2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series All-Star Race

Updated 8-15-2014

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Rules to make 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 in the last 10 years
3rd criteria: Drivers who have won The All-Star Race in the past 10 years
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
(rules below table)

The Current UNOFFICIAL 2014 Field
Race winners (drivers) in 2014 and 2015
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 #99-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

Previous NASCAR Sprint Cup champions
(not a 2014/2015 winner)
within the last 10 years
13 #14-Tony Stewart June 2013 Dover
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) within the last 10 years
14 #5-Kasey Kahne won event in 2008
15 #1-Jamie McMurray won event in 2014

16 Sprint Showdown Winner TBD
17 Sprint Showdown 2nd place finisher TBD
18 Fan Vote Winner TBD

Active former Sprint Cup race winners not eligible (year of last win, notes):

    Matt Kenseth (2013)(won event 2004, 2003 champ)
    Ryan Newman (2013)(won event 2002)
    David Ragan (2013)
    Greg Biffle (2013)
    Martin Truex Jr. (2013)
    Brian Vickers (2013)
    Clint Bowyer (2012)
    Marcos Ambrose (2012)
    Trevor Bayne (2011)(part time)
    Regan Smith (2011) - full time NNS
    Paul Menard (2011)
    David Reutimann (2010)(part time)
    Juan Pablo Montoya (2010), Indycar
    Joe Nemechek (2004)
    Elliott Sadler (2004), runs full time in NNS
    Bobby Labonte (2003, Champ in 2000) - runs part time
    Michael Waltrip (2003, won event in 1996) - runs part time
    Morgan Shepherd (1993) - runs part time

    RETIRED/NOT ACTIVE in Sprint Cup in 2014
    Jeff Burton (2008) - retires after 2014
    Terry Labonte (2003, won event in 1988, 1999; 1984, 1996 Champ) - retires after 2014
    Mark Martin (won event in 2005, 1998), retired
    Dale Jarrett (last win in 2006, 1999 Champ) - retired broadcaster at ESPN
    Jeremy Mayfield (2005) - suspended
    Robby Gordon (2003)
    Bill Elliott (2003, won event in 1986, Champ in 1988)
    Johnny Benson (2002)
    Ward Burton (2002)
    Rusty Wallace (2004, won event in 1989, 1989 Champ) - retired broadcaster at ESPN
    Ricky Craven (2003) - retired, works for ESPN
    Ricky Rudd (2002) - retired
    Sterling Marlin (2002) - retired
    Steve Park (2001) - unknown plans
    Jerry Nadeau (2000)
    John Andretti (1999)
    Geoff Bodine (1996, won event in 1994) retired
    Kyle Petty (1995) retired, works for TNT & Fox
    Jimmy Spencer (1994) - retired
    Ken Schrader (1991) - retired from Cup
    Derrike Cope (1990) - unknown plans
    Greg Sacks (1985) - unknown

Eligibility Criteria for the 2014 Sprint All-Star Race & Showdown
  • 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)

