NASCAR Sprint Cup All-Star Race XXIV
formerly Nextel All-Star Challenge and The Winston

Updated 5-15-2008
Rules below eligible drivers....

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Rules for The Sprint Cup All-Star Race XXIV
Eligibility rules for Sprint Cup All-Star Race XXIV:
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 Sprint 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 2008 Field
 DriverEligibility
Race winners(drivers/owners) in 2007 and 2008
1 #29-Kevin Harvick Feb 2007 Daytona
2 #17-Matt Kenseth Feb 2007 California
3 #48-Jimmie Johnson March 2007 Las Vegas
4 #18-Kyle Busch March 2007 Bristol
5 #31-Jeff Burton April 2007 Texas
6 #24-Jeff Gordon April 2007 Phoenix
7 #5-Casey Mears May 2007 Charlotte
8 #1-Martin Truex Jr. June 2007 Dover
9 #99-Carl Edwards June 2007 Dover
10 #42-Juan Pablo Montoya June 2007 Sonoma
11 #11-Denny Hamlin July 2007 New Hampshire
12 #26-Jamie McMurray July 2007 Daytona
13 #20-Tony Stewart July 2007 Chicago
14 #2-Kurt Busch August 2007 Pocono
15 #07-Clint Bowyer September 2007 New Hampshire
16 #16-Greg Biffle September 2007 Kansas
17 #12-Ryan Newman February 2008 Daytona

Previous NASCAR Cup champions
(not a 2007/2008 winner)
within the last 10 years
19 #43-Bobby Labonte 2000
20 #44-Dale Jarrett
(will retire after race 5, but will run the event)
1999

Previous Winners of
The Sprint Cup All-Star Race
(not a 2007/2008 winner) within the last 10 years
21 #8-Mark Martin 2005
18 #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2000

and....
22 2008 Sprint Showdown Winner #84-AJ Allmendinger
23 2008 Sprint Showdown 2nd place finisher #77-Sam Hornish Jr.
24 Fan Vote Winner #9-Kasey Kahne

If 20 drivers are not eligible, winners from previous seasons still active on the Sprint 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):
Kasey Kahne (2006)
Brian Vickers (2006)
Jeremy Mayfield (2005)
Elliott Sadler (2004)
Joe Nemechek (2004)
Bill Elliott (2003, won event in 1986, Champ in 1988)
Michael Waltrip (2003, won event in 1996)
Robby Gordon (2003)
Sterling Marlin (2002)
Ward Burton (2002)
Johnny Benson (2002)
John Andretti (1999)
Kyle Petty (1995)
Morgan Shepherd (1993)
Ken Schrader (1991)
Derrike Cope (1990)

RETIRED/NOT ACTIVE in CUP in 2008
Rusty Wallace (2004, won event in 1989, 1989 Champ)
Ricky Craven (2003)
Terry Labonte (2003, won event in 1988+1999, 1984+1996 Champ)
Ricky Rudd (2002)
Steve Park (2001)
Jerry Nadeau (2000)
Geoffrey Bodine (1996, won event in 1994)
Jimmy Spencer (1994)
Greg Sacks (1985)

Eligible drivers for the 2008 Sprint Showdown

What makes a driver eligible for the Sprint Showdown?
To qualify for the Sprint Showdown, drivers must be in the Top 50 of the final previous seasons Sprint Cup Series [drivers] point standings
or drivers who have made an attempt in the current season thru March 10, 2008
NOTE: the is unofficial, just because a driver is listed, doesn't mean they will be in the race.

  1. ) #84-A.J. Allmendinger
  2. ) #34-John Andretti
  3. ) #50-Stanton Barrett
  4. ) Johnny Benson
  5. ) #22-Dave Blaney
  6. ) Ward Burton [no Cup ride]
  7. ) #10-Patrick Carpentier
  8. ) #21-Bill Elliott (part time)
  9. ) #40-Dario Franchitti
  10. ) #38-David Gilliland
  11. ) #7-Robby Gordon
  12. ) Jeff Green [no Cup ride]
  13. ) #77-Sam Hornish Jr.
  14. ) #9-Kasey Kahne
  15. ) #28-Travis Kvapil
  16. ) Burney Lamar
  17. ) Carl Long
  18. ) #09-Sterling Marlin (part time)
  19. ) Jeremy Mayfield [no Cup ride]
  20. ) #37-Eric McClure (part time)
  21. ) #26-Jamie McMurray
  22. ) #15-Paul Menard
  23. ) #78-Joe Nemechek
  24. ) #45-Kyle Petty
  25. ) #6-David Ragan
  26. ) #08-Tony Raines [attempted a race in the #08]
  27. ) #00-David Reutimann [in #44 now, but Jarrett will run #44 in All-Star race]
  28. ) #66-Scott Riggs
  29. ) #19-Elliott Sadler
  30. ) #60-Boris Said [part time]
  31. ) #70-Johnny Sauter [ran some races with #70 team]
  32. ) ?-Ken Schrader [team moved to part time, may run for another team, like #70]
  33. ) #84-Mike Skinner [ran a few races in the spring, no word if he will run the race]
  34. ) #01-Regan Smith
  35. ) #41-Reed Sorenson
  36. ) David Stremme [no Cup ride]
  37. ) Jacques Villeneuve
  38. ) #83-Brian Vickers
  39. ) #87-Kenny Wallace (part time, one race)
  40. ) #55-Michael Waltrip
  41. ) #96-J.J. Yeley

    SCHEDULED SPECIAL PAINT SCHEMES

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #10-Patrick Carpentier Charter Communications #10 Team Schemes Page
    #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight #11 Team Schemes Page
    #16-Greg Biffle Dish Network #16 Team Schemes Page
    #17-Matt Kenseth DeWalt NANO #17 Team Schemes Page
    #19-Elliott Sadler Stanley Tools #19 Team Schemes Page
    #29-Kevin Harvick Pennzoil Platinum #29 Team Schemes Page
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya Wrigley's Juicyfruit Gum #42 Team Schemes Page
    #45-Kyle Petty Coca-Cola / Olympics #45 Team Schemes Page
    #48-Jimmie Johnson Lowe's/Kobalt Tools #48 Team Schemes Page
    #49-Chad McCumbee #49 Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil #49 Team Schemes Page
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr National Guard Citizen-Soldiers #88 Team Schemes Page



