2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup All-Star Challenge
formerly Nextel All-Star Challenge and The Winston

Updated 5-22-2010
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Rules for The Sprint Cup All-Star Race
Eligibility rules for Sprint Cup All-Star Race:
1st criteria: Drivers who have won races in the current and preceding year. If a driver leaves a team with which he has won a race, he remains eligible (through the last race before The All-Star Race), the team does NOT
2nd criteria: Drivers who are past Sprint Cup champions in the last 10 years
3rd criteria: Drivers who have won The All-Star Race in the past 10 years
4th criteria: The winning driver of the Sprint Showdown
5th criteria: Driver who finishes 2nd in the Sprint Showdown
6th criteria: Driver voted in by the fans
(rules below table)

The Current 2010 Field
 DriverEligibility
Race winners (drivers) in 2009 and 2010
1 #17-Matt Kenseth Feb 2009 Daytona
(won event in 2004)
(2003 champ)
2 #18-Kyle Busch March 2009 Las Vegas
3 #2-Kurt Busch March 2009 Atlanta
(2004 champ)
4 #48-Jimmie Johnson March 2009 Martinsville
(won event in 2003, 2006)
(2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 champ)
5 #24-Jeff Gordon April 2009 Texas
(won event in 1995,1997,2001)
(1995,1997,1998,2001 champ)
6 #5-Mark Martin April 2009 Phoenix
(won event in 1998, 2005)
7 #12-Brad Keselowski April 2009 Talladega
(won in the #09 Chevy)
8 #00-David Reutimann May 2009 Charlotte
9 #14-Tony Stewart June 2009 Pocono
(won event 2009)
(2002, 2005 champ)
10 #9-Kasey Kahne June 2009 Infineon
(won event 2008)
11 #20-Joey Logano June 2009 New Hampshire
12 #11-Denny Hamlin August 2009 Pocono
13 #83-Brian Vickers
Casey Mears to sub for ill Vickers
August 2009 Michigan
14 #1-Jamie McMurray November 2009 Talladega
(won in the #26 Ford)
15 #39-Ryan Newman April 2010 Phoenix
(won event 2002)
16 #29-Kevin Harvick April 2010 Talladega
(won event 2007)

Previous NASCAR Sprint Cup champions
(not a 2009/2010 winner)
within the last 10 years
17 #71-Bobby Labonte 2000

Previous Winners of
The Sprint Cup All-Star Race
(not a 2009/2010 winner or past series champ) within the last 10 years
18 #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2000

and....
19 2010 Sprint Showdown Winner ?
20 2010 Sprint Showdown 2nd place finisher ?
21 Fan Vote Winner ?

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

Carl Edwards (2008)
Greg Biffle (2008)
Clint Bowyer (2008)
Jeff Burton (2008)
Martin Truex Jr. (2007)
Juan Pablo Montoya (2007)
Elliott Sadler (2004)
Joe Nemechek (2004)
Bill Elliott (2003, won event in 1986, Champ in 1988) - part time
Michael Waltrip (2003, won event in 1996), part-time
Terry Labonte (2003, won event in 1988, 1999; 1984, 1996 Champ), could be eligible if he has a ride, has not run the race since 2005
Robby Gordon (2003)
John Andretti (1999)
Geoffrey Bodine (1996, won event in 1994)
Derrike Cope (1990) - runs part time in all three series

RETIRED/NOT ACTIVE in Sprint Cup in 2010
Dale Jarrett (last win in 2006, 1999 Champ) - retired
Jeremy Mayfield (2005) - suspended
Johnny Benson (2002) - part time truck series
Ward Burton (2002) - retired
Morgan Shepherd (1993) - runs Nationwide
Rusty Wallace (2004, won event in 1989, 1989 Champ) - retired broadcaster at ESPN
Ricky Craven (2003) - retired, works for ESPN
Ricky Rudd (2002) - retired
Sterling Marlin (2002) - unknown
Steve Park (2001) - runs in Camping World East series
Jerry Nadeau (2000)
Kyle Petty (1995) works for TNT & SPEED
Jimmy Spencer (1994) - retired, SPEED
Ken Schrader (1991) - run ARCA and short tracks
Greg Sacks (1985) - unknown


Eligible drivers for the 2010 Sprint Showdown

  • Purse/Race Awards:
    All-Star Challenge: $2,923,839; winner gets $1,018,700
    Sprint Showdown: $897,587; winner gets $51,735

  • Kurt Busch wins the All Star Race: #2-Kurt Busch won the Sprint All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, winning over $1 million. It is Busch's first All-Star race win and Penske Racing's 2nd win. #56-Truex Jr., who won the Sprint Showdown, finished 2nd, followed by #20-Logano, #11-Hamlin, #14-Stewart, #17-Kenseth, #71-Labonte, #39-Newman, #29-Harvick and #12-Keselowski. 13 cars were left after some late wrecks with #88-Earnhardt Jr. finished 11th followed by #16-Biffle and #48-Johnson [who won two segments and was running fast before spinning out with two laps to go. #18-Busch felt his teammate #11-Hamlin put him in the wall, Busch fell back and cut a tire down and hit the wall and took out #9-Kahne. Other's who did not finish: #83-Mears, #5-Martin, #1-McMurray, #00-Reutimann, #24-Gordon and #99-Edwards.
    See race results, awards and notes on my
    All-Star / Sprint Showdown Resaults page.(5-22-2010)

