2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series All-Star Race

Updated 5-22-2016

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TELEVISION / RADIO COVERAGE / SCHEDULE

  • Saturday's Revised Schedule: for the Sprint Showdown, Sprint All-Star practice and Camping World Truck Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 21, 2016 after Friday was a rain out:
    9:30am/et, Sprint All-Star practice, FS1
    10:05am/et, Sprint All-Star pit road speed practice, FS1
    11:00am/et, Sprint Showdown, FS1
    12:30pm/et, Camping World Truck Series race, FS1
    7:10pm/et, Sprint All-Star quals, FS1
    9:00pm/et, Sprint All-Star race, FS1

  • Sprint Showdown:
    Place: Charlotte Motor Speedway
    Revised Date and Time: Saturday, May 21 at 11 a.m. ET
    Tune-in: FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
    Distance: 20 laps (30 miles) | 20 laps (30 miles) | 10 laps (15 Miles) (75 total miles)
    What to Watch For: Sunoco Rookie of the Year contenders Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney attempt to compete their way into the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2000) and Ryan Newman (2002) are the only rookies to win an All-Star Race. ... No driver has ever won the Sprint Showdown and advanced to win the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. Michael Waltrip (1996) and Ryan Newman (2002), however, did use transfer spots in the Showdown to win the All-Star Race.

  • Race Coverage of the Sprint All-Star Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, May 21, 2016.
    Television (TV): 9:00pm/et; Pre-race 8:30pm/et; approx green flag 9:26pm/et.
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    Sunday, May 22 at 9:30am/et on FS1;
    Monday, May 23 at 9:30am/et on FS1;
    Tuesday, May 24 at 3:30am/et on FS1

  • Race Coverage of the Sprint Showdown Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is re-scheduled for Saturday, May 21, 2016.
    Television (TV): FS1 at 11:00 am/et;
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Sprint All-Star Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, May 21, 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/Practice for the Sprint Showdown Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, May 20, 2015 at 1:30pm/et.
    Television (TV): FoxSports1 (FS1), 1:30pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: none.

  • Tire Wear will dictate All-Star Strategy: This year's unique NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race format, which requires the first nine, 10 or 11 drivers to start the final 13-lap segment on old tires (with the specific number determined by lot) with cars on new tires behind them, already has drivers thinking about hypothetical scenarios. Drivers in 12th place or worse entering the final segment, where only green-flag laps count, will be guaranteed fresh rubber, and that number is crucial to a lot of calculations. "We have to see how the tires wear," said #19-Carl Edwards. "That's really going to be the key. And then, man, it's just I was going through it this morning ... if you're running sixth or seventh before the final stop, I don't know, then it becomes maybe a race for 12th or something. I just don't know how this thing is going to play out. The advantage that I have is we have a really fast pit crew so I feel like even if we're not leading and we feel like the tires are the deal and we're running fifth or something we could still come off of pit road first. I think for us and for my team, fortunately, because of my pit crew, I have more options I believe." On the other hand, the restart for the final segment will be anything but orderly.
    "Somebody brought up the fact that, (with) the complete chaos that's going to ensue when they drop the green flag, you might be better off being in the back with fresher tires, because I believe some people are going to be wrecking," Edwards said. "I think the factor that's going to determine what you do is how much the tires fall off, how much advantage do you have. I don't know, it's going to be - before that caution comes out, there's going to be a lot of people trying a lot of different things."(NASCAR Wire Service)(5-21-2016)


THE SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE

Eligibility rules for the All-Star Race:
1st criteria: Drivers who have won races in the current and preceding year.
If a driver leaves a team with which they won a race,
the driver remains eligible (through the last race before The All-Star Race),
the team does NOT
2nd criteria: Drivers who are past Cup champions
3rd criteria: Drivers who have won The All-Star Race
4th criteria: Driver who wins Segment 1 of the Showdown
5th criteria: Driver who wins Segment 2 of the Showdown
6th criteria: The winning driver of the Showdown
7th criteria: Driver voted in by the fans
The Current UNOFFICIAL Field
 DriverEligibility
Race winners (drivers) in the preceding and current season
1 #22-Joey Logano February 2015 Daytona 500
2 #48-Jimmie Johnson March 2015 Atlanta
won event in 2003, 2006, 2012, 2013
2006,2007,2008,2009,2010,2013 champ
3 #4-Kevin Harvick March 2015 Las Vegas
won event 2007
2014 champ
4 #2-Brad Keselowski March 2015 Auto Club
2012 champ
5 #11-Denny Hamlin March 2015 Martinsville
won event 2015
6 #20-Matt Kenseth April 2015 Bristol
won event 2004
2003 champ
7 #41-Kurt Busch April 2015 Richmond
2004 champ
won event 2010
8 #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. May 2015 Talladega
won event 2000
9 #19-Carl Edwards May 2015 Charlotte
won event 2011
10 #78-Martin Truex Jr. June 2015 Pocono
11 #18-Kyle Busch June 2015 Sonoma
2015 champ
Previous NASCAR Sprint Cup champions
(not a 2015/2016 winner)
12 #14-Tony Stewart 2002, 2005, 2011 champ
won event 2009
Previous Winners of
The All-Star Race
(not a 2015/2016 winner or past series champ)
13 #1-Jamie McMurray won event in 2014
14 #5-Kasey Kahne won event in 2008
15 #31-Ryan Newman won event in 2003
Showdown winner, Segment 1 & 2 winner and Fan Vote Winner advance
16 Sprint Showdown Segment One Winner #6-Trevor Bayne
17 Sprint Showdown Segment Two Winner #16-Greg Biffle
18 Sprint Showdown Segment Three / Race Winner #42-Kyle Larson
19 Fan Vote Winner #24-Chase Elliott
20 Fan Vote 2nd place #10-Danica Patrick

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

Jeff Gordon (2015)(won event 1995,1997,2001)(1995,1997,1998,2001 champ), retired
#43-Aric Almirola (July 2014 Daytona)
#47-AJ Allmendinger (August 2014 Watkins Glen)
#23-David Ragan (Talladega 2013)
#16-Greg Biffle (2013)
Brian Vickers (2013), no ride
#15-Clint Bowyer (2012)
#6-Trevor Bayne (2011)
#7-Regan Smith (2011)
#27-Paul Menard (2011)
Juan Pablo Montoya (2010), Indycar
David Reutimann (2010)(unknown)
Joe Nemechek (2004)(part time)
Elliott Sadler (2004), full time NXS
#32-Bobby Labonte (2003, Champ in 2000) - part time
#83/#93-Michael Waltrip (2003, won event in 1996) - part time

SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE RESULTS

  • All-Star Race Results(pdf)

  • Joey Logano triumphs in scintillating NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race finish: At the end of a wild and crazy Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway, #22-Joey Logano got the upper hand in an intense battle with last-chance qualifier #42-Kyle Larson and took home the million-dollar prize as the winner of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. Trying to block the stronger car of Logano in the closing 13-lap final segment of the race, Larson buried his car into Turn 1 as Logano edged ahead. Larson's 42 Chevy got loose and sailed up the track into the outside wall with less than two laps left. "I tell you, Larson is a hard racer," Logano said. "I watched him in the Showdown earlier today, and I knew what I was up against. I knew he was going to run hard. I'm a hard racer, so I knew it was going to be a fun battle for sure. I got underneath him once, and I got to the outside of him once, we went up high, and I got underneath him and I got loose underneath him. I knew I had position on him going into the corner and had to keep him on my quarter panel and not let him get to my door, so I drove in there hard. He was going to drive in there hard to keep on my door and I was going to drive in there hard to keep him at my quarter. What a crazy battle for a million dollars at the end. This is the All-Star Race. It's special just to be in the race. Forget winning it--it's just special. It's neat to be in Victory Lane."
    Larson's contact with the wall on the penultimate lap was an opportunity for Logano's Team Penske teammate, #2-Brad Keselowski, who finished second, 1.142 seconds behind the race winner. #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. came home third, followed by #19-Carl Edwards, #41-Kurt Busch and #24-Chase Elliott.
    Larson brought his damaged car to pit road as Logano sped to the win. "I was able to get to the front pretty quick there and be in the best position for that last restart," Larson said. "I got clear right away and thought I could cruise, but I got looser throughout the race-we were making adjustments, but I guess we weren't making big enough ones. "I just got loose, and Joey caught me, and he did a really good job of side-drafting me. I tried to hang on his quarter, and I just got really loose as soon as I got down in the corner. We were going so fast I couldn't correct it and drilled the wall."
    The victory was Logano's first in the non-points event. Team Penske's 1-2 finish marked the first time an organization has swept the top two spots in the All-Star Race. After two segments of 50 laps each, which included a six-car Lap 73 wreck that eliminated the cars of #20-Matt Kenseth, #5-Kasey Kahne and #14-Tony Stewart (who was competing in his final All-Star Race), Logano restarted fifth on fresh tires under unique rules devised for this year's event. Larson, who restarted third behind two cars required to stay out on old rubber-those of #48-Jimmie Johnson and #75-Kyle Busch-surged into the lead on Lap 101 and held the top spot until Logano tracked him down and made the winning pass on the next-to-last lap. Keselowski was the primary architect of this year's All-Star Race format, and he believed the new rules accomplished their purpose, even though there were unforeseen consequences that confused some of the competitors-as when Kenseth failed to make a mandatory green-flag stop in the first segment and trapped a handful of cars a lap down. "There was a next-to-last-lap pass for the lead," Keselowski said. "There were several passes for the lead. The last four (All-Star) races, there hasn't been a pass for the lead in the last 20 or 30 laps. I think our fans deserve a better format than that, and they got that today. I don't know how you can get much more compelling racing than what we saw today, so they need to get unconfused and enjoy the racing."(NASCAR Wire Service)(5-21-2016)

