With no points on the line, a big check to the winner and a race featuring NASCAR’s elite, the All-Star Race has always held a special place in my heart.

Maybe it was because the annual shootout under the lights typically fell on the weekend of my birthday and coincided with the party my parents always planned around this event. Or maybe it’s because the yearly showdown of the sport’s best has created some of NASCAR’s most memorable – and in some cases most notorious – moments.

Whatever the reason, here are my favorite All-Star Race memories since 2000: