May 10, 2014; Kansas City, KS, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Joey Logano prior to the 5-Hour Energy 400 at Kansas Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Iceman's All-Star Throwdown


The annual mid-month Sprint Cup All-Star race is here, and that usually means a couple of things. First thing that comes to mind is when is that Memorial Day weekend getting here? It’s been five long months for most of us since our last three-day weekend in January.

Second is lighting up the BBQ, sipping our favorite beverage as we brag about how our vehicles started during the Polar Vortex and the obstacles we encountered.

Yes boys and girls, it time to get those “Daisy Dukes” out for another season of “Why didn’t I join Jenny Craig when I had the chance”summer?

Its been a long winter and we all deserve a great summer and if your bucket list is going to the Mecca of Stock Car racing, Charlotte, N.C., then by all means, go this year. The tickets should be reasonably priced and the Hall Of Fame is a hop, skip and a jump away and the forecasted weather looks good according to our very own editor, Amanda Vincent.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup All-Star race has evolved over the years, formerly known as the “Winston”or “No Bull” from 1985 until 2004 and the Nextel All-Star Challenge from 2004 – 2007. It’s an exhibition race between race winners from the previous season and the beginning of the current season, as well as the past ten event winners and previous ten Sprint Cup champions. I know it sounds complicated, but hang in there, the light bulb might go on.

If your favorite driver isn’t in the field, he or she can still make it in. Two other ways to become eligible to race in the event are finishing first or second in the Sprint Showdown, a 40-lap race in two 20-lap segments for drivers not eligible for the main event, or by winning the fan vote.

The All-Star race is nothing more than a prelude to the Memorial Day Stock Car race classic known as the World 600, NASCAR’S longest race.

As you know, I write a weekly Power Rankings for the upcoming race track and my Ice Picks on who should give you good points for the upcoming NASCAR race.  So its only fair that I should throw down and pick a winner for this exhibition race. This is the only time you will hear me picking a winner of a NASCAR race. Sound the drums – it’ Joey Logano to win the million dollar All-Star showdown.

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