The Nextel All-Star Challenge
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Updated 5-19-2007
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Rules for The Nextel All-Star Challenge
Eligibility rules for Nextel All-Star Challenge:
1st criteria: Drivers and car owners 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 and the car owner's new driver also is eligible(through the last race before The All-Star Race)
2nd criteria: Drivers who are past Cup champions in the last 10 years
3rd criteria: Drivers who have won The All-Star Race in the past 10 years
4th criteria: The winning driver of the Nextel Open
5th criteria: Drivers who have won in previous years, not eligible by the above (not owners, just drivers)
(rules below table)

The Current UNOFFICIAL 2007 Field
 DriverEligibility
Race winners(drivers/owners) in 2006 and 2007
1 #48-Jimmie Johnson 2006 Daytona 500
2 #17-Matt Kenseth Feb 2006 California
3 #9-Kasey Kahne March 2006 Atlanta
4 #2-Kurt Busch March 2006 Bristol
5 #20-Tony Stewart April 2006 Martinsville
6 #29-Kevin Harvick April 2006 Phoenix
7 #16-Greg Biffle May 2006 Darlington
8 #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. May 2006 Richmond
9 #11-Denny Hamlin June 2006 Pocono
10 #24-Jeff Gordon June 2006 Sonoma
11 #5-Kyle Busch July 2006 New Hampshire
12 #31-Jeff Burton Sept 2006 Dover
13 #83-Brian Vickers Oct 2006 Talladega
Race winners (owners) in 2006 and 2007
14 #25-Casey Mears/Hendrick Motorsports Oct 2006 Talladega

Previous NASCAR Cup champions
(not a 2006/2007 winner)
within the last 10 years
15 #43-Bobby Labonte 2000
16 #44-Dale Jarrett 1999

Previous Winners of The Nextel All-Star Challenge/The Winston
(not a 2006/2007 winner)
within the last 10 years
17 #01-Mark Martin 2005
18 #12-Ryan Newman 2002

and....
19 2007 All-Star Race Open Winner #1-Martin Truex Jr.
20 2007 All-Star Race Open 2nd place finisher #70-Johnny Sauter
21 Fan Vote Winner #78-Kenny Wallace

If 20 drivers are not eligible, winners from previous seasons still active on the Nextel Cup Series become eligible for The All-Star Race. All active drivers during that season become eligible, even if the field exceeds 20 competitors.

Active former Cup race winners not eligible (year of last win):
#36-Jeremy Mayfield (2005)
#99-Carl Edwards (2005)
#19-Elliott Sadler (2004)
#13-Joe Nemechek (2004)
Bill Elliott (2003, won event in 1986, Champ in 1988)
#55-Michael Waltrip (2003, won event in 1996)
#7-Robby Gordon (2003)
#14-Sterling Marlin (2002)
#26-Jamie McMurray (2002)
#88-Ricky Rudd (2002)
#4-Ward Burton (2002)
#46-Johnny Benson (2002)
#45-Kyle Petty (1995)
#89-Morgan Shepherd (1993)
#21-Ken Schrader (1991)
#74-Derrike Cope (1990)

RETIRED/NOT ACTIVE in CUP after 2006
Rusty Wallace (2004, won event in 1989, 1989 Champ)
Terry Labonte (2003, won event in 1988+1999, 1984+1996 Champ)
Ricky Craven (2003)
Steve Park (2001)
Jerry Nadeau (2000)
John Andretti (1999)
Geoffrey Bodine (1996, won event in 1994)
Jimmy Spencer (1994)
Greg Sacks, (1985)

Eligible drivers for the 2007 Nextel Open

What makes a driver eligible for the Nextel Open?
To qualify for the Nextel Open, drivers must be in the Top 50 of the final previous seasons Nextel Cup Series [drivers?] point standings
or in the Top 50 of the current Nextel Cup Series [drivers] point standings as of March 12, 2007.
Just because a driver is listed, doesn't mean they will be in the race.
(list updated from NASCAR Statistics 5-14-2007)

  1. ) #84-A.J. Allmendiner [was not in top 50 in DRIVERS points but was in 50th in OWNERS on 3/12/2007]
  2. ) #80-Aric Almirola [part time], Joe Gibbs Driven
  3. ) #22-Dave Blaney
  4. ) #49-Mike Bliss
  5. ) #07-Clint Bowyer
  6. ) #4-Ward Burton
  7. ) #99-Carl Edwards
  8. ) #38-David Gilliland
  9. ) #7-Robby Gordon
  10. ) #66-Jeff Green
  11. ) #34-Kevin Lepage, MyAutoLoans.com
  12. ) #14-Sterling Marlin
  13. ) #36-Jeremy Mayfield
  14. ) #26-Jamie McMurray
  15. ) #15-Paul Menard
  16. ) #42-Juan Montoya
  17. ) #13-Joe Nemechek
  18. ) #45-Kyle Petty, Coke Zero
  19. ) #6-David Ragan
  20. ) #96-Tony Raines
  21. ) #00-David Reutimann, Burger King/Domino's/RacingWorld
  22. ) #10-Scott Riggs
  23. ) #88-Ricky Rudd
  24. ) #19-Elliott Sadler
  25. ) #37-Boris Said [part time #60], Huddle House
  26. ) #70-Johnny Sauter
  27. ) #41-Reed Sorenson
  28. ) #40-David Stremme
  29. ) #1-Martin Truex Jr.
  30. ) #78-Kenny Wallace
  31. ) #55-Michael Waltrip
  32. ) #18-J.J. Yeley, Interstate Black
  33. ) #21-John Wood [part time]
    Not listed on the entry list released 5-14-2007:
  34. ) Chad Chaffin [no Cup ride]
  35. ) ?-Bill Elliott [part time]
  36. ) Travis Kvapil [no Cup ride]
  37. ) Brent Sherman [no Cup ride]
  38. ) #09-Mike Wallace [part time]
  39. ) #33-Scott Wimmer [part time]
  40. ) #47-Ken Schrader [part time]

    NEXTEL OPEN/CHALLENGE RESULTS

    NEXTEL CHALLENGE RACE RUNDOWN

  • 2007 All-Star Results Page

  • Harvick wins Nextel Challenge: #29-Kevin Harvick won the Nextel Challenge All-Star race at Lowe's Motor Speedway for his first ever win in the All-Star race and winning the $1 million+. #48-Johnson finished 2nd followed by #01-Martin, #31-Burton [with AT&T logos], #20-Stewart, #70-Sauter [was 2nd in the Nextel Open], #17-Kenseth [won segment 1 & 3], #12-Newman, #8-Earnhardt Jr. and #1-Truex Jr. [won the Nextel Open]. #5-Kyle Busch won the 2nd segment and took out his brother #2-Kurt Busch on lap 62 of the final segment. #78-Wallace finished 16th after winning the fan vote to get in the race. Harvick is the 4th driver to win both the Daytona 500 and All-Star race in the same year, joining #48-Jimmie Johnson [2006], #24-Jeff Gordon [1997] and the late Davey Allison [1992]. Johnson and Gordon also won the Cup championship in the same year.(5-19-2007)

    (each segment result below the rundown)

  • The Nextel Challenge All-Star Race at Lowe's Motor Speedway:
    The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions, lucky dogs and some notes
    after 80 of 80 laps:

    car#, driver-manu, (starting spot)(laps led)
    #29-Harvick -C (4)(20 laps led) wins $1 million
    #48-Johnson-C (2)
    #01-Martin-C (18/back)
    #31-JBurton-C (5)
    #20-Stewart-C (17/back)

    #70-Sauter-C (20/2nd Nextel Open)
    #17-Kenseth-F (1)(37 laps led/segment 1 winner $70k)
    #12-Newman-D (8)
    #8-Earnhardt Jr.-C (10)
    #1-Truex Jr.-C (19/won Nextel Open)

    #24-JGordon-C (7)
    #44-Jarrett-T (13)
    #83-Vickers-T (14)
    #9-Kahne-D (11)
    #16-Biffle-F (12)
    #78-Wallace-C (21/Fan Vote Winner)

    OUT of RACE
    #11-Hamlin-C (9) accident
    #25-Mears-C (16) accident
    #2-Busch-D (3) accident
    #5-Kusch-C (6)(23 laps led/segment 2 winner $70k) accident
    #43-Labonte -D (15) accident

    C=Chevy; D=Dodge; F=Ford; T=Toyota
    *=rookie

  • Pit Selection Chart page at:
    FoxSports - All-Star Challenge Pit Stall Selection

  • Cars on the lead lap: 16 (of 21 starters)

  • Drivers down only a lap [and still running]: #'s

  • Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s

  • Cars on the track: 16 (of 21 starters)

  • Off track/out of race (5) and reason:
    #43-Labonte (accident-out)
    #2-Busch (accident-out)
    #5-Busch (accident-out)
    #25-Mears (accident-out)
    #11-Hamlin (accident-out)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (3 leaders with 3 lead changes):
    #17-Kenseth (pole);
    #5-Busch ();
    #29-Harvick ();

  • Lap leaders: #17-Kenseth - pole; #17-Kenseth 1-20; #5-Busch 21-43; #17-Kenseth 44-60; #29-Harvick 61-80;

    Cautions: 4 for 3 laps

    IN SEGMENT 4 - Cautions Laps are not counted or recorded
    Caution 4 - Laps 63: #11-Hamlin smacked the wall when #25-Mears got loose and into the #11
    Caution 3 - Laps 62: #5-Busch was racing #2-Busch, got into the #2, hit the apron, the #5 spun around and smacked the trun 1 wall, the #2-Busch smacked the wall.
    Caution 2 - Laps 60: break between segment 2 and 3
    Caution 1 - Laps 42 - 44: #43-Labonte gets loose and spins into the wall and does some rear end damage

  • Who got a lap back on each caution? the Lucky Dog:
    Caution 4: no driver a lap or more down on the track
    Caution 3: no driver a lap or more down on the track
    Caution 2/End of Segment 3: #16-Biffle
    Caution 1: no driver a lap or more down
    End of Segment 2: #83-Vickers
    End of Segment 1: no driver a lap or more down.

  • All-Star Challenge Penalty Report:
    Car#, Penalty, Reason, Issued
    1 #8 TE Excessive Speed-Entering pits 20
    2 #16 TE Excessive speed - Exiting pits 20
    3 #17 TE Excessive speed - Exiting pits 60
    4 #25 TE Excessive speed - Exiting pits 60
    5 #16 TE Excessive speed - Exiting pits 60
    6 #24 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 63
    PT - Pass through
    TE - Tail end of the longest line
    SG - Stop and Go
    OL - One lap
    ND - NASCAR discretion
    MCI - Must come into pits.(NASCAR Statistics)(5-19-2007)

  • RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
    ---- after the restart on the lap 62 caution, #24-Gordon lost a left rear tire and went up the track and lost many spots, came in during the 3rd caution to get new tires
    ---- #12-Newman came back in for a 2nd pit stop and got new tires after the 3rd segment
    ---- on the mandatory pit stops after segment 3, #17-Kenseth, #16-Biffle & #25-Mears all penalized a pass thru for speeding on pit road, Kenseth came back in and got tires
    ---- on lap 50, #16-Biffle made an unscheduled pit stop for 4 tires
    ---- looks like #83-Vickers was given his lap back during the segment 2-3 break
    ---- #5-Busch wins segment 2 and $70k, #24-Gordon 2nd/$20k, #29-Harvick 3rd/$10k
    ---- on lap 38 #83-Vickers made an unscheduled pit stop, losing a lap,
    ---- #17-Kenseth wins segment 1 and $70k, #24-Gordon 2nd/$20k, #48-Johnson 3rd/$10k
    ---- #48-Johnson made a 2nd pit stop after having a fender rub and cut a tire
    ---- during segment 1 pit stops, #8-Earnhardt Jr. and #16-Biffle penalized for speeding on pit road
    ---- after segment 1, 19 of 21 came in to pit BUT #5-Kusch and #01-Martin
    ---- on lap 16, SPEED is reporting that #11-Hamlin may have a tire going down
    ---- #2-Busch is loose and is dropping back like a rock since lap 5 after starting 4th
    ---- green flag at 9:25pm/et by Fan Winner Jerry Brandom
    ---- command to start engines at 9:16pm/et by Grand Marshal NBA Great Michael Jordon
    ---- National Anthem by Bebe Winans
    ---- #78-Kenny Wallace was voted in the Nextel All-Challenge, will start 21st
    ---- To The Back [3]: #01-Martin [engine]; #20-Stewart [engine]; #83-Vickers [engine]


    SEGMENT RESULTS

  • Results of the Nextel Challenge All-Star Race [80 of 80 laps]
    car#, driver-manu, (starting spot)(laps led)
    #29-Harvick -C (4)(20 laps led) wins $1 million
    #48-Johnson-C (2)
    #01-Martin-C (18/back)
    #31-JBurton-C (5)
    #20-Stewart-C (17/back)
    #70-Sauter-C (20/2nd Nextel Open)
    #17-Kenseth-F (1)(37 laps led/segment 1 winner $70k)
    #12-Newman-D (8)
    #8-Earnhardt Jr.-C (10)
    #1-Truex Jr.-C (19/won Nextel Open)
    #24-JGordon-C (7)
    #44-Jarrett-T (13)
    #83-Vickers-T (14)
    #9-Kahne-D (11)
    #16-Biffle-F (12)
    #78-Wallace-C (21/Fan Vote Winner)
    OUT of RACE
    #11-Hamlin-C (9) accident
    #25-Mears-C (16) accident
    #2-Busch-D (3) accident
    #5-Kusch-C (6)(23 laps led/segment 2 winner $70k) accident
    #43-Labonte -D (15) accident
    C=Chevy; D=Dodge; F=Ford; T=Toyota

  • Segment 3 Results of the Nextel Challenge All-Star Race [60 of 80 laps]
    car#, driver-manu, (starting spot)(laps led)
    #17-Kenseth-F (1)(37 laps led)(won seg 1)

    #24-JGordon-C (7)
    #5-Kusch-C (6)(23 laps led)(won seg 2)
    #29-Harvick -C (4)
    #31-JBurton-C (5)
    #01-Martin-C (18/back)
    #12-Newman-D (8)
    #48-Johnson-C (2)
    #70-Sauter-C (20/2nd Nextel Open)
    #2-Busch-D (3)
    #20-Stewart-C (17/back)
    #1-Truex Jr.-C (19/won Nextel Open)
    #11-Hamlin-C (9)
    #25-Mears-C (16)
    #9-Kahne-D (11)
    #44-Jarrett-T (13)
    #83-Vickers-T (14)
    #8-Earnhardt Jr.-C (10)
    #78-Wallace-C (21/Fan Vote Winner)
    #16-Biffle-F (12) -1 lap
    #43-Labonte -D (15) accident

  • Segment 2 Results of the Nextel Challenge All-Star Race [40 of 80 laps]
    car#, driver-manu, (starting spot)(laps led)
    #5-Kusch-C (6)(20 laps led)($70k)
    #24-JGordon-C (7)($20k)
    #29-Harvick -C (4)($10k)
    #17-Kenseth-F (1)(20 laps led/segment 1 winner $70k)
    #31-JBurton-C (5)
    #01-Martin-C (18/back)
    #70-Sauter-C (20/2nd Nextel Open)
    #48-Johnson-C (2)
    #2-Busch-D (3)
    #12-Newman-D (8)
    #25-Mears-C (16)
    #43-Labonte -D (15)
    #20-Stewart-C (17/back)
    #1-Truex Jr.-C (19/won Nextel Open)
    #9-Kahne-D (11)
    #11-Hamlin-C (9)
    #44-Jarrett-T (13)
    #8-Earnhardt Jr.-C (10)
    #16-Biffle-F (12)
    #78-Wallace-C (21/Fan Vote Winner)
    #83-Vickers-T (14) -1 lap

  • Segment 1 Results of the Nextel Challenge All-Star Race [20 of 80 laps]
    car#, driver-manu, (starting spot)(laps led)
    #17-Kenseth-F (1)(20 laps led)(70k)
    #24-JGordon-C (7)($20k)
    #48-Johnson-C (2)($10k)
    #29-Harvick -C (4)
    #31-JBurton-C (5)
    #12-Newman-D (8)
    #5-Kusch-C (6)
    #8-Earnhardt Jr.-C (10)
    #9-Kahne-D (11)
    #11-Hamlin-C (9)
    #70-Sauter-C (20/2nd Nextel Open)
    #25-Mears-C (16)
    #01-Martin-C (18/back)
    #1-Truex Jr.-C (19/won Nextel Open)
    #43-Labonte -D (15)
    #2-Busch-D (3)
    #83-Vickers-T (14)
    #44-Jarrett-T (13)
    #16-Biffle-F (12)
    #20-Stewart-C (17/back)
    #78-Wallace-C (21/Fan Vote Winner)



    NEXTEL OPEN RACE RUNDOWN

  • 2007 All-Star Results Page

  • Truex Jr. wins the Nextel Open: #1-Martin Truex Jr. made a pass of #99-Carl Edwards with 3 laps to go in the Nextel Open to win the race and advance to the Nextel Challenge All-Star race. #70-Johnny Sauter made a bid for the win and held on to 2nd to also advance to the All-Star race. Edwards faded and finished 3rd and missed the race after leading 37 of 40 laps. #22-Blaney finished 4th, followed by #88-Rudd, #07-Bowyer, #14-Marlin, #36-Mayfield, #96-Raines and #26-McMurray. #78-Kenny Wallace finished 18th but was voted into the Nextel Challenge by the fans. See the results on the 2007 Nextel Challenge/Open Race Results page.(5-19-2007)

  • Results of the Nextel Open at Lowe's Motor Speedway:
    #1-Truex Jr.-C (11)(3 laps led)(transfers to the Challenge)
    #70-Sauter-C (20)(transfers to the Challenge
    #99-Edwards-F (1)(37 laps led/won segment 1)
    #22-Blaney-T (3)
    #88-Rudd-F (9)
    #07-Bowyer-C (22)
    #14-Marlin-C (13)
    #36-Mayfield-T (26)
    #96-Raines-C (17)
    #26-McMurray-F (6/back)
    #40-Stremme-D (31/back)
    #66-Green-C (15)
    #18-Yeley-C (24)
    #45-Petty- D (27)
    #84-Allmendinger*-T (8)
    #7-RGordon-F (25)
    #4-Burton-C (19)
    #78-KWallace-C (21)
    #34-Lepage-D (29)
    #55-Waltrip-T (32/back) -2 laps
    #00-Reutimann*-T (28) -7 laps
    #19-Sadler-D (23) accident/out
    #6-Ragan*-F (2) accident/out
    #41-Sorenson-D (7) accident/out
    #49-Bliss-D (16) accident/out
    #37-Said-D (30) accident/out
    #10-Riggs-D (12) accident/out
    #38-Gilliland-F (4) accident/out
    #42-Montoya*-D (5) accident/out
    #15-Menard*-C (10) accident/out
    #13-Nemechek-C (14) accident/out
    #21-Wood-F (18) accident/out

  • Segment 1 Results of the Nextel Open at Lowe's Motor Speedway:
    #99-Edwards-F (1)(20 laps led)
    #6-Ragan*-F (2)
    #22-Blaney-T (3)
    #1-Truex Jr.-C (11)
    #88-Rudd-F (9)
    #41-Sorenson-D (7)
    #70-Sauter-C (20)
    #36-Mayfield-T (26)
    #18-Yeley-C (24)
    #14-Marlin-C (13)
    #4-Burton-C (19)
    #26-McMurray-F (6/back)
    #40-Stremme-D (31/back)
    #07-Bowyer-C (22)
    #96-Raines-C (17)
    #66-Green-C (15)
    #00-Reutimann*-T (28)
    #55-Waltrip-T (32/back)
    #45-Petty- D (27)
    #84-Allmendinger*-T (8)
    #7-RGordon-F (25)
    #34-Lepage-D (29)
    #78-KWallace-C (21)
    #19-Sadler-D (23)
    #49-Bliss-D (16) accident/out
    #37-Said-D (30) accident/out
    #10-Riggs-D (12) accident/out
    #38-Gilliland-F (4) accident/out
    #42-Montoya*-D (5) accident/out
    #15-Menard*-C (10) accident/out
    #13-Nemechek-C (14) accident/out
    #21-Wood-F (18) accident/out

  • The Nextel Open at Lowe's Motor Speedway RACE RUNDOWN:
    The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions, lucky dogs and some notes
    after 40 of 40 laps:

    car#, driver-manu, (starting spot)(laps led)
    #1-Truex Jr.-C (11)(3 laps led)(transfers to the Challenge)
    #70-Sauter-C (20)(transfers to the Challenge
    #99-Edwards-F (1)(37 laps led/won segment 1)
    #22-Blaney-T (3)
    #88-Rudd-F (9)
    #07-Bowyer-C (22)
    #14-Marlin-C (13)
    #36-Mayfield-T (26)
    #96-Raines-C (17)
    #26-McMurray-F (6/back)
    C=Chevy; D=Dodge; F=Ford; T=Toyota
    *=rookie

  • Cars on the lead lap: 19 (of 32 starters)

  • Drivers down only a lap [and still running]: #'s

  • Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s 55,00

  • Cars on the track: 21 (of 32 starters)

  • Off track/out of race (11) and reason:
    #21-Wood (accident-out)
    #13-Nemechek (accident-out)
    #15-Menard (accident-out)
    #42-Montoya (accident-out)
    #38-Gilliland (accident-out)
    #10-Riggs (accident-out)
    #49-Bliss (accident-out)
    #37-Said (accident-out)
    #6-Ragan (accident-out)
    #19-Sadler (handling-out)
    #41-Sorenseon (accident-out)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (2 leaders with 1 lead changes):
    #99-Edwards (37, pole);
    #1-Truex Jr. (3)

  • Lap leaders: #99-Edwards - pole; #99-Edwards 1-37; #1-Truex Jr. 38-40;

    Cautions: 4 for 13 laps

    Caution 4 - Laps 21 - 21: #6-Ragan lost it on the restart, spun around and smacked the wall, #41-Sorenson tried to avoid the #6 but caught the car with the right front and cut down a right front tire
    Caution 3 - Laps 19 - 20: #19-Sadler scraped the turn 4 wall
    Caution 2 - Laps 11 - 14: #49-Bliss got loose in turn 2, spun into the wall, came down the track, #37-Said went high but the #49 shot back up and Said hit the #49
    Caution 1 - Laps 2 - 7: didn't take long, #42-Montoya got loose in turn 1, came up into #38-Gilliland, Gilliland spun around, backed into the wall, Montoya then went into the wall and the #38, #13-Nemechek got tagged by Montoya, sending Nemechek into the wall, then Montoya got into #21-Wood, also spinning were #15-Menard, #84-Allmendinger. #10-Riggs

  • Who got a lap back on each caution? the Lucky Dog: (and their finish)
    Caution 4: no driver a lap or more down on the track
    Caution 3: no driver a lap or more down on the track
    Caution 2: no driver a lap or more down on the track
    Caution 1: no driver a lap or more down.