  • All-Star Race Notes and Facts:
    • Kurt Busch won the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, pocketing $1,078,309.
    • This is Busch's first All-Star race win in his ninth try.
    • Penske Racing scored its second All-Star win.
    • Busch led three times for 20 laps, including the final eight. Busch is the eighth driver to win over a million dollars in the All-Star race.
    • Busch won the first segment, was fifth in the second segment and 11th in the third segment.
    • It is the second win for Dodge in the All-Star race; Kasey Kahne won in 2006.
    • Jimmie Johnson (13th) surpassed $3 million in All-Star winnings Saturday night, most of all drivers.
    • The driver winning the All-Star race has gone on to win the Coca-Cola 600 six times.
    • Segment 1 winner: Busch: $25,000.
    • Segment 2 winner: Jimmie Johnson: $25,000
    • Segment 3 winner: Johnson: $125,000
    • Truex Jr. won the Sprint Showdown at Charlotte to transfer to the All-Star race. It marked Truex's second Showdown win (2007).
    • Greg Biffle finished second to transfer into the All-Star race. It was Biffle's seventh All-Star race, all consecutive.
    • Carl Edwards was the fan-vote winner to transfer into the All-Star race. He finished 10th in the Showdown. It was Edwards' fifth All-Star race appearance.(ESPN)(5-24-2010)

  • Race Fast Facts - NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race:
    #2-Kurt Busch won the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, his first victory in the event.
    This is his fourth top-five and fifth top-10 finish in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. His previous best finish was second in 2003.
    #56-Martin Truex Jr. (second) posted his second top-10 finish in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.
    #20-Joey Logano (third) posted his second top-10 finish in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.(NASCAR Statistics)(5-22-2010)

  • Segment 4 restart after 4 tire pit stops: All team were requitred to make pit stops for 4 tires after the 10 minute break before segment 4. #48-Jimmie Johnson won segment 3 and led before the pit stops, the order after the pit stops:
    Pos Car Driver Lap Led
    1 11 Denny Hamlin 90 0
    2 18 Kyle Busch 90 23
    3 48 Jimmie Johnson 90 56
    4 5 Mark Martin 90 0
    5 20 Joey Logano 90 0
    6 1 Jamie McMurray 90 0
    7 12 Brad Keselowski 90 0
    8 00 David Reutimann 90 0
    9 16 Greg Biffle 90 0
    10 56 Martin Truex Jr. 90 0
    11 2 Kurt Busch 90 11
    12 29 Kevin Harvick 90 0
    13 24 Jeff Gordon 90 0
    14 14 Tony Stewart 90 0
    15 99 Carl Edwards 90 0
    16 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 90 0
    17 39 Ryan Newman 90 0
    18 17 Matt Kenseth 90 0
    19 83 Casey Mears 90 0
    20 71 Bobby Labonte 90 0
    21 9 Kasey Kahne 90 0

  • Johnson wins segment 3: #48-Jimmie Johnson won segment 3 of the Sprint All Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, winning $125,000. #11-Hamlin finished 2nd, followed by #5-Martin, #12-Keselowski, #18-Busch, #20-Logano, #1-McMurray, #16-Biffle & #56-Truex Jr. There is now a 10 minute break, teams can do anything on the car normally done during a regular pit stop BUT change tires, the results:
    Pos Car Driver Lap Led
    1 48 Jimmie Johnson 90 56
    2 11 Denny Hamlin 90 0
    3 5 Mark Martin 90 0
    4 12 Brad Keselowski 90 0
    5 18 Kyle Busch 90 23
    6 20 Joey Logano 90 0
    7 1 Jamie McMurray 90 0
    8 00 David Reutimann 90 0
    9 16 Greg Biffle 90 0
    10 56 Martin Truex Jr. 90 0
    11 2 Kurt Busch 90 11
    12 29 Kevin Harvick 90 0
    13 24 Jeff Gordon 90 0
    14 14 Tony Stewart 90 0
    15 99 Carl Edwards 90 0
    16 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 90 0
    17 39 Ryan Newman 90 0
    18 17 Matt Kenseth 90 0
    19 83 Casey Mears 90 0
    20 71 Bobby Labonte 90 0
    21 9 Kasey Kahne 90 0
    (5-22-2010)

  • Johnson wins segment 2: #48-Jimmie Johnson won segment 2 of the Sprint All Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, winning $25,000. #1-McMurray finished 2nd, followed by #5-Martin, #11-Hamlin, #2-Busch, #18-Busch, #00-Reutimann. #12-Keselowski, #56-Truex Jr. and #20-Logano. Seven drivers stayed out and did not pit: #'s 48, 1, 5, 2, 18, 00 & 20. The results:
    Pos Car Driver Lap Led
    1 48 Jimmie Johnson 70 36, $25,000
    2 1 Jamie McMurray 70 0
    3 5 Mark Martin 70 0
    4 11 Denny Hamlin 70 0
    5 2 Kurt Busch 70 11
    6 18 Kyle Busch 70 23
    7 00 David Reutimann 70 0
    8 12 Brad Keselowski 70 0
    9 56 Martin Truex Jr. 70 0
    10 20 Joey Logano 70 0
    11 16 Greg Biffle 70 0
    12 14 Tony Stewart 70 0
    13 99 Carl Edwards 70 0
    14 29 Kevin Harvick 70 0
    15 24 Jeff Gordon 70 0
    16 39 Ryan Newman 70 0
    17 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 70 0
    18 83 Casey Mears 70 0
    19 9 Kasey Kahne 70 0
    20 17 Matt Kenseth 70 0
    21 71 Bobby Labonte 70 0