    ALL-STAR CHALLENGE RESULTS

  • See my All-Star/Showdown Results Page for more

  • Kahne wins All-Star Challenge: #9-Kasey Kahne, who won the Fan Vote, won the Sprint All-Star Challenge at Lowe's Motor Speedway after the team chose not to change tires on the last pit stop. Kahne becomes the first Fan Vote winner and the 3rd driver to transfer from the Sprint Showdown to win the race. #16-Biffle finished 2nd, followed by #17-Kenseth, #48-Johnson, #20-Stewart, #12-Newman, #77-Hornish Jr., #88-Earnhardt Jr., #8-Martin and #99-Edwards. Pole sitter #18-Busch, lost an engine towards the end of the 2nd segment and finished 24th. Kahne won the fan vote, 2nd was #7-Robby Gordon with #19-Elliott Sadler finishing third.(5-17-2008) Comment here

  • NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race - Fast Facts:
    .. Kasey Kahne won the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, his first victory in five tries in the annual all-star race.
    .. Kahne, who won the Fan Vote, to gain entry into the all-star race, became the third driver to win after transferring from the Sprint Showdown. He joined Michael Waltrip and Ryan Newman and is the first to win from the Fan Vote entry.
    .. Kahne’s margin of victory was 1.327 – just the fifth MOV of more than one second in the 24-year history of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.
    .. Kyle Busch won segment 1 after leading all 25 laps. He was followed by Greg Biffle and Kurt Busch as 23 cars finished the segment on the lead lap.
    .. Carl Edwards took the lead on lap 39 and won segment 2, followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Matt Kenseth. Busch dropped out at the end of the segment with engine failure.
    .. Greg Biffle took the lead from Earnhardt, who led lap 51 through 64 and won segment 3. Earnhardt finished second with Kenseth third.
    .. The restart for Segment 4: 48, 9, 11, 16, 17, 12, 99, 77, 8, 20, 24, 07, 88, 2, 43, 42, 29, 84, 1, 5, 31, 26.(NASCAR Statistics)(5-17-2008)

  • Kahne wins All-Star Challenge: #9-Kasey Kahne, who won the Fan Vote, won the Sprint All-Star Challenge at Lowe's Motor Speedway after the team chose not to change tires on the last pit stop. Kahne becomes the first Fan Vote winner and the 3rd driver to transfer from the Sprint Showdown to win the race. #16-Biffle finished 2nd, followed by #17-Kenseth, #48-Johnson, #20-Stewart, #12-Newman, #77-Hornish Jr., #88-Earnhardt Jr., #8-Martin and #99-Edwards.
    #9-Kahne [fan winner] $1,012,975
    #16-Biffle $455,950 won seg 3
    #17-Kenseth $132,975
    #48-Johnson, #97,950
    #20-Stewart, $92,950
    #12-Newman $87,950
    #77-Hornish Jr. $82,800
    #88-Earnhardt Jr. $101,800
    #8-Martin, $80,800
    #99-Edwards, $154,800 won seg 2
    #29-Harvick, $78,775
    #43-Labonte, $77,775
    #5-Mears, $76,775
    #42-Montoya, $76,275
    #24-Gordon, $85,675
    #1-Truex Jr., $75,400
    #84-Allmendinger [won the Showdown], $75,300
    #07-Bowyer, $75,200
    #26-McMuarray, $75,100
    #31-Burton, $75,000
    #44-Jarrett, $74,900
    #2-Busch, #79,800
    #11-Hamlin OUT engine, $74,700
    #18-Busch OUT engine, $199,601 won seg 1

  • Biffle wins Segment 3 of All-Star Race: #16-Greg Biffle won the 3rd of four segments of the Sprint All-Star Challenge, winning $75,000. #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr finished 2nd. Teams have to make a mandatory pit stop, could be a stop-n-go, gas only, 2 tires or 3 tires, the finishing order at the end of the 3nd segment:
    #16-Biffle $75,000
    #88-Earnhardt Jr.
    #17-Kenseth
    #12-Newman
    #8-Martin
    #2-Busch
    #9-Kahne [fan winner]
    #99-Edwards
    #48-Johnson
    #11-Hamlin
    #20-Stewart
    #43-Labonte
    #29-Harvick
    #77-Hornish Jr.
    #24-Gordon
    #5-Mears
    #42-Montoya
    #1-Truex Jr.
    #84-Allmendinger [won the Showdown]
    #07-Bowyer
    #26-McMuarray
    #44-Jarrett
    #31-Burton
    #18-Busch OUT engine

  • Edwards wins Segment 2 of All-Star Race: #99-Carl Edwards won the 2nd of four segments of the Sprint All-Star Challenge, winning $75,000. #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr got 2nd. #18-Kyle Busch, who dominated the 1st segment and the early part of the 2nd segment, had an engine problem and finished 6th. The teams get a 10 minute break between segments 2 and 3, so the #18 crew tried to fix the engine, but the engine is gone, so Busch is out of the race, the finishing order at the end of the 2nd segment:
    #99-Edwards, $75,000
    #88-Earnhardt Jr.
    #17-Kenseth
    #12-Newman
    #16-Biffle
    #18-Busch OUT engine
    #8-Martin
    #9-Kahne [fan winner]
    #48-Johnson
    #2-Busch
    #20-Stewart
    #43-Labonte
    #11-Hamlin
    #29-Harvick
    #24-Gordon
    #84-Allmendinger [won the Showdown]
    #5-Mears
    #1-Truex Jr.
    #26-McMuarray
    #07-Bowyer
    #42-Montoya
    #44-Jarrett
    #31-Burton
    #77-Hornish Jr. -1 lap

