2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series All-Star Race

Updated 5-16-2015

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TELEVISION / RADIO COVERAGE / SCHEDULE

  • Race Coverage of the Sprint All-Star Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, May 16, 2015.
    Television (TV): 9:00pm/et; Pre-race 8:30pm/et; approx green flag 9:16pm/et.
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    Sunday, May 17 at 11:30am/et on FS1;
    Sunday, May 17 at 9:30pm/et on FS2;
    Monday, May 18 at 11:00am/et on FS1

  • Race Coverage of the Sprint Showdown Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, May 15, 2015.
    Television (TV): FS1 at 7:00 pm/et;
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    Saturday, May 16 at 2:00pm/et on FS2;
    Sunday, May 17 at 8:30pm/et on FS2;
    Monday, May 18 at 10:00am/et on FS1

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Sprint All-Star Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is scheduled for Satruday, May 16, 2015 at 7:00pm/et.
    Television (TV): FoxSports1 (FS1), 7:00pm/et;
    Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: none.

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Sprint Showdown Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, May 15, 2015 at 4:15pm/et.
    Television (TV): FoxSports1 (FS1), 4:00pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: none.

  • Tune in to the Sprint Showdown at 7:00pm/et on Friday, May 15 on FOX Sports 1, MRN Radio and SiriusXM Radio.
    Then catch NASCAR's biggest stars in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on Saturday, May 16 with coverage of qualifying starting at 7:00pm/et, followed by the Sprint All-Star Race live on FOX Sports 1, MRN Radio and SiriusXM Radio, with additional coverage on NASCAR.com.


      THE SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE

      Eligibility rules for Sprint All-Star Race:
      1st criteria: Drivers who have won races in the current and preceding year. If a driver leaves a team with which he has won a race, he remains eligible (through the last race before The All-Star Race), the team does NOT
      2nd criteria: Drivers who are past Sprint Cup champions
      3rd criteria: Drivers who have won The All-Star Race
      4th criteria: The winning driver of the Sprint Showdown
      5th criteria: Driver who finishes 2nd in the Sprint Showdown
      6th criteria: Driver voted in by the fans
      The Current UNOFFICIAL Field
       DriverEligibility
      Race winners (drivers) in the preceding and current season
      1 #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. February 2014 Daytona 500
      won event 2000
      2 #4-Kevin Harvick March 2014 Phoenix
      won event 2007
      3 #2-Brad Keselowski March 2014 Las Vegas
      2012 champ
      4 #19-Carl Edwards March 2014 Bristol
      won event 2011
      5 #18-Kyle Busch March 2014 Auto Club
      6 #41-Kurt Busch March 2014 Martinsville
      2004 champ
      won event 2010
      7 #22-Joey Logano April 2014 Texas
      8 #11-Denny Hamlin May 2014 Talladega
      9 #24-Jeff Gordon May 2014 Kansas
      won event 1995,1997,2001
      1995,1997,1998,2001 champ
      10 #48-Jimmie Johnson May 2014 Charlotte
      won event in 2003, 2006, 2012, 2013
      2006,2007,2008,2009,2010,2013 champ
      11 #43-Aric Almirola July 2014 Daytona
      12 #47-AJ Allmendinger August 2014 Watkins Glen
      13 #5-Kasey Kahne August 2014 Atlanta
      won event in 2008
      14 #20-Matt Kenseth April 2015 Bristol
      won event 2004
      2003 champ
      Previous NASCAR Sprint Cup champions
      (not a 2014/2015 winner)
      15 #14-Tony Stewart won event 2009
      2002, 2005, 2011 champ
      Previous Winners of
      The Sprint Cup All-Star Race
      (not a 2014/2015 winner or past series champ)
      16 #1-Jamie McMurray won event in 2014
      17 #31-Ryan Newman won event in 2003
      Showdown winner, Showdown 2nd place and Fan Vote Winner
      18 Sprint Showdown Segment One Winner #16-Greg Biffle
      19 Sprint Showdown Winner #15-Clint Bowyer
      20 Fan Vote Winner #10-Danice Patrick

      Active Sprint Cup past race winners not in the Sprint All-Star race(year of last win, notes):

      #55-David Ragan (2013)
      #16-Greg Biffle (2013)
      #78-Martin Truex Jr. (2013)
      Brian Vickers (2013)(out with illness)
      #15-Clint Bowyer (2012)
      #6-Trevor Bayne (2011)
      Regan Smith (2011) - full time NXS
      #27-Paul Menard (2011)
      Juan Pablo Montoya (2010), Indycar / part time Cup
      David Reutimann (2010)(unknown)
      Joe Nemechek (2004)(part time)
      Elliott Sadler (2004), full time NXS
      #32-Bobby Labonte (2003, Champ in 2000) - part time
      #55-Michael Waltrip (2003, won event in 1996) - part time

      SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE RESULTS

      • Hamlin wins Sprint All-Star Race: #11-Denny Hamlin won the Sprint All-Star Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway for his first All-Star win, the first All-Star race win for Joe Gibbs Racing and first Toyota team to win the All-Star race. #11-Hamlin is the fourth driver to win from race from the pole and the fifth time it has happened. #11-Hamlin beat #2-Keselowski off pit road during the final pit stops between segment 4 & 5, but Keselowski sped off pit road and had to restart at the rear on the restart. Hamlin held off #40Harvick who put on a charge early in the final segment before fading and finishing 2nd.
        #4-Harvick finished 2nd (for the 2nd year in a row) followed by #41-Busch, #24-Gordon, #20-Kenseth, #18-Busch, #5-Kahne, #22-Logano, #2-Keselowski and #88-Earnhardt Jr.
        The three drivers who transferred into the race via the Sprint Showdown, #15-Bowyer (finished 12th), #16-Biffle (finished 13th) and #10-Patrick (finished 20th/last, had engine problems).(5-16-2015)

      • Sprint All-Star Race Results (pdf)

      • Lap Summary Report (pdf)

      • Sprint All-Star Race Penalty Report (pdf)

      • Sprint All-Star Race Fast Facts:
        #11-Denny Hamlin won the 31st Annual NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, his first victory in the annual non-points race.
        This was Hamlin・s ninth start in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. His previous best finish was fourth, in 2009 and 2010.
        This is the first win in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race for Joe Gibbs Racing. The organization・s previous best finish was second, four times (1997, ・98, ・99, 2011).
        This is Toyota・s first victory in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.(NASCAR Statistics)(5-16-2015)

      • Sprint All-Star Race Segment 5 (of 5) Results (110 of 110 laps completed:
        1) #11-Denny Hamlin (1), FedEx Express Toyota, led 26 laps
        2) #4-Kevin Harvick (20), Hunt Brothers Pizza Chevy
        3) #41-Kurt Busch (16), Haas Automation Chevy, 24 lap led
        4) #24-Jeff Gordon (9), Axalta Chevy
        5) #20-Matt Kenseth (17), Dollar General Toyota
        6) #18-Kyle Busch (19), M&M's Red Nose Day Toyota
        7) #5-Kasey Kahne (5), Time Warner Cable Chevy, led 11 laps
        8) #22-Joey Logano (11),Shell Pennzoil Ford
        9) #2-Brad Keselowski (3), Miller Lite Ford, 49 laps led
        10) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(7), Mountain Dew Baja Blast Chevy
        11) #47-AJ Allmendinger (13), Kingsford Chevy
        12) #15-Clint Bowyer (4), Cherry 5-Hour Energy Toyota
        13) #16-Greg Biffle (2), Ortho Ford
        14) #43-Aric Almirola (8), Smithfield Ford
        15) #48-Jimmie Johnson (12), Lowe's Patriotic Chevy
        16) #1-Jamie McMurray (14), Bass Pro Shops Chevy
        17) #19-Carl Edwards (10), ARRIS Toyota
        18) #31-Ryan Newman (18), Cat/Quicken Loans Chevy
        19) #14-Tony Stewart (15), Bass Pro Shops/Arctic Cat Chevy
        20) #10-Danica Patrick (6), Mobil1 / Aspen Dental Chevy, -32 laps
        starting spot in parens.

      • Sprint All-Star Race Segment 4 (of 5) Results (100 of 110 laps completed:
        1) #41-Kurt Busch (16), Haas Automation Chevy, 1 lap led
        2) #4-Kevin Harvick (20), Hunt Brothers Pizza Chevy,
        3) #11-Denny Hamlin (1), FedEx Express Toyota, led 14 laps
        4) #2-Brad Keselowski (3), Miller Lite Ford, 24 laps led
        5) #5-Kasey Kahne (5), Time Warner Cable Chevy, led 11 laps
        6) #19-Carl Edwards (10), ARRIS Toyota,
        7) #24-Jeff Gordon (9), Axalta Chevy,
        8) #47-AJ Allmendinger (13), Kingsford Chevy,
        9) #18-Kyle Busch (19), M&M's Red Nose Day Toyota,
        10) #20-Matt Kenseth (17), Dollar General Toyota
        11) #31-Ryan Newman (18), Cat/Quicken Loans Chevy,
        12) #48-Jimmie Johnson (12), Lowe's Patriotic Chevy,
        13) #14-Tony Stewart (15), Bass Pro Shops/Arctic Cat Chevy,
        14) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(7), Mountain Dew Baja Blast Chevy,
        15) #1-Jamie McMurray (14), Bass Pro Shops Chevy,
        16) #22-Joey Logano (11),Shell Pennzoil Ford,
        17) #16-Greg Biffle (2), Ortho Ford,
        18) #43-Aric Almirola (8), Smithfield Ford,
        19) #15-Clint Bowyer (4), Cherry 5-Hour Energy Toyota, -1 (lucky dog back on lead lap segment 4)
        20) #10-Danica Patrick (6), Mobil1 / Aspen Dental Chevy, -32 laps
        starting spot in parens.

      • Sprint All-Star Race Segment 3 (of 5) Results (75 of 110 laps completed:
        1) #2-Brad Keselowski (3), Miller Lite Ford, 24 laps led
        2) #4-Kevin Harvick (20), Hunt Brothers Pizza Chevy,
        3) #41-Kurt Busch (16), Haas Automation Chevy, 1 lap led
        4) #22-Joey Logano (11),Shell Pennzoil Ford,
        5) #5-Kasey Kahne (5), Time Warner Cable Chevy, led 11 laps
        6) #24-Jeff Gordon (9), Axalta Chevy,
        7) #20-Matt Kenseth (17), Dollar General Toyota
        8) #19-Carl Edwards (10), ARRIS Toyota,
        9) #48-Jimmie Johnson (12), Lowe's Patriotic Chevy,
        10) #15-Clint Bowyer (4), Cherry 5-Hour Energy Toyota,
        11) #1-Jamie McMurray (14), Bass Pro Shops Chevy,
        12) #47-AJ Allmendinger (13), Kingsford Chevy,
        13) #11-Denny Hamlin (1), FedEx Express Toyota, led 14 laps
        14) #14-Tony Stewart (15), Bass Pro Shops/Arctic Cat Chevy,
        17) #31-Ryan Newman (18), Cat/Quicken Loans Chevy,
        16) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(7), Mountain Dew Baja Blast Chevy,
        17) #16-Greg Biffle (2), Ortho Ford,
        18) #43-Aric Almirola (8), Smithfield Ford,
        19) #18-Kyle Busch (19), M&M's Red Nose Day Toyota, -1 (lucky dog back on lead lap segment 4)
        20) #10-Danica Patrick (6), Mobil1 / Aspen Dental Chevy, off, 57 laps
        starting spot in parens.

      • Sprint All-Star Race Segment 2 (of 5) Results (50 of 110 laps completed:
        1) #2-Brad Keselowski (3), Miller Lite Ford, 24 laps led
        2) #41-Kurt Busch (16), Haas Automation Chevy, 1 lap led
        3) #24-Jeff Gordon (9), Axalta Chevy,
        4) #22-Joey Logano (11),Shell Pennzoil Ford,
        5) #5-Kasey Kahne (5), Time Warner Cable Chevy, led 11 laps
        6) #4-Kevin Harvick (20), Hunt Brothers Pizza Chevy,
        7) #18-Kyle Busch (19), M&M's Red Nose Day Toyota,
        8) #11-Denny Hamlin (1), FedEx Express Toyota, led 14 laps
        9) #20-Matt Kenseth (17), Dollar General Toyota
        10) #47-AJ Allmendinger (13), Kingsford Chevy,
        11) #15-Clint Bowyer (4), Cherry 5-Hour Energy Toyota,
        12) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(7), Mountain Dew Baja Blast Chevy,
        13) #48-Jimmie Johnson (12), Lowe's Patriotic Chevy,
        14) #1-Jamie McMurray (14), Bass Pro Shops Chevy,
        15) #14-Tony Stewart (15), Bass Pro Shops/Arctic Cat Chevy,
        16) #10-Danica Patrick (6), Mobil1 / Aspen Dental Chevy,
        17) #19-Carl Edwards (10), ARRIS Toyota,
        18) #31-Ryan Newman (18), Cat/Quicken Loans Chevy,
        19) #43-Aric Almirola (8), Smithfield Ford,
        20) #16-Greg Biffle (2), Ortho Ford,
        starting spot in parens.

      • Sprint All-Star Race Segment 1 (of 5) Results (25 of 110 laps completed:
        1) #5-Kasey Kahne (5), Time Warner Cable Chevy, led 11 laps
        2) #11-Denny Hamlin (1), FedEx Express Toyota, led 14 laps
        3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(7), Mountain Dew Baja Blast Chevy,
        4) #2-Brad Keselowski (3), Miller Lite Ford,
        5) #41-Kurt Busch (16), Haas Automation Chevy,
        6) #24-Jeff Gordon (9), Axalta Chevy,
        7) #22-Joey Logano (11),Shell Pennzoil Ford,
        8) #16-Greg Biffle (2), Ortho Ford,
        9) #48-Jimmie Johnson (12), Lowe's Patriotic Chevy,
        10) #4-Kevin Harvick (20), Hunt Brothers Pizza Chevy,
        11) #15-Clint Bowyer (4), Cherry 5-Hour Energy Toyota,
        12) #1-Jamie McMurray (14), Bass Pro Shops Chevy,
        13) #20-Matt Kenseth (17), Dollar General Toyota
        14) #18-Kyle Busch (19), M&M's Red Nose Day Toyota,
        15) #19-Carl Edwards (10), ARRIS Toyota,
        16) #47-AJ Allmendinger (13), Kingsford Chevy,
        17) #10-Danica Patrick (6), Mobil1 / Aspen Dental Chevy,
        18) #43-Aric Almirola (8), Smithfield Ford,
        19) #31-Ryan Newman (18), Cat/Quicken Loans Chevy,
        20) #14-Tony Stewart (15), Bass Pro Shops/Arctic Cat Chevy,
        starting spot in parens.

      SPRINT SHOWDOWN RACE RESULTS

      • 3 drivers transfer to #NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race from the Showdown: #16-Biffle (segment 1), #15-Bowyer (segment2), #10-Patrick (fan vote)

      • Bowyer wins Sprint Showdown: #15-Clint Bowyer won the Sprint Showdown Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway to transfer to the Sprint All-Star Race on Saturday night. It is Bowyers 2nd win in the Showdown and 2nd consecutive win. #27-Menard finished 2nd followed by #78-Truex Jr, #9-Hornish Jr. and #25-Chase Elliott. #10-Danica Patrick won the Sprint Fan Vote to transfer into the Sprint All-Star Race.(5-15-2015)

      • Sprint Showdown Fast Facts:
        Segment Winners: Greg Biffle & Clint Bowyer
        Sprint Fan Vote Winner: Danica Patrick
        Greg Biffle won the first segment of the Sprint Showdown and will make his 12th start in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. His best finish in the all-star race is second in 2008.
        Clint Bowyer won the second segment in the Sprint Showdown. He won the Sprint Showdown in 2014. This will be his seventh start in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. His best finish was seventh in 2014.
        Danica Patrick won the Sprint Fan Vote with the closest margin in the vote・s history. She is the first repeat winner of the Sprint Fan Vote. Her first fan vote win came in 2013.(NASCAR)(5-15-2015)

      • Sprint Showdown Final Results:
        1) #15-Clint Bowyer, Cherry5HrEnrgy/SpclOprtnWarriorFndtn Toyota, Transfers to Sprint All-Star Race
        2) #27-Paul Menard, Serta/Menards Chevy
        3) #78-Martin Truex Jr., Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevy
        4) #9-Sam Hornish Jr., Victory Junction/Shop.com Ford
        5) #25-Chase Elliott, NAPA Auto Parts Chevy
        6) #3-Austin Dillon, Dow Chevy
        7) #6-Trevor Bayne, AdvoCare Ford
        8) #51-Justin Allgaier, Brandt Chevy
        9) #10-Danica Patrick, Mobil 1/Aspen Dental Chevy, Sprint Fan Vote Winner
        10) #13-Casey Mears, GEICO Military Chevy
        11) #55-David Ragan, Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota
        12) #95-Michael McDowell, Thrivent Financial Ford
        13) #38-David Gilliland, Love's Travel Stops Ford
        14) #35-Cole Whitt, Speed Stick Ford
        15) #83-Matt DiBenedetto, Burger King Toyota
        16) #26-Jeb Burton, Maxim Fantasy Sports Toyota
        17) #98-Josh Wise, Ford
        18) #23-JJ Yeley, SupportOurTroops/HopefortheWarriors Toyota
        19) #30-Jeff Green, Curtis Key Plumbing Chevy
        20) #33-Alex Kennedy, HonorandRemember.org Chevy
        21) #66-Tanner Berryhill, Chevy, -1 lap
        22) #62-Brendan Gaughan, Chevy, -1 lap

        23) #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Fastenal Ford, -1 lap
        24) #42-Kyle Larson, Target Chevy, -2 laps, hit wall, had to pit
        25) #46-Michael Annett, Pilot Flying J Chevy, -3 laps
        26) #7-Alex Bowman, Chevy, -18 laps, out, Electrical
        27) #40-Landon Cassill, Snap Fitness Chevy, -20 laps, out Engine
        28) #32-Mike Bliss, Alpha Kansas Race Covers Ford, -34 laps, out Vibration
        #16-Greg Biffle, Ortho Ford, won segment 1 to transfer to the All-Star Race, sat out segment 2
        Average Speed: 102.370 MPH
        Lead Changes: 4 among 4 drivers
        Cautions: 2 for 0 laps
        Lap Leaders: 4; G. Biffle 1-20; M. Truex Jr. 21-22; K. Larson 23; C. Bowyer 24-40. Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): G. Biffle 1 time for 20 laps; C. Bowyer 1 time for 17 laps; M. Truex Jr. 1 time for 2 laps; K. Larson 1 time for 1 lap.