  • NASCAR Comments about All-Star race confusion: NASCAR attempted a new Sprint All-Star Race format to increase passing in the final green-lap dash to the finish and succeeded, as Joey Logano outmaneuvered Kyle Larson with two laps remaining to win the $1 million exhibition race. But a whole lot of confusion reigned before the outcome Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway (ESPN)
    AND: The complex format, the brainchild of Logano's Team Penske teammate Brad Keselowski, was thwarted by a scenario that NASCAR admitted no one saw coming. "It's just very unfortunate that this situation cropped up and a lot of people walked away from here disappointed," NASCAR senior vice president of competition Scott Miller said. "We're disappointed as well."
    The situation was complicated, but here's an attempt to explain:
    Drivers were required to make a pit stop under the green flag within the first 50 laps of the first segment.
    All of the drivers did that except for Matt Kenseth, who was still on the track as the race leader when Jamie McMurray suddenly spun out and caused a caution with a few laps left in the segment.
    As a result, there wasn't enough time for Kenseth to make a green-flag stop. He was penalized one lap for not taking tires and forced to pit.
    Since Kenseth was technically the race leader - even though it was illegally so - it meant nearly half the field was trapped one lap down and unable to take the wavearound.
    That left drivers confused as to what their position on the track was. They were upset because it was a different procedure than NASCAR would use in a normal race, and it muddied the setup for the final segment. After all, the entire idea of the 2016 format was to have fast cars with new tires start behind a bunch of slower cars on old tires. But instead of a bunch, there were only two - Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch. What should NASCAR have done? It should have held Kenseth a lap, let the field come back around and then opened the pits. The cars would have unlapped themselves and returned to the lead lap while Kenseth would have been one lap down.
    "Hindsight is really easy, and we didn't really have a mechanism (to correct the situation) in our race procedures," Miller said.(USA Today)
    AND: "We have, obviously, a format we have never done before,'' said Scott Miller, NASCAR senior vice president of competition. "We worked diligently trying to come up with every scenario and an answer for every scenario that might crop up. We ran into a situation where our race procedure didn't give us the opportunity for a wave-around and it created a lot of confusion.''(NBC Sports)(5-22-2016)

  • Earnhardt Jr. discusses the new All-Star race format: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 3rd in the Sprint All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Earnhardt Jr. comments after the race;
    Q). NASCAR kind of wanted to change the format to try to increase excitement. Did you feel you increased excitement? There seemed to be a lot of confusion out there about exactly how things would work, and then with only two cars on old tires on that last
    Earnhardt Jr.: "Yeah, wasn't -- you know, I think that the intent was really positive, and the ideas were great. But I think the simpler we make it, the easier it is to follow. You just have to worry about rooting for your guy. I was pretty confused right up until it was 13 laps to go, and then I knew, well, we're racing from here to the end, and this is all the normal rules. But everything before that was really out of my -- I was out of my element. But NASCAR did a good job making sure -- even though all the pitting was confusing and how the lap cars were pitting with the leaders, people weren't really where they were supposed to be, NASCAR did make sure all the lineups were correct before we went back to green. So you can't really complain about that too much. It was just an unorthodox way of doing it. I don't know. I think they ran into some scenarios tonight that they didn't really anticipate and got caught off guard. I think the 20 obviously not pitting, however that worked out, that threw them for a loop and everybody was confused from that minute on."
    Q. What made you think if the All-Star Race became a race of innovation and you guys just raced whatever you brought to the track?
    Earnhardt Jr.: "Well, I don't know. We probably wouldn't pass too much because we'd all be wide open. We would all be full throttle. I just think they ought to go back to the original formats that they started with that are simple and make the cars race better, you know? Gimmicks and all that stuff, trying to trick up the race is going down the wrong path. The way to make the racing exciting is to make the cars exciting.
    Q). Along those lines, the changes that were implemented, could you tell from the driver's seat, did they have much effect in this race on the racing in general?
    Earnhardt Jr.: "There was a lot of -- yeah, I mean, we gained some track position somehow. You know, all the mandatory stops during the segments, then the mandatory stops in between the segments. Somehow or another Greg did some magic and got us into the top 5. Guys were struggling, and I don't know. You know, it came down to the 22, the 42. That was pretty exciting, and I don't think that had anything to do with any format, so that was just two guys going at it, and that's what you really want."(Team Chevy / ASAP Sports)
    AND
    Q) WE HEARD YOU ON THE RADIO EARLIER REMINDING YOU OF THE FIRST TIME YOU FLEW A REMOTE CONTROL HELICOPTER. WAS THAT THE KIND OF CRAZY DAY THIS WAS?
    Earnhardt Jr.: "Yeah, I didn't know what way up and what way was right and left. Lap-down cars were pitting with lead-lap cars and wave-by cars were up front and in the middle. NASCAR did a good job of sorting the lineups out. Everybody was where they were supposed to be when we went back to green so you can't complain. They were doing it unlike any other way they were doing it before. I'm sure they ran into some scenarios they weren't really anticipating. That really was probably part of it; guys getting caught a lap down, the 20 not pitting within the first 50 laps. They weren't anticipating all that. As far as our Mountain Dew and Nationwide Chevy, we got it better. A lot of the setup is new and some stuff we're trying to find some speed with. We still have some gains to make. We didn't win the race but we outran a lot of guys who had been outrunning us the last few weeks. We didn't get to practice so we worked really hard during the race changing a lot of stuff, and I hope Greg (Ives) learned a lot. Next weekend we'll actually get to practice some and make some changes to see if we can't get our car better for the 600. I'd love to win that race before I retire."(Team Chevy / ASAP Sports)(5-22-2016)

  • Race and Commercial Breakdown of the 2016 All Star Race: For those NASCAR fans that like stats and love to hate commercials, here is the breakdown for Saturday's race. Began recording the times of the race at 7:00 PM, stopped at 7:17 PM for a rain delay; restarted recording times at 9:49 PM, then stopped at 11:55 PM (all times are EDT). Did not keep records for the pre- and post-race coverage. FS1 was the broadcast team for this event.
    Total number of commercials: 52
    Total number of companies or entities advertised: 37
    Number of traditional commercials (not split-screen): 43
    Total number of companies or entities advertised: 33
    Number of 'Side-by-Side' commercials during race broadcast (split-screen): 9
    Total number of companies or entities advertised: 7
    Number of times FS1 utilized 'Side-by-Side' commercials during this broadcast: 2
    Total number of brief promos of products/services during the race broadcast (including company logos 'floating' in corners of the screen): 42
    Total amount of time these brief promos take during broadcast: app. 1 min. 30 sec.
    Total race brdcst time 123 Total comm. brdcst time 20
    See past races, more info on the commercials with links at CawsnJaws.com.(5-22-2016)

  • Stewart finished last in All-Star race; format is dumbest thing he ever saw: #14-Tony Stewart finished 20th in his 18th and final NASCAR Sprint All-Star race after hard contact ended his night Saturday at Charlotte. Stewart's bid to win his second All-Star race ended on lap 20 in the second 50-lap segment when Chase Elliott, in traffic, slowed on the track in turn four to enter the pits. The field attempted to avoid Elliott, but the result was a multicar accident that saw Stewart make hard contact with Kasey Kahne, destroying the #14. Stewart was not injured but admitted he was angered, both by the accident and by the officiating that had him down a lap to the leaders at the beginning of the second segment, his comments:
    Q) WHAT HAPPENED?
    Stewart: "I got in a wreck. I mean, the #24 (Chase Elliott) wrecked everybody and put everybody behind him in jeopardy and we got caught on the outside of it. I shouldn't have been back there in the first place. We couldn't even get clarification after the pit stop as to where we were even supposed to be and then we restarted and find out we're a lap down and it's like, how did that happen? How did that happen? It's the dumbest damn thing I've ever been a part of.
    Q) CHASE ELLIOTT WAS WAVING OFF CARS BEHIND HIM THAT HE WAS GOING TO PIT. BUT IT'S BEEN ONE OF THOSE INDESCRIBABLE NIGHTS.
    Stewart: "I'm as baffled as everybody. I don't know how in the hell we were scored a lap down after they stopped the 20 car (Matt Kenseth) and the pit everybody together a lap down then lead lap and then lap down. It's the most screwed up All-Star race I've ever been a part of. I'm glad it's my last one. I'm all right. I'm just madder than hell because I don't understand how the hell they've officiated this from start to finish."(SHR / Team Chevy / ASAP Sports)(5-22-2016)