  • Kyle Busch wins Segment 1 of All-Star Race: #18-Kyle Busch won the first of four segments of the Sprint All-Star Challenge, winning $75,000. #16-Greg Biffle was 2nd, the finishing order at the end of the 1st segment:
    #18-Busch $75,000
    #16-Biffle
    #2-Busch
    #12-Newman
    #88-Earnhardt Jr.
    #24-Gordon
    #43-Labonte
    #1-Truex Jr.
    #17-Kenseth
    #48-Johnson
    #8-Martin
    #99-Edwards
    #9-Kahne [fan winner]
    #11-Hamlin
    #20-Stewart
    #26-McMuarray
    #29-Harvick
    #5-Mears
    #84-Allmendinger [won the Showdown]
    #07-Bowyer
    #31-Burton
    #42-Montoya
    #44-Jarrett
    #77-Hornish Jr.


    SHOWDOWN RESULTS

  • See my All-Star/Showdown Results Page for more

  • Allmendinger wins Sprint Showdown: #84-A.J. Allmendinger won the Sprint Showdown at Lowe's Motor Speedway advancing to the All-Star Challenge along with #77-Sam Hornish Jr. who came in 2nd. #9-Kasey Kahne advances after being voted in by the fans, 2nd was #7-Robby Gordon with #19-Elliott Sadler finishing third.(5-17-2008)

  • Allmendinger wins Sprint Showdown: #84-A.J. Allmendinger won the Sprint Showdown at Lowe's Motor Speedway with #77-Sam Hornish Jr, finishing 2nd, so both advance to the All-Star Challenge, #9-Kasey Kahne was voted into the All-Star Challenge by the fans, the results
    #84-Allmendinger, advances by winning the race
    #77-Hornish Jr., advances by finishing 2nd
    #6-Ragan
    #83-Vickers
    #9-Kahne [2 tires], advances by winning the Fan Vote
    #00-Reutimann
    #38-Gilliland
    #28-Kvapil
    #96-Yeley
    #22-Blaney
    #7-Gordon
    #41-Sorenson
    #49-McCumbee
    #66-Riggs
    #45-Petty
    #15-Menard
    #78-Nemechek
    #34-Green
    #21-Elliott
    #55-Waltrip
    #01-Smith
    #46-Long
    #70-Sauter, accident OUT
    #50-Barrett - OUT
    #19-Sadler, accident OUT
    #10-Carpentier, accident OUT

  • Segment 2 restart: after pit stops, the second segment started as follows, the first 8 didn't pit:
    #6-Ragan
    #84-Allmendinger
    #77-Hornish
    #70-Sauter
    #41-Sorenson
    #66-Riggs
    #49-McCumbee
    #9-Kahne [2 tires]
    #38-Gilliland
    #83-Vickers
    #01-Smith
    #22-Blaney
    #28-Kvapil
    #00-Reutimann
    #96-Yeley
    #15-Menard
    #78-Nemechek
    #7-Gordon
    #21-Elliott
    #55-Waltrip
    #45-Petty
    #34-Green
    #46-Long
    #50-Barrett - OUT
    #08-Raines
    #19-Sadler, accident OUT
    #10-Carpentier, accident OUT


  • Vickers wins first segment: #83-Brian VIckers won the fist 20-lap segment of the Sprint Showdown at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Pole sitter, #19-Sadler got tapped by #84-Allmendinger and slapped the wall and is out of the race, the segment 1 rundown
    #83-Vickers
    #6-Ragan
    #84-Allmendinger
    #7-Gordon
    #77-Hornish
    #70-Sauter
    #22-Blaney
    #38-Gilliland
    #28-Kvapil
    #9-Kahne
    #00-Reutimann
    #41-Sorenson
    #55-Waltrip
    #66-Riggs
    #15-Menard
    #96-Yeley
    #45-Petty
    #49-McCumbee
    #01-Smith
    #21-Elliott
    #78-Nemechek
    #34-Green
    #46-Long
    #50-Barrett - OUT
    #08-Raines
    #19-Sadler - OUT
    #10-Carpentier - OUT

  • Lucky Dog/Lap Back:
    Caution 1: none a lap down
    Caution 2: #34-Green
    Caution 3: none a lap down that is on the track