      • Sprint Showdown Results (pdf)

      • Biffle wins Sprint Showdown Segment 1: #16-Greg Biffle won segment 1 of the Sprint Showdown Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway to transfer to the Sprint All-Star Race on Saturday night. #15-Bowyer finished 2nd followed by #27-Menard, #3-Dillon and #55-Ragan.(5-15-2015)

      • Sprint Showdown Segment 1 Results:
        1) #16-Greg Biffle, Ortho Ford, transfer to the All-Star Race, led all 20 laps
        2) #15-Clint Bowyer, Cherry5HrEnrgy/SpclOprtnWarriorFndtn Toyota
        3) #27-Paul Menard, Serta/Menards Chevy
        4) #3-Austin Dillon, Dow Chevy
        5) #55-David Ragan, Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota
        6) #42-Kyle Larson, Target Chevy
        7) #78-Martin Truex Jr., Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevy
        8) #25-Chase Elliott, NAPA Auto Parts Chevy
        9) #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Fastenal Ford
        10) #10-Danica Patrick, Mobil 1/Aspen Dental Chevy
        11) #13-Casey Mears, GEICO Military Chevy
        12) #51-Justin Allgaier, Brandt Chevy
        13) #95-Michael McDowell, Thrivent Financial Ford
        14) #9-Sam Hornish Jr., Victory Junction/Shop.com Ford
        15) #7-Alex Bowman, Chevy
        16) #40-Landon Cassill, Snap Fitness Chevy
        17) #6-Trevor Bayne, AdvoCare Ford
        18) #38-David Gilliland, Love's Travel Stops Ford
        19) #83-Matt DiBenedetto, Burger King Toyota
        20) #98-Josh Wise, Ford
        21) #35-Cole Whitt, Speed Stick Ford
        22) #23-JJ Yeley, SupportOurTroops/HopefortheWarriors Toyota
        23) #26-Jeb Burton, Maxim Fantasy Sports Toyota
        24) #30-Jeff Green, Curtis Key Plumbing Chevy
        25) #33-Alex Kennedy, HonorandRemember.org Chevy
        26) #62-Brendan Gaughan, Chevy, -1 lap

        27) #66-Tanner Berryhill, Chevy, -1 lap
        28) #46-Michael Annett, Pilot Flying J Chevy, -3 laps
        29) #32-Mike Bliss, Alpha Kansas Race Covers Ford, out, -

      SPRINT SHOWDOWN & ALL-STAR RACE
      QUALIFYING RESULTS / STARTING LINEUP

      • Hamlin wins Sprint All-Star Race Pole: #11-Denny Hamlin won the pole for the Sprint All-Star Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a time of 111.227 seconds for his first All-Star Race pole. Qualifying was different from normal, with three timed laps, including one four-tire pit stop and no pit road speeding penalty for the four-tire pit stop. Aggregate total time in seconds.
        #16-Biffle will start 2nd followed by #2-Keselowski, #15-Bowyer, #5-Kahne, #10-Patrick, #88-Earnhardt Jr., #43-Almirola, #24-Gordon and #19-Edwards.
        The three drivers who transferred into the race via the Sprint Showdown, #15-Bowyer, #16-Biffle and #10-Patrick, all qualified in the top six.
        #10-Patrick will have to fall to the rear of the field before the start as the team changed the engine after the Sprint Showdown.(5-16-2015)

      • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Sprint All-Star Race Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway have been made.
        The selections were set by how the drivers qualified, so #11-Hamlin gets the first stall.
        To see where the drivers/teams pit stall are, see below on the pit selection chart.(5-16-2015)

      • Sprint All-Star Race Qualifying Results & Starting Lineup: (in time/seconds)
        1) #11-Denny Hamlin (went out 7th), FedEx Express Toyota, 111.227
        2) #16-Greg Biffle (19), Ortho Ford, Sprint Showdown Segment 1 Winner, 112.000
        3) #2-Brad Keselowski (5), Miller Lite Ford, 112.144
        4) #15-Clint Bowyer (18), Cherry 5-Hour Energy Toyota, Sprint Showdown Winner, 112.300
        5) #5-Kasey Kahne (4), Time Warner Cable Chevy, 112.794
        6) #10-Danica Patick (20), Mobil1 / Aspen Dental Chevy, Sprint Fan Vote Winner, 112.893 (X)
        7) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(11), Mountain Dew Baja Blast Chevy, 113.121
        8) #43-Aric Almirola (12), Smithfield Ford, 113.220
        9) #24-Jeff Gordon (13), Axalta Chevy, 113.223
        10) #19-Carl Edwards (3), ARRIS Toyota, 113.382
        11) #22-Joey Logano (17),Shell Pennzoil Ford, 113.664
        12) #48-Jimmie Johnson (14), Lowe's Patriotic Chevy, 113.706
        13) #47-AJ Allmendinger (1), Kingsford Chevy, 113.764
        14) #1-Jamie McMurray (16), Bass Pro Shops Chevy, 114.024
        15) #14-Tony Stewart (6), Bass Pro Shops/Arctic Cat Chevy, 114.144
        16) #41-Kurt Busch (15), Haas Automation Chevy, 114.934
        17) #20-Matt Kenseth (8), Dollar General Toyota, 115.578
        18) #31-Ryan Newman (10), Cat/Quicken Loans Chevy, 117.880, 5 second penalty, tire left stall
        19) #18-Kyle Busch (9), M&M's Red Nose Day Toyota, 120.466
        20) #4-Kevin Harvick (2), Hunt Brothers Pizza Chevy, 120.769, 5 second penalty, over the wall too soon
        (X) = will start at the back of the field, engine change

      • Sprint All-Star Race Starting Lineup (pdf)

      • Sprint All-Star Race Qualifying Results (pdf)


      • Menard wins Showdown pole: #27-Paul Menard won the pole for the Sprint Showdown Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a speed of 189.673mph for his first Showdown pole.
        #16-Biffle will start 2nd, followed by #55-Ragan, #15-Bowyer, #3-Dillon, #42-Larson, #78-Truex Jr., #10-Patrick, #13-Mears and #95-McDowell.(5-15-2015)

      • Sprint Showdown Starting Lineup:
        1) #27-Paul Menard, Serta/Menards Chevy, 189.673
        2) #16-Greg Biffle, Ortho Ford, 189.660
        3) #55-David Ragan, Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota, 189.049
        4) #15-Clint Bowyer, Cherry5HrEnrgy/SpclOprtnWarriorFndtn Toyota, 188.298
        5) #3-Austin Dillon, Dow Chevy, 188.173
        6) #42-Kyle Larson, Target Chevy, 188.101
        7) #78-Martin Truex Jr., Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevy, 188.055
        8) #10-Danica Patrick, Mobil 1/Aspen Dental Chevy, 187.996
        9) #13-Casey Mears, GEICO Military Chevy, 186.981
        10) #95-Michael McDowell, Thrivent Financial Ford, 186.884
        11) #25-Chase Elliott, NAPA Auto Parts Chevy, 186.323
        12) #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Fastenal Ford, 186.233
        13) #9-Sam Hornish Jr., Victory Junction/Shop.com Ford, 187.650
        14) #51-Justin Allgaier, Brandt Chevy, 187.389
        15) #6-Trevor Bayne, AdvoCare Ford, 187.130
        16) #7-Alex Bowman, Chevy, 186.400
        17) #38-David Gilliland, Love's Travel Stops Ford, 186.226
        18) #32-Mike Bliss, Alpha Kansas Race Covers Ford, 185.414
        19) #98-Josh Wise, Ford, 185.160
        20) #40-Landon Cassill, Snap Fitness Chevy, 184.989
        21) #83-Matt DiBenedetto, Burger King Toyota, 184.881
        22) #26-Jeb Burton, Maxim Fantasy Sports Toyota, 184.685
        23) #35-Cole Whitt, Speed Stick Ford, 184.565
        24) #23-JJ Yeley, SupportOurTroops/HopefortheWarriors Toyota, 182.673
        25) #46-Michael Annett, Pilot Flying J Chevy, 181.494
        26) #30-Jeff Green, Curtis Key Plumbing Chevy, 181.336
        27) #62-Brendan Gaughan, Chevy, 179.271
        28) #33-Alex Kennedy, HonorandRemember.org Chevy, 179.259
        29) #66-Tanner Berryhill, Chevy, 177.078

      • Sprint Showdown Starting Lineup (pdf)


      • Sprint Showdown Qualifying Results - Round 2:
        1) #27-Paul Menard, Serta/Menards Chevy, 189.673
        2) #16-Greg Biffle, Ortho Ford, 189.660
        3) #55-David Ragan, Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota, 189.049
        4) #15-Clint Bowyer, Cherry5HrEnrgy/SpclOprtnWarriorFndtn Toyota, 188.298
        5) #3-Austin Dillon, Dow Chevy, 188.173
        6) #42-Kyle Larson, Target Chevy, 188.101
        7) #78-Martin Truex Jr., Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevy, 188.055
        8) #10-Danica Patrick, Mobil 1/Aspen Dental Chevy, 187.996
        9) #13-Casey Mears, GEICO Military Chevy, 186.981
        10) #95-Michael McDowell, Thrivent Financial Ford, 186.884
        11) #25-Chase Elliott, NAPA Auto Parts Chevy, 186.323
        12) #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Fastenal Ford, 186.233

      • Sprint Showdown Qualifying Results (pdf)