  • Kurt Busch wins segment 1: #2-Kurt Busch won segment 1 of the Sprint All Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, winning $25,000. #18-Busch finished 2nd, followed by #48-Johnson, #20-Logano, #1-McMurray, #00-Reutimann, #12-Keselowski, #11-Hamlin, #17-Kenseth & #24-Gordon, the results:
    Pos Car Driver Lap Led
    1 2 Kurt Busch 51 12, $25,000
    2 18 Kyle Busch 51 23
    3 48 Jimmie Johnson 51 16
    4 20 Joey Logano 51 0
    5 1 Jamie McMurray 51 0
    6 00 David Reutimann 51 0
    7 12 Brad Keselowski 51 0
    8 11 Denny Hamlin 51 0
    9 17 Matt Kenseth 51 0
    10 24 Jeff Gordon 51 0
    11 56 Martin Truex Jr. 51 0
    12 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 51 0
    13 16 Greg Biffle 51 0
    14 39 Ryan Newman 51 0
    15 5 Mark Martin 51 0
    16 9 Kasey Kahne 51 0
    17 29 Kevin Harvick 51 0
    18 99 Carl Edwards 51 0
    19 14 Tony Stewart 51 0
    20 83 Casey Mears 50 0
    21 71 Bobby Labonte 50 0

  • Truex Jr. wins Sprint Showdown: #56-Martin Truex Jr. won the Sprint Showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the 2nd time Truex Jr. has won the Showdown. Truex will transfer into the Sprint All Star Challenge as will #16-Greg Biffle who finished 2nd. Reports have #99-Edwards, who finished 10th, winning the Sprint Fan Vote. #31-Jeff Burton finished 3rd followed by #98-Menard and #47-Ambrose. The results:
    #56-Truex Jr. - transfers to the Sprint All Star Challenge
    #16-Biffle - transfers to the Sprint All Star Challenge
    #31-Burton
    #98-Menard
    #47-Ambrose
    #6-Ragan
    #77-Hornish Jr.
    #43-Allmendinger
    #34-Kvapil
    #99-Edwards - fan vote winner
    #19-Sadler
    #21-Elliott
    #32-Sorenson
    #82-Speed
    #7-Gordon
    #13-Papis
    #46-Yeley
    #37-Conway
    #75-Cope
    #57-Benning -1 lap
    #92-Richardson Jr. -2
    #55-Waltrip -2
    #33-Bowyer -6 out
    #38-Gilliland -19 wreck
    #36-Raines -22 out
    #78-Smith -24 wreck
    #42-Montoya -24 wreck
    #64-Bodine -27 out
    #87-Nemechek -33 out

  • Race Fast Facts - NASCAR Sprint Showdown:
    #56-Martin Truex Jr. won the NASCAR Sprint Showdown, his second victory in the non-points event.
    This is Truex's fourth top-10 finish in the Sprint Showdown.
    Truex transfers into the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. It will be his fourth appearance in the event.
    #16-Greg Biffle (second) posted his second top-five finish in the Sprint Showdown.
    Biffle transfers into the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. It will be his seventh appearance.
    #99-Carl Edwards also transfers into the race via the Sprint Fan Vote.
    This will Edwards' fifth appearance in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.(NASCAR Statistics)(5-22-2010)

  • Sprint Showdown - Segment 1: #6-Ragan finsihed first in Sprint Showdown segment 1. On lap 17, #42-Montoya and #78-Smith wrecked bring out the caution, so the competition caution for lap 20 was called off. All cars pitted but Ragan, #16-Biffle and #38-Gilliland. The segment 1 results:
    #6-Ragan
    #16-Biffle
    #38-Gilliland
    #31-Burton
    #56-Truex Jr.
    #77-Hornish Jr.
    #19-Sadler
    #43-Allmendinger
    #33-Bowyer
    #98-Menard
    #99-Edwards
    #47-Ambrose
    #82-Speed
    #55-Waltrip
    #32-Sorenson
    #34-Kvapil
    #21-Elliott
    #46-Yeley
    #57-Benning
    #13-Papis
    #37-Conway
    #7-Gordon
    #75-Cope
    #92-Richardson Jr.
    #36-Raines
    #78-Smith - wreck
    #42-Montoya - wreck
    #64-Bodine - out
    #87-Nemechek - out

  • Race Coverage of the All-Star Challenge at Charlotte Motor Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, May 22, 2010.
    Television (TV): SPEED at 7:30 pm/et; pre-race show at 4:00 pm/et; green flag approx 7:46pm/et
    Radio Motor Racing Network and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    SPEED, Sunday, May 23 at 12:00am/et and SPEED, Wednesday, May 26 at 12:00pm/et