  • Drivers to Light 'Em Up During Inaugural Pennzoil Victory Challenge: An all-star lineup is set to do battle in the inaugural Pennzoil Victory Challenge Saturday evening, prior to the Sprint All-Star Race at Lowe's Motor Speedway. #16-Greg Biffle, #07-Clint Bowyer, #18-Kyle Busch, #29-Kevin Harvick and #48-Jimmie Johnson-will prove who is best at celebrating a victory. The competition will test the skill and style of each driver as they execute a smoky burnout; perform two spectacular donuts; and then continue the burnout as they drive into "Victory Lane." The winner will be determined by a combination of style points and elapsed time, and his designated charity will receive a $10,000 donation. The competition will take place at 6:15pm/et on the frontstretch of the 1.5-mile superspeedway and will be televised live during SPEED's pre-race coverage of the Sprint All-Star Race. Good seats, in various price ranges, are still available for Saturday' Sprint All-Star Race and tickets include the 3 Doors Down pre-race concert. Tickets start at $40 and may be obtained by calling 1-800-455-FANS or online at www.lowesmotorspeedway.com.(LMS)
    AND The event is NASCAR's take on the NBA's Slam Dunk contest and Major League Baseball's Home Run Derby. Each participant will begin from a standing start and complete a drag-racing style tire burnout. Upon completion of the burnout, each driver will execute complete 360-degree donuts before racing to a designated Victory Lane marked on either side with traffic cones and into the "Finish Box," stopping the clock. A time penalty will be accessed for hitting lane marking cones or the end cone. The winner will be determined by the fastest time after penalties (if any) are accessed. Each driver will be in similarly prepared Richard Petty Driving Experience cars wrapped with Sprint All-Star Race decals.(RCR)(5-14-2008)
    RESULTS:
    #07-Clint Bowyer was first with contest winner Chad Simpson, did 2 donuts, drove thru, didn't stop in the box, took 23.971 seconds, plus the 5 sec penalty for a total of 28.8=971 seconds, then he added two more donuts at the end
    #16-Greg Biffle was next with Tank from Austrailia in the car, did his donuts and stopped in the box, but supposedly didn't keep the tires spinning for 5 seconds and a total of 25.046 seconds
    #48-Jimmie Johnson went out third with Quaker State contest winner Neil Liker [sp?] and kind of just did what hee wanted, just do donuts, then started hitting cones and blew out the rear tires, along with the 20 second penalty, had a total time of 69.017 seconds
    #29-Kevin Harvick was next with Pennzoil contest winner, Kelly Bartik [from Fox in CHarlotte, did his two donuts, but they were long slow donuts and he got the car in the box in a time of 31.916 seconds, then put the nose of the car against the outside wall and blew out the rear tires.
    Up last was crowd fave, #18-Kyle Busch with USA Today reporter Seth Livingstone, did a slow burnout, two slow donuts, then slow burn to the box in 40.550 seconds, then got out of the car and saluted the fans.
    WINNER was Greg Biffle, winning the $10,000 which will go to the Greg Biffle Foundation.(5-17-2008) Comment here


    ALL-STAR CHALLENGE QUALIFYING

  • Kyle Busch wins pole for All-Star Race: #18-Kyle Busch won the pole for the Sprint All-Star Challenge at Lowe's Motor Speedway with a time of 121.950 seconds, Busch went out last and took the pole from #24-Jeff Gordon, who will start 2nd, followed by #2-Busch, #1-Treux Jr., #16-Biffle, #26-McMurray, #31-Burton, #12-Newman, #07-Bowyer and #43-Labonte. #44-Dale jarrett, who will retire after the race, will start 18th. Drivers penalized: #5-Mears [5 seconds for crew leaving the wall too early]; #29-Harvick [5, lug nut]; #44-Jarrett [5, lug nut]; #99-Edwards [20, too fast pit road]; #11-Hamlin, too fast pit road]; #48-Johnson, time disallowed for getting service outdie the pit box]. For qualifying results, qualifying order, starting lineup, see my All-Star Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results/Order Page.(5-16-2008)

  • Sadler wins pole for Shootout: #19-Elliott Sadler won the pole for the Sprint Showdown at Lowe's Motor Speedway with a speed of 185.014mph. #83-Vickers will start 2nd, followed by #6-Ragan, #84-Allmediner, #7-Gordon, #22-Blaney, #78-Nemechek, #77-Hornish Jr., #66-Riggs and #28-Kvapil. #19-Carpentier spun off turn 4 during his 1st lap, but didn't hit anything. Not so lucky was #37-Kenny Wallace, who lost it in turn 2 on his 2nd lap and backed hard into the wall, the team has withdrawn from the race, so there will be 27 cars in the race. For qualifying results, qualifying order, starting lineup, see my All-Star Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results/Order Page.(5-16-2008)

  • All Star Race Starting Lineup and Qualifying Resultsd/Order page

  • All-Star Race - Pit Stall Selections


    ALL-STAR CHALLENGE PRACTICE SPEEDS

  • Final Practice for the Sprint All-Star Race at Lowe's Motor Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #8-Martin 181.751
    #18-Busch 181.714
    #16-Biffle 180.923
    #99-Edwards 180.584
    #29-Harvick 179.485
    slowest #44-Jarrett 174.469 and #1-Truex Jr. 176.056
    See the speeds and average speeds on my All-Star Practice Page.(5-16-2008)

  • Final Practice for the Sprint Showdown at Lowe's Motor Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #19-Sadler 183.256
    #7-Gordon 181.745
    #28-Kvapil 181.141
    #70-Sauter 180.929
    #77-Hornish Jr. 180.711
    most laps run; #9-Kahne 46; #83-Vickers 45
    slowest: #46-Long 159.269 [3 laps run] and #37-Wallace 167.240 [2 laps run]
    inciedent: #08-Raines smacked the wall and pancaked the right side
    See the speeds and average speeds on my All-Star Practice Page.(5-16-2008)


    SPRINT SHOWDOWN ENTRY LIST

    Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Mon, May 12, 2008 @ 04:29 PM Eastern

    (28 entries)
    #00-David Reutimann, TBA Toyota
    #01-Regan Smith, The Principal Financial Group/DEI Chevrolet
    #6-David Ragan, AAA Insurance Ford
    #7-Robby Gordon, TBA Dodge
    #08-Tony Raines, FUBAR Dodge
    #9-Kasey Kahne, Budweiser Dodge
    #10-Patrick Carpentier, Charter Dodge
    #15-Paul Menard, Menards / Johns Manville Chevrolet
    #19-Elliott Sadler, Stanley Dodge
    #21-Bill Elliott, U.S. Air Force Ford
    #22-Dave Blaney, Caterpillar Toyota
    #28-Travis Kvapil, Yates Racing Ford
    #34-Jeff Green, TBA Chevrolet
    #37-Kenny Wallace, TBA Chevrolet
    #38-David Gilliland, FreeCreditReport.com Ford
    #41-Reed Sorenson, Target Dodge
    #45-Kyle Petty, Coca-Cola Dodge
    #46-Carl Long, Romeo Guest Construction Dodge
    #49-Chad McCumbee, Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil Dodge
    #50-Stanton Barrett, NOS Energy Drink-SKI-SBM Chevrolet
    #55-Michael Waltrip, NAPA Auto Parts Toyota
    #66-Scott Riggs, Haas Automation Chevrolet
    #70-Johnny Sauter, Haas Automation Chevrolet
    #77-Sam Hornish Jr, Mobil 1 Dodge
    #78-Joe Nemechek, Furniture Row Chevrolet
    #83-Brian Vickers, Red Bull Toyota
    #84-AJ Allmendinger, Red Bull Toyota
    #96-J.J. Yeley, DLP HDTV Toyota
    withdrew
    #40-Dario Franchitti, Dodge Challenger Dodge