      • Sprint Showdown Qualifying Results - Round 1:
        1) #16-Greg Biffle, Ortho Ford, 189.960
        2) #27-Paul Menard, Serta/Menards Chevy, 189.913
        3) #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Fastenal Ford, 189.334
        4) #10-Danica Patrick, Mobil 1/Aspen Dental Chevy, 189.255
        5) #78-Martin Truex Jr., Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevy, 189.056
        6) #55-David Ragan, Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota, 188.844
        7) #13-Casey Mears, GEICO Military Chevy, 188.594
        8) #15-Clint Bowyer, Cherry5HrEnrgy/SpclOprtnWarriorFndtn Toyota, 188.271
        9) #42-Kyle Larson, Target Chevy, 188.193
        10) #25-Chase Elliott, NAPA Auto Parts Chevy, 188.075
        11) #95-Michael McDowell, Thrivent Financial Ford, 187.676
        12) #3-Austin Dillon, Dow Chevy, 187.650 (wins tie breaker, owners pts)
        Failed to advance to round 2
        13) #9-Sam Hornish Jr., Victory Junction/Shop.com Ford, 187.650
        14) #51-Justin Allgaier, Brandt Chevy, 187.389
        15) #6-Trevor Bayne, AdvoCare Ford, 187.130
        16) #7-Alex Bowman, Chevy, 186.400
        17) #38-David Gilliland, Love's Travel Stops Ford, 186.226
        18) #32-Mike Bliss, Alpha Kansas Race Covers Ford, 185.414
        19) #98-Josh Wise, Ford, 185.160
        20) #40-Landon Cassill, Snap Fitness Chevy, 184.989
        21) #83-Matt DiBenedetto, Burger King Toyota, 184.881
        22) #26-Jeb Burton, Maxim Fantasy Sports Toyota, 184.685
        23) #35-Cole Whitt, Speed Stick Ford, 184.565
        24) #23-JJ Yeley, SupportOurTroops/HopefortheWarriors Toyota, 182.673
        25) #46-Michael Annett, Pilot Flying J Chevy, 181.494
        26) #30-Jeff Green, Curtis Key Plumbing Chevy, 181.336
        27) #62-Brendan Gaughan, Chevy, 179.271
        28) #33-Alex Kennedy, HonorandRemember.org Chevy, 179.259
        29) #66-Tanner Berryhill, Chevy, 177.078

      SPRINT SHOWDOWN & ALL-STAR RACE
      PIT STALL SELECTIONS


      Stalls selected by random drawing, same as the qualifying order
      All-Star Race Pitstalls (pdf)


      Showdown Pit Stalls


      Stalls selected by random drawing, same as the qualifying order
      Showdown Pitstalls (pdf)

      SPRINT SHOWDOWN & ALL-STAR RACE
      PRACTICE RESULTS

      • Sprint All-Star Race Practice Results:
        1) #18-Kyle Busch, M&M's Red Nose Day Toyota, 188.884mph
        2) #1-Jamie McMurray, Bass Pro Shops Chevy, 188.396
        3) #4-Kevin Harvick, Hunt Brothers Pizza Chevy, 188.258
        4) #41-Kurt Busch, Haas Automation Chevy, 188.121
        5) #11-Denny Hamlin, FedEx Express Toyota, 187.696
        6) #22-Joey Logano,Shell Pennzoil Ford, 187.467
        7) #2-Brad Keselowski, Miller Lite Ford, 187.240
        8) #5-Kasey Kahne, Time Warner Cable Chevy, 187.143
        9) #14-Tony Stewart, Bass Pro Shops/Arctic Cat Chevy, 186.606
        10) #20-Matt Kenseth, Dollar General Toyota, 186.445
        11) #43-Aric Almirola, Smithfield Ford, 186.380
        12) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., Mountain Dew Baja Blast Chevy, 185.880
        13) #19-Carl Edwards, ARRIS Toyota, 185.835
        14) #48-Jimmie Johnson, Lowe's Patriotic Chevy, 185.829
        15) #47-AJ Allmendinger, Kingsford Chevy, 185.675
        16) #24-Jeff Gordon, Axalta Chevy, 185.510
        17) #31-Ryan Newman, Cat/Quicken Loans Chevy, 185.433
        18) #15-Clint Bowyer, Cherry5HrEnrgy/SpclOprtnWarriorFndtn Toyota, Sprint Showdown Winner
        19) #16-Greg Biffle, Ortho Home Defense Ford, Sprint Showdown Segment 1 Winner
        20) #10-Danica Patrick, Mobil 1/Aspen Dental Chevy, Sprint Fan Vote Winner

      • Sprint All-Star Practice Results (pdf)


      • Sprint Showdown Practice:
        1) #3-Austin Dillon, Dow Chevy, 189.288
        2) #16-Greg Biffle, Ortho Ford, 188.910
        3) #78-Martin Truex Jr., Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevy, 188.798
        4) #27-Paul Menard, Serta/Menards Chevy, 188.758
        5) #10-Danica Patrick, Mobil 1/Aspen Dental Chevy, 188.613
        6) #55-David Ragan, Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota, 188.344
        7) #15-Clint Bowyer, Cherry5HrEnrgy/SpclOprtnWarriorFndtn Toyota, 188.199
        8) #42-Kyle Larson, Target Chevy, 187.865
        9) #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Fastenal Ford, 187.806
        10) #25-Chase Elliott, NAPA Auto Parts Chevy, 187.533
        11) #13-Casey Mears, GEICO Military Chevy, 187.513
        12) #51-Justin Allgaier, Brandt Chevy, 187.383
        13) #9-Sam Hornish Jr., Victory Junction/Shop.com Ford, 187.104
        14) #32-Mike Bliss, Alpha Kansas Race Covers Ford, 186.703
        15) #95-Michael McDowell, Thrivent Financial Ford, 186.516
        16) #6-Trevor Bayne, AdvoCare Ford, 186.503
        17) #7-Alex Bowman, Chevy, 186.226
        18) #38-David Gilliland, Love's Travel Stops Ford, 186.008
        19) #35-Cole Whitt, Speed Stick Ford, 185.829
        20) #40-Landon Cassill, Snap Fitness Chevy, 184.951
        21) #98-Josh Wise, Ford, 184.559
        22) #46-Michael Annett, Pilot Flying J Chevy, 183.026
        23) #83-Matt DiBenedetto, Burger King Toyota, 182.457
        24) #26-Jeb Burton, Maxim Fantasy Sports Toyota, 182.211
        25) #30-Jeff Green, Curtis Key Plumbing Chevy, 182.039
        26) #23-JJ Yeley, SupportOurTroops/HopefortheWarriors Toyota, 181.775
        27) #66-Tanner Berryhill, Chevy, 178.950
        28) #62-Brendan Gaughan, Chevy, 178.277
        29) #33-Alex Kennedy, HonorandRemember.org Chevy, 177.713

      • Sprint Showdown Practice Results (pdf)

      SPRINT SHOWDOWN & ALL-STAR RACE
      QUALIFYING ORDER

      • Sprint All-Star Race Qualifying Order:
        1) #47-AJ Allmendinger, Kingsford Chevy
        2) #4-Kevin Harvick, Hunt Brothers Pizza Chevy
        3) #19-Carl Edwards, ARRIS Toyota
        4) #5-Kasey Kahne, Time Warner Cable Chevy
        5) #2-Brad Keselowski, Miller Lite Ford
        6) #14-Tony Stewart, Bass Pro Shops/Arctic Cat Chevy
        7) #11-Denny Hamlin, FedEx Express Toyota
        8) #20-Matt Kenseth, Dollar General Toyota
        9) #18-Kyle Busch, M&M's Red Nose Day Toyota
        10) #31-Ryan Newman, Cat/Quicken Loans Chevy
        11) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., Mountain Dew Baja Blast Chevy
        12) #43-Aric Almirola, Smithfield Ford
        13) #24-Jeff Gordon, Axalta Chevy
        14) #48-Jimmie Johnson, Lowe's Patriotic Chevy
        15) #41-Kurt Busch, Haas Automation Chevy
        16) #1-Jamie McMurray, Bass Pro Shops Chevy
        17) #22-Joey Logano,Shell Pennzoil Ford
        18) Sprint Showdown Segment 2 Winner
        19) Sprint Showdown Segment 1 Winner
        20) Sprint Fan Vote Winner

      • Sprint All-Star Qualifying Order (pdf)

      • Sprint Showdown Qualifying Order:
        1) #38-David Gilliland, Love's Travel Stops Ford
        2) #9-Sam Hornish Jr., Victory Junction/Shop.com Ford
        3) #62-Brendan Gaughan, Chevy
        4) #3-Austin Dillon, Dow Chevy
        5) #23-JJ Yeley, Support Our Troops/Hope for the Warriors Toyota
        6) #40-Landon Cassill, Snap Fitness Chevy
        7) #26-Jeb Burton, Maxim Fantasy Sports Toyota
        8) #7-Alex Bowman, Chevy
        9) #30-Jeff Green, Curtis Key Plumbing Chevy
        10) #42-Kyle Larson, Target Chevy
        11) #15-Clint Bowyer, Cherry 5-Hour Energy/Special Operation Warrior Foundation Toyota
        12) #51-Justin Allgaier, Brandt Chevy
        13) #95-Michael McDowell, Thrivent Financial Ford
        14) #35-Cole Whitt, Speed Stick Ford
        15) #6-Trevor Bayne, AdvoCare Ford
        16) #98-Josh Wise, Ford
        17) #25-Chase Elliott, NAPA Auto Parts Chevy
        18) #16-Greg Biffle, Ortho Home Defense Ford
        19) #55-David Ragan, Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 20) #10-Danica Patrick, Mobil 1/Aspen Dental Chevy
        21) #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Fastenal Ford
        22) #27-Paul Menard, Serta/Menards Chevy
        23) #33-Alex Kennedy, HonorandRemember.org Chevy
        24) #46-Michael Annett, Pilot Flying J Chevy
        25) #78-Martin Truex Jr., Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevy
        26) #13-Casey Mears, GEICO Military Chevy
        27) #32-Mike Bliss, Alpha Kansas Race Covers Ford
        28) #83-Matt DiBenedetto, Burger King Toyota
        29) #66-Tanner Berryhill, Chevy