  • Nextel Open Penalty Report:
    Car#, Penalty, Reason, Issued
    1 #07 PT Passing to the wrong side on a start or restart 1
    2 #07 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 1
    3 #84 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 2
    4 #19 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 18
    5 #66 TE Disobeying a NASCAR request 18
    PT - Pass through
    TE - Tail end of the longest line
    SG - Stop and Go
    OL - One lap
    ND - NASCAR discretion
    MCI - Must come into pits.(NASCAR Statistics)(5-19-2007)

  • RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
    ---- on lap 30, #55-Waltrip made an unscheduled pit stop, no word why
    ---- #00-Reutimann had a tire go down just after the 4th caution and had to make an unscheduled pit stop and lost a lap
    ---- none of the laps counted during the 4th caution as it happened at the start of the 1st segment
    ---- #66-Green was sent to the end of the longer line for failure to adhere to a NASCAR directive before the green flag after segment 1
    ---- on the 2nd caution #84-Allmendinger, #78-Wallace, #7-Gordeon, #96-Raines, #55-Waltrip came in to make adjustments
    ---- on the 1st caution #45-Petty, #19-Sadler and #84-Allmendinger, #07-Bowyer, #26-McMurray came in to make adjustments
    ---- green flag at 7:42pm/et by Carolina Panther Steve Smith
    ---- command to start engines at 7:32pm/et by Nextel contest winner Stacy Hester
    ---- To The Back [3]: #40-Stremme [backup car]; #55-Waltrip [backup car]; #26-McMurray [engine]
    ---- weather = clear, 71°, track temp 94° wind S 5-10mph


    PRACTICE SPEEDS/QUALIFYING RESULTS

  • Nextel Open and Challenge Qualifying Order/Results/Starting Lineup page.

  • Kenseth wins pole for Nextel Challenge: #17-Matt Kenseth and the killer B's won the pole for the Nextel Challenge All-Star Race at Lowe's Motor Speedway, running three laps and completing a 4-tire pit stop in 121.401 seconds. Starting 2nd is #48-Johnson, followed by #2-Busch, #29-Harvick and #31-Burton. Only #20-Stewart was penalized, 5 seconds for a tire rolling out of the pit stall. One driver spun, #01-Mark Martin and didn't finish his run, so Martin will start last. For starting lineups and qulaifying results, see my Nextel Open and Challenge Qualifying Order/Results/Starting Lineup page.(5-18-2007)

  • Edwards win pole for Nextel Open: #99-Carl Edwards won the pole for the Nextel Open aat Lowe's Motor Speedway with a speed of 187.487mph, followed by #6-Ragan, #22-Blaney, #38-Gilliland and #42-Montoya. Three drivers wrecked #40-Stremme, #55-Waltrip and #80-Almirola. Stremme and Waltrip will go to backup cars for the Nextel Open Saturday night. Almirola's team withdrew from the race, so there will be 32 cars in the Nextel Open.. See the qualifying results below. For starting lineups and qulaifying results, see my Nextel Open and Challenge Qualifying Order/Results/Starting Lineup page.(5-18-2007)

  • Happy Hour practice for the Nextel Challenge at Lowe's Motor Speedway is over, the results:
    #24-Gordon 180.252
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. 180.234
    #17-Kenseth 180.048
    #12-Newman 178.749
    #31-Burton 178.595
    slowest: #44-Jarrett 173.784 & #43-Labonte 176.033
    most laps run: #12-Newman 61; #01-Martin 59
    incident: #7-Gordon wrecked and had to go to a backup car; #11-Hamlin spun, didn't hit anything, #01-Martin lost an engine and will have to change before qualifying
    see all 18 driver speeds on the Nextel All-Star Challenge/Open practice speeds page.(5-18-2007)

  • Happy Hour practice for the Nextel Open at Lowe's Motor Speedway is over. the results:
    #38-Gilliland 181.843
    #40-Stremme 181.032
    #07-Bowyer 180.536
    #88-Rudd 179.910
    #22-Blaney 179.802
    slowest: #37-Said 170.422 and #34-Lepage 172.139
    most laps run: #07-Bowyer & #70-Sauter 32 laps
    incidents: #26-McMurray lost an engine and will have to change before qualifying
    see all 33 driver speeds on the Nextel All-Star Challenge/Open practice speeds page.(5-18-2007)


    FACTS/INFO ABOUT THE RACES

  • NEXTEL AllStar Week Schedule
    Friday, May 18
    Admission - Reserved and Seating Available. Parking - FREE in Designated LMS Lots.
    6:00 a.m. Gate 26 opens to campers and recreational vehicles
    6:45 a.m. NNCS Haulers enter
    9:00 a.m. NCTS Rookie/Spotter meeting and drawing for qualifying order
    10:00 a.m. Spectator Gate 5A opens
    10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. NNCS Practice
    11:20 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.. NCTS Rookie Practice
    11:50 a.m. - 12:50 p.m. NCTS Final Practice
    12:00 p.m.. NNCS Rookie/Spotter meetings and drawing for qualifying orders
    12:50 p.m. NNCS Crew Chief meeting for NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge
    1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. NNCS Final Practice for NEXTEL Open
    2:30 p.m. 3:45 p.m. NNCS Final Practice for NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge
    4:35 p.m. NCTS Qualifying for the Quaker Steak & Lube 200 (two laps)
    6:10 p.m. NNCS Qualifying for the NEXTEL Open (two laps)
    7:00 p.m. NCTS Driver/Crew Chief meeting
    7:15 p.m. NNCS Qualifying for the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge (three laps with four tire change pit stop)
    9:00 p.m. NCTS Quaker Steak & Lube 200 Truck Series Race (134 laps/201 miles)

    Saturday, May 19 Admission - Reserved and Seating Available. Parking - FREE in Designated LMS Lots 1:30 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. Pace Car Rides
    2:00 p.m. Hospitality Village opens
    2:00 p.m. Gate 8 Crossover open for Pit Tours
    4:30 p.m. Gate 8 Crossover become exit only
    4:50 p.m. Gate 8 Crossover closes
    4:50 p.m. - 5:10 p.m. Power Wheels All-Star Mini Challenge
    5:10 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Legends Cars, Bandolero & Thunder Roadster racing
    5:30 p.m. NNCS Driver/Crew Chief meeting
    6:00 p.m. - 6:10 p.m. Governor Easley's Hot Laps for Kids
    6:15 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. "The Kobalt Tools Crew Chief Race"
    7:30 p.m. NNCS The NEXTEL Open
    9:00 p.m. NNCS NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge (Four 20-lap segments)

