By KEVIN JACOBS
The definition of a star is a famous or exceptionally talented performer in the world of entertainment or sports. With Danica Patrick’s win or the Sprint Fan Vote, the famous portion of the definition will be fully covered for the Sprint Cup All-Star race on May 16, but the second half of the definition may not make this fully an all-star race.
Having tuned into half the races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the knowledge of these statements being referred towards Martin Truex Jr. is very obvious. Truex has an average finish of ninth for the season with one second-place finish in his 10 top-10s and possibly a win if not for a pit stop call at Kansas.
Being on a single-car team, the accomplishments already reached this season for Truex have been an all-time performance. Losing sponsorship in 2013 after the controversial spin-gate episode involving the Michael Waltrip Racing drivers, starting over with Furniture Row Racing and getting back to success has to be rewarding, but settling in to watch the stars on Saturday night cannot sit well with the driver of the No. 78.
Truex had his chance at the Sprint Showdown, but failed to win a segment to qualify into the All-Star race, but with being firmly in the Chase for the Sprint Cup with his points accumulated, it is very likely he will be contending for the championship. Could a champion of a given year not be a participant in the All-Star race? If he does win, he won’t miss another, and for any competitor, those types of thoughts are enough to get them to that achievement
There are always cases of deserving and non-deserving entries in any sport’s all-star event. This race is for the fans to see the biggest names that NASCAR has to offer, but even with Truex not being a superstar of the sport, his performance of this year has made him the definition of a star — an exceptionally talented performer.