  • All-Star Race Vote Close: Unique to NASCAR, the Sprint All-Star Race lineup has three spots remaining to be filled -- and on-track competition -- the winner and runner-up of the Showdown -- will take care of two of the openings. The third will be determined by fans' voting. This is the fifth year in which a driver will be voted-in to the field. Ken Schrader won the inaugural Fans' Vote, in 2004. Other fan-vote winners include Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Petty and Kenny Wallace. More than 285,600 votes have been cast with drivers like #7-Robby Gordon, #9-Kasey Kahne [SPEED qualifying coverage says Kahne is leading], #19-Elliott Sadler, #37-Kenny Wallace and #55-Michael Waltrip among the top vote-getters. Voting ends at 7pm/et Saturday [May 17th]. The winner will be announced on NASCAR.COM and also during SPEED's All-Star Saturday coverage, which includes the Showdown (green flag at 7:40pm/et) and All-Star Race XXIV. Fans can vote on NASCAR.COM, not sure where Patrick Carpentier stands in the voting, over the weekend in Darlington he said if he won the vote he would "I would run naked down pit road". Also one note not mentioned, a driver has to fonish on the lead lap to be able to use the fan vote to use it.(5-16-2008) Comment here

  • Fans To Decide One Driver's Entry Into The Sprint All-Star Race: Sprint announced the return of the Sprint Fan Vote, a voting competition powered by fans to award one team a starting spot in the May 17 Sprint All-Star Race at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Voting began April 17 and closes at 7pm/et May 17. Race fans may vote multiple times. New this year, as a bonus to Sprint customers, votes placed on Sprint phones will count twice. Voting is available through the following channels:
    *On Sprint phones text "NASCAR" to 7777 and follow the received directions (standard text messaging and data rates apply)
    *At participating Sprint stores
    *Trackside at the Sprint Experience
    Past Fan Vote winners include Ken Schrader (2004), Martin Truex Jr. (2005), Kyle Petty (2006) and Kenny Wallace (2007).
    To be eligible for the Sprint Fan Vote, drivers must have been in the top 50 in Sprint Cup Series driver point standings in 2007 or have attempted to qualify for a 2008 Sprint Cup Series race prior to March 10. The driver with the most votes who finishes the Sprint Showdown on the lead lap will transfer to the prestigious field. The Sprint Fan Vote winner will be announced following the completion of the Sprint Showdown. Tune in to SPEED May 17 at 7pm/et to see who will win the 2008 Sprint Fan Vote.(Sprint PR)(4-18-2008) Comment here


    NEWS and RUMORS about the All-Star Race

  • Humpy picks Edwards to win All-Star race: H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler named Carl Edwards as his pick to win Saturday night's Sprint All-Star Race at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Wheeler revealed his selection today in uptown Charlotte with assistance from a pack of four-legged friends, including Princess, the back-flipping dog. "Carl Edwards is a racer's racer in the mold of Dale Earnhardt and Cale Yarborough," said Wheeler. "He will put his car in places angels fear to tread and beneath that big smile and his trademark back flip, Carl has an abnormal fire in his heart to win that I have seldom seen. 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 Sprint All-Star Race 10 times in the past 19 races. While Edwards' burning determination was key in Wheeler's decision, it was the early season performance of the #99 Office Depot Ford that proved to be the determining factor [Wheeler also picked Edwards to win in 2006, he finished 4th]. In preparation for making his selection, Wheeler analyzed early season race results and studied Sprint Cup Series testing at Lowe's Motor Speedway. His final decision came down to a choice between Edwards and Kyle Busch. Each year since 1994, Wheeler has also named a dark-horse selection who he thinks could pull off a surprise victory. This time he's going with #20-Tony Stewart to fill that role. Good seats, in various price ranges, are still available for Saturday's Sprint All-Star Race and include the 3 Doors Down pre-race concert. Tickets start at $40 and may be obtained by calling 1-800-455-FANS or online at www.lowesmotorspeedway.com.(LMS PR)(5-14-2008) Comment here

  • NASCAR Rev's Up New York:

    NASCAR Rev's Up New York with an Outdoor Fan Festival at the Palisades Center in West Nyack on Saturday, May 17th.

    WHAT: FREE outdoor fan event celebrating NASCAR Sprint All-Star weekend featuring: Live Race Coverage, Race Simulators, NASCAR Stock Cars, Tire Changing Competitions, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Trophy, Games and Prizes for all ages, Pocono Raceway Ticket Package Giveaways and much, much more!
    Watch the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race broadcast LIVE on a 40-foot high jumbotron, as well as all the pre-recorded All-Star events.

    WHEN: Saturday, May 17th from 12:00pm/et until 11:30 PM. Coverage of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina, begins live on SPEED at 7:00pm/et.

    WHERE: Palisades Center in West Nyack, New York. The event is located in the south parking lot between 2 main entrances and adjacent to The Cheesecake Factory. For more information, you can go to and contact: palisadescenter.com


  • Humpy to make All-Star picks Wed: On Wed, May 14th promoter extraordinaire "Humpy" Wheeler will utilize four-legged friends from the canine community to make his annual prediction of who will win the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Although Wheeler has "barked" up the wrong tree with his last two picks, he has correctly called 10 of the past 19 winners of NASCAR's annual all-star event and promises a purebred prediction for 2008.(LMS PR)(5-12-2008)

    2008 News/Rules

  • NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Fast Facts
    Location: Lowe's Motor Speedway, Concord, N.C.
    Date: Saturday, May 17, 2008
    Time: 9:00 p.m. (EDT)
    Sanctioning Body: NASCAR, Daytona Beach, Fla.
    Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - Special Non-Points Event
    Companion Race: Sprint Showdown - NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

    Distance: 100 laps, 150 miles (run in four segments of 25 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 yellow flag during which teams may elect to pit for fuel, tires and normal chassis adjustments. Teams pitting will not retain their position on the race track and will restart at the rear of the field 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. Teams will restart segment 3 in the same position they finished segment 2.