  • Top five vote getters announced for the Sprint All Star Vote: Sprint announced the top five vote recipients in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Fan Vote along with (in alphabetical order) #43-AJ Allmendinger, #47-Marcos Ambrose, #31-Jeff Burton, #99-Carl Edwards and #19-Elliott Sadler. Fans have casted a record 1.1 million votes in this year’s NASCAR All-Star Fan Vote. Voting will continue until one hour prior to the start of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on Saturday, May 22, at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Fans can cast votes for their favorite eligible drivers using the NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile application, by visiting NASCAR.com or at the Sprint Experience, located in the midway at every NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event. As an incentive for Sprint customers, every wireless vote submitted from a Sprint or Nextel device counts double in the driver standings. The eligible driver accumulating the most votes, who also finishes the Sprint Showdown qualifying race, will earn a spot in the prestigious All-Star field. The Sprint Fan Vote winner will be announced immediately following the completion of the Sprint Showdown.(5-22-2010)


PAINT SCHEMES

Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
Sprint Showdown - Charlotte Motor Speedway - May 22
#19-Elliott Sadler Hunt Brothers Pizza #19 Team Schemes Page
#31-Jeff Burton CAT - Dale Earnhardt HOF honor #31 Team Schemes Page
#33-Clint Bowyer BB&T #33 Team Schemes Page
#34-Travis Kvapil Long John Silver's $1 Baja Fish Taco #34 Team Schemes Page
#43-A.J.Allmendinger Racing Dreams Film-Best Buy none...yet
#47-Marcos Ambrose Cavalia #1 Team Schemes Page
#98-Paul Menard Serta/Menards none...yet
#99-Carl Edwards Aflac - silver #99 Team Schemes Page
Sprint All-Star Challenge - Charlotte Motor Speedway - May 22
#1-Jamie McMurray National Wild Turkey Federation #1 Team Schemes Page
#2-Kurt Busch Miller Lite-Vortex #2 Team Schemes Page
#5-Mark Martin Delphi #5 Team Schemes Page
#11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Office #11 Team Schemes Page
#14-Tony Stewart Burger King #14 Team Schemes Page
#17-Matt Kenseth Crown Royal Black #17 Team Schemes Page
#18-Kyle Busch M&M's Pretzel #18 Team Schemes Page
#29-Kevin Harvick Pennzoil Ultra #29 Team Schemes Page
#39-Ryan Newman Tornados - Junior Johnson Tribute #39 Team Schemes Page
#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dale Jr. Foundation
AMP Energy / Natioanl Guard
#88 Team Schemes Page

  • Newman's car to honor Jr. Johnson: This weekend, Ryan Newman’s #39 Chevy not only will carry the nowfamiliar sponsor logos for Tornados, the maker of bold, rolled snacks, but it will also carry a special decal commemorating the induction of Junior Johnson into NASCAR’s Hall of Fame on May 23. Johnson was a bootlegger who became one of NASCAR’s most successful drivers (50 wins) and owners (132 wins and six championships). It seems fitting that his name is coupled this weekend with Newman’s sponsor, whose tagline is “Bold is How We Roll.”(Stewart Haas Racing)(5-22-2010)

  • Special scheme for the #2 at both Charlotte races: Kurt Busch will be driving his special Miller Lite Vortex Bottle color scheme during the two-week stretch at Charlotte Motor Speedway.(Tom Roberts PR)(5-20-2010), see an image of the scheme on my #2 Team Schemes page.(5-20-2010)

  • McMurray to run special scheme at Sprint All Star race: The National Wild Turkey Federation’s flying turkey logo will appear on the Earnhardt Ganassi Racing’s Bass Pro Shops sponsored #1 Chevy driven by Jamie McMurray in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the #3 Chevy Silverado driven by Austin Dillon in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. McMurray will be trying to win the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on Saturday, May 22nd at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Bass Pro Shops salute to the NWTF is a part of the Conservation Fund’s “Racing for America’s Wildlife” program. The program is designed to engage the NASCAR community in conserving America’s hunting and fishing heritage through habitat protection, restoration, education, and outreach. The NWTF is an over 500,000 member conservation organization with chapters across the United States, Canada and 10 other foreign countries. The Federation has worked with its volunteers, partners and wildlife agencies to restore wild turkey populations to 49 states and in parts of Canada. Bass Pro Shops is a dedicated supporter of NWTF’s Women in the Outdoors, JAKES, and Wheelin’ Sportsmen outreach programs.(Bass Pro Shops/EGR). see an image of the scheme on my #1 Team Schemes page.(5-20-2010)

