empty seats around the track at Charlotte Motor Speedway, I wonder just how many people really care about watching this winner-take-all race?
If NASCAR is going to rig the fan vote just so they can find a way to include Danica, then they should really showcase her talents.
Here's what NASCAR should do next year.
Take the Top 10 drivers in the standings leading into the Charlotte festivities.
Give Danica Patrick a half-lap lead over each driver. One by one, the driver has to catch and pass Danica....and the one that passes her the quickest wins the million bucks. I'm assuming with only two cars on the track, she will be less likely to wreck into somebody and it is inevitable that she will be lapped.
Using my "All-Star" system, everybody wins....Danica & NASCAR get their exposure, the best drivers of the year to date get to race without going 90 laps in 3 hours....and Jimmie Johnson can pick up another 7-figure check.
Plus, Danica can get out of the car afterwards while being booed by the fans and tell us that she was real close to winning a NASCAR race.
I guess we can put away "The last Triple Crown winner was Affirmed in 1978" line for another year.
After watching Orb win the Kentucky Derby, the last two weeks every horse racing insider has been touting that this is the year that we can finally land another Triple Crown winner.
Even the talking heads on NBC were all in agreement that the Preakness was a forgone conclusion for Orb and the buildup to the Belmont would be tremendous.
I watched the race.
Orb had as much of a chance to win the Preakness as Danica had to capture the million bucks at the All-Star race in Charlotte.
Instead of Orb, it was Oxbow.
The huge sigh you heard were the TV executives and horse racing enthusiasts that realized that the Belmont Stakes would have ratings as high as the new NBC Sports Network....or maybe even the women's softball tournament on ESPN.
I would say the horsepower weekend in Charlotte and Baltimore left me a little disappointed...
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