    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: $3,308,251 (event record)
    NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race winner's purse: $1,012,975
    Bonuses for the top three at the end 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 6:45 p.m. (EDT). MRN's broadcast can also be heard on Sirius NASCAR Radio channel 128. SPEED Channel will televise the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race live. Pre-race coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. (EDT) and also includes coverage of the Sprint Showdown.

    2007 Winner: Kevin Harvick, Pennzoil Platinum/Shell Chevrolet

    Qualifying: Qualifying will be held Friday, May 16, at 6:15 p.m. (EDT). 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.

    2007 Pole Sitter: Matt Kenseth, 121.401 seconds, 133.442 mph
    Total elapsed time of three laps including a four-tire pit stop

    Eligibility List:
    Kevin Harvick, 2007 Daytona 500, Daytona Beach, Fla.
    Matt Kenseth, 2007 Auto Club 500, Fontana, Calif.
    Jimmie Johnson, 2007 UAW-Daimler Chrysler 400, Las Vegas, Nev.
    Kyle Busch, 2007 Food City 500, Bristol, Tenn.
    Jeff Burton, 2007 Samsung 500, Fort Worth, Texas
    Jeff Gordon, 2007 Subway Fresh 500, Phoenix, Ariz.
    Casey Mears, 2007 Coca-Cola 600, Concord, N.C.
    Martin Truex Jr., 2007 Autism Speaks 400, Dover, Del.
    Carl Edwards, 2007 Citizens Bank 400, Brooklyn, Mich.
    Juan Pablo Montoya, 2007 Toyota/Save Mart 350, Sonoma, Calif.
    Denny Hamlin, 2007 Lenox Industrial Tools 300, Loudon, N.H.
    Jamie McMurray, 2007 Pepsi 400, Daytona Beach, Fla.
    Tony Stewart, 2007 USG Sheetrock 400, Joliet, Ill.
    Kurt Busch, 2007 Pennsylvania 500, Long Pond, Pa.
    Clint Bowyer, 2007 Sylvania 300, Loudon, N.H.
    Greg Biffle, 2007 LifeLock 400, Kansas City, Kan.
    Ryan Newman, 2008 Daytona 500, Daytona Beach, Fla.
    Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2000 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Winner
    Mark Martin, 2005 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Winner
    Dale Jarrett, 1999 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion
    Bobby Labonte, 2000 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion
    TBD, 2008 Sprint Showdown Winner
    TBD, 2008 Sprint Showdown Second Place
    TBD, 2008 Sprint Fan Vote

    Tickets: Tickets for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race start at $40 and also include the 3 Doors Down pre-race concert and the Sprint Showdown. To purchase tickets, visit www.lowesmotorspeedway.com or call 1-800-455-FANS.(5-5-2008)


  • Sprint Showdown Fast Facts
    Location: Lowe's Motor Speedway, Concord, N.C.
    Date: Saturday, May 17, 2008
    Time: 7:46pm/et
    Sanctioning Body: NASCAR, Daytona Beach, Fla.
    Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - Special Event

    Eligibility: Drivers not already eligible for the Sprint All-Star Race who have been approved by NASCAR for Sprint Cup Series competition and have met all other eligibility requirements. Those requirements include, but are not limited to, competing in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event during the 2007 or 2008 seasons; finishing in the top 50 of the final 2007 Sprint Cup Series point standings or attempting to qualify for a 2008 Sprint Cup Series event as of March 10, 2008.

    Length: The Sprint Showdown 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. All restarts will be double file with lapped cars at the rear of the field. During segment 2, only green flag laps count.

    3 Advance: The top two finishers in the Sprint Showdown will earn starting spots in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. A third driver will also advance as determined by the Sprint Fan Vote.

    Purse: $1,000,000 (event record) Winner's share: $51,525

    2007 Winner: Martin Truex Jr., Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet

    Qualifying: The better of two qualifying laps will determine a driver's official qualifying speed for the Sprint Showdown. Qualifying is scheduled for Friday, May 16, at 5:10pm/et.

    2007 Pole Sitter: Carl Edwards, Office Depot Ford 28.802 seconds, 187.487 mph

    Motor Racing Network (MRN) will broadcast the Sprint Showdown live to its affiliate radio stations with coverage beginning at 6:45pm/et. MRN's broadcast can also be heard on Sirius NASCAR Radio channel 128. SPEED Channel will televise the race live beginning at 7:00pm/et.
    Tickets for Saturday night, May 17, start at $40 and include the 3 Doors Down concert, the Sprint Showdown and the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. To purchase tickets, visit www.lowesmotorspeedway.com or call 1-800-455-FANS.(LMS PR)(5-4-2008)