  • Logano talks about All-Star win; Keselowski defends format: #22-Joey Logano passed #42-Kyle Larson with two laps to go to win Saturday night's Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, becoming the ninth different Ford driver to win the non-points event. #2-Brad Keselowski finished second to give Team Penske a sweep of the top two spots. Comments from both drivers about the win and the format of the All-Star race:
    Logano Victory Lane Interview: "I tell you, Larson is a hard racer. I watched him in the Showdown earlier today and I knew what I was up against. I knew he was gonna run hard. I'm a hard racer, I knew it was gonna be a fun battle for sure. I got underneath him once and I got to the outside of him once, we went up high and I got underneath him and I got loose underneath him. I knew I had position on him going into the corner and had to keep him on my quarterpanel and not let him get to my door, so I drove in there hard. He was gonna drive in there hard to keep on my door and I was gonna drive in there hard to keep him at my quarter. What a crazy battle for a million dollars at the end. This is the All-Star Race. It's special just to be in the race. Forget winning it, it's just special. It's neat to be in victory lane."
    Q) WHEN DID YOU DECIDE ON THAT STRATEGY?
    Logano: "We actually didn't go by Plan A. We had Plan A, B, C, and D, and we actually went by Plan B, which was the two-tire call there. I actually thought we were in trouble there when a couple cars pitted under caution and we got used up on that restart. I thought, 'Oh boy, we're not in position to win,' but then we had a good pit stop by our pit crew -- got us out there in a decent spot and it was game-on from there."
    Q) WHERE DOES THIS WIN RANK?
    Logano: "It's up there for sure. It's definitely one you want to have on your resume. You want to have the Daytona 500, but the All-Star Race is special and the Coca-Cola 600 is next and that's a really special one to have.
    Keselowski Post-Race Press Conference: "A decent night, but not the great night we wanted with the Miller Lite Ford ending up second. I'm pretty happy for my teammate Joey Logano. He kind of did exactly what you would expect out of an All-Star Race format and made a pretty incredible pass to win the race. I'm happy for Team Penske as a whole, but, of course, I wish it was me in victory lane."
    Q) CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THIS FORMAT AND HOW IT PLAYED OUT?
    Keselowski: "There was a next-to-last lap pass for the lead. There were several passes for the lead. The last four races there hasn't been a pass for the lead in the last 20 or 30 laps. I think our fans deserve a better format than that and they got that today. I don't know how you can get much more compelling racing than what we saw today, so they need to get unconfused and enjoy the racing."
    Q) DID THE RULES CHANGES HELP?
    Keselowski: "Absolutely. I thought it was certainly a key to making the cars have more fall off and open up more passing opportunities, so, yeah, I think that was a pretty big positive for here."(Ford Racing)(5-22-2015)

  • Logano wins the Sprint All-Star Race: #22-Joey Logano passed #42-Kyle Larson with 2 laps to go to win the Sprint All-Star Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway and $1 million. #2-Keselowski finished 2nd, the rundown after 113 of 113 laps:
    1) #22-Logano(8)
    2) #2-Keselowski(6)
    3) #88-Earnhardt Jr.(11)
    4) #19-Edwards(4)
    5) #41-Busch(3)
    6) #24-Elliott, Fan Vote Winner (7)
    7) #6-Bayne, Segment 1 Showdown winner (18)
    8) #16-Biffle, Segment 2 Showdown winner (25)
    9) #11-Hamlin(13)
    10) #75(18)-Busch(2)
    11)#4-Harvick(1)
    12) #48-Johnson(5)
    13) #31-Newman(17)
    14) #78-Truex Jr.(9)
    15) #10-Patrick, 2nd in Fan Vote (24)
    16) #42-Larson, Segment 3 Showdown winner (22), -3 laps accident
    17) #1-McMurray(14), -3 laps
    18) #20-Kenseth(12), -42 laps accident
    19) #5-Kahne(20), -42 laps accident
    20) #14-Stewart(21), -42 laps accident
    There were 13 lead changes among 7 drivers and 4 cautions for 18 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 98.103mph
    Lap Leaders: K. Harvick 0; Kyle Busch 1-4; K. Harvick 5-25; Kyle Busch 26-34; J. Logano 35-44; C. Edwards 45; M. Kenseth 46-49; C. Edwards 50; B. Keselowski 51-80; Kyle Busch 81-82; C. Edwards 83-84; B. Keselowski 85-93; K. Larson 94-111; J. Logano 112-113.
    Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): B. Keselowski 2 times for 39 laps; K. Harvick 1 time for 21 laps; K. Larson 1 time for 18 laps; Kyle Busch 3 times for 15 laps; J. Logano 2 times for 12 laps; C. Edwards 3 times for 4 laps; M. Kenseth 1 time for 4 laps.

  • Sprint All-Star Fast Facts:
    #22-Joey Logano won the 32nd annual NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, his first victory in the annual non-points race.
    This was Logano's sixth start in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. His previous best finish was second, in 2013.
    #2-Brad Keselowski finished second, matching his career-best finish in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. He also finished second in 2012.
    Team Penske finished 1-2 in the all-star event. This was the first time one team finished 1-2 in the annual non-points event.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished third, his best finish in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race since 2002.
    (NASCAR)(5-21-2016)

  • Sprint All-Star Segment 2 Results: lap 100 of 113
    1) #42-Larson, Segment 3 Showdown winner (22)
    2) #2-Keselowski(6)
    3) #88-Earnhardt Jr.(11)
    4) #22-Logano(8)
    5) #41-Busch(3)
    6) #6-Bayne, Segment 1 Showdown winner (18)
    7) #19-Edwards(4)
    8)#4-Harvick(1)
    9) #11-Hamlin(13)
    10) #24-Elliott, Fan Vote Winner (7)
    11) #16-Biffle, Segment 2 Showdown winner (25)
    12) #48-Johnson(5)
    13) #75(18)-Busch(2)
    14) #78-Truex Jr.(9)
    15) #31-Newman(17)
    16) #10-Patrick, 2nd in Fan Vote (24)
    17) #1-McMurray(14), -2 laps
    18) #20-Kenseth(12), -29 laps accident
    19) #5-Kahne(20), -29 laps accident
    20) #14-Stewart(21), -29 laps accident
    On lap 73, #24-Elliott was trying to pit, got hit by #16-Biffle, #6-Bayne got into #20-Kenseth who slowed for the #24, then shot up the track and into #14-Stewart who was then hit by #5-Kahne.

  • Sprint All-Star Segment 1 Results: lap 50 of 113
    1) #19-Edwards(4)
    2) #2-Keselowski(6)
    3) #75(18)-Busch(2)
    4)#4-Harvick(1)
    5) #24-Elliott, Fan Vote Winner (7)
    6) #41-Busch(3)
    7) #22-Logano(8)
    8) #11-Hamlin(13)
    9) #42-Larson, Segment 3 Showdown winner (22)
    10) #48-Johnson(5)
    11) #88-Earnhardt Jr.(11)
    12) #6-Bayne, Segment 1 Showdown winner (18)
    13) #31-Newman(17)
    14) #78-Truex Jr.(9)
    15) #5-Kahne(20)
    16) #14-Stewart(21)
    17) #16-Biffle, Segment 2 Showdown winner (25)
    18) #10-Patrick, 2nd in Fan Vote (24)
    19) #1-McMurray(14), -1 lap
    20) #20-Kenseth(12), -1 lap
    field was set by owners points as qualifying was cancelled due to rain
    #1-McMurray spun out off turn 2 on lap 47; #20-Kenseth was leading and hadn't pitted yet, was penalized 1 lap for not making a mandatory pit stop during green flag

  • Qualifying for the Sprint All-Star Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway was canceled.
    The All-Star race lineup was set by the rules book, owners points, as not all the cars had an opportunity to practice (the five Showdown cars).
    #14-Tony Stewart gave the command to start engines at 9:50pm/et.
    Cars are on the track, running pace laps.
    Green flag was flown and the race started at 10:11pm/et

  • Weather Updates for the All-Star Race: As unsettled weather continues ahead of this weekend's events at Charlotte Motor Speedway, officials are taking precautions to make sure everything runs smoothly. So far this week, the Charlotte metro area has received over a half inch of rain. With mainly light and scattered showers expected on Wednesday and Thursday, NASCAR expects to get all practice and qualifying races in without problems. Problems may arise Friday night, as strong storms look to move into the Carolinas. Crews have already made the call for at least eight jet dryers ready to go for Friday night's North Carolina Education Lottery 200, starting at 7:00pm/et. Rain will continue Friday night into Saturday morning, with models suggesting up to 1-2 inches of rain possible. According to Charlotte Motor Speedway crews, it all boils down to when that rain will stop. They promise to get the All Star Race in if it stops around noon Saturday. "With the equipment that we have available, we can do this place in about an hour and we could be dry and ready for that race," said director of operations Shaun Johnson. The latest models show good news for those attending the race, as showers look to push out out by Saturday afternoon.(WSOC TV)(5-19-2016)
    FORECASTS latest forecast [8:00pm/et] for Saturday from the National Weather Service:
    Saturday night: A 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 10pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 57. Calm wind becoming northwest around 5 mph after midnight. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
    AND latest forecast [8:00pm/et] for Saturday from the Weather Channel:
    Saturday night: Thunderstorms early, then becoming mostly clear after midnight. Low 57F. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 90%.
    See these and other weather links on the Sprint All-Star Info page.
    See segment results and links on the All-Star Race Info page(5-21-2016)