  • Nextel All-Star Challenge Fast Facts
    Location: Lowe's Motor Speedway, Concord, N.C.
    Date: Saturday, May 19, 2007
    Time: 9:00pm/et
    Sanctioning Body: NASCAR, Daytona Beach, Fla.
    Series: Nextel Cup Series - Special Non-Points Event
    Companion Races: Nextel Open - Nextel Cup Series, Kobalt Tools Crew Chiefs Race
    Distance/Format:: 80 laps, 120 miles (run in four segments of 20 laps each). Green flag and yellow flag laps will be counted during segments 1, 2 and 3. Only green flag laps will be counted during segment 4. All restarts will be double file and the free pass rule is maintained throughout the event.
    Between segments 1 and 2, there will be a 5-lap caution period during which teams may elect to pit, but cars will restart in the order they leave pit road.
    Between segments 2 and 3, there will be a 10-minute break during which teams will pit and may elect to change tires, add fuel and make normal chassis adjustments. Changing of springs, shock absorbers or rear-ends will not be permitted.
    Between segments 3 and 4, the caution flag will be waved and teams will be required to make at least a stop-and-go pit stop. Cars will start the final segment in the order they leave pit road.
    Purse: $3,264,364 (event record)
    Nextel All-Star Challenge winner's purse: $1,011,125
    Bonuses for Leaders of Segments 1 and 2: 1st, $75,000; 2nd, $20,000; 3rd, $10,000
    Radio/Television: Motor Racing Network (MRN) will broadcast the race live to its affiliate stations beginning at 6:30pm/et. MRN's broadcast can also be heard on Sirius NASCAR Radio channel 128. SPEED Channel will televise the Nextel All-Star Challenge live. Pre-race coverage begins at 7:00pm/et and also includes coverage of the Nextel Open.
    2006 Winner: Jimmie Johnson, Lowe's Chevrolet
    Qualifying: One round of qualifying will be held Friday, May 18, at 7:10pm/et. Each driver will run three laps with a mandatory four-tire, pit stop. The total elapsed time will comprise each team's qualifying effort and the pole-winning team will earn $50,000.
    2006 Pole Sitter: Kasey Kahne, Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge, 122.296 seconds, 132.465 mph, Total elapsed time of three laps including a four-tire pit stop
    Eligibility List (21):
    Jimmie Johnson, 2006 Daytona 500, Daytona Beach, Fla.
    Matt Kenseth, 2006 Auto Club 500, Fontana, Calif.
    Kasey Kahne, 2006 Golden Corral 500, Hampton, Ga.
    Kurt Busch, 2006 Food City 500, Bristol, Tenn.
    Tony Stewart, 2006 DIRECTV 500, Martinsville, Va.
    Kevin Harvick, 2006 Subway Fresh 500, Phoenix, Ariz.
    Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2006 Crown Royal 400, Richmond, Va.
    Greg Biffle 2006, Dodge Charger 500, Darlington, S.C.
    Denny Hamlin, 2006 Pocono 500, Long Pond, Pa.
    Jeff Gordon, 2006 Dodge/Save Mart 350, Sonoma, Calif.
    Kyle Busch, 2006 Lenox Industrial Tools 300, Loudon, N.H.
    Jeff Burton, 2006 Dover 400, Dover, Del.
    Brian Vickers, 2006 UAW-Ford 500, Talladega, Ala.
    Casey Mears, 2006 Winning Car Owner, Talladega, Ala.
    Ryan Newman, 2002 Nextel All-Star Challenge Winner
    Mark Martin, 2005 Nextel All-Star Challenge Winner
    Dale Jarrett, 1999 Nextel Cup Series Champion
    Bobby Labonte, 2000 Nextel Cup Series Champion
    TBD, 2007 Nextel Open Winner
    TBD, 2007 Nextel Open Second Place
    TBD, Nextel Fan Vote
    Tickets: Tickets for the Nextel All-Star Challenge start at just $29 and also include the Nextel Open and the Kobalt Tools Crew Chiefs Race. To purchase tickets, visit www.lowesmotorspeedway.com or call 1-800-455-FANS.(LMS PR)(5-13-2007)

  • Nextel Open Fast Facts
    Location: Lowe's Motor Speedway, Concord, N.C.
    Date: Saturday, May 19, 2007
    Time: 7:40pm/et
    Sanctioning Body: NASCAR, Daytona Beach, Fla.
    Series: Nextel Cup Series - Special Event
    Eligibility: Drivers not already eligible for the Nextel All-Star Challenge and finished in the top 50 of the final 2006 Nextel Cup Series points or were in the top 50 of the 2007 Nextel Cup Series points on March 12, 2007, may participate in the Nextel Open.
    Length: The Nextel Open will consist of 40 laps, 60 miles, and will be run in two 20-lap segments. Between segment 1 and segment 2, there will be a yellow flag during which teams can pit and may elect to change tires, add fuel and make normal chassis adjustments. Teams pitting will not retain their position on the track and will start segment 2 at the rear of the field in the order they leave pit road.
    Three Advance: The top two finishers in the Nextel Open will earn starting spots in the Nextel All-Star Challenge. A third driver will also advance as determined by the Nextel Fan Vote.
    Purse: $1,000,000 (event record)
    Winner's share: $51,525
    2006 Winner: Scott Riggs, Valvoline Dodge
    Qualifying: The better of two qualifying laps will determine a driver's official qualifying speed for the Nextel Open. Qualifying is scheduled for Friday, May 18, at 6:05pm/et
    2006 Pole Sitter: Scott Riggs, Valvoline Dodge, 28.953 seconds, 186.509 mph
    Radio/Television: Motor Racing Network (MRN) will broadcast the Nextel Open live to its affiliate radio stations with coverage beginning at 6:30pm/et. MRN's broadcast can also be heard on Sirius NASCAR Radio channel 128. SPEED Channel will televise the race live. Coverage begins with a pre-race show at 7:00pm/et. Tickets: Tickets for Saturday night, May 19, start at $29 and include the Kobalt Tools Crew Chiefs Race, the Nextel Open and the Nextel All-Star Challenge. To purchase tickets, visit www.lowesmotorspeedway.com or call 1-800-455-FANS.(LMS PR)(5-13-2007)


    DRIVER VOTE

  • To VOTE for a driver to get him in the Nextel Challenge, go to www.Nextel.com/speed

  • www.voteinkenny.com - Kenny Wallace

  • www.VoteMikeIn.com - Mike Bliss

  • Fans to vote a driver into the Nextel Challenge: Sprint Nextel announced the return of the Nextel Fan Vote, a voting competition driven by fans to award one lucky team a starting spot in the May 19 Nextel All-Star Challenge at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Voting begins on Sprint or Nextel phones beginning Sunday, April 1. The Nextel All-Star Challenge field consists of drivers who have won a points race in 2006 or 2007, active Nextel All-Star Challenge winners within the past 10 seasons and active past Nextel Cup Series champions within the past 10 seasons. For the Nextel Fan Vote, fans will select one driver among the top 50 in Nextel Cup Series driver point standings who is not already qualified. Voting will be available April 1 and can be completed via the following channels: Sprint and Nextel phones; Text "NASCAR" to 7777 on your Sprint or Nextel web-enabled phone and follow the received directions; Online at www.Nextel.com/speed, Online at www.nascar.com; Trackside at the Nextel Experience; Participating Sprint and Nextel retail locations. The winner of the Nextel Fan Vote will be announced following the Nextel Open during Nextel All-Star Challenge pre-race festivities. The Nextel All-Star Challenge will be broadcast live exclusively on SPEED, with coverage beginning at 7:00pm/et. Tickets for the Nextel All-Star Challenge start at just $29 and can be obtained at the Lowe's Motor Speedway ticket office, online at www.lowesmotorspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-455-FANS.(LMS PR)(3-31-2007)


    GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Number of Tires:
    Coca-Cola 600: Left-side -- 1,200, Right-side -- 1,200;
    All-Star Challenge: Left-side -- 700, Right-side -- 700;
    Busch Series: Left-side -- 600, Right-side -- 600

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4020; Right-side -- D-4022

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.4 in.; Right-side -- 88.7 in.

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi;
    Right Front -- 55 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psi

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

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 48-52 laps, based on fuel mileage (Nextel Cup)

    Notes: Both the NASCAR Nextel Cup and Busch Series will run the same tire codes at Charlotte throughout Speed Weeks . . . this is the first time that Goodyear has brought out this exact combination of left- and right-side tires since Charlotte in May '06 . . . Goodyear brought a different left-side code (D-4074) for Nextel Cup and Busch teams to run at the October '06 races at the track . . . these teams have run this right-side code (D-4022) with a different left-side code earlier this season at Las Vegas . . . 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.

