The Backstretch Blog: Star Wars

Published On: Oct 29 2013 04:11:46 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 30 2013 09:51:44 AM CDT

This week is NASCAR's All-Star race. It is in my opinion the best All-Star event in all of sport. The best drivers want to be there, the best drivers want to win it and drivers are clamoring to get in, instead of of out of it.

"The All-Star race is one of the highlights of the season for all of us. It's just a great event for the fans and the drivers," said Mark Martin. "In this race you run for a big trophy and a big check. That's incentive enough for me. I'd love to take a big trophy and some of Bruton's money home Saturday night."

The reason the All-Star race works, it speaks to the drivers competitive spirit. There's a trophy and money on the line for winning, not just for being there like in any sports. I don't care how rich you are a million dollars for winning and then possibly another million for winning all four segments, is a lot of money for anyone.

"Go for everything, go for broke and see what you get," said Kyle Busch. "Literally, it's going for broke because you either come home with a million bucks or you're broke, so it's a great race just for the fans I think and for the drivers because there's a no points race.  You get to go out there and put everything on the line."

Drivers not already in the big show have a chance to race their way in through the Sprint Showdown. The top two finishers in that race, plus the fan vote winner transfer to the All-Star race.

It should come as no big surprise which drivers are among the past winners of this star studded race. Jimmie Johnson has won three times as has Jeff Gordon. Mark Martin has two wins in the big show. Kasey Kahne, Carl Edwards, Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Ryan Newman and Matt Kenseth have a single All-Star victory.