  • Kyle Busch to run a M&M's Pretzel scheme UPDATE: Kyle Busch is scheduled to run a #18 M&M Pretzel Special the All Star Challenge and Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May. See am image of the scheme on my #18 Team Schemes page...mmmm, m&m's AND pretzels.
    At the 2009 NACS show, Mars Snackfood US unveiled its M&M’s Pretzel Chocolate Candies, which combine sweet and salty in every bite-size piece. M&M’s Pretzel Chocolate Candies are kosher certified and feature a crunchy, salted pretzel center covered in M&M’s brand milk chocolate and coated in a colorful candy shell. The product will be available in May 2010.(4-17-2010)
    UPDATE: The new salty and sweet Pretzel M&M’s Chocolate Candies blue colors will adorn Busch’s #18 Toyota for the next four events, including Saturday night’s Sprint All-Star race, and the SPrint Cup Series races at Charlotte, Pocono and Michigan. The scheme is to help promote the launch of the newest sweet creation from Mars Chocolate North America.(True Speed Communication), see an image of the scheme on my #18 Team Schemes page.(5-20-2010)

  • Cavalia to sponsor Ambrose in the Sprint Showdown: Not far from the roaring engines inside Charlotte Motor Speedway there is a different kind of horsepower found underneath a 110-feet-high White Big Top with 71,400 square feet of canvas. The world’s largest touring White Big Top holding court in uptown Charlotte is home to Cavalia - - a lavish multimedia, equestrian extravaganza featuring 62 majestic horses and 40 artists, including acrobats, aerialists, riders, musicians and dancers. Cavalia announced for the first time that they will sponsor Marcos Ambrose and JTG Daugherty Racing’s efforts during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series All-Star weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. For the Showdown, The #47 Cavalia Toyota Camry will sport a sleek black look with majestic horses from the captivating fast-paced performance featuring harmony between horse and human. On May 9th, Ambrose took his wife Sonja and daughters Adelaide and Tabitha to Cavalia to witness the tribute of horses, which is also a celebration of the relationship between man and horse. The show takes place on a 160-foot wide stage that allows the horses to express themselves in all their beauty, their grace and their strength and at times in total liberty. Headquartered in Montreal, Quebec (Canada), Cavalia is the brainchild of Normand Latourelle who has become renowned for producing popular events around the world and is in Charlotte thru May 28th.(JTG Daugherty Racing), see an image of the car on my #47 Team Schemes page.(5-19-2010)

  • Pit Bulls scheme for Biffle in All-Star race: The #16 3M Ford Fusion will have a slightly different look when it takes the track for the 2010 All-Star weekend. In addition to having a special paint scheme for the night race, the car will also feature the 3M Pit Bulls logo on the lower hood and decklid. The 3M Pit Bulls was the name chosen by the fans through a 3M Car Care promotion for the #16 team pit crew. In an effort to honor their hard work, 3M has decided to put their logo on the car for the Sprint All-Star weekend. Randy Taylor, 3M NASCAR Program Manager, unveiled the paint scheme to the Pit Bulls last weekend in Talladega and the reaction was overwhelming excitement and pride in both their team and their sponsor. A diecast model is being made to commemorate this special paint scheme. It will be available online at www.3M.com/racing.(RFR), see an image of the scheme on my #16 Team Schemes page.(5-13-2010)

  • RCR to honor Earnhardt's induction into HOF at All-Star race: Richard Childress Racing will further honor the legendary Dale Earnhardt's induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame with special paint schemes in races over the next two weekends. The #3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet Silverado, driven by Austin Dillon, will pay tribute to the seven-time Cup Series champion in the May 14 NASCAR Camping WorldTruck Series Dover 200 at Dover International Speedway. Jeff Burton and the #31 Caterpillar team will honor the legendary driver of the #3 in the May 22 Sprint Showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway. "It's a privilege to run this special paint scheme to honor Dale Earnhardt on the same weekend he will be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame," said Burton. "It's a tremendous way to remind fans about the great things Dale did in the sport, his legacy that we still carry on and celebration of his induction into the inaugural class." Earnhardt is one of five NASCAR legends who make up the inaugural class of NASCAR Hall of Fame inductees. The others, who will be inducted during a May 23 ceremony in Charlotte, include Bill France, Bill France, Jr., Junior Johnson and Richard Petty.(RCR), see an image of the #31 scheme on my #31 Team Scheme page.(5-12-2010)

  • Special Long John Silver's scheme for Kvapil: Front Row Motorsports and Long John Silver's will once again partner this season to help bring the popular Long John Silver's $1 Baja Fish Taco to NASCAR fans across the nation. Long John Silver's announced that its $1 Baja Fish Taco colors will be the primary sponsor of the #34 Ford driven by Travis Kvapil; Kvapil will carry these colors at the Autism Speaks 400 at the Dover International Speedway on May 16 and the All-Star Showdown at the Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 22.(Front Row Motorsports/Breaking Limits)(4-1-2010), see an image of the car on my #34 team paint schemes page.(5-12-2010)