SPRINT SHOWDOWN RACE RESULTS

  • Sprint Showdown Results (pdf)

  • Bayne, Biffle, Larson advance to All-Star Race; Elliott & Patrick claim Sprint Fan Vote: #6-Trevor Bayne, #16-Greg Biffle and #42-Kyle Larson rocketed to segment victories in an exhilarating Saturday afternoon Sprint Showdown, the prelude to Saturday night's fender-banging NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, while #24-Chase Elliott and #10-Danica Patrick claimed the final two positions in the biggest all-star event in sports by being the top vote-getters in the Sprint Fan Vote. Bayne held off Elliott - who started on the pole after the lineup was set by owner points - by .005 seconds in Segment 1, while Biffle benefitted from a late Segment 1 caution involving #95-Michael McDowell that let Biffle pit for four tires and only take two fresh tires at the segment break. The extra track position and fresh Goodyear rubber helped Biffle claim Segment 2 by 1.525 seconds over Larson. In a thrilling 10-lap Segment 3, Larson beat Elliott to the stripe in an outstanding door-to-door battle that saw Larson's Chevy prevail by .016 seconds - easily one of the closest finishes in the history of the Sprint Showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    QUOTES:
    Segment 1 Winner - #6-Trevor Bayne "I don't think I was sweating until lap 19. Ricky (teammate Ricky Stenhouse Jr.) gave me a huge push. If it wasn't for him we wouldn't win the race. It's good to have a teammate to do that even if it wasn't helping him. We raced those 20 laps like it was for $1 million."
    Segment 2 Winner - #16-Greg Biffle: "I'm interested in that $1 million tonight. The guys did a great job. We have been getting better and better. The pit crew won this race for us. They got us out third. We're in the big race."
    Segment 3 Winner - #42-Kyle Larson: "We had a good Target Chevy. I knew Chase (Elliott) was going to be good on four tires and I knew he was probably going to win the Fan Vote, so I knew I had to win because I wasn't going to win the Fan Vote. I did what I had to do. I'm sure Chase is upset with me and he has all the right in the world to be. But, hey, it was for a million bucks."
    NASCAR Sprint Fan Vote Winner - #24-Chase Elliott: "(Larson) did what he thought he had to do to beat us back to the line. That's all there is to it. It's good to be in the (NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race). I wish we could've raced our way in, but we've got some great fans. It was good to get some laps and know what not to do because I messed some things up there."
    NASCAR Sprint Fan Vote Winner - #10-Danica Patrick: "I'm well aware that I have the best fans in this series and fan base as well. Yet again, my fans come through for me. What I want to do in a situation like this where I know the fans put me in the race, and every other weekend on the track, I want to do well for them. I want them to be proud to wear my t-shirt, display my flag, proud to be wearing my hat. We have that opportunity in the NASCAR Sprint All Star Race and I hope we do. There had to be a lot we learned about the car. Everybody did a good job. The car felt pretty good. Hopefully we will be good in the All-Star Race. It will be fun. The All-Star Race is one of those where things get shaken up with strategies and whatnot. I hope we can shake it up."
    Fans can buy tickets, race-day upgrades and camping packages to any 10 Days of NASCAR Thunder event by calling 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or by shopping online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.(CMS)(5-21-2016)

  • Larson wins the Sprint Showdown: #42-Kyle Larson beat and banged with #24-Chase Elliott to win the Sprint Showdown Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Elliott finished 2nd. Elliott won the fan vote, #10-Patrick was 2nd in the fan vote (no idea who was 3rd) and both advance to the All-Star race.
    The results:
    1) #42-Kyle Larson(started 7th), advances to the All-Star race
    2) #24-Chase Elliott(1), Sprint Fan Vote Winner
    3) #21-Ryan Blaney(3)
    4) #43-Aric Almirola(11)
    5) #47-AJ Allmendinger(4)
    6) #38-Landon Cassill(13)
    7) #15-Clint Bowyer(12)
    8) #13-Casey Mears(14)
    9) #10-Danica Patrick(9), 2nd in Sprint Fan Vote
    10) #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.(6)
    11) #44-Brian Scott(15)
    12) #3-Austin Dillon(2)
    13) #27-Paul Menard(8)
    14) #23-David Ragan(17)
    15) #83-Matt DiBenedetto(18)
    16) #95-Michael McDowell(16)
    17) #34-Chris Buescher(20)
    18) #46-Michael Annett(21)
    19) #7-Regan Smith(19)
    20) #30-Josh Wise(25)
    21) #98-Cole Whitt(22)
    22) #32-Jeffrey Earnhardt(23)
    23) #55-Reed Sorenson(24), down 1 lap
    #6-Trevor Bayne(5) advanced by winning segment 1
    #16-Greg Biffle(10) advanced by winning segment 2

  • Sprint Showdown Segment Two: Segment Two (Lap 40/50) for the Sprint Showdown Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is over. The results from segment 2:
    1) #16-Greg Biffle(started 10th), advances to All-Star race
    2) #42-Kyle Larson(7)
    3) #47-AJ Allmendinger(4)
    4) #24-Chase Elliott(1)
    5) #43-Aric Almirola(11)
    6) #21-Ryan Blaney(3)
    7) #38-Landon Cassill(13)
    8) #3-Austin Dillon(2)
    9) #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.(6)
    10) #10-Danica Patrick(9)
    11) #27-Paul Menard(8)
    12) #13-Casey Mears(14)
    13) #15-Clint Bowyer(12)
    14) #44-Brian Scott(15)
    15) #95-Michael McDowell(16)
    16) #83-Matt DiBenedetto(18)
    17) #34-Chris Buescher(20)
    18) #7-Regan Smith(19)
    19) #46-Michael Annett(21)
    20) #23-David Ragan(17)
    21) #98-Cole Whitt(22)
    22) #30-Josh Wise(25)
    23) #32-Jeffrey Earnhardt(23)(Lucky Dog after segment 2)
    24) #55-Reed Sorenson(24), down 1 lap
    #6-Trevor Bayne(5) advanced in segment 1

  • Sprint Showdown Segment One: Segment One [Lap 20/50] for the Sprint Showdown Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is over. The results from segment 1:
    1) #6-Trevor Bayne(started 5th), advances to All-Star race
    2) #24-Chase Elliott(1)
    3) #21-Ryan Blaney(3), jumped restart, goes to rear of segment 2 start
    4) #3-Austin Dillon(2)
    5) #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.(6)
    6) #42-Kyle Larson(7)
    7) #38-Landon Cassill(13)
    8) #16-Greg Biffle(10)
    9) #10-Danica Patrick(9)
    10) #47-AJ Allmendinger(4)
    11) #44-Brian Scott(15)
    12) #43-Aric Almirola(11)
    13) #15-Clint Bowyer(12)
    14) #83-Matt DiBenedetto(18)
    15) #13-Casey Mears(14)
    16) #23-David Ragan(17)
    17) #34-Chris Buescher(20)
    18) #95-Michael McDowell(16)
    19) #27-Paul Menard(8)
    20) #46-Michael Annett(21)
    21) #7-Regan Smith(19)
    22) #32-Jeffrey Earnhardt(23)
    23) #98-Cole Whitt(22)
    24) #30-Josh Wise(25)
    25) #55-Reed Sorenson(24)

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

  • Qualifying for the Sprint All-Star Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway has been canceled. The All-Star race lineup will be set by the rules book, owners points, as not all the cars had an opportunity to practice (the five Showdown cars). It had been reported it would be by practice speeds. The rain has stopped and track drying is underway. The Sprint All-Star Race remains scheduled for a 9:26pm/et green flag start, if the rain stops and the track is able to be dried in time. Driver intros are scheduled for 8:49pm/et.