  • Drivers to Light 'Em Up During Inaugural Pennzoil Victory Challenge: An all-star lineup is set to do battle in the inaugural Pennzoil Victory Challenge Saturday evening, prior to the Sprint All-Star Race at Lowe's Motor Speedway. #16-Greg Biffle, #07-Clint Bowyer, #18-Kyle Busch, #29-Kevin Harvick and #48-Jimmie Johnson-will prove who is best at celebrating a victory. The competition will test the skill and style of each driver as they execute a smoky burnout; perform two spectacular donuts; and then continue the burnout as they drive into "Victory Lane." The winner will be determined by a combination of style points and elapsed time, and his designated charity will receive a $10,000 donation. The competition will take place at 6:15pm/et on the frontstretch of the 1.5-mile superspeedway and will be televised live during SPEED's pre-race coverage of the Sprint All-Star Race. Good seats, in various price ranges, are still available for Saturday' Sprint All-Star Race and tickets include the 3 Doors Down pre-race concert. Tickets start at $40 and may be obtained by calling 1-800-455-FANS or online at www.lowesmotorspeedway.com.(LMS)
    AND The event is NASCAR's take on the NBA's Slam Dunk contest and Major League Baseball's Home Run Derby. Each participant will begin from a standing start and complete a drag-racing style tire burnout. Upon completion of the burnout, each driver will execute complete 360-degree donuts before racing to a designated Victory Lane marked on either side with traffic cones and into the "Finish Box," stopping the clock. A time penalty will be accessed for hitting lane marking cones or the end cone. The winner will be determined by the fastest time after penalties (if any) are accessed. Each driver will be in similarly prepared Richard Petty Driving Experience cars wrapped with Sprint All-Star Race decals.(RCR)(5-14-2008) Comment here


  • 2008 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Week - Schedule of Events
    (Tentative – Subject to Change)
    Thursday, May 15
    8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. LMS Ticket Office Open (Smith Tower – 2nd Floor)
    8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. LMS Fleetwood RV Resort Open for Check-In
    10:30 a.m. NCTS Haulers Enter
    11:30 a.m. NCTS Registration Opens
    12:00 p.m. NCTS Garage Opens (inspection only)
    4:00 p.m. NSCS Haulers Enter
    6:00 p.m. NCTS Garage and Registration Close
    7:00 p.m. NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge presented by Craftsman (Time Warner Arena)

    Friday, May 16
    Admission: Reserved seating available starting at $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and under Parking FREE in designated LMS lots
    5:00 a.m. LMS Gate 26 Underpass Opens to North Infield (turns 3 & 4)
    7:00 a.m. NSCS Registration Opens
    7:30 a.m. NSCS Garage Opens
    7:30 a.m. NCTS Garage and Registration Opens
    8:00 a.m. NCTS Rookie & Spotter Meetings/Draw for Qualifying
    8:00 a.m. LMS Ticket Office Opens (Smith Tower – 2nd Floor)
    8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. LMS Fleetwood RV Resort Open for Check-In
    9:00 a.m. LMS Spectator Gate 5A Opens
    9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. NCTS Practice
    10:20 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. NCTS Final practice
    11:00 a.m. NSCS Rookie & Spotter Meetings/Draw for Qualifying
    11:50 a.m. NSCS Crew Chief Meeting for Sprint All-Star Race (Sunoco Building)
    12:00 p.m. LMS Designated Spectator Gates Open
    12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. NSCS Final Practice for Sprint Showdown
    1:00 p.m. LMS Heluva Good! Hospitality Village Opens
    1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. NSCS Final Practice for the Sprint All-Star Race
    3:00 p.m. LMS Remaining Spectator Gates Open
    3:35 p.m. NCTS Qualifying for N.C. Education Lottery 200 by Circle K (two laps – all positions)
    5:10 p.m. NSCS Qualifying for Sprint Showdown (two laps – all positions)
    6:00 p.m. NCTS Driver/Crew Chief Meeting (Time Warner Media Center)
    6:15 p.m. NSCS Qualifying for Sprint All-Star Race (three laps with a four-tire pit stop)
    7:30 p.m. NCTS Driver Introductions (no parade lap)
    8:16 p.m. NCTS North Carolina Education Lottery 200 by Circle K (134 laps/201 miles)
    Saturday, May 17
    Admission: Reserved seating available starting at $30 Parking FREE in designated LMS lots Campers must vacate North Infield by noon Sunday Open 24 Hours LMS Gate 26 Underpass/Infield Open to Campers
    8:00 a.m. LMS Ticket Office Opens (Smith Tower – 2nd Floor)
    8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. LMS Fleetwood RV Resort Open for Check-In
    9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. LMS Freightliner Run Smart Hauler Challenge
    2:00 p.m. LMS Heluva Good! Hospitality Village Opens
    2:00 p.m. NSCS Garage Opens
    3:00 p.m. LMS Spectator Gates Open
    5:15 p.m. – 6:10 p.m. LMS Thunder Cup 50 – Thunder Cars on the Superspeedway (34 laps/51 miles)
    5:30 p.m. NSCS Driver/Crew Chief Meeting (NCTS Garage)
    6:20 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. LMS Pennzoil Victory Challenge
    7:00 p.m. NSCS Driver Introductions (no parade lap)
    7:46 p.m. NSCS NASCAR Sprint Showdown (two 20-lap segments)
    8:30 p.m. NSCS Driver and Team Introductions (parade lap with trucks)
    9:00 p.m. NSCS NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race (four 25-lap segments)
    NCTS – NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
    NSCS – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
    LMS – Lowe’s Motor Speedway


    TV SCHEDULE

    SPEED's 2008 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Week Broadcast Schedule
    Subject to change

    May 12
    This Week in NASCAR - All-Star Edition (8:00pm/et)
    NASCAR All-Star '08 - Making the Race (9:00pm/et)
    Unique Whips - All-Star Edition w/Kevin Harvick (10:00pm/et)

    May 13
    Countdown to All-Star (8:00pm/et, LIVE)
    All-Star Spotlight (8:30pm/et)
    Wind Tunnel with Dave Despain - All-Star Special (9:00pm/et)
    Unique Whips - All-Star Edition w/Tony Stewart (10:00pm/et)

    May 14
    Countdown to All-Star (8pm/et, LIVE)
    NASCAR All-Star '08 - Hometown Heroes with Wendy Venturini (9:00pm/et)
    Unique Whips - All-Star Edition w/Jeff Gordon (10:00pm/et)

    May 15
    NASCAR All-Star '08 special TBD (7:00pm/et)
    Countdown to All-Star (8:00pm/et, LIVE)
    NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge (9:00pm/et)
    NASCAR Sprint All-Star comedy special w/Alonzo Bodden (11:00pm/et)

