We’re nearly halfway through the regular season at the Cup level and thus the All-Star Race is upon this Saturday night in Charlotte. The All-Star race is a different kind of race, firstly in that, it’s an exhibition race, but secondly in its length and format. Now it being an exhibition race means that there are no points or stage wins or overall race wins on the line here for the Cup standings, but there is a million-dollar payday at the end of it for the winner. Also, because it’s an exhibition race, the field is about half the size of a normal Cup race including the race next weekend, the Coca-Cola 600.

For starters, the track is a 1.5-mile Quad-oval in which there are two turns on the front straightaway. The four turns are...