  • Sprint All-Star Starting Lineup: set by owners points as qualifying was cancelled due to rain, practice speed posted (no effect on starting spot):
    1)#4-Harvick 191.008 (1st in owners points)
    2) #75(18)-Busch 190.873 (2)
    3) #41-Busch 191.795 (3)
    4) #19-Edwards 192.027 (4)
    5) #48-Johnson 191.483 (5)
    6) #2-Keselowski 192.027 (6)
    7) #24-Elliott, Fan Vote Winner (7)
    8) #22-Logano 191.700 (8)
    9) #78-Truex Jr. 190.873 (9)
    10) #88-Earnhardt Jr. 189.547 (11)
    11) #20-Kenseth 190.665 (12)
    12) #11-Hamlin 191.904 (13)
    13) #1-McMurray 189.434 (14)
    14) #31-Newman 190.396 (17)
    15) #6-Bayne, Segment 1 Showdown winner (18)
    16) #5-Kahne 189.940 (20)
    17) #14-Stewart 188.827 (21)
    18) #42-Larson, Segment 3 Showdown winner (22)
    19) #10-Patrick, 2nd in Fan Vote (24)
    20) #16-Biffle, Segment 2 Showdown winner (25)

  • Sprint All-Star Starting Lineup (pdf)


  • Qualifying for the Sprint All-Star Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway has been canceled. The All-Star race lineup will be set by the rules book. Had heard it would be by practice speeds but no hear that the lineup will be set by owners points. The rain has stopped and track drying is underway. The Sprint All-Star Race remains scheduled for a 9:26pm/et green flag start, if the rain stops and the track is able to be dried in time. Driver intros are scheduled for 8:49pm/et.

  • Sprint Showdown Starting Lineup: Practice / Qualifying for the Sprint Showdown Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway has been canceled and the field for the Sprint Showdown will be set by owners points. The race was scheduled for 7:00pm/et on Friday, May 20th but has been rained out and postponed until 11:00am/et on Saturday, May 21st, with television coverage on FS1. The starting lineup:
    1) #24-Chase Elliott (7th in owners pts)
    2) #3-Austin Dillon(10th)
    3) #21-Ryan Blaney(15th)
    4) #47-AJ Allmendinger(16th)
    5) #6-Trevor Bayne(18th)
    6) #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.(19th)
    7) #42-Kyle Larson(22nd)
    8) #27-Paul Menard(23rd)
    9) #10-Danica Patrick(24th)
    10) #16-Greg Biffle(25th)
    11) #43-Aric Almirola(26th)
    12) #15-Clint Bowyer(27th)
    13) #38-Landon Cassill(28th)
    14) #13-Casey Mears(29th)
    15) #44-Brian Scott(30th)
    16) #95-Michael McDowell(31st)
    17) #23-David Ragan(32nd)
    18) #83-Matt DiBenedetto(33rd)
    19) #7-Regan Smith(34th)
    20) #34-Chris Buescher(35th)
    21) #46-Michael Annett(36th)
    22) #98-Cole Whitt(37th)
    23) #32-Jeffrey Earnhardt(38th)
    24) #55-Reed Sorenson(39th)
    25) #30-Josh Wise(40th)

  • Sprint Showdown Starting Lineup (pdf)


SPRINT SHOWDOWN & ALL-STAR RACE
PIT STALL SELECTIONS


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



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

SPRINT SHOWDOWN & ALL-STAR RACE
PRACTICE RESULTS

  • Final Practice for the Sprint All-Star Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is over.
    #19-Edwards 192.027
    #2-Keselowski 192.027
    #11-Hamlin 191.904
    #41-Busch 191.795
    #22-Logano 191.700
    #48-Johnson 191.483
    #4-Harvick 191.008
    #75(18)-Busch 190.873
    #78-Truex Jr. 190.873
    #20-Kenseth 190.665
    #31-Newman 190.396
    #5-Kahne 189.940
    #88-Earnhardt Jr. 189.547
    #1-McMurray 189.434
    #14-Stewart 188.827
    most laps run: #75-Busch, 30
    Notes: There was NO practice for the Sprint Showdown. Midway thru practice, it was red flagged for weepers on the track and resumed for 10 minutes of pit road practice. The practice aired on FS1.
    See fastest speeds, laps run on the Sprint All-Star Race Practice speeds page (pdf) (5-21-2016)

  • Sprint All-Star Practice Results (pdf)


  • Sprint Showdown Starting Lineup: Practice / Qualifying for the Sprint Showdown Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway was canceled due to rain and the field for the Sprint Showdown will be set by owners points.

  • posted when info available

SPRINT SHOWDOWN & ALL-STAR RACE
QUALIFYING ORDER

PDF Links

Eligibility Criteria for the Sprint All-Star Race & Showdown

  • NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race:
    Place: Charlotte Motor Speedway
    Date and Time: Saturday, May 21 at 9 p.m. ET
    Tune-in: FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
    Distance: 50 laps (75 Miles) | 50 laps (75 miles) | 13 (19.5 miles) (169.5 total miles)
    What to Watch For: Jimmie Johnson, who owns the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race record with four wins, makes his 15th career start in the event. ... Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and Martin Truex Jr. will all search for their first all-star race wins. Despite never winning the event, Busch boasts the highest all-star race driver rating among active competitors (104.3). ... Seven different drivers have won the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and gone on to win the Coca-Cola 600 the following weekend. The last was Kurt Busch in 2010.

  • Refresher - Changes To NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Format: The 31st NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race will take place on Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway (9:00pm/et on FS1). This season, the event will last 113 laps total. Drivers will run two 50-lap segments with mandatory green-flag pit stops. After the segments, the event will culminate in a 13-lap dash to the $1 million prize. Prior to the start of the 13-lap dash, a random draw will decide whether the top nine, 10 or 11 cars will enter pit road for a mandatory four-tire pit stop. The rest will stay out on older tires and lead the field to green for the final segment. Cars with four new tires will line up behind those with older tires. Below are the full details on the format:
    Segment 1 (50 laps): Field set determined by qualifying, mandatory green-flag pit stop for a minimum of two tires;
    Break 1 (3-5 minutes): Mandatory pit stop with a minimum two-tire change before Segment 2;
    Segment 2 (50 laps): Field determined by pit-road exit, one mandatory green-flag pit stop for a minimum of two tires before lap 85;
    Break 2 (3-5 minutes): Random draw to decide whether the top nine, 10 or 11 cars must enter pit road for a mandatory four-tire pit stop, pit road closed for all other cars, pit-road exit determines Segment 3 starting order, cars leaving pit road line up behind cars that did not pit;
    Segment 3 (13 laps): Only green-flag laps count (NASCAR Overtime procedures apply).
    Drivers who have won a race in the current or preceding year, past NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race winners, past NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions, Sprint Showdown Segment 1, 2 and last-chance qualifier winners and the Sprint Fan Vote winner are eligible to compete.
    The field will consist of the following drivers: Brad Keselowski, Carl Edwards, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Denny Hamlin, Jamie McMurray, Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano, Kasey Kahne, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Matt Kenseth, Ryan Newman, Tony Stewart, Sprint Showdown Segment 1 winner, Sprint Showdown Segment 2 winner, Sprint Showdown Segment 3 winner, Sprint Fan Vote Winner, Sprint Fan Vote Winner #2.
    Stewart Set For Final All-Star Race Three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion #14-Tony Stewart will compete in his final NASCAR Sprint All-Star race on Saturday. He won the event in 2009. Among those eligible for the 2016 contest, Stewart, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jamie McMurray are the only drivers who have won both a Sprint Showdown Qualifier and a NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. His eight all-star top 10s are tied with Jimmie Johnson's total for second-best all-time (Dale Earnhardt boasts nine top 10s). Competing in his 17th full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, Stewart claims 48 career wins, 182 top fives and 301 top 10s.

  • Sprint Showdown:
    Place: Charlotte Motor Speedway
    Date and Time: Friday, May 20 at 7 p.m. ET
    Tune-in: FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
    Distance: 20 laps (30 miles) | 20 laps (30 miles) | 10 laps (15 Miles) (75 total miles)
    What to Watch For: Sunoco Rookie of the Year contenders Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney attempt to compete their way into the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2000) and Ryan Newman (2002) are the only rookies to win an All-Star Race. ... No driver has ever won the Sprint Showdown and advanced to win the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. Michael Waltrip (1996) and Ryan Newman (2002), however, did use transfer spots in the Showdown to win the All-Star Race.

  • Refresher - Sprint Showdown Set To Advance 3 Drivers To All-Star Race: This year, Friday's Sprint Showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway (7:00pm/et on FS1) will advance three drivers to the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. The winner of each segment will earn a spot in Saturday's night's contest.
    Below is the detailed format for the Sprint Showdown:
    Segment 1 (20 laps): Field set by practice speed, winner advances to NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and does not continue in Showdown;
    Segment 2 (20 laps): Field set by pit-road order after mandatory minimum two-tire pit stop, winner advances to NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and does not continue in Showdown;
    Segment 3 (10 laps): Field set by pit-road order after mandatory minimum two-tire pit stop, winner advances to NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race (NASCAR Overtime rules apply).
    Last year's Sprint Showdown winners #16-Greg Biffle and #15-Clint Bowyer will both compete in the event again.
    Bowyer is the only driver in the Sprint Showdown field with multiple victories in the qualifying race (2014, 2015) and will go for his third in a row this year.
    No driver has ever won the Sprint Showdown and advanced to win the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. Michael Waltrip (1996) and Ryan Newman (2002) used transfer spots in the Showdown to win the All-Star Race.