    May 16
    All-Star Spotlights (7:00am/et)
    NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series practice (9:00am/et, LIVE)
    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series All-Star practice (Noon ET)
    NASCAR Live (3:00pm/et, LIVE)
    NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series qualifying (3:30pm/et, LIVE)
    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series All-Star qualifying (5:00pm/et, LIVE)
    NASCAR Live (7:00pm/et, LIVE)
    NCTS Setup w/Krista Voda (7:30pm/et)
    NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race (8:00pm/et)
    Trackside (10:30pm/et)

    May 17
    NASCAR Live (Noon/et)
    NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge (12:30pm/et, replay)
    Tradin' Paint (2:30pm/et)
    NASCAR Performance (3:00pm/et)
    NASCAR in a Hurry (3:30pm/et)
    NASCAR RaceDay Built by The Home Depot (4:00pm/et)
    NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race XXIV coverage begins (7:00pm/et)
    NASCAR Victory Lane (11:00pm/et)
    NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race (Midnight/et, replay)


  • Goodyear Tire Notes - All Star Challenge:
    Number of Tires All-Star Challenge: Left-side -- 750, Right-side -- 750;
    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4128; Right-side -- D-4130
    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 50-55 laps, based on fuel mileage (Sprint Cup).
    Notes: Teams in all three NASCAR series will run the same tire codes throughout Charlotte Speedweeks . . . this is the first time NASCAR teams will race on these tire codes at Charlotte . . . teams in both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series successfully tested on this tire set-up at Charlotte over the past several weeks . . . compared to the tire codes run at Charlotte in 2007, this left-side code (D-4128) has more grip, while this right side code (D-4130) contains incremental changes to enhance durability . . . Charlotte is the only track at which NASCAR teams are scheduled to run this specific combination of left- and right-side tires this season, though teams in the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series raced on this right-side code with a different left-side at Darlington . . . 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 PR)(5-16-2008)

  • Burnouts and Donuts Highlight Pre-Race Show For Sprint All-Star Race: Top Sprint Cup Series drivers will prove who can execute the best burnout and donuts during the inaugural Pennzoil Victory Challenge prior to the Sprint All-Star Race on Saturday night, May 17, at Lowe's Motor Speedway. The timed-competition will include five drivers who must demonstrate four essential skills of any victory celebration: a tire-smoking burnout; spectacular donuts; precision driving into "Victory Lane;" and, as with anything in racing, speed. Clint Bowyer, a first-time Sprint All-Star Race participant and driver of the #07 Jack Daniel's Chevy, is the first official entry for the inaugural event. Other participants will be announced at a later date. The Pennzoil Victory Challenge will take place on the frontstretch of the 1.5-mile superspeedway at 6:15 p.m., just prior to the start of the Sprint Showdown. Each driver will be in similarly prepared Richard Petty Driving Experience cars wrapped with Sprint All-Star Race decals. A $10,000 donation will be made to the winner's designated charity. The inaugural Pennzoil Victory Challenge will be televised live during SPEED Channel's pre-race coverage of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.(LMS PR)(4-23-2008) Comment here

  • All-star race will stay in Charlotte for now: Sprint Cup officials have changed the name and logo for the annual all-star race, added a few laps to each segment and indicated that the race will remain in Charlotte [NC] beyond this season. The race will be the NASCAR Sprint Cup All-Star Race XXIV. The event was previously known as the Challenge, but officials say they decided to call it what it is - a race. The race involving drivers not already qualified for the event, previously known as the Nextel Open, will now be called the Sprint Showdown. While the all-star race will still feature four segments, the former 20-lap segments have been lengthened to 25 laps each, giving drivers more time to actually race. The race, held annually at Lowe's Motor Speedway, appears to be staying at the track for some time. Sprint Cup Director of Marketing Dean Kessel said that he and Lowe's Motor Speedway President H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler have been in discussion about the 2009 race, which will be the 25th anniversary of the all-star event. During all-star week, the pit crew challenge has been moved to Thursday night, leaving a packed Friday night for fans. The start time for the all-star race will remain the same [Showdown at 7:30pm/et, All-Star race approx 9:00pm/et].(Scenedaily.com)(1-22-2008) Comment here

    2007 News/Rules, see more on the 2007 Nextel All-Star Challenge page


    NEWSPAPERS/WEATHER/CAMPING INFO


    Local Newspapers

    Mooresville Tribune
    Charlotte Observer
    Independent Tribune
    Asheville Citizen-Times
    Dunn Daily Record
    Fayetteville Observer-Times
    GoCarolina's
    Go Lake Norman
    Henderson Times-News
    News and Observer
    News and Record
    Winston-Salem Journal
    NBC 6
    WRAL-TV Raleigh, NC

    Weather Links




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

    Camping and
    Travel Info

    Race City USA [Mooresville]
    North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame, Mooresville, NC
    Memory Lane Museum, Mooresville, NC
    Charlotte Review by ARS Racing
    Tom Johnson Camping Center, Concord NC
    Charlotte Chamber of Commerce
    Mooresville, NC
    ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide
    Laid Back Racing (lots of info)
    Go RVing
    NASCAR Camping
    RV USA

    Race Odds

    Racebook: Sprint All-Star Race

    World Sports Exchange: All-Star Race


PAST WINNERS
OF THE SPRINT CUP ALL-STAR RACE XXIV

(formerly known as the Nextel All-Star Challenge and The Winston)
Year Driver
2007 Kevin Harvick

Matt Kenseth (seg 3)
Kyle Busch (seg 2)
Matt Kenseth (seg 1)
results
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
SPRINT SHOWDOWN

(formerly known as the Nextel Open and the Winston Open
Year Driver
2007 Martin Truex Jr.

Johnny Sauter
(transferred in)
Voted In: Kenny Wallace
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

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2001 Winston
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