Speeding Toward $2 Million: Why NASCAR's Sprint All-Star Race Is a Must-Watch

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Speeding Toward $2 Million: Why NASCAR's Sprint All-Star Race Is a Must-Watch

Saturday's Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway (live on Speed at 7 p.m. ET) brings out both the best and worst in NASCAR's top stars.

The best part is the raw speed and horsepower, with drivers taking chances they normally wouldn't in a regular Sprint Cup points race. Plus, a lot of money is at stake—which always is a big motivating factor.

In addition, because there are no points on the line and teams and drivers don't have to worry about where they'll be in the standings after the race, every driver brings his or her A-game to an event that is as close to pure, unadulterated racing and speed as you'll find anywhere.

But there's also a worse side: pushing cars past their mechanical limits, reckless drivers making foolish mistakes when big money is on the line—oftentimes taking innocent drivers with them in huge wreckfests—and teammates are anything but for this one event.

Rather, the 29th edition of the All-Star Race is an “every man or woman for himself/herself” study in human motivation, psychology, racing strategy and courtesy (or lack thereof).

The field for this year's race is all but set, made up of drivers who have won a race since last year's All-Star event. Already in Saturday's field are: Marcos Ambrose, Greg Biffle, Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards, Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Mark Martin, Ryan Newman, David Ragan and Tony Stewart.

There will be three other entries – the top two finishers in the Saturday night's prelim race, the Sprint Showdown, as well as a fan vote to pick the final competitor for the main event.

No matter what kind of NASCAR fan you are, from diehard to casual observer, here's 10 reasons why Saturday's race is a must-watch event.

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