    Goodyear Quote -- Stu Grant, General Manager, Global Race Tires: "In coming back to Lowe's Motor Speedway this May, we've decided to bring a slightly more conservative tire setup than we ran at the races there last October. We did that mainly for two reasons -- first because of the gains in speeds by the teams, and second because of the larger fuel cell and the resulting longer race runs the teams will be called on to handle. We will be bringing back the same right-side tire (D-4022) that we ran at both race weekends at Charlotte in 2006, and we even ran this left-side (D-4020) there last May, so teams do have some experience on this setup. We brought a left-side tire to Charlotte last October that offered slightly more grip, but we decided to go back to the May '06 setup to help insure a safe, competitive weekend."


    SPECIAL PAINT SCHEMES

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    Charlotte/LMS - Nextel Open - May
    Charlotte/LMS - Nextel Open - May
    #00-David Reutimann Domino's Pizza
    Burger King
    RaceWorld
    #00 Schemes Page
    #1-Martin Truex Jr. Bass Pro Shops 35th Anniversary #1 Schemes Page
    #13-Joe Nemechek Haier #13 Schemes Page
    #14-Sterling Marlin Pep Boys #14 Schemes Page
    #18-J.J. Yeley Interstate Batteries Black #18 Schemes Page
    #37-Boris Said Huddle House #37 Schemes Page
    #38-David Gilliland Shrek the Third #38 Schemes Page
    #40-David Stremme Coors Light Blue none...yet
    #45-Kyle Petty Coke Zero #45 Schemes Page
    #88-Ricky Rudd Dark Snickers #88 Schemes Page
    Charlotte/LMS - Nextel Challenge - May
    #2-Kurt Busch Gold Medal Miller Lite #2 Schemes Page
    #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight #11 Schemes Page
    #16-Greg Biffle Ameriquest Mortgage #16 Schemes Page
    #24-Jeff Gordon DuPont Performance Alliance none...yet
    #29-Kevin Harvick Pennzoil Platinum #29 Schemes Page
    #48-Jimmie Johnson USO/Power of Pride #48 Schemes Page


  • Kurt Busch back in Gold at the All-Star Race: #2-Miller Lite Dodge driver Kurt Busch is racing a special “gold color scheme” car in Saturday night’s NEXTEL All-Star Challenge at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. “We’re bringing back the gold color scheme that we did so well with at Daytona in February and we’re in a position where we can lay it all on the line for the All Star race on Saturday night,” said Busch, the 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup champion, who climbed to seventh in the series point standings with his 12th-place finish at Darlington on Sunday. “It’s a great game plan and we’re super excited.(Tom Roberts PR)(5-18-2007)

  • Special scheme for Truex Jr. at LMS: #1-Martin Truex Jr. will run a special paint scheme for the Nextel Challenge All-Star/Nextel Open race as well as the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. The paint scheme will celebrate the 35th anniversary of Bass Pro Shops. "It's one of the coolest paint schemes I've ever seen," Truex said. "The black and silver are going to look really cool under the lights. I know there will be a lot of Bass Pro people at the races the next two weeks. It would be great to win both the all-star race and the 600 in that car. Bass Pro is a great sponsor and I'd love to put the new car in victory lane for them."(DEI site)(5-17-2007)

  • Shrek scheme for Gilliland in Nextel Open: Usually M&M’S driver David Gilliland has a strong supporting cast on his #38 Ford with the iconic M&M’S Characters, Red and Yellow. This weekend the list grows as Gilliland welcomes Shrek, Donkey and Puss in Boots from the upcoming DreamWorks release “Shrek the Third” which opens in theaters on May 18. In support of the highly anticipated movie release, Masterfoods USA has introduced “Ogre-Sized” Peanut Butter M&M’S. For a limited time only, fans can get swamped with peanut butter in a colorful mix of candies inspired by the green guy himself. Gilliland hopes instead to get swamped in a battle for the win in the Nextel Open in hopes of transferring to Saturday night’s main event, the Nextel All-Star Challenge.(RYR/Elevation Group PR), see an image on the #18 Team Schemes page(5-17-2007)

  • Reutimann's car to have both sponsors at Nextel Open: This weekend the #00 Domino’s Pizza Toyota will be carrying a different look, as Michael Waltrip Racing makes the transition from primary sponsor Domino’s Pizza to Burger King Corporation, with a special paint scheme honoring both companies. The #00 Toyota, driven by David Reutimann, will carry both sponsors on a black and white background, with Domino’s Pizza comprising the driver’s side of the race car. For the past 11 races Domino’s Pizza has been the primary sponsor of the #00 Domino’s Pizza Toyota in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series, which is driven by Raybestos Rookie Candidate David Reutimann. Domino’s Pizza will be back on the #00 at Michigan in August and five more races in the Chase.(MWR PR)(5-17-2007)

  • Dark scheme for Rudd at LMS: The #88 team which normally runs the Snickers Ford will be racing a Snickers Dark paint scheme for Saturday night’s race and in the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway.(Snickers Dark Racing PR), see an image on the #88 Team Schemes page.(5-17-2007)

  • Black scheme for Yeley at Nextel Open: #18-J.J. Yeley will participate in only his second Nextel Open. He is hoping to make his first All-Star Challenge by virtue of either finishing in the top two positions in the Open or by winning the Nextel Fan Vote. Yeley will be sporting a black paint scheme for All-Star weekend while still keeping the lightning bolt scheme introduced at the beginning of the 2007 season. The #18 will return to its familiar green theme for the May 27 Coca-Cola 600 and beyond.(JGR/True Speed PR), see an image on the #18 Team Schemes page(5-17-2007)

  • Special scheme for Jeff Gordon at All-Star race: During the Nextel All-Star Challenge, the #24 car will carry the familiar the “fire and flames” design but with the primary colors reversed. DuPont Performance Alliance will also be showcased on the Chevy Monte Carlo SS. “This is an exciting race for the fans but an exciting race for the teams and drivers, as well,” said Gordon. “It’s run under the lights with a lot of different paint schemes. There’s just a different feel about this race. “You have to take chances to win this race, but you also have to be smart about when and where you take those chances.”(Performance Plus/Dupont Racing PR)(5-16-2007)

  • #78 to display purple ribbon at Nextel Open: In and effort to heighten the public's awareness of pancreatic cancer diagnosis, treatment, and prevention, Furniture Row will feature a purple awareness ribbon on the #78 Chevy that Kenny Wallace drives this weekend at the Nextel Open at Lowes Motor Speedway.(Furniture Row Racing site)(5-17-2007)

  • Harvick goes Platinum for All-Star Challenge: #29-Kevin Harvick will transform his bright yellow-and-red Shell-Pennzoil Chevy into a shining platinum colored paint scheme for the Nextel All-Star Challenge at Lowe's Motor Speedway in recognition of his sponsorship from Pennzoil Platinum Full synthetic motor oil. Pennzoil Platinum full synthetic motor oil has adaptive molecules to manage the constant mechanical stresses inside an engine.(RCR PR)(5-16-2007)

  • Coke Zero to sponsor Petty in Nextel Open/Coke 600: This weekend, Kyle Petty and the #45 team head to the track with Coke Zero on board. Petty, a member of the Coca-Cola Racing Family, will debut the Coke Zero Dodge this weekend in the Nextel Open and will also compete in it next weekend at the Coca-Cola 600.(Petty Racing PR)(5-16-2007)



