By admin | May 21, 2010
By Richard Allen
I am currently on an incredible hot streak of one in a row at picking race winners on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. With that said, I feel pretty safe in saying the world awaits my prediction for the upcoming weekendâ€™s Sprint All Star Race.
So, without further adieu, the winner of this race will be Kevin Harvick.
Harvick has recently shown quite a proficiency in these type of races. In 2007 he scored a lucrative win in this race and he has won the Bud Shootout in Daytona each of the past two seasons.
More than that, Harvick has been running very well this season. He currently leads the Sprint Cup standings by a somewhat comfortable margin. He qualified for this race by winning earlier this year in Talladega, which was his first points paying win since he won the Daytona 500 in 2007.
Predicting this race is particularly difficult due to its oddities. Instead of having a set distance and simply racing to the finish line like all points paying races, this race is broken into segments. Those segments are made up of 50, 20, 20 and 10 laps each with pit stops and breaks occurring between those segments.
Another oddity is that additional drivers will be added to this field as the night goes on. The top-2 finishes in the preceding Sprint Showdown will qualify along with a driver voted in by the fans. Drivers have won this event in the past coming from those situations.
Differing pit strategies can jumble the running order of this event and the varying lengths of the segments can make this event somewhat like an entire race of green/white/checkered restarts.
With that said, a driver and crew who have won this race in the past would seem to have an advantage going in. And as was said before, no team has proven itself more capable of winning these type of races than the #29 Richard Childress Racing team.
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Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly columns appear in The Mountain Press and the Knoxville Journal.
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