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WEATHER Links for the area

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

  • Sports Legends Set for Pre-Race Activities at NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race : Sprint announced that NASCAR legends Junior Johnson and Richard Petty have been named as grand marshals and that basketball icon Michael Jordan will serve as the honorary starter for the 26th running of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on May 22 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. North Carolina native Junior Johnson is recognized as one of the early superstars of NASCAR. In his 14-year driving career, Johnson racked up 50 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wins and 47 pole positions. As a team owner, Johnson fielded entries for many legendary drivers, including Leeroy Yarbrough, Neil Bonnett, Darrell Waltrip and Cale Yarborough, capturing 132 wins and six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championships. Johnson retired from his ownership role in 1995.
    Known by many as "The King," Richard Petty earned that title by winning seven NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championships and compiling a record 200 career victories. Still involved in the sport he loves, the North Carolina native is co-owner of Richard Petty Motorsports, which fields four entries in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
    The two NASCAR legends will be honored at pre-race ceremonies before giving the famous command for drivers to start their engines. They will then lead the field during the pre-race parade laps in the grand marshal car. Both members of the inaugural group of inductees into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, the two men will be formally enshrined in a ceremony scheduled for Sunday, May 23.
    Recognized by many as the greatest basketball player of all time, Jordan, a six-time NBA champion, will wave the green flag to start the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. The hall of famer, who grew up in North Carolina, is the first former NBA player to become majority owner of an NBA franchise when he purchased the Charlotte Bobcats earlier this year. Tickets for the event start at $39 and are available at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or by calling 800-455-FANS.(CMS)(5-20-2010)


    NEWS and RUMORS about the All-Star Race

      2010 News/Rules

    • Vickers released from hospital, heads back to Charlotte UPDATE 3 : Red Bull Racing Team announced that #83 driver Brian Vickers was released Friday night from the Washington, D.C.-area hospital where he has been hospitalized since Wednesday night. Vickers, age 26, was cleared to fly to Charlotte, N.C., where he will meet with a group of specialists as to the specifics of his condition. The status of Vickers' return to racing is uncertain. Updates will be provided as they are received.(Red Bull Racing), see past news on Vickers in the hospital and Mears running the #83 on my #83 Team News and Links page.(5-15-2010)
      UPDATE: Red Bull Racing Team announced today that #83 driver Brian Vickers' treatment for blood clots has been progressing well in Charlotte, N.C, under the care of specialists and his physician, Dr. Jerry Petty. He is still undergoing evaluation for his condition. Vickers remains in good spirits and is appreciative of all support and concern that has been expressed from the team, Red Bull, fans, media, fellow drivers and members of the NASCAR family. Vickers and Jay Frye, RBRT General Manager and Vice President, will be available Friday, May 21 at 11:15am/et in the Charlotte Motor Speedway media center to address the media.(Red Bull Racing)(5-18-2010)
      UPDATE2: Sirius NASCAR Radio's Sirius Speedway with Dave Moody is reporting that Brian Vickers could return to the seat of the #83 Red Bull Racing Toyota in time for this weekend's NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Sources close to the situation say that Vickers will undergo testing later this week to determine whether blood thinning drugs have dissolved the blood clots that formed in his legs and lung last week. If so, and if his doctors are satisfied with the level of blood-thinners in his system, Vickers could be cleared to compete on Saturday night. Casey Mears remains on standby in the event that Vickers is not cleared to compete, and a decision on his status could come as late as race day.(5-18-2010)
      UPDATE 3: Red Bull Racing Team announced that the #83 Red Bull Toyota has requested a driver change and has been cleared by NASCAR to participate in the Sprint All-Star Race Saturday, May 22. Casey Mears will again pilot the #83, due to primary driver Brian Vickers’ diagnosis of blood clots and on- going testing and treatment. “Given the extenuating circumstances we have dealt with this past week regarding Brian’s health, we would like to thank NASCAR for their assistance and understanding of this unique situation by allowing us to compete in the All-Star Race,” said Jay Frye, Red Bull Racing Team General Manager & Vice President.(Red Bull Racing)(5-19-2010)

    • NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race News and Notes From Charlotte Motor Speedway: Only five days remain until the 26th running of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Here are several NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race news and notes items:
      CATS Route Provides Easy Access to Speedway: The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS), the City of Concord and Charlotte Motor Speedway have partnered to bring Saturday bus service from Center City Charlotte to the track. Starting from the Charlotte Transportation Center, race fans can take the 79X Concord Mills Express to beat the traffic and enjoy the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at the speedway for just $6 round-trip. The route will run every 20 minutes from noon to 6 p.m. on May 22. Return trips will begin immediately after the checkered flag as race fans make their way to the buses near the track's main entrance. Tickets can be purchased at the Charlotte Transportation Center at 310 East Trade Street in Center City or online at secure.ridetransit.org/psales/. For more information visit www.ridetransit.org or call (704) 336-RIDE (7433).
      Traffic Information Available on 91.1 FM: Race fans will be able to tune into 91.1 FM for up-to-date traffic information following Saturday's NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. Charlotte Motor Speedway will broadcast traffic exit updates on that frequency to inform fans of any traffic concerns around the speedway.
      Fan Guide to Fun Highlights All Charlotte Race Activities: To enhance the fan experience during race week, Charlotte Motor Speedway officials have created a Fan Guide to Fun for race week events that coincides with the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on May 22 and Coca-Cola 600 on May 30. The Fan Guide to Fun provides information on driver appearances, concerts, sponsor displays, pre-race infield activities and much more. The guide is available online at charlottemotorspeedway.com/fanguidetofun and the brochure will be available at the track welcome center and information booths during race weeks.
      'PRN Up To SPEED' Returns to the SPEED Stage on Saturday: "PRN Up To SPEED" returns for the second year to Charlotte Motor Speedway. The popular free fan forum takes place at the SPEED stage, located at the speedway's main entrance, from 2:45 pm to 3:15 pm, prior to the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on May 22. Several NASCAR stars are scheduled to join personalities from the Performance Racing Network for the 30 minute Q&A session.
      Coca-Cola, Scott's Donate to Troops: Fans and companies have just one week left to donate tickets to the troops through Charlotte Motor Speedway's Let the Troops Race program for the May 30 Coca-Cola 600. The latest organizations to purchase tickets for the troops include Coca-Cola, The Scott's Company, and the employees of Stewart-Haas Racing. The Let the Troops Race program, which runs through May 22, gives individuals and companies the chance to purchase tickets for just $20 to send a member of the U.S. armed forces to the Memorial Day Weekend race. For their purchase fans and companies will be recognized on the Charlotte Motor Speedway web site and at the speedway during Coca-Cola 600 race weekend.(5-18-2010)