    RACE ODDS

  • Vegas Insider:
    Nextel Open Odds
    Nextel All-Star Challenge Odds

  • World Sports Exchange:
    Nextel All-Star Challenge Odds


    TV SCHEDULE

  • Stewart to work as pit reporter for SPEED during Nextel Open: #20-Tony Stewart will work as a SPEED pit reporter during the Nextel Open, a qualifying event that moves the top two finishers forward into the Nextel All-Star Challenge. Nextel Cup Series drivers #99-Carl Edwards, #18-J.J. Yeley and #84-A.J. Allmendinger have all agreed to make themselves available as SPEED pit reporters for the Nextel All-Star Challenge if they do not advance to the main event.(SPEEDtv PR)(5-15-2007)

  • Nextel All-Star Challenge TV Coverage:
    SPEED will deliver a full week of special All-Star programming in support of the network's inaugural exclusive broadcast of the Nextel All-Star Challenge on May 19 at 7 p.m. ET. Coverage will culminate with 48 consecutive hours of NASCAR programming over the All-Star Weekend.
    "All-Star Week on SPEED will be huge," said SPEED President Hunter Nickell. "Our only objective is for viewers to have a blast. We've got something going all week, leading into the first-ever '48 hours of NASCAR.' We know the racers will put on an awesome show, and we will give viewers every reason to say that about SPEED too."
    Highlighted by exclusive coverage of the Nextel Pit Crew Challenge, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race, Nextel Open and Nextel All-Star Challenge, SPEED also will deliver special All-Star episodes of Wind Tunnel with Dave Despain, The SPEED Report, NASCAR RaceDay and NASCAR Victory Lane.
    As part of a special three-hour NASCAR RaceDay All-Star Edition on May 19, SPEED will cover the inaugural Crew Chief Race from Lowe's Motor Speedway, an event featuring SPEED on-air personalities Larry McReynolds, Jeff Hammond and Chad Knaus.
    In addition, SPEED is working with NASCAR Images to deliver a series of specials, All-Star Spotlight and All-Star Memories, taking a look at some of the most memorable All-Star events in NASCAR history.
    SPEED All-Star Week broadcast schedule (All times ET and subject to change):
    May 14
    All-Star Spotlight (7 p.m., 30 minutes)
    All-Star Spotlight (7:30 p.m., 30 minutes)
    Inside Nextel Cup (8 p.m., 60 minutes)

    May 15
    All-Star Spotlight (7 p.m., 30 minutes)
    All-Star Spotlight (7:30 p.m., 30 minutes)
    All-Star Spotlight (8 p.m., 30 minutes)
    The SPEED Report (8:30 p.m., 30 minutes)

    May 16 Wind Tunnel All-Star Special (7 p.m., 90 minutes)
    The SPEED Report (8:30 p.m., 30 minutes)

    May 17
    Larry Mac's All-Star BBQ (7 p.m. ET, 60 minutes)
    Survival of the Fastest (8 p.m., 30 minutes)
    SPEED Road Tour Challenge (30 minutes)

    May 18 (Begins '48 Hours of NASCAR')
    Larry Mac's All-Star BBQ (6 a.m. ET, replay)
    All-Star Spotlight (7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., multiple episodes)
    Survival of the Fastest (9:30 a.m., replay)
    NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series practice (10 a.m., LIVE)
    Nextel Cup Series practice (1 p.m., LIVE)
    NASCAR Live! (4 p.m., 30 minutes)
    NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series qualifying (4:30 p.m., LIVE)
    Nextel Cup Series qualifying (6 p.m., LIVE)
    NCTS Setup (8:30 p.m., LIVE, 30 minutes)
    NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race (9 p.m., LIVE)
    Trackside (11:30 p.m., 60 minutes)
    Survival of the Fastest (12:30 a.m., 30 minutes)
    All-Star Memories (1 a.m., 60 minutes)
    NCTS Setup (2 a.m., 30 minutes, replay)
    NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race (2:30 a.m., replay)
    All-Star Memories (5 a.m., 60 minutes)

    May 19
    All-Star Spotlight (6 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., multiple episodes)
    Wind Tunnel All-Star Special (8:30 a.m., 90 minutes, replay)
    All-Star Memories (10 a.m., 60 minutes)
    Trackside (11 a.m., 60 minutes, replay)
    NASCAR Live! (Noon, 30 minutes)
    Nextel Pit Crew Challenge (12:30 p.m.)
    Nextel All-Star Special (2:30 p.m., 30 minutes)
    Tradin' Paint (3 p.m., 30 minutes)
    NASCAR Performance (3:30 p.m., 30 minutes)
    NASCAR RaceDay All-Star Special (4 p.m., LIVE, 3 hours)
    Nextel Open (7 p.m., LIVE)*
    Nextel All-Star Challenge (8 p.m., LIVE)*
    NASCAR Victory Lane All-Star Edition (11 p.m., 60 minutes)
    Nextel Open (Midnight, replay)
    Nextel All-Star Challenge (1 a.m., replay)
    NASCAR Victory Lane All-Star Edition (4 a.m., replay)
    All-Star Spotlight (5 a.m., 30 minutes)
    All-Star Spotlight (5:30 a.m., 30 minutes)
    *Simulcast on 1,400-square foot News Astrovision by Panasonic Screen in New York's Times Square.(SPEED PR)(4-20-2007)


    NEWS, TV SCHED and RUMORS about the All-Star Challenge

  • Humpy Picks Johnson to Win All Star Race; Montoya to Win Open: H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler revealed Jimmie Johnson as his selection to win Saturday night's NASCAR Nextel All-Star Challenge at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Known for his promotional flair and Karnac-type ability, Wheeler, president and general manager of Lowe's Motor Speedway, has correctly picked the winner of the All-Star Challenge 10 times in the past 18 races. He correctly selected Johnson to win the race in 2003. Also, in an extremely unusual move, Wheeler believes a rookie will win the Nextel Open. "This will surprise a lot of people, but I'm going with Juan Pablo Montoya to win the Nextel Open," Wheeler said.(LMS PR)(5-15-2007)

  • Fan wins starter job for Nextel Challenge: Jerry Brandom of Delray Beach, Fla., will be waving the green flag for the Nextel All-Star Challenge, having been selected from thousands of entries in the SPEED CFO (Chief Flag Operator) sweepstakes. Brandom and a guest of his choice will be flown to Charlotte for the weekend's events, receiving a pace car ride and VIP garage tour. Before climbing the tower at Lowe's Motor Speedway to start the All-Star race, Brandom also will have the opportunity to attend the Nextel All-Star Challenge drivers meeting.(SPEEDtv PR)(5-15-2007)

  • Michael Jordan to Serve as Grand Marshal for Nextel All-Star Challenge: NBA great Michael Jordan will serve as Grand Marshal for the May 19 NASCAR Nextel All-Star Challenge. Jordan, the managing member of basketball operations for the Charlotte Bobcats, will give the command, “Gentlemen, start your engines.” Jordan has overseen all of the basketball decisions for the Charlotte Bobcats since joining the front office in June 2006.(Lowes Motor Speedway PR)(5-2-2007)

  • Key changes to the Nextel All-Star Challenge announced Tuesday:
    • 80-lap race broken up into four 20-lap segments
    • Optional pit stop after first segment and 10-minute break after second in which teams can work on cars
    • Mandatory pit stop after third segment, setting up 20-yard dash for $1M prize
    • Field expanded to allow both first- and second-place finishers of Nextel Open, plus one driver voted in by fans
    • Like past years, rest of field consists of drivers who have won races in the current and preceding year, past All-Star race winners, plus Nextel Cup champions from the last 10 years.(1-23-2007)

