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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|
|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
|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
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
|10||#48-Jimmie Johnson||May 2014 Charlotte
won event in 2003, 2006, 2012, 2013
|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)
|13||#14-Tony Stewart||won event 2009
2002, 2005, 2011 champ
|14||#20-Matt Kenseth||won event 2004
|Previous Winners of|
The Sprint Cup All-Star Race
(not a 2014/2015 winner or past series champ)
|15||#1-Jamie McMurray||won event in 2014|
|16||#5-Kasey Kahne||won event in 2008|
|17||#31-Ryan Newman||won event in 2003|
|Showdown winner, Showdown 2nd place and Fan Vote Winner|
|18||Sprint Showdown Winner||TBD|
|19||Sprint Showdown 2nd place finisher||TBD|
|20||Fan Vote Winner||TBD|
Active Sprint Cup past race winners not in the Sprint All-Star race(year of last win, notes):
David Ragan (2013)
Eligibility Criteria for the 2015 Sprint All-Star Race & Showdown
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 criterial 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:
The 32 drivers (as of March 19) eligible for the Sprint Fan Vote include:
#30-Ron Hornaday Jr.
#9-Sam Hornish Jr.
#17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
#78-Martin Truex, Jr.
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)
Superspeedway: 1.5-mile quad oval
Banking: turns: 24 degrees; straights: 5 degrees
Straights: Front stretch - 1952.8 feet; Backstretch - 1360 feet
Grandstand Seating: 89,000 [down from 146,000 in 2009]
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Sprint Showdown Race Festivities/Officials:
Grand Marshal: TBA
Command to start engines: TBA
Military Flyover: TBA
All Star Race Race Festivities/Officials:
Grand Marshal: TBA
Command to start engines: TBA
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
National Anthem: TBA
Military Flyover: TBA
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.
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