      • Sprint Showdown Qualifying Order (pdf)

      Eligibility Criteria for the 2015 Sprint All-Star Race & Showdown

      • All-Star Race an earlier start next year?: Could the Sprint All-Star Race have a different starting time next season? Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer, said Monday on SiruisXM NASCAR Radio's "The Morning Drive" that series officials will consider that matter for next year. Saturday's All-Star race didn't begin until 9:42pm/et. The second segment took the green flag at 10:02 p.m. The third segment began at 10:23 p.m. The fourth segment started at 10:43 p.m., and the mandatory pit stop before the start of the final pit stop took place at 11:03 p.m. The event featured no cautions other than the breaks between each segment. Thus, if there had been debris cautions or accidents or such, the start of each segment could have been pushed back significantly. Here's what O'Donnell said on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio about the start time for the All-Star race: "I think it is something we want to look at. ... I've got kids who like watching sports earlier, and I hear the same thing. I think that is something we'll sit down and address and look at and see if we can't get it off a little earlier.''(NBC Sports)(5-18-2015)

      • Rule change allows Kenseth and Newman to be eligible for All-Star Race: A rule change for the Sprint All-Star Race will allow #20-Matt Kenseth and #31-Ryan Newman to compete in the event, NASCAR confirmed to NASCAR Talk on Thursday. NASCAR stated that it changed the eligibility requirements so that any full-time driver who is a former Cup champion or former All-Star winner is eligible for the non-points event. Previously, a driver had to have won a Cup title within the past 10 years or won the All-Star event within the past 10 years to be eligible. Eliminating the limit on when a driver won a Cup title or the All-Star race is important for Kenseth and Newman. Neither driver meets the criteria of a race win either this year or the preceding year to be eligible. Both were winless last year and have not won this year. Kenseth's title came in 2003. Newman's All-Star win came in 2002.(NBC Sports)(3-20-2015)

      • Sprint Fan Vote returns for All-Star race: A favorite isn't always the winner - as the Sprint Fan Vote's history suggests. In the last 10 seasons, fans have voted 10 different drivers into the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, including names like Danica Patrick, Kasey Kahne and Dale Earnhardt Jr. You never know who will win. That's what makes voting so important. Polls are open for the 2015 Sprint Fan Vote - and unpredictability will take center stage until the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on Saturday, May 16. Fans can vote their favorite Sprint Fan Vote-eligible driver into the All-Star Race by casting ballots daily. Voting closes at 7:00pm/et on Friday, May 15, one day before the green flag. For the first time in program history, votes shared via Facebook and/or Twitter will count as double towards a driver's total. Fans can vote daily with a maximum of one vote per day per unique email address by downloading the NASCAR MOBILE application or visiting NASCAR.com/SprintFanVote. Eligible voters can also enter into the Sprint Fan Vote sweepstakes, in which one lucky Sprint Fan Vote participant will win a trip for two to any 2015 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race. The winner of the Sprint Fan Vote will be announced in Victory Lane following the conclusion of the Sprint Showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Friday, May 15. To date, 32 drivers are eligible for the 2015 Sprint Fan Vote. Eligibility for participation is restricted to those drivers who have been approved by NASCAR for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition and have met all other eligibility requirements. Amongst those eligibility requirements, drivers must have attempted to qualify for the 2015 Daytona 500 and race in the Sprint Showdown. Any eligible Sprint Fan Vote candidate who wins a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race during the 2015 season will automatically earn a spot in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and the driver's name will be removed from the Sprint Fan Vote ballot with their existing votes voided.(NASCAR)(3-19-2015)

      • 2016 Rules could debut at All-Star race? NASCAR heavily is considering using the May 16 Sprint All Star race as a trial run of the rules package for the 2016 season and has begun informing Sprint Cup teams of the possibility, multiple sources have told MotorSportsTalk. During a state of the sport address to open Monday's Media Tour, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer Steve O'Donnell noted the All-Star Race was the goal for unveiling the rules for next season. The 2015 rules were delivered in September, which O'Donnell said was the earliest release yet. "We anticipate beating that marker in 2016, and we'll look to bring the rules package to the teams as early as we can with a target date of around the All-Star Race for this year," O'Donnell said.
        An official with direct knowledge of the All-Star Race proposal said Charlotte Motor Speedway and Sprint were supportive of using the 2016 rules because it also would prevent teams from getting a jump on preparing for the Coca-Cola 600 and increasing the likelihood of a lackluster race. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because the plan wasn't finalized.
        The Sprint All-Star Race could use a jolt of relevance. In nine editions since the repaving of Charlotte in 2006, there has been one lead during the final five laps of an event billed as promoting a no-holds-barred style. In the past three Sprint All-Star Races, the winner has led the final 10 laps. But a potential drawback for NASCAR could be whether the sneak preview of the 2016 rules delivers a better version of the racing than with the current rules that will be featured over four hours the following week at Charlotte in the season's longest race. There's no timetable for the decision on using next year's rules in the All-Star Race, but NASCAR tested some ideas for next year during a session last month at Charlotte. More testing is expected to occur at Atlanta Motor Speedway next month and at Charlotte in March. This year's rules will feature a significant decline in downforce and about a reduction of about 125 horsepower. Another cut in downforce is expected in 2016, which will make cars' handling more difficult.(NBC Sports)(1-27-2015)

      • Eligibility for participation (Sprint All-Star Fan Vote and the Sprint Showdown) is restricted to those drivers who have been approved by NASCAR for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition and have met all other eligibility requirements. Amongst those eligibility requirements, drivers must have attempted to qualify for the 2015 Daytona 500 and race in the Sprint Showdown. Any eligible Sprint Fan Vote candidate who wins a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race during the 2015 season will automatically earn a spot in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and the driver's name will be removed from the Sprint Fan Vote ballot with their existing votes voided.

      • Drivers currently eligible for the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Showdown / Sprint Vote:

      • Latest Top Five in Fan Vote: per a tweet by Miss Sprint Cup, the top-five drivers in the Sprint Fan Vote to be voted into the Sprint All-Star Race (not already in the race) are (alphabetical order as of May 13th at 6pm/et): #15-Clint Bowyer, #42-Kyle Larson, #10-Danica Patrick, #78-Martin Truex Jr. and #98-Josh Wise.(5-14-2015)

      • The 32 drivers eligible for the Sprint Fan Vote:
        #51-Justin Allgaier
        #46-Michael Annett
        #6-Trevor Bayne
        #16-Greg Biffle
        #21-Ryan Blaney (not entered)
        #7-Alex Bowman
        #15-Clint Bowyer
        #26-Jeb Burton
        #40-Landon Cassill
        #3-Austin Dillon
        #33-Ty Dillon (not entered)
        #38-David Gilliland
        #30-Ron Hornaday Jr. (not entered)
        #9-Sam Hornish Jr.
        #32-Bobby Labonte (not entered)
        #42-Kyle Larson
        #29-Justin Marks (not entered)
        #95-Michael McDowell
        #13-Casey Mears
        #27-Paul Menard
        #10-Danica Patrick
        #55-David Ragan
        #83-Johnny Sauter (not entered)
        #33/#62-Brian Scott (not entered)
        #44/#29-Reed Sorenson (not entered)
        #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
        #78-Martin Truex, Jr.
        #66-Mike Wallace (not entered)
        #55-Michael Waltrip (not entered)
        #35-Cole Whitt
        #98-Josh Wise
        #23-JJ Yeley

      • The Sprint Fan Vote <-- vote

      • Other drivers entered in the Sprint Showdown NOT eligible for the Sprint Fan Vote:
        #25-Chase Elliott
        #30-Jeff Green
        #32-Mike Bliss
        #33-Alex Kennedy
        #39-Travis Kvapil (withdrew)
        #62-Brendan Gaughan
        #66-Tanner Berryhill
        #83-Matt Dibenedetto

      Entry Lists

      The Sprint All-Star Race
      NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
      Charlotte Motor Speedway - 5/16/2015

      Car # Driver Manufacturer Sponsor Owner
      1 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy Bass Pro Shops Felix Sabates
      2 2 Brad Keselowski Ford Miller Lite "Blue Deuce" Roger Penske
      3 4 Kevin Harvick Chevy Hunt Brothers Pizza Tony Stewart
      4 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy Time Warner Cable Linda Hendrick
      5 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express J.D. Gibbs
      6 14 Tony Stewart Chevy Bass Pro Shops / Arctic Cat Margaret Haas
      7 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M's Red Nose Day Joe Gibbs
      8 19 Carl Edwards Toyota ARRIS J D Gibbs
      9 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota Dollar General Joe Gibbs
      10 22 Joey Logano Ford Shell Pennzoil Walter Czarnecki
      11 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy Axalta Coating Systems Rick Hendrick
      12 31 Ryan Newman Chevy Quicken Loans / Caterpillar Richard Childress
      13 41 Kurt Busch Chevy Haas Automation Gene Haas
      14 43 Aric Almirola Ford Smithfield Richard Petty
      15 47 A.J. Allmendinger Chevy Kingsford Tad Geschickter
      16 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy Lowe's Patriotic Jeff Gordon
      17 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy Mountain Dew Baja Blast Rick Hendrick

      Sprint All-Star Race Entry List (pdf)

      The Sprint Showdown
      NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
      Charlotte Motor Speedway - 5/15/2015

