Saturday, May 21, 2011

Carl Edwards gets checkers and wreckers in 2011 NASCAR All-Star race in Charlotte without fireworks.

Two days ago I made 8 bold predictions on what I thought would happen in the 2011 NASCAR Sprint All-Star race and I have to say that I hit the nail on the head with one of them. And no I'm not talking about Dale Earnhardt Jr. getting the fan vote, that was just a given if Dale Jr. didn't race his way in through the Showdown race.

No I'm talking about #8, The All-Star race wouldn't be what many expected and it will leave the announcers in the booth speechless except Darrell Waltrip, because he’s never speechless. I have to say that I was dead on and I really don't know what to say after that. Simple reason, nobody could understand or explain why Carl Edwards had a walkaway victory and they were speechless over Carl Edwards victory celebration through the grass.

Basically the All-Star race was all about Greg Biffle leading the first 50 laps and fading back after that, while his RFR teammate Carl Edwards took over and lead basically from there all the way to end as Edwards pickup $1 Million Dollars.

But there really was no excitement up front, but if I can put four hot points or spins on this race, they would be:

1. There was plenty of normal racing in the middle of the pact and drivers were really racing hard for each position.

2. Despite the fact that no driver put Kyle Busch into the outside wall, Busch didn't win neither.

3. I was taken back to a moment during the All-Star while under caution, I was watching Carl Edwards play with the pace car (Brett Bodine driving) and those moments reminded me of a scene in the famous movie Day's of Thunder. Here is the quote of Harry Hogge talking to Cole Trickle:

Harry Hogge: All right. While we're still under a caution, I want you to go back out on that track and hit the pace car.
Cole Trickle: Hit the pace car?
Harry Hogge: Hit the pace car.
Cole Trickle: What for?
Harry Hogge: Because you've hit every other goddamned thing out there, I want you to be perfect.
(Source for quote)

And believe me, Carl Edwards has hit a lot of things in the past two years, so I guess he's perfect...just having a little fun.

4. The biggest excitement of the 2011 NASCAR All-Star race was Carl Edwards wrecking his car's front end on the cool down lap. I guess the grass (drain) had the last say in Edwards' victory.

But I ask this, where's the fireworks? Where's the excitement in the final 10 laps? It was a walkaway victory for Carl Edwards. Well NASCAR fans, simply put Kasey Kahne winning the burnout competition and David Regan vs. Brad Keselowski in the Sprint Showdown race that was the most exciting parts of this one.

Full Disclosure: This article was originally published on Brian Vermette's former blog called BVinsight, however once was re-launched and rebrand, BVinsight was renamed BVDaily with 33 of 44 articles being published here on RaceDriven due to subject.