Well…. here we are…. at the All-Star (but not yet mid-season) point of the NASCAR schedule. As the national touring divisions swing into Charlotte for a much-deserved homecoming, the collective attention of NASCAR Nation looks forward to the slams-and-bangs of this weekend’s Sprint Showdown and the Sprint All-Star Race. This no-holds-barred slugfest for big bucks is often touted as just that: a no-holds-barred slugfest for big bucks.