Changing Lanes

May 2013

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Crazy Woman Driver By Kay Bell Let All-Star Race Stars SHINE The annual NASCAR All-Star race is this month. There are some ways the race can be tweaked to make it a true, and fun-for-fans, showcase of the sport's best drivers. Pictured here is Jimmie Johnson, last year's winner. Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images CHANGING LANES May is one of the great months on the racing calendar. The Indianapolis 500, the Monaco Grand Prix and the race we're going to talk about here, the NASCAR All-Star Race. In theory, the All-Star Race – set for May 18 in Charlotte – ought to be one of the year's most fun events. With no points on the line, the drivers ought to be going all-out, having at it, as NASCAR so famously wanted a few seasons ago. Instead, it's a night full of possibilities unfulfilled. Once again, the field is made up of 34 crazy woman driver 0513 cl.indd 1 drivers who've won a Sprint Cup race in either 2012 or so far in 2013, along with All-Star winners and Sprint Cup champions from the past decade. And as usual, the night will begin with a hooligan race, known this year as the Sprint Showdown. The top two finishers in this 40-lap prelim will advance, along with a third driver voted in by the fans. The main event will consist of five segments, with the first four 20-lap segments setting up the final 10-lap shootout. And here's where things get a little complicated. The drivers' average finishes in the first four MAY 2013 // WWW.CHANGINGLANESDIGITAL.COM 4/5/13 10:53 AM

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