      Car # Driver Manufacturer Sponsor Owner
      1 3 Austin Dillon Chevy Dow Richard Childress
      2 6 Trevor Bayne Ford AdvoCare Jack Roush
      3 7 Alex Bowman Chevy none Tommy Baldwin
      4 9 Sam Hornish Jr. Ford Victory Junction / Shop.com Richard Petty
      5 10 Danica Patrick Chevy Mobil1 / Aspen Dental Tony Stewart
      6 13 Casey Mears Chevy GEICO Military Bob Germain
      7 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota Cherry 5-Hour Energy
      Special Operations Warrior
      Rob Kauffman
      8 16 Greg Biffle Ford Ortho Home Defense Jack Roush
      9 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford Fastenal John Henry
      10 23 J.J. Yeley Toyota Support Our Troops
      Hope for the Warriors
      Ron Devine
      11 25 Chase Elliott Chevy NAPA Rick Hendrick
      12 26 Jeb Burton Toyota Maxim Fantasy Sports Anthony Marlowe
      13 27 Paul Menard Chevy Menard / Serta Richard Childress
      14 30 Jeff Green Chevy Curtis Key Plumbing Curtis Key
      15 32 Mike Bliss Ford Alpha Kansas Race Covers Archie St Hilaire
      16 33 Alex Kennedy Chevy HonorandRemember.org Joe Falk
      17 35 Cole Whitt Ford Speed Stick Jerry Freeze
      18 38 David Gilliland Ford Love's Travel Stop Brad Jenkins
      19 40 Landon Cassill Chevy Snap Fitness Mike Hillman
      20 42 Kyle Larson Chevy Target Chip Ganassi
      21 46 Michael Annett Chevy Pilot Flying J Harry Scott Jr.
      22 51 Justin Allgaier Chevy BRANDT Harry Scott Jr.
      23 55 David Ragan Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine Michael Waltrip
      24 62 Brendan Gaughan Chevy none Jay Robinson
      25 66 Tanner Berryhill Chevy none Jay Robinson
      26 78 Martin Truex Jr. Chevy Furniture Row / Vissar Precision Barney Vissar
      27 83 Matt Dibenedetto Toyota Burger King Ron Devine
      28 95 Michael McDowell Ford Thrivent Financial Bob Leavine
      29 98 Josh Wise Ford none Mike Curb
      removed from the entry list/withdrew
      X 39 Travis Kvapil Chevy TBA Gordon Smith

      Sprint Showdown Entry List (pdf)

      THE 2015 RACE FORMAT



      • SPRINT SHOWDOWN:
        Garage Opens: Friday, May 15 at 7:00am/et.
        Final Practice: Noon-1:40 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1
        Qualifying: 4:15 pm/et on FOX Sports 1
        Two-round session.
        The first round is 20 minutes, with the top 12 advancing to the second round. There will be a seven-minute break after the first round.
        The second round is five minutes. The fastest single lap speed will determine starting positions 1-12 in descending order.
        Race: 7:15 pm/et on FOX Sports 1
        Two segments, 20 laps each. The winner of each segment will advance to the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.
        The winner of the first segment will report directly to the garage at the conclusion of Lap 20.
        All laps (green flag and yellow flag) will be counted during segment 1.
        Only green flag laps will count during segment 2.
        Between segment 1 and 2, there will be a yellow flag at which time teams can pit and may elect to change tires, add fuel and make normal chassis adjustments. Cars pitting will not retain their position on the race track.
        Crews will be permitted to work on the cars if the race is stopped due to a red flag. However, all work must be performed on pit road or garage area only.
        SPRINT FAN VOTE
        The winner of the Sprint Fan Vote will be announced in Victory Lane following the conclusion of the Sprint Showdown, and that driver will advance to the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.

      • NASCAR SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE:
        Garage Opens: Friday, May 15 at 7 a.m.; Saturday, May 16 at 1 p.m.
        Final Practice: Friday, May 15 at 1:45-3:15 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1
        Pit Road Practice: Friday, May 15 at 3:15 p.m.-3:25 p.m. on FOX Sports 1
        Qualifying: Saturday, May 16 at 7:10 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1
        Three timed laps, including one four-tire pit stop
        There will be no pit road speeding penalty enforced for the four-tire pit stop. Aggregate total time will set the starting lineup for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.
        A five-second penalty will be enforced for the following violations: too many crew members in contact with the pit service area; crew members over the wall too soon; throwing equipment; removing equipment; uncontrolled tire; running over equipment.
        Pitting outside the box will be a disqualification.
        Race: Saturday, May 16 at 9 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1
        Five segments.
        Segments 1 through 4 will be 25 laps each.
        Segment 5 will be 10 laps.
        Teams may enter pit road during the yellow flag period between segments 1 through 4, but will not retain their running position.
        All laps (green flag and yellow flag) will count during Segments 1 through 4.
        Only green flag laps will count during segment 5.
        The running order at the completion of the fourth segment will be repositioned based on the average finish for the first four segments. Ties in average finish will be broken by finishing position in the fourth segment.
        All cars must then enter pit road for a mandatory four-tire pit stop.
        The order of cars returning to the track will determine the starting order of the fifth segment.
        Crews will be permitted to work on the cars if the race is stopped due to a red flag. However, all work must be performed on pit road or garage area only.

      • NASCAR announces All-Star Race format: Showcasing the sport's top talent, NASCAR announced changes for the 2015 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race that will elevate the excitement of this annual classic. Race coverage is set for 7:00pm/et, Saturday, May 16 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The field will include race winners from the 2014 and 2015 seasons, as well as all former NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race winners and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions who are full-time competitors - all of whom will compete for the $1 million prize awarded to the winner. Prior to this change, former NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race winners and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions were eligible only if they accomplished the feat within the previous 10 seasons.
        In addition, the five-segment race will increase by a total of 20 laps, with the first four segments each scheduled for 25 laps as compared to 20 in recent years. With the final 10-lap shootout, the race now totals 110 laps.
        The 2015 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race will have a minimum field of 20 drivers. There are currently 17 drivers eligible, with three additional spots available. Two of those are reserved for the segment winners from the two 20-lap Sprint Showdown segments beginning at 7:00pm/et, Friday, May 15 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
        The final spot belongs to the Sprint Fan Vote winner; voting at www.NASCAR.com/sprintfanvote and the NASCAR MOBILE application closes at 7:00pm/et on May 15. The winner of the Sprint Fan Vote will be announced in Victory Lane following the conclusion of the Sprint Showdown.
        Drivers in the 2015 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race will compete in cars that conform to all 2015 rules. The race format will consist of a total of five segments: four 25-lap segments, with the average finish of the first four segments determining the order cars will enter pit road for a mandatory four-tire pit stop following the fourth segment. Running order ties will be broken by the finish of the fourth segment. The order of the cars returning to the track following the mandatory pit stop determines the starting order for a final winner-take-all 10-lap segment.
        All laps will count in segments one through four. In the fifth and final segment, only green flag laps will be counted. There will be optional pit stops during the breaks following each of the first three segments, with the field set by the pit stop/stay out positioning during the five caution laps.
        The following drivers are eligible to compete in the 2015 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race: #47-AJ Allmendinger, #43-Aric Almirola, #41-Kurt Busch, #18-Kyle Busch, #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., #19-Carl Edwards, #24-Jeff Gordon, #11-Denny Hamlin, #4-Kevin Harvick, #48-Jimmie Johnson, #5-Kasey Kahne, #20-Matt Kenseth (2004 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race winner), #2-Brad Keselowski, #22-Joey Logano, #1-Jamie McMurray (2014 winner), #31-Ryan Newman (2002 winner), #14-Tony Stewart (2009 winner).(NASCAR)(4-8-2015)

      STATS & NOTES

      • Top 10 All-Star Driver Ratings
        #18-Kyle Busch............................... 108.1
        #48-Jimmie Johnson........................ 104.2
        #20-Matt Kenseth.............................. 88.3
        #19-Carl Edwards.............................. 84.6
        #41-Kurt Busch.................................. 83.5
        #4-Kevin Harvick.............................. 82.4
        #24-Jeff Gordon................................ 82.1
        #5-Kasey Kahne.............................. 81.3
        #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr........................ 78.5
        #22-Joey Logano.............................. 78.2
        Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2014 NASCAR Sprint All-Star races (10 total).
        Formula combining the following categories: Win, Finish, Top-15 Finish, Average Running Position while on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.
        See an explanation how the Driver Rating is calculated at NASCAR.com.(NASCAR)

      • NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race - Poles:
        Terry Labonte won the inaugural Coors Light pole for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race in 1985.
        16 drivers have won Coors Light poles for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race, led by Bill Elliott with four. Kyle Busch leads all active drivers with three. Carl Edwards has won the last two consecutive poles for the Sprint All-Star Race (2013, 2014).
        Four drivers have won consecutive Coors Light poles for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race: Davey Allison (1991, 1992) Bill Elliott (1997, 1998), Kyle Busch (2011, 2012) and Carl Edwards (2013, 2014).
        The NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race has been won from the pole position four times; the first three came in consecutive years: Dale Earnhardt (1990) and Davey Allison (1991 and 1992). Kurt Busch posted the fourth win from the pole in 2010.
        The front row starting positions and fourth-place are the three most proficient starting positions in the field, producing more winners (four each) than any other starting positions in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.
        Eight of the 30 (26.7%) NASCAR Sprint All-Star races have been won from the front row: four from the pole and four from second-place.
        17 of the 30 (56.7%) NASCAR Sprint All-Star races have been won from a top-five starting position.
        21 of the 30 (70%) NASCAR Sprint All-Star races have been won from a top-10 starting position.
        Two of the 30 (6.7%) NASCAR Sprint All-Star races have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
        The deepest in the field a NASCAR Sprint All-Star race winner has started was 27th, by Ryan Newman in 2002.
        (NASCAR)

      • NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race - Showdown & the Fan Votes:
        Among those eligible for the 2015 event Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jamie McMurray each have career wins in both the Sprint Showdown qualifier and the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.
        Martin Truex Jr. is the only driver in the Sprint Showdown field with multiple victories in the qualifying race (2007, 2010).
        No driver has ever won the Sprint Showdown and advanced to win the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.
        In 2008, Kasey Kahne became the first driver to get into the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race by the Sprint Fan Vote and go on to win the event.
        There have been 10 different Sprint Fan Vote winners in the last 10 years of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.
        Dale Earnhardt Jr. is the only driver in event history to win the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race (2000), Sprint Showdown (2012) and Sprint Fan Vote (2011).
        Kasey Kahne, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Carl Edwards are the only three drivers who have won each the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and the Sprint Fan Vote. Kahne won the vote and event in 2008, Earnhardt Jr. won the race in 2000 and Sprint Fan Vote in 2011. Carl Edwards won the Sprint Fan Vote in 2010 and the Sprint All-Star Race in 2011.
        Josh Wise (2014), Danica Patrick (2013), Bobby Labonte (2012) and Martin Truex Jr. (2005) are the only drivers in the 2015 Sprint Fan Vote who have previously won the fans' transfer position.
        No driver has ever won multiple Sprint Fan Vote awards.(NASCAR)

      • NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Notebook:
        There have been 30 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Races.
        The first NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race was in 1985.
        29 have been held at Charlotte Motor Speedway. In 1986, the event was held at Atlanta Motor Speedway, and won by Bill Elliott. That season was also the first year for what is now known as the Sprint Showdown.
        92 drivers have run in at least one NASCAR Sprint All-Star race, with 76 competing in more than one.
        Mark Martin has participated in 24 races, more than any other driver. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in Sprint All-Star starts with 21, followed by Tony Stewart with 16.
        There have been 20 different winners of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race.
        Jimmie Johnson (2003, 2006, 2012 and 2013) leads the series with the most NASCAR Sprint All-Star race wins with four.
        Dale Earnhardt (1987, 1990 and 1993) and Jeff Gordon (1995, 1997 and 2001) are the only three-time winners of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race.
        NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip won the inaugural NASCAR Sprint All-Star race in 1985 at an average speed of 161.184 mph.
        The race has featured a field that ranged from 10 drivers in 1986 to 27 in 2002. Last season's field had 22 participants.
        Davey Allison (1991 and 1992), Terry Labonte (1988 and 1999) and Mark Martin (1998 and 2005) are the only other drivers to post multiple victories in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race.
        Davey Allison (1991, 1992) and Jimmie Johnson (2012, 2013) are the only drivers to ever win consecutive NASCAR Sprint All-Star races.
        Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2000) and Ryan Newman (2002) are the only drivers to win the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race in their rookie season.
        Jeff Gordon is the youngest winner of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at 23 years, 9 months and 18 days (1995).
        Mark Martin is the oldest NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race winner at 46 years, 4 months and 12 days (2005).
        Jimmie Johnson leads the series among active drivers in average finish in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race with a 6.154; followed by Matt Kenseth with a 6.214.
        Seven active drivers have an average finish in the top 10 for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race: Jimmie Johnson (6.1), Matt Kenseth (6.2), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (8.0), Tony Stewart (8.4), Joey Logano (8.7) Kevin Harvick (9.9) and Jeff Gordon (10.0).
        The record for lead changes in a NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race is 10 in 2004. Last season's NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race had nine lead changes.
        The record for different leaders in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race is nine in 2002. Last season's race had six different leaders.
        (NASCAR)

      • More Stats from the Sprint All-Star Race:
        Five drivers have won the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship in the same year: Darrell Waltrip (1985), Dale Earnhardt (1987, 1990, 1993), Rusty Wallace (1989), Jeff Gordon (1995, 1997, 2001) and Jimmie Johnson (2006, 2013).
        Seven times from seven different drivers has the winner of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race gone on to win the Coke Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway the following weekend: Darrell Waltrip (1985), Davey Allison (1991), Dale Earnhardt (1993), Jeff Gordon (1997), Jimmie Johnson (2003), Kasey Kahne (2008) and Kurt Busch (2010).
        11 of the 17 drivers qualified to compete in the 2015 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race have captured the event title. Those 11 drivers have a combined 16 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race victories.
        Hendrick Motorsports drivers have won eight NASCAR Sprint All-Star races (most all-time): Jimmie Johnson (four: 2003, 2006, 2012, 2013), Jeff Gordon (three: 1995, 1997, 2001) and Terry Labonte (one: 1999).
        Several other active teams have won the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race: Richard Childress Racing and Roush Fenway Racing have four (4) NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race titles each, and Team Penske has two (2). Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, the Wood Brothers, Richard Petty Motorsports and Stewart Haas Racing each have one Sprint All-star win.
        All four Hendrick Motorsports drivers - Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kasey Kahne - have won the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, making HMS the only multi-car team to have a complete roster of former NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race champions - note: Earnhardt Jr. and Kahne won while driving for other teams.
        Roush Fenway Racing has fielded at least one entry in every NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race from 1990-2014, however no RFR drivers are currently eligible for this season's event and will need to transfer in via the Sprint Showdown or winning the Sprint Fan Vote.
        NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt leads the series in top-five finishes in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race with nine; followed by Tony Stewart (eight) and Jimmie Johnson (eight).
        Bill Elliott leads the series in top-10 finishes in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race with 13; followed by Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr. with 12 each. Matt Kenseth has 11 top-10s.
        Chevrolet (17) and Ford (10) have combined to win 27 or the 30 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race events - the remaining three belong to Dodge (two) and Pontiac (one). Toyota is looking for its first event title.
        Kyle Busch has made nine NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race starts without a victory, the most of any eligible driver. His Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin has made eight (8) starts, the second-highest total among drivers looking for win No. 1.
        Greg Biffle has qualified for 11 consecutive NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race events (2004-2014), however he isn't currently qualified for the race. It is the longest active streak among drivers not currently in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race field.
        The six drivers qualified for the 2015 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race looking for their first win in the event are Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, AJ Allmendinger and Aric Almirola.
        (NASCAR)

      TRACK INFO & RACE OFFICIALS

      EVENT SCHEDULE

        Thursday, May 14th
        7:00 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER

        Friday, May 15th
        7:00 AM - 10:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
        11:00 AM NSCS ROOKIE & SPOTTERS MEETING / RANDOM DRAWING(S) FOR SPRINT SHOWDOWN & SPRINT ALL-STAR RACES
        12:00 - 1:40 PM NSCS FINAL SPRINT SHOWDOWN PRACTICE
        1:45 - 3:15 PM NSCS FINAL SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE PRACTICE
        3:15 - 3:25 PM NSCS SPRINT ALL-STAR, PIT ROAD PRACTICE
        4:15 PM NSCS SPRINT SHOWDOWN, QUALIFYING (Two Round-Session)
        5:15 PM NSCS SPRINT SHOWDOWN DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING
        7:00 PM NSCS SHOWDOWN DRIVERS INTRODUCTIONS
        7:15 PM NSCS THE SPRINT SHOWDOWN

        Saturday, May 16th
        1:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
        5:30 PM NSCS SPRINT SHOWDOWN & SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
        7:10 PM NSCS SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE, QUALIFYING (3 LAPS, WITH PIT STOP & A FOUR TIRE CHANGE)
        8:35 PM APPROX. NSCS DRIVERS INTRODUCTION
        9:00 PM APPROX. NSCS THE SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE

      • All-Star Race Pre-Race Schedule:(eastern time)
        6:57:50: Invocation by Monty Self, Chaplain, Motor Racing Outreach
        6:58:30: God Bless America by Rachel Travis, Speedway Superstar
        6:59:30: Team FasTrax lands at end of God Bless America
        7:00:00: FOX Sports 1 on air
        7:10:00: NSCS Sprint All-Star Race Qualifying (3 laps w/ pit stop & a 4 tire change)
        8:47:00: The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series All Star Race, Driver & Crew Intros
        9:14:20: Invocation by Joe Gibbs
        9:15:00: National Anthem by Cassadee Pope
        9:21:30: "Drivers, Start Your Engines" by Grand Marshal & Honorary Pace Car Driver Guy Fieri
        9:30:30 Start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series All-Star Race
        (NASCAR.com)