  • Eligibility: Drivers who have:
    won a race in the current or preceding year;
    past NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race winners;
    past NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions;
    Sprint Showdown Segment 1, 2 and last-chance qualifier winners and;
    the Sprint Fan Vote winner are eligible to compete.
    The final order of the Sprint Fan Vote will fill any remaining spots until the field reaches the minimum of 20 cars. Sprint Fan Vote balloting ends prior to the Sprint Showdown on May 20.(5-6-2016)

  • Top 5 in Sprint Fan Vote released: With the Sprint Fan Vote well underway, the top-five vote-getters among the field have been released. Fans are stilll able to cast their votes for any of the 30 drivers in the running, but the top five thus far are as follows, in alphabetical order: #31-Ryan Blaney, #83-Matt DiBenedetto, #24-Chase Elliott, #42-Kyle Larson and #10-Danica Patrick. Patrick won the Sprint Fan Vote last year and in 2013, becoming the first two-time Sprint Fan Vote winner. Young drivers Elliott and Blaney currently lead the Sunoco Rookie of the Year competition, while DiBenedetto made a splash in the NASCAR scene with his emotional career-best sixth-place finish in April at Bristol Motor Speedway. Larson is coming off a run at Kansas in which he showed plenty of speed, but was caught up in a late wreck not of his own doing. Fans can vote daily by downloading the NASCAR Mobile App or visiting www.nascar.com/SprintFanVote, with votes that are shared on Facebook or Twitter counting for double. Fans have until 5:00pm/et May 20 to cast their votes and NASCAR will announce the winner of the Sprint Fan Vote in Victory Lane post-Sprint Showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Friday, May 20.(NASCAR.com)(5-12-2016)

  • Current top 10 in Sprint Fan Vote revealed: The Sprint Fan Vote is underway, and now, we have updates on (perhaps) your favorite driver. There's still plenty of time left to vote but, so far, the top-10 vote-getters are as follows, in alphabetical order: #47-AJ Allmendinger, #6-Trevor Bayne, #21-Ryan Blaney, #15-Clint Bowyer, #83-Matt DiBenedetto, #24-Chase Elliott, #42-Kyle Larson, #13-Casey Mears, #10-Danica Patrick and Brian Vickers. Patrick, who won the Sprint Fan Vote last year and in 2013, is the first two-time Sprint Fan Vote winner. Elliott and Blaney are the current leaders in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year competition. Fans are able to vote daily by downloading the NASCAR Mobile App or visiting www.nascar.com/SprintFanVote. Votes that are shared on Facebook or Twitter will count for double. Fans have until 5:00pm/et May 20 to cast their votes. NASCAR will announce the winner of the Sprint Fan Vote in Victory Lane after the Sprint Showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Friday, May 20. The NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race is scheduled for May 21.(NASCAR.com)(5-5-2016)

  • Voting open for Sprint All-Star Race: NASCAR fans once again have the power to put a driver of their choice in the 2016 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. The Sprint Fan Vote is now open, and will send one of 30 drivers into the annual star-studded event on May 21 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Fans can vote their favorite Sprint Fan Vote-eligible driver into the all-star race by casting votes daily now through 7:00pm/et on Friday, May 20. Votes shared via Facebook and/or Twitter will count double toward 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 www.NASCAR.com/SprintFanVote. The 30 drivers (as of April 5) eligible for the Sprint Fan Vote are AJ Allmendinger, Aric Almirola, Michael Annett, Trevor Bayne, Greg Biffle, Ryan Blaney, Clint Bowyer, Chris Buescher, Landon Cassill, Matt DiBenedetto, Austin Dillon, Ty Dillon, Chase Elliott, David Gilliland, Bobby Labonte, Kyle Larson, Michael McDowell, Casey Mears, Paul Menard, Danica Patrick, David Ragan, Robert Richardson Jr., Brian Scott, Regan Smith, Reed Sorenson, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Brian Vickers, Michael Waltrip, Cole Whitt and Josh Wise. The winner of the Sprint Fan Vote will be announced in Victory Lane following the conclusion of the Sprint Showdown.(NASCAR)(4-5-2016)

  • Drivers currently eligible for the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Showdown / Sprint Vote:
    #47-AJ Allmendinger
    #43-Aric Almirola
    #46-Michael Annett
    #6-Trevor Bayne
    #16-Greg Biffle
    #21-Ryan Blaney
    #15-Clint Bowyer
    #34-Chris Buescher
    #38-Landon Cassill
    #83-Matt DiBenedetto
    #3-Austin Dillon
    #95-Ty Dillon (not entered)
    #32-Jeffrey Eanrhardt
    #24-Chase Elliott
    #35-David Gilliland (not entered)
    #32-Bobby Labonte (not entered)
    #42-Kyle Larson
    #95-Michael McDowell
    #13-Casey Mears
    #27-Paul Menard
    #10-Danica Patrick
    #23-David Ragan
    #26-Robert Richardson Jr.(not entered)
    #44-Brian Scott
    #7-Regan Smith
    #55-Reed Sorenson
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
    Brian Vickers (not entered)
    #83-Michael Waltrip (not entered)
    #98-Cole Whitt
    #30-Josh Wise

  • www.NASCAR.com/SprintFanVote

Entry Lists

The Sprint All-Star Race
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Charlotte Motor Speedway - 5/21/2016

Car # Driver Manufacturer Sponsor Owner
1 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy Bass Pro Shop / National Turkey Federation Chip Ganassi Racing
2 2 Brad Keselowski Ford Miller Lite Team Penske
3 4 Kevin Harvick Chevy Busch Light Stewart-Haas Racing
4 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy Drive Home a Winner Hendrick Motorsports
5 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express Joe Gibbs Racing
6 14 Tony Stewart Chevy Bass Pro Shop / Tracker Boats Stewart-Haas Racing
7 19 Carl Edwards Toyota ARRIS Surfboard Joe Gibbs Racing
8 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota Dollar General Joe Gibbs Racing
9 22 Joey Logano Ford Shell Pennzoil Mosaic Team Penske
10 31 Ryan Newman Chevy Caterpillar / Grainger Richard Childress Racing
11 41 Kurt Busch Chevy Haas Automation / Monster Energy Stewart-Haas Racing
12 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy Lowe's Hendrick Motorsports
13 75 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M's 75th Anniversary Joe Gibbs Racing
14 78 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota Furniture Row Furniture Row Racing
15 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy Mountain Dew Hendrick Motorsports

Sprint All-Star Race Entry List (pdf)

The Sprint Showdown
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Charlotte Motor Speedway - 5/20/2016

Car # Driver Manufacturer Sponsor Owner
1 3 Austin Dillon Chevy Dow Richard Childress Racing
2 6 Trevor Bayne Ford AdvoCare Roush Fenway Racing
3 7 Regan Smith Chevy Nikko RC / Toy State Tommy Baldwin Racing
4 10 Danica Patrick Chevy Nature's Bakery Stewart-Haas Racing
5 13 Casey Mears Chevy GEICO Military Germain Racing
6 15 Clint Bowyer Chevy 5-Hour Energy HScott Motorsports
7 16 Greg Biffle Ford Cheez-It Roush Fenway Racing
8 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford Ford EcoBoost Roush Fenway Racing
9 21 Ryan Blaney # Ford Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Wood Brothers Racing
10 23 David Ragan Toyota BUBBA burger BK Racing
11 24 Chase Elliott # Chevy 3M Hendrick Motorsports
12 27 Paul Menard Chevy Knauf / Menards Richard Childress Racing
13 30 Josh Wise Chevy Curtis Key Plumbing The Motorsports Group
14 32 Jeffrey Earnhardt Ford North Carolina Education Lottery GO FAS Racing
15 34 Chris Buescher # Ford CSX Play it Safe Front Row Motorsports
16 38 Landon Cassill Ford MDS Transport Front Row Motorsports
17 42 Kyle Larson Chevy Target Chip Ganassi Racing
18 43 Aric Almirola Ford Smithfield Richard Petty Motorsports
19 44 Brian Scott # Ford Twisted Tea Richard Petty Motorsports
20 46 Michael Annett Chevy Pilot Flying J HScott Motorsports
21 47 A.J. Allmendinger Chevy Uwharrie Bank JTG Daugherty Racing
22 55 Reed Sorenson Chevy World Record Striper Company Premium Motorsports
23 83 Matt Dibenedetto Toyota Hope for the Warriors / Cosmo Motors BK Racing
24 95 Michael McDowell Chevy WRL General Contractors Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing
25 98 Cole Whitt Chevy Vydox Plus Premium Motorsports

Sprint Showdown Entry List (pdf)

