Thoughts and observations heading into All-Star weekend:

  • The top 13 drivers in the Chase field are in the All-Star race. In that sense, the system for determining drivers works. I don’t agree with Richard Huff when he writes that the field is not All-Star caliber.
  • In his three All-Star appearances, Kyle Busch led more laps than any other driver, but had a DNF in each race.

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