    • Field Set for 2010 Pennzoil Ultra Victory Challenge; Defending event champion #29-Kevin Harvick and six additional NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stars will compete May 22 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the third annual Pennzoil Ultra Victory Challenge. The Challenge is a competition that pits some of NASCAR's top drivers against one another to see who can deliver the best tire-smoking burnout, allowing the drivers a chance to showcase some of their best celebratory skills. Looking to take Harvick's crown with the most impressive burnout will be fellow NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers #33-Clint Bowyer, #18-Kyle Busch, #20-Joey Logano, #1-Jamie McMurray, #39Ryan Newman and #00-David Reutimann. Drivers will compete in stock cars identically prepared by the NASCAR Racing Experience. Similar to 2009, judges will score the drivers' creativity in a 30-second freestyle burnout. This year, however, drivers can also gain bonus points by knocking down strategically placed obstacles. Drivers will start from Turn 4 and trigger the 30-second Pennzoil Ultra Countdown Clock as they cross the starting line. The driver with the most points, including the creativity score from the judges and any bonus points, will be declared the winner, with $10,000 awarded to his or her charity of choice. A panel of celebrity judges will be on hand to critique the tire-smoking donut capabilities of the participating NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stars.
      Judges include Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith; Creed band members Scott Stapp and Mark Tremonti; three-time World Wrestling champion Jeff Hardy of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, and former NASCAR Sprint Cup driver and current SPEED personality, Jimmy Spencer. The Pennzoil Ultra Victory Challenge will be televised live on Saturday, May 22 at 6:15pm/et during SPEED's pre-race coverage prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Showdown and NASCAR Sprint Cup All-Star Race. Info on tickets for all May races at Charlotte Motor Speedway can be found at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.(5-17-2010)

    • Sprint updates All-Star race votes: Sprint announced the top vote recipients for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Fan Vote, which allows fans to place a driver into the field of the 2010 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. As of April 5, the top 10 drivers in the Sprint All-Star Fan Vote standings (in alphabetical order) are #43-A.J. Allmendinger, #47-Marcos Ambrose, #16-Greg Biffle, #33-Clint Bowyer, #31-Jeff Burton, #21-Bill Elliott, #99-Carl Edwards, #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, #56-Martin Truex Jr. and #55-Michael Waltrip. Voting continues until one hour before the start of the Sprint All-Star Race on Saturday, May 22. Fans can cast votes for their favorite eligible drivers using the NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile application, by visiting NASCAR.com or at the Sprint Experience, located in the midway at every NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event. The driver accumulating the most votes, who also finishes the Sprint Showdown qualifying race, will earn a spot in the prestigious All-Star field. In addition to voting, fans can also use the NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile application to view the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race in its entirety on Sprint devices. To download the new NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile, which is free with any data plan, Sprint customers should text "NASCAR" to 7777. Votes may also be cast on Sprint devices by texting "VOTE" to 7777 (Standard text messaging and data rates apply.).(Sprint)4-9-2010)

    • 2010 Sprint Fan Vote has started: The 2010 Sprint Fan Vote, which allows race fans to choose which eligible driver gets to compete in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, opened today. Voting will continue until one hour before the start of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race, Saturday, May 22, at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. Fans can cast unlimited votes for their favorite driver during the voting window. Sprint customers can vote using the NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile application on their Sprint or Nextel devices. As an added incentive for customers, every wireless vote submitted from a Sprint or Nextel device counts double towards a driver’s vote total. To download the new NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile, which is free with any data plan, Sprint customers should text “NASCAR” to 7777. Sprint customers can also vote without downloading the NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile application by texting “VOTE” to 7777. (Standard text messaging and data rates apply.)
      To be eligible for the Sprint Fan Vote, drivers must have finished in the top 50 of the final 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver point standings, attempted to qualify for the 2010 Daytona 500 or competed in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event during the 2009 or 2010 season. The driver accumulating the most votes, who also finishes the Sprint Showdown qualifying race on the lead lap, will earn a spot in the prestigious All-Star field. The Sprint Fan vote winner will be announced immediately following the completion of the Sprint Showdown.
      Two years ago, Kasey Kahne became the first driver to parlay his Sprint Fan Vote win into a victory in the Sprint All-Star event. Past Sprint Fan Vote winners include Ken Schrader (2004), Truex, Jr. (2005), Kyle Petty (2006), Kenny Wallace (2007), Kasey Kahne (2008 – Sprint All-Star Race Winner) and Logano (2009).
      Drivers eligible for the 2010 Sprint Fan Vote: AJ Allmendinger, Aric Almirola, Marcos Ambrose, John Andretti, Norm Benning, Greg Biffle, Dave Blaney, Mike Bliss, Todd Bodine, Clint Bowyer, Jeff Burton, Patrick Carpentier, Terry Cook, Derrike Cope, Erik Darnell, Carl Edwards, Bill Elliott, Jeff Fuller, David Gilliland, Robby Gordon, San Hornish Jr., Travis Kvapil, Michael McDowell, Casey Mears, Paul Menard, Juan Pablo Montoya, Joe Nemechek, Max Papis, David Ragan, Tony Raines, Robert Richardson, Scott Riggs, Elliott Sadler, Boris Said, Regan Smith, Reed Sorenson, Scott Speed, David Stremme, Martin Truex Jr., Mike Wallace and Michael Waltrip.(Sprint)(3-25-2010)

    • NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Adds Exciting New Wrinkle: The 26th running of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race will once again feature a 10-lap shootout as its final segment and will add a new wrinkle that should make the competition even more exciting for the fans. The NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, set for Saturday, May 22 at Charlotte Motor Speedway (SPEED, 7pm), will consist of four segments, concluding with a 10-lap sprint and a $1 million pay-out to the race winner. There’s an added twist this year before the green flag drops for the final segment: once the field takes a lap behind the pace car, all cars must enter pit road for a four-tire stop. The order in which the cars exit off pit road is how they will line up for the final 10 laps, placing an even greater premium on the efficiency of the pit crews.

      The 2010 format is as follows:
      · Segment 1: 50 laps with a mandatory green-flag pit stop on Lap 25 at which time teams must pit and take on four tires. Following the end of Segment 1, the caution flag will be displayed for an optional pit stop.
      · Segment 2: 20 laps with the caution flag displayed at the end of Segment 2 for an optional pit stop.
      · Segment 3: 20 laps with a 10-minute break at the end of Segment 3. Teams may make normal adjustments to their cars during this break. The finishing order after the third segment determines the field’s lineup for the pace lap prior to the start of the fourth segment.
      · Segment 4: Once the field takes a lap behind the pace car, all cars must enter pit road for a four-tire stop. The order in which the cars exit pit road is how they will line up for the 10-lap shootout with only green-flag laps counting.

      “We saw last year just how competitive this format can be, with Tony Stewart battling Matt Kenseth for the win on the final couple of laps,” said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition. “With the addition of the four-tire pit stop, there is going to be even greater competition between the pit crews on who can get their driver serviced and out the quickest. I think the fans are in for quite a show.”
      Mark Martin, a two-time NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race winner, is looking forward to competing in his 21st all-star event this year, which is the most of any driver. “I love the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race as much as the fans do,” said Martin.
      The eligibility standards for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race remain the same: race winners from either the 2009 or 2010 season through May 16 or any past champions of the all-star event or NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (over the previous 10 years) are eligible for the race. In addition, the top-two finishers in the Sprint Showdown, a 40-lap preliminary race scheduled for 7:30 p.m. and the winner of the Sprint Fan Vote, all advance into the all-star race lineup. Joey Logano won the Sprint Fan Vote last year.
      Individual tickets for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and CREED pre-race concert start at just $39, and four-pack prices with four tickets, four hot dogs and four soft drinks start at just $35 per person. Tickets can be obtained by calling the Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket office at (800) 455-FANS or online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com

      The sixth annual NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge presented by Craftsman returns to kick off the all-star week’s competition, Wednesday, May 19 at 7 p.m. at the Time Warner Cable Arena. The event’s finishing order determines pit selection for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. The #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet team is the defending Pit Crew Challenge champion. Tickets for the NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge presented by Craftsman start at $15 and can be purchased online at www.pitcrewchallenge.com or by calling the Charlotte Bobcats ticket office at (800) 495-2295.

      Drivers currently eligible for the 2010 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race (as of March 17): Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski, Bobby Labonte, Joey Logano, Mark Martin, Jamie McMurray, Ryan Newman, David Reutimann, Tony Stewart, and Brian Vickers.


    THE FORMAT

    • The 2010 format is as follows:

      · Segment 1: 50 laps with a mandatory green-flag pit stop on Lap 25 at which time teams must pit and take on four tires. Following the end of Segment 1, the caution flag will be displayed for an optional pit stop.

      · Segment 2: 20 laps with the caution flag displayed at the end of Segment 2 for an optional pit stop.

      · Segment 3: 20 laps with a 10-minute break at the end of Segment 3. Teams may make normal adjustments to their cars during this break. The finishing order after the third segment determines the field’s lineup for the pace lap prior to the start of the fourth segment.

      · Segment 4: Once the field takes a lap behind the pace car, all cars must enter pit road for a four-tire stop. The order in which the cars exit pit road is how they will line up for the 10-lap shootout with only green-flag laps counting.(3-17-2010)


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