  • Changes to the All-Star Race Schedule announced: Charlotte Motor Speedway officials have announced changes to the May 16-17 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race schedule. During the second day of the NASCAR Sprint Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway, officials announced that the Sprint Showdown will be moved to Friday, May 16, preceding the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series' North Carolina Education Lottery 200. Before the green flag falls on Saturday's NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, drivers will set the field for the main event with a three-lap qualifying that includes a mandatory four-tire pit stop and no pit road speed limit.
    "These changes mean fans get even more bang for their buck here at The Greatest Place to See the Race," said Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway. "In addition to watching the trucks battle on Friday night and rocking with a pre-race concert with Jake Owen on Saturday, fans will be treated to back-to-back nights of Sprint Cup Series action as drivers leave everything on the track with a $1 million payday on the line."
    The schedule change means that fans can watch both NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers battle on Friday night, May 16. It is the only date on the NASCAR schedule where both truck and Sprint Cup drivers will compete in non-qualifying contests on the same night at the same venue.
    Drivers already eligible to race in the 2014 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race include: #48-Jimmie Johnson, #99-Carl Edwards, #20-Matt Kenseth, #5-Kasey Kahne, #18-Kyle Busch, #4-Kevin Harvick, #34-David Ragan, #14-Tony Stewart, #16-Greg Biffle, #78-Martin Truex Jr., #55-Brian Vickers, #31-Ryan Newman, #22-Joey Logano, #2-Brad Keselowski,#1- Jamie McMurray, #24-Jeff Gordon, #11-Denny Hamlin and #41-Kurt Busch.
    Eligible drivers who win a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race prior to the Sprint All-Star Race will be added to the field as well as the top two finishers in Friday night's Sprint Showdown and the Sprint Fan Vote winner.
    Once the field is set, drivers and teams will turn their attention to the most highly-anticipated qualifying run of the season, a timed run of three laps including a mandatory four-tire pit stop with no pit road speed limit. With the new schedule, the Sprint Showdown winner and second place finisher as well as the Sprint Fan Vote winner will make qualifying runs.
    All NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race ticket holders can also enjoy a free concert featuring country music mega star Jake Owen before the green flag falls on the winner-take-all $1 million dash for cash.
    Tickets for Friday night's double-header with the Sprint Showdown and the N.C. Education Lottery 200 start at just $25. Fans can catch all the action of the Sprint Showdown, N.C. Education Lottery 200, Sprint All-Star Race qualifying, the Jake Owen pre-race concert and the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race with weekend front stretch ticket packages starting at just $99. Just $10 down reserves a seat at The Greatest Place to See the Race, and interest-free payment plans are available. Call 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com for details.(CMS)(1-28-2013)

  • Dale Jarrett pushing Bristol for All-Star Race: ESPN analyst Dale Jarrett is a public advocate of deeming Bristol Motor Speedway as the new venue for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. "Charlotte has been a great venue, and Atlanta that one year, but I think it's time that we take it to a short track and let these drivers battle it out," Jarrett said, winner of the 1997 Goody's Headache Powder 500. "Short tracks are where every one of these drivers got their start. What better place to have the All-Star Race than action-packed Bristol. You have side-by-side racing; you have to know in your mind that if the drivers come here with that kind of money on the line, then they're going to be willing to take out their best friend, just spin him and take the spot."(Bluefield Daily Telegraph)(8-24-2013)

  • USUALLY.......to be eligible for the Sprint All-Star Fan Vote (and the Sprint Showdown), drivers must be approved by NASCAR for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition and have met all other eligibility requirements. Those requirements include finishing in the Top 50 of the previous season NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship point standings; competing in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Event during the current season; or attempting to qualify for the current season Daytona 500.

  • Drivers currently eligible for the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Showdown (unknown):
    Not announced yet


  • not officially released yet, see chart above


  • Not announced until early in the 2014 season


  • none yet


  • Track Specifications:
    Superspeedway: 1.5-mile quad oval
    Banking: turns: 24 degrees; straights: 5 degrees
    Straights: Front stretch - 1952.8 feet; Backstretch - 1360 feet
    Grandstand Seating: 146,000 [down from 171,000]
    Pit Road Speed: 45mph
    Pace Car Speed: 55mph
    Opened: 1960

  • Track / Sponsor Websites:
    Jayski's Charlotte Track News, Links & Stats page
    Charlotte Motor Speedway
    Speedway Motorsports
    Facebook - Charlotte Motor Speedway
    Twitter - CLTMotorSpdwy

  • Sprint Showdown Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: TBA
    Command to start engines: TBA
    Invocation: TBA
    Military Flyover: TBA

  • All Star Race Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: TBA
    Command to start engines: TBA
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
    Invocation: TBA
    National Anthem: TBA
    Military Flyover: TBA


  • not posted yet


  • not posted yet


  • none yet


  • none yet


  • not yet available


  • will be announced early in the 2014 season....usually


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