  • Nextel Challenges changes for 2007: Sprint Nextel and NASCAR unveiled several enhancements to the 2007 Nextel Pit Crew Challenge presented by Craftsman and Nextel All-Star Challenge today during the annual media tour. “We anticipate the excitement will carry through the entire Nextel All-Star Challenge week,” said Dean Kessel, director of Nextel Cup Series marketing for Sprint Nextel. “We have worked with each of our partners, including NASCAR, SPEED and Lowe’s Motor Speedway, to develop a format that honors the spirit of what the Nextel All-Star Challenge activities should be about.”
    The Nextel Pit Crew Challenge presented by Craftsman, slated for May 16 at Charlotte Bobcats Arena, will be directly linked to the Nextel All-Star Challenge, as the finishing order in the pit-crew competition will decide the selection order of pit stalls for the May 19 race. The Nextel Pit Crew Challenge presented by Craftsman, now in its third season, will feature several new competitive elements.
    New Format: The Nextel All-Star Challenge’s new format consists of four, 20-lap segments and features teams that qualify for the event by winning a Nextel Cup Series event during the 2006 or 2007 seasons. Additionally, two drivers will qualify for the premier event by finishing first and second, respectively, after two 20-lap segments in the Nextel Open. Finally, one driver will once again join the Nextel All-Star Challenge field by winning the Nextel Fan Vote.
    Teams will have the option of pitting after the first 20-lap segment of the event, giving up their respective on-track position by doing so. A mandatory 10-minute stop will follow the second 20-lap segment. Teams will resume their position at the start of the third segment.
    Following segment three, all remaining participants on the track will circle the track under caution. Each team will then conduct a pit stop under race-like pitting conditions. The order of the teams exiting pit road will serve as the starting lineup for the fourth, and final, 20-lap segment. The Nextel All-Star Challenge will be broadcast live on SPEED. Additional details about the Nextel All-Star Challenge will be announced at a later date.(DEI site)(1-23-2007)

  • All-Star Challenge could be changed: The annual All-Star race is also being examined by series officials for tweaks to its format, The Associated Press has learned. Lowe's Motor Speedway president Humpy Wheeler confirmed Tuesday that talks are under way to make changes to the Nextel All-Star Challenge. The race has been run at the suburban Charlotte track 20 of its 21 years. "We're getting together in the next few weeks with NASCAR and Nextel to discuss some ways to tweak this thing," Wheeler said. "The bottom line is we are trying to find a way to put together 2 1/2 hours of absolutely great racing." The All-Star race currently is a 90-lap invitational, non-points race for Nextel Cup drivers. The winner gets a $1 million payout. The field is currently determined by drivers who have won races in the current and preceding year, past All-Star race winners and Cup champions from the last 10 years. The winner of the Nextel Open - the race held before the main event for all drivers not otherwise eligible - advances, and a fan vote was recently added to get another driver in. Now NASCAR is considering tying in the race with its Pit Crew Challenge, but is undecided on what to award. One idea being discussed is giving the pole position to the winner of the Pit Crew competition. Wheeler would like to see the field widened. He'd like more than one driver to advance out of the Open, and said he might push to get the top drivers from the Busch Series and Truck Series into the event. The format is also being examined and will likely change from its current three-segment form. The race currently starts with a 40-lap segment, followed by a 10-minute break in which teams are allowed to work on their cars. That's followed by a 30-lap run, a yellow-flag pit stop, and a final 20-lap dash for the cash. "We might end up shortening the segments some," Wheeler said. "We like that final 20-lap dash, the racing has always been very good over that final 20. But we're looking at a way to get rid of all the lulls in the action." LMS is always rumored to be in danger of losing the race, as NASCAR seeks to rotate it between venues. Teams and drivers are adamantly against that, because most are based in the area and treat the event as a "home race" that gives them a break from the 36-race schedule. With NASCAR's Hall of Fame now coming to Charlotte, the event is likely safe at LMS and will eventually be tied into induction ceremonies and other Hall events.(Associated Press)(9-27-2006)

  • France backing all-star race locale: NASCAR Chairman Brian France offered his strongest endorsement yet for keeping the all-star race at Lowe's Motor Speedway during a speech Tuesday at the Charlotte Business Journal's annual Power Breakfast, the Business Journal reports. France, who has flirted with the notion of relocating the Nextel All-Star Challenge in recent years, said reinvigorated corporate and community support for the race has put it on more solid ground. The all-star race has attracted crowds of 120,000 to 140,000 in recent years. This year's race is May 20. "I think the all-star race has done very, very well here," France said during the speech in front of more than 1,000 civic and business leaders gathered at the Charlotte Convention Center. "Historically, big events tend not to move around much unless they're not working well. [Charlotte civic leaders] have started to rally around the [motorsports] industry and the all-star race. Community leaders have sorted [an earlier lack of attention] out." The NASCAR chairman also said the uncertainty of moving events around on the schedule is a "bad business model" because it discourages track operators from investing in their events and venues. A recent higher profile for the all-star race and related events has made France more bullish on having it in Charlotte: "I hope we'll be able to keep it here." Even France's endorsement included a bit of wiggle room. He reiterated his stance that every race is subject to re-evaluation on a yearly basis. Still, the positive comments on the all-star race in Charlotte represent France's strongest public backing of keeping it in place. Corporate and political leaders began rallying around the all-star race when NASCAR officials began discussing a possible relocation of the event in 2004. Since then, a local organizing committee has been formed with state and local government agencies contributing money to create ancillary events tied to the race.(SceneDaily.com)(4-19-2006)


PAST WINNERS
OF THE WINSTON/Nextel ALL-STAR CHALLENGE

Year Driver
2006 Jimmie Johnson (2)

Kevin Harvick (seg 2)
Kyle Busch (seg 1)
2005 Mark Martin (2)

Ryan Newman (seg 2)
Mark Martin (seg 1)
2004 Matt Kenseth

Ryan Newman (seg 2)
Tony Stewart (seg 1)
2003 Jimmie Johnson

Kurt Busch (seg 2)
Tony Stewart (seg 1)
2002 Ryan Newman
2001 Jeff Gordon(3)
2000 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
1999 Terry Labonte(2)
1998 Mark Martin
1997 Jeff Gordon(2)
1996 Michael Waltrip
1995 Jeff Gordon
1994 Geoffrey Bodine
1993 Dale Earnhardt(3)
1992 Davey Allison(2)
1991 Davey Allison
1990 Dale Earnhardt(2)
1989 Rusty Wallace
1988 Terry Labonte
1987 Dale Earnhardt
1986 Bill Elliott
1985 Darrell Waltrip
All but 1986 have been held at Lowes Motor Speedway, in 1986 it was at Atlanta

PAST WINNERS OF THE
WINSTON / Nextel OPEN

Year Driver
2006 Scott Riggs
Voted In: Kyle Petty
2005 Brian Vickers
Voted In: Martin Trux Jr.
2004 Sterling Marlin
Voted In: Ken Schrader
2003 Jeff Burton
2002 Jeremy Mayfield(2)
Ryan Newman
(No Bull 5 Sprint)
2001 Johnny Benson
Todd Bodine
(No Bull 5 Sprint)
2000 Steve Park
Jerry Nadeau
(No Bull 5 Sprint)
1999 Tony Stewart
1998 Jeremy Mayfield
1997 Ricky Craven
1996 Jimmy Spencer
1995 Todd Bodine
1994 Jeff Gordon
1993 Sterling Marlin(3)
1992 Michael Waltrip(2)
1991 Michael Waltrip
1990 Dick Trickle
1989 Sterling Marlin(2)
1988 Sterling Marlin
1987 Buddy Baker
1986 Benny Parsons
1985 none
All but 1986 have been held at Lowes Motor Speedway, in 1986 it was at Atlanta. The Winston Open was known as the Atlanta Invitational in 1986

2009 Sprint All-Star Challenge
2008 Sprint All-Star Challenge
2006 Nextel All-Star Challenge
2005 Nextel All-Star Challenge
2004 Nextel All-Star Challenge
2003 Winston
2002 Winston
2001 Winston
2000 Winston
1999 Winston


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