      ODDS

      CHASSIS SELECTIONS

      • Chassis selections for this weeks race: see the list of many teams [that report or post them] and what chassis were selected by the team to run in Sprint Showdown or Sprint All-Star Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
        If a driver/team is not listed, the team does NOT report chassis information on pre-race press release, websites or social media:
        #3-Austin Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 481 in the Sprint Showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway. In March, Dillon raced this Dow Chevrolet to a 16th-place finish at Auto Club Speedway and a 39th-place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway. This is the same Chevrolet SS that Dillon raced to a 25th-place finish at Homestead in November of 2014. That year, he also raced it to a 13th-place finish at Charlotte in October, a 16th-place finish at Chicago in September, a 22nd-place finish at Michigan in August and a 10th-place finish at Indianapolis in July.
        #4-Kevin Harvick: will pilot the #4 Hunt Brothers Pizza Chevrolet SS built on Chassis No. 4-846 in Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte. Built in 2014, Chassis No. 4-846 made its debut at Bristol in March, when it started 27th and led 28 laps before being collected in a late-race accident and finishing 39th. It made its second appearance at Dover in June, when it started eighth, led 24 laps and finished 17th. At Pocono in August, No. 4-846 started sixth, led five laps and finished second. In its final appearance of 2014, Harvick started fourth, led 17 laps and finished fifth in September at Richmond. Chassis No. 4-846 made its 2015 debut at Auto Club Speedway, where Harvick started second, led 34 laps and finished second to Brad Keselowski by 0.710 of a second in a green-white-checkered finish.
        #5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Keith Rodden has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-923 for Saturday night's race at Charlotte. Kahne raced with the chassis at the Fontana, California, event in March.
        #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-898 debuted in August 2014 at Michigan with Jeff Burton at the wheel. Burton qualified 27th and felt the car was capable of advancing to the front, but a cracked tailpipe caught the heat shields underneath the car on fire around lap 65. It took 24 laps in the garage to make repairs, and Burton finished a disappointing 37th. Chassis No. 14-898 returned to action Labor Day weekend at Atlanta with Stewart. After starting 12th and passing five cars on the first lap, Stewart continued to show strength, climbing all the way to fourth place by lap 15. Changing track conditions saw Stewart drop to 12th by lap 100, but in working the low line around the track's corners, Stewart made the racecar work for him. Unfortunately, a flat right-front tire on lap 171 sent Stewart into the turn-two wall. The right side of Chassis No. 14-898 scraped along the SAFER Barrier and then moments later, the tire shredded, ripping apart sheet metal and suspension components. Too damaged to repair, the car suffered a DNF (Did Not Finish). The car was busy afterward, testing at Charlotte Sept. 29-30 and at Homestead Oct. 28-29 before competing in the season finale at Homestead Nov. 16 where an overheating engine left Chassis No. 14-898 with a 43rd place finish. With new Chevrolet SS sheet metal honed in the wind tunnel this offseason, the car returned to Atlanta Feb. 26-March 1 for its fourth career start and second at Atlanta. It was a laborious 500-mile race, with the car starting 39th and finishing 30th. The All-Star Race at Charlotte will be its second start of 2015.
        #15-Clint Bowyer: Chassis No. 776 serves as the primary chassis for Bowyer for the Sprint All-Star race. This chassis has not seen race action this season. Chassis No. 816 has served as back-up at several races this season.
        #24-Jeff Gordon: Crew chief Alan Gustafson has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 24-907 for Saturday night's race. The chassis has been raced four times previously with Gordon finishing 18th at Las Vegas in its only start of 2015. Last year, the 43-year-old driver finished 29th at Texas in November and posted runner-up finishes at Charlotte Motor Speedway in October and Chicagoland Speedway in September racing the chassis.
        #27-Paul Menard will utilize chassis No. 487 this weekend in the Sprint Showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This Serta/Menards Chevrolet SS was utilized earlier this year at Auto Club Speedway (Start: 11/ Finish: 4) and Atlanta Motor Speedway (Start: 13/ Finish: 13).
        #31-Ryan Newman will drive chassis No. 461 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This will be the first time this season the #31 Cat/Quicken Loans Chevy team will utilize the car in competition. Back on April 13, this car participated in a three-day test at Kentucky Speedway.
        #41-Kurt Busch will pilot Chassis No. 794 in the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte. Formerly a #10 chassis for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) teammate Danica Patrick, Chassis No. 794 debuted in May 2013 at Charlotte, where Patrick started 24th and finished 29th after being involved in a multicar accident on lap 320 of 400. Its next event was in June 2013 at Kentucky, where she started 29th and finished 23rd. Chassis No. 794 next saw action in August 2013 at Atlanta, where Patrick started and finished 21st. It was tested twice in 2014 - at Michigan and at Homestead. Chassis No. 794 will see its first laps of 2015 this weekend at Charlotte.
        #48-Jimmie Johnson: For this weekend's event, crew chief Chad Knaus has selected chassis No. 48-922, which last raced at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March. The backup car is 48-824, which last raced at Pocono Raceway in June 2014.
        #55-David Ragan: will drive primary chassis 775, which Brett Moffitt drove to a 29th place finish at Texas, Backup: 814 - finished eighth at Atlanta with Moffitt. In 2014 it finished 16th at Indianapolis with Clint Bowyer. Vickers finished 13th at Richmond in September & 37th at Charlotte in October.
        #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: This weekend, crew chief Greg Ives will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-882. Earnhardt most recently raced the chassis to a 20th-place finish at Charlotte in October 2014.
        (from numerous team PR's/sites)

      TIRE NOTES

        Support the Troops

      • Sprint Showdown / All-Star Race Goodyear Tire Notes:

        Tire: Goodyear "Support Our Troops" Speedway Radials

        Set limits:
        All-Star: 11 sets for the event;
        Showdown: 7 sets for the event (teams that transfer to All-Star race get an additional 4 sets);

        Tire Codes:
        Left-side -- D-4428;
        Right-side -- D-4640

        Tire Circumference:
        Left-side -- 87.32 in. (2,218 mm);
        Right-side -- 88.39 in. (2,245 mm)

        Minimum Recommended Inflation:
        Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi;
        Right Front -- 54 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psi

        Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series will run the same Goodyear tire codes at Charlotte this week . . . throughout the two race weeks at Charlotte, all tires will be branded with "Support Our Troops" as part of the Goodyear Gives Back program . . . while NASCAR teams have run this left-side tire code (D-4426) at Charlotte since 2012, this is the first race weekend on this right-side code (D-4640) . . . this right-side is a Goodyear multi-zone tread tire, which incorporates two distinct compounds on the same tire -- one for endurance and heat resistance on the inboard two inches of the tread and one for traction on the outboard 10 inches . . . this inboard (Endurance Zone) features the same compound that was run on the same zone at Texas, while this outboard (Traction Zone) features the compound run at Charlotte last year . . . this tire set-up was first tested at Charlotte in December, and was confirmed in a March 10 tire test at the track with drivers Aric Almirola, Kasey Kahne, Martin Truex Jr. and J.J. Yeley . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Charlotte . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

      TICKETS

      • Jayski.com's TV Listings page

      • Fans can catch the entire weekend of May 15-16 All-Star action for just $99, including the Sprint Showdown, North Carolina Education Lottery 200, Rayovac presents Little Big Town pre-race concert, NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race qualifying and the biggest all-star event in sports, the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. For an additional $20, fans can purchase a special Golden Ticket for early stagefront access to the Little Big Town concert. Tickets can be obtained by calling 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.

      LOCAL TV / NEWSPAPERS

      Local TV / Network Stations
      ABC 9 WWOC
      CBS 3 WBTV
      FOX Charlotte 46
      NBC 36 WCNC
      News 14 Carolina

      Local Charlotte Area Newspapers
      Charlotte Observer
      Mooresville Tribune
      Kannapolis Independent Tribune
      Asheville Citizen-Times
      Blue Ridge Now - Times News
      Fayetteville Observer
      GoCarolina's
      Go Lake Norman
      Greensboro News and Record
      High Point Enterprise
      Lexington Dispatch
      Raleigh-Durham News and Observer
      Salisbury Post
      Shelby Star

      WEATHER

      Weather Channel - Concord, NC
      Weather Channel - Mooresville, NC
      Weather Channel - Charlotte, NC
      Accuweather
      National Weather Service
      Race Weather
      Race Day Forecast
      Weather Underground

      LOCAL ATTRACTIONS and CAMPING INFO

      North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame, Mooresville, NC
      Memory Lane Museum, Mooresville, NC
      NASCAR Hall of Fame
      Tom Johnson Camping Center, Concord NC
      Charlotte Chamber of Commerce
      Visit Cabarrus
      Laid Back Racing
      Speed Eats

      LOCAL NOTES

      • The Current Cabarrus County Destination Guide: The Cabarrus County Destination Guide is available to order or online. The Destination Guide includes feature stories, vivid images and the latest information on lodging, dining and activities, including the county's unequaled concentration of motorsports attractions. The Cabarrus County Destination Guide is a must-have resource for NASCAR fans containing race shop listings and attraction maps, as well as a detailed map of Charlotte Motor Speedway. To browse the digital version, go to cabarrus.lunarcow.com and print pages from home.
        For more information, go to visitcabarrus.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/visitcabarrus for the latest news and updates.

      PAINT SCHEMES

      Car#-Driver Sponsor / Scheme
      Promo / Hood
      Image Link
      Sprint Showdown
      Charlotte Motor Speedway - May 15
      #9-Sam Hornish Jr. Victory Junction / SHOP.COM #9 Team Schemes Page
      #10-Danica Patrick Mobil 1 / Aspen Dental #10 Team Schemes Page
      #15-Clint Bowyer Cherry Five-Hour Energy Drink #15 Team Schemes Page
      #23-J.J. Yeley Support Our Troops
      Hope for the Warriors
      #23 Team Schemes Page
      #27-Paul Menard Menard's / Serta #27 Team Schemes Page
      #40-Landon Cassill Snap Fitness #40 Team Schemes Page
      Sprint All-Star Race
      Charlotte Motor Speedway - May 16
      #2-Brad Keselowski Miller Lite "Blue Deuce" #2 Team Schemes Page
      #4-Kevin Harvick Hunt Brother's Pizza #4 Team Schemes Page
      #5-Kasey Kahne Time Warner Cable #5 Team Schemes Page
      #14-Tony Stewart Bass Pro Shops - Arctic Cat #14 Team Schemes Page
      #18-Kyle Busch M&M's Red Nose Day #18 Team Schemes Page
      #19-Carl Edwards ARRIS #19 Team Schemes Page
      #24-Jeff Gordon Axalta Coating Systems #24 Team Schemes Page
      #31-Ryan Newman CAT / Quicken Loans none...yet
      #47-AJ Allmendinger Kingsford Charcoal #47 Team Schemes Page
      #48-Jimmie Johnson/TD> Lowe's Patriotic #48 Team Schemes Page
      #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. Mountain Dew Baja Blast #88 Team Schemes Page



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