THE 2016 RACE FORMAT

  • New rules coming for All-Star Race? UPDATE: More behind the scenes are the changes to the aero rules to try to improve the already much-better racing this season. There have been minor tweaks a few times this year, and it sounds as if there will be more set for the Sprint All-Star Race next week. "It seems everything is changing for that race -- we have race cars and the format is different," said Joey Logano when asked about the All-Star Race. "I am sure you guys in the media center will be plenty busy with plenty to write about." In light of the Logano remarks, it would seem that the NASCSAR drivers know something that hasn't been announced. NASCAR won't confirm nor deny that it will introduce new rules for the Sprint All-Star Race, but the garage is buzzing about a potential change that will impact the aerodynamics and side forces of the car. It wasn't clear if the changes Logano alluded to will be for the All-Star Race this year, will be used in points events or looking ahead to 2017. NASCAR last year had hoped to experiment with some new rules for 2016 at the 2015 All-Star Race and then scrapped that decision.(ESPN.com)(5-15-2016)
    UPDATE: Updates to the current rules package aimed at reducing both downforce and side force will be in place this weekend when NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams travel to Charlotte Motor Speedway to compete in the Sprint Showdown and Sprint All-Star race. According to Gene Stefanyshyn, senior vice president of innovation and racing development for the sanctioning body, three areas have been addressed with the updates. They involve truck trailing arm and crossmember assembly, electric fans used for cooling purposes on the cars and rear wheel toe alignment.The trailing arm issue was actually addressed previously with a change put into place before the series competed earlier this month at Kansas Speedway. Teams must now weld truck trailing arm mounting brackets (and mounting tabs, if used) to prevent movement. That change will remain in place for the remainder of the 2016 season.
    Limiting the number of cooling fans will provide "a good efficiency improvement as far as managing or attenuating some costs ... and it also gave us a downforce reduction," he said. "So it was a win-win. Some of those fans were driving things like bigger fans, bigger alternators, bigger batteries ... that kind of thing."
    Rear toe alignment changes will decrease the amount of skew (slant) allowed in a car's setup. "We currently allow them to set up the car with some skew that provides not only a turning advantage but also a side force advantage," he said. "Usually the way a team would set that up is on the right side they take 0.6 degrees of toe out and on the left side they do about 0.3 degrees of toe in. We're going to change the specifications so it's going to be neutral; it will be zero setup. That will take some of the skew out of the car, which will take some of the side force off the car." It is also expected to reduce corner speeds approximately 3 mph at a track such as Charlotte. Because the Sprint All-Star Race is a non-points event, it provides officials and teams the opportunity to observe the impact of the changes without the fear of upsetting the integrity of the regular season. "Depending on how the journey goes and what we find out, that could be something we could consider for '17."(NASCAR.com)(5-16-2016)

  • Changes coming to All-Star Race? UPDATE: With just over two weeks remaining until the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, a format for the May 21 exhibition race still hasn't been finalized. Until a few weeks ago, it seemed the 2015 format - four 25-lap segments ending with a 10-lap shootout - likely would remain in place this season. But multiple people with knowledge of the discussions have told NBC Sports that Charlotte and NASCAR officials have lobbied for significant changes to add drama to an event in which the winner has led all 10 laps of the last segment for the past three seasons. The sources spoke on the condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the talks publicly. Among the changes being considered are:
    -Varying the length and number of segments;
    -Adding a mid-event inversion (which has been tried in past editions of the All-Star Race);
    -Dynamic pit stop strategies, such as requiring the top 10 to pit for tires before a final segment while allowing the rest of the field to remain on track. (NBC Sports)(5-6-2016)
    UPDATE: Charlotte Motor Speedway will host a new, thrilling format for the May 21 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, the biggest all-star event in all of sports, that will see the brightest stars in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series dueling for 113 laps to decide the winner of a $1 million prize. The unique format for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race includes two 50-lap segments with mandatory green-flag pit stops destined to shuffle the field. It all culminates with a 13-lap trophy dash that promises to deliver breathtaking racing, with a wrinkle sure to add intrigue. Prior to the start of the final segment, a random draw will decide whether the top nine, 10 or 11 cars will enter pit road for a mandatory four-tire pit stop. The rest will stay out on older tires and lead the field to green for the final segment. Cars with four new tires will line up behind those with older tires. It all adds up to a gripping fight-to-the-front finish for $1 million.
    The new format is a throwback to the early years of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, when longer segments put more racing in the drivers' hands, while the final 13-lap sprint offers the thrill of the unknown as teams battle to the front on fresh tires. The 2016 rules package for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, which has provided two of the closest margins of victory in NASCAR history so far this season, also lends itself favorably to the updated format.
    NASCAR SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE FORMAT (MAY 21):
    Segment 1 (50 laps): Field set determined by qualifying, mandatory green-flag pit stop for a minimum of two tires;
    Break 1 (3-5 minutes): Mandatory pit stop with a minimum two-tire change before Segment 2;
    Segment 2 (50 laps): Field set determined by pit-road exit, one mandatory green-flag pit stop for a minimum of two tires before lap 85;
    Break 2 (3-5 minutes): Random draw to decide whether the top nine, 10 or 11 cars must enter pit road for a mandatory four-tire pit stop, pit road closed for all other cars, pit-road exit determines Segment 3 starting order, cars leaving pit road line up behind cars that did not pit;
    Segment 3 (13 laps): Only green-flag laps count (NASCAR Overtime procedures apply).
    SPRINT SHOWDOWN FORMAT (MAY 20):
    Segment 1 (20 laps): Field set by practice speed, winner advances to NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and does not continue in Showdown;
    Segment 2 (20 laps): Field set by pit-road order after mandatory minimum two-tire pit stop, winner advances to NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and does not continue in Showdown;
    Segment 3 (10 laps): Field set by pit-road order after mandatory minimum two--tire pit stop, winner advances to NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race (NASCAR Overtime rules apply).
    ELIGIBILITY:
    Drivers who have won a race in the current or preceding year, past NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race winners, past NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions, Sprint Showdown Segment 1, 2 and last-chance qualifier winners and the Sprint Fan Vote winner are eligible to compete. The final order of the Sprint Fan Vote will fill any remaining spots until the field reaches the minimum of 20 cars. Sprint Fan Vote balloting ends prior to the Sprint Showdown on May 20.(NASCAR)(5-6-2016)

STATS & NOTES

  • Top 10 All-Star Driver Ratings:
    #18-Kyle Busch 104.3
    #48-Jimmie Johnson 100.1
    #41-Kurt Busch 87.6
    #20-Matt Kenseth 87.4
    #4-Kevin Harvick 84.9
    #5-Kasey Kahne 83.5
    #19-Carl Edwards 80.7
    #22-Joey Logano 78.6
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 77.2
    #11-Denny Hamlin 74.2
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2015 NASCAR Sprint All-Star races (11 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 first pole for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race in 1985.
    17 different drivers have won the pole for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race; led by Bill Elliott with four. Kyle Busch (second most all-time) leads all active drivers in NASCAR Sprint Cup All-Star race poles with three.
    Four drivers have won consecutive 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).
    Kurt Busch does not have a pole, but started on the first starting position in 2010 due to Qualifying being cancelled due to weather.
    The NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race has been won from the pole position five 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 and Denny Hamlin won from the pole last season.
    The pole position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (five each) than any other starting position in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.
    Nine of the 31 (29%) NASCAR Sprint All-Star races have been won from the front row: five from the pole and four from second-place.
    18 of the 31 (58%) NASCAR Sprint All-Star races have been won from a top-five starting position.
    22 of the 31 (71%) NASCAR Sprint All-Star races have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    29 of the 31 (93.5%) NASCAR Sprint All-Star races have been won from a top-20 starting position.
    Two of the 31 (6.4%) 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 2016 event 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.
    Clint Bowyer is the only driver in the Sprint Showdown field with multiple victories in the qualifying race (2014, 2015).
    No driver has ever won the Sprint Showdown and advanced to win the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. Michael Waltrip (1996) and Ryan Newman (2002) used transfer spots in the Showdown to win the all-star race. Kasey Kahne (2008) is the only driver to win the Sprint Fan Vote and go on to win the 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.
    Danica Patrick became the first driver to win the Sprint Fan Votes twice (2013 & 2015).
    (NASCAR)

  • NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Notebook:
    There have been 31 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Races.
    The first NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race was in 1985 and held at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    30 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.
    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 seven lead changes.
    The record for different leaders in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race is nine in 2002.
    The record number of caution in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race is seven (three times: 2014, 2013 and 2009).
    The record number of caution laps in the NASCAR All-Star Race is 23 caution laps in 2002.
    Kevin Harvick, Sterling Marlin and Ken Schrader lead the series in All-Star runner-up finishes with three each.
    There have been 21 different winners of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race.
    The race has featured a field that ranged from 10 drivers in 1986 to 27 in 2002. Last season's field had 22 participants.
    (NASCAR)

  • More Stats from the Sprint All-Star Race:
    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 and Dale Earnhardt Jr. lead the series in top-10 finishes in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race with 13 each; followed by Dale Earnhardt and Matt Kenseth with 12 each.
    The series best Driver Rating performance by a NASCAR Sprint All-Star race winner was Carl Edwards posting a 141.7 in 2011.
    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).
    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).
    Dale Earnhardt Jr. is the only driver in event history to win the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race (2000), Sprint Showdown (2012) and the Sprint Fan Vote (2011).
    Four drivers that are qualified for the 2016 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race are looking for their first win in the event: Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and Martin Truex Jr.
    Chevrolet (17) and Ford (10) have combined to win 27 or the 30 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race events - the remaining four belong to Dodge (two), Pontiac (one) and Toyota (one).
    93 drivers have run in at least one NASCAR Sprint All-Star race, with 77 competing in more than one.
    Mark Martin has participated in 24 races, more than any other driver. Tony Stewart leads all active drivers in Sprint All-Star starts with 17, followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. with 16.
    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.
    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.
    Matt Kenseth leads the series among active drivers in average finish in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race with a 6.133; followed by Jimmie Johnson with a 6.786.
    Seven active drivers have an average finish in the top 10 for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race: Matt Kenseth (6.1), Jimmie Johnson (6.8), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (8.1), Joey Logano (8.6) Tony Stewart (9.1), Kevin Harvick (9.4) and Kurt Busch (9.9).
    (NASCAR)

  • Assorted NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Facts: 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). ... NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip won the inaugural NASCAR Sprint All-Star race in 1985. ... The deepest in the field a NASCAR Sprint All-Star race winner has started was 27th (Ryan Newman, 2002). ... 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). ...

TRACK INFO & RACE OFFICIALS

  • Tickets: Weekend passes for the 32nd running of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway start at just $99 and include admission to the May 20 Sprint Showdown and North Carolina Education Lottery 200, a pre-race concert featuring triple-platinum recording artist Andy Grammer and a great view of no-speed-limit qualifying. To purchase single-day tickets to the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and Mega Passes, camping and race-day upgrades to any 10 Days of NASCAR Thunder event, call the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or shop online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.

  • 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: 89,000 [down from 146,000 in 2009]
    Pit Road Speed: 45mph
    Pace Car Speed: 55mph
    Opened: 1960

  • Track News, Ticket Info, Stats, Links and more on Jayski.com's Charlotte Track News, Links & Stats page

  • Sprint Showdown Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Sprint customer Neili Eggert
    Command to start engines: Neili Eggert
    Invocation: Monte Self, MRO
    God Bless America: Meredith Swanson
    Flyover: none

  • All Star Race Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Tony Stewart
    Command to start engines: Tony Stewart
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Sprint NC & SC Region President Michael Miess
    Honorary Pace Car Driver: Carolina Panthers Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen
    Invocation: Joe Gibbs Racing owner Joe Gibbs
    National Anthem: American Idol winner and North Carolina native Caleb Johnson
    Flyover: Team Aerodynamix

EVENT SCHEDULE

    Thursday, May 19
    7:00 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER

    Friday, May 20
    9:00-AM 8:00 PM NSCS REGISTRATION OPEN
    9:30-AM 9:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
    12:30 PM NSCS ROOKIE MEETING & RANDOM DRAWING
    1:30 PM 2:55 PM NSCS 1ST PRACTICE (SPRINT SHOWDOWN QUALIFYING)
    3:00 PM 4:40 PM NSCS 1ST PRACTICE (SPRINT ALL STAR)
    4:45 PM 4:55 PM NSCS PIT ROAD SPEED PRACTICE
    5:15 PM NSCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (SPRINT SHOWDOWN)
    7:00 PM NSCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS (SPRINT SHOWDOWN)
    7:15 PM NSCS RACE (20 LAPS / 20 LAPS / 10 LAPS)

    Saturday, May 21
    1:00 PM 7:00 PM NSCS REGISTRATION OPEN
    2:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
    5:00 PM NSCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES GARAGE)
    7:10 PM NSCS QUALIFYING (THREE LAPS, W/PIT STOP)
    8:35 PM Approx NSCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
    9:00 PM Approx NSCS RACE (50 LAPS / 50 LAPS / 13 LAPS)

  • Saturday's Revised Schedule: for the Sprint Showdown, Sprint All-Star practice and Camping World Truck Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 21, 2016 after Friday was a rain out:
    9:30am/et, Sprint All-Star practice, FS1
    10:05am/et, Sprint All-Star pit road speed practice, FS1
    11:00am/et, Sprint Showdown, FS1
    12:30pm/et, Camping World Truck Series race, FS1
    7:10pm/et, Sprint All-Star quals, FS1
    9:00pm/et, Sprint All-Star race, FS1

  • All-Star Race Pre-Race Schedule:(eastern time)
    8:49:00pm: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series All Star Race, Driver & Crew Intros
    9:10:00pm: Presentation of Colors by: 14th Weather Squadron, US Air Force, Asheville, NC
    9:10:20pm: Invocation by: Joe Gibbs
    9:11:00pm: National Anthem by: Caleb Johnson
    9:12:30pm: Fly-by: Team Aerodynamix
    9:17:30pm (approx.): Command to Start by Tony Stewart (Done from inside car)
    9:26:00pm (approx.): Start NASCAR Sprint Cup Series All-Star Race
    (NASCAR.com)

ODDS

TIRE NOTES

    Support the Troops
    To run at all Charlotte races in May 2016, 'Support the Troops' Goodyear Tires.



  • Goodyear Transforms NASCAR Race Tires to Honor U.S. Military: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company will customize its iconic Goodyear Eagle race tires for the seventh consecutive year to support the U.S. Armed Forces. Goodyear, the Official Tire of NASCAR, will replace the "Eagle" logo on the sidewalls of its race tires with "Support Our Troops" messaging on tires used during all NASCAR races at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in May. The NASCAR industry kicks off its annual military tribute, NASCAR: An American Salute, leading up to the Coca-Cola 600 on May 29. "Support for the military is part of the fabric of our company," said Stu Grant, Goodyear's general manager of global racing. "Goodyear's rich history of making tires for the U.S. Armed Forces is a source of pride for our associates - especially the many that have served - and these tires are a reflection of our deep respect for all Military branches." Goodyear has more than 100 years of history building innovative tires and equipment to help support and protect U.S. troops and is the largest producer of military tires in the country. The company was recently recognized as a Military Friendly Employer by G.I. Jobs magazine for its leadership in hiring and supporting veterans. In 2014, Goodyear surpassed a three-year goal of hiring 1,000 veterans and since then, Goodyear has renewed the commitment to hiring another 1,000 veterans over three years.(GoodYear), see images of all seven tires on the Tire News and Testing page (5-20-2016)

  • 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-4698; Right-side -- D-4700

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.44 in. (2,221 mm); Right-side -- 88.50 in. (2,248 mm)

  • Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 25 psi; Left Rear -- 25 psi;
    Right Front -- 54 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psi

  • Notes: Teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series will run completely different tire set-ups at Charlotte this week . . . these are two new tire codes for Sprint Cup teams . . . compared to what was run at Charlotte last year, both of these tires have an updated construction to bring them into line with what is run at other speedways . . . this left-side code (D-4698) features a compound change for more grip . . . this right-side code (D-4700) is a single tread compound tire which offers more grip than either of the two compounds run on Goodyear's multi-zone tread tire run at Charlotte last year . . . this tire set-up came out of a Goodyear test at Charlotte on March 8-9 . . . drivers participating in that test were Austin Dillon, Jamie McMurray, Brian Scott and Martin Truex Jr. . . . 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.

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
Kannapolis Independent Tribune
Mooresville 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
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Sprint Showdown
May 20, 2016
#3-Austin Dillon Dow #3 Team Schemes Page
#16-Greg Biffle Cheez-It #16 Team Schemes Page
#17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford EcoBoost #17 Team Schemes Page
#23-David Ragan BUBBA Burger #23 Team Schemes Page
#24-Chase Elliott 3M #24 Team Schemes Page
#27-Paul Menard Knauf / Menards #27 Team Schemes Page
#32-Jeffrey Earnhardt North Carolina Education Lottery #32 Team Schemes Page
#34-Chris Buescher CSX - Play It Safe #34 Team Schemes Page
#38-Landon Cassill MDS Transport #38 Team Schemes Page
#43-Aric Almirola Smithfield #43 Team Schemes Page
#44-Brian Scott Twisted Tea #44 Team Schemes Page
#47-AJ Allmendinger Uwharrie Bank #47 Team Schemes Page
#55-Reed Sorenson World Record Striper Company #55 Team Schemes Page
#98-Cole Whitt Vydox Plus #98 Team Schemes Page
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Sprint All-Star Race
May 21, 2016
#1-Jamie McMurray Bass Pro Shops/ National Turkey Wildlife Foundation #1 Team Schemes Page
#4-Kevin Harvick Busch Light #4 Team Schemes Page
#5-Kasey Kahne Quicken Loans Drive Home a Winner Sweepstakes #5 Team Schemes Page
#10-Danica Patrick Nature's Bakery #10 Team Schemes Page
#11-Denny Hamlin Fedex Express #11 Team Schemes Page
#14-Tony Stewart Bass Pro Shops #14 Team Schemes Page
#19-Carl Edwards ARRIS SurfBoard #19 Team Schemes Page
#22-Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Mosaic #22 Team Schemes Page
#31-Ryan Newman Caterpillar / Grainger none...yet
#41-Kurt Busch Monster Energy #41 Team Schemes Page
#75-Kyle Busch M&Ms 75th Anniversary #18 Team Schemes Page
#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. Mountain Dew #88 Team Schemes Page



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