2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup All-Star Challenge
formerly Nextel All-Star Challenge and The Winston



Updated 5-19-2012

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Rules to make the Sprint All-Star Race
Eligibility rules for Sprint All-Star Race:
1st criteria: Drivers who have won races in the current and preceding year. If a driver leaves a team with which he has won a race, he remains eligible (through the last race before The All-Star Race), the team does NOT
2nd criteria: Drivers who are past Sprint Cup champions 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 UNOFFICIAL 2012 Field
Race winners (drivers) in 2011 and 2012
1 #21-Trevor Bayne February 2011 Daytona 500
2 #24-Jeff Gordon February 2011 Phoenix
(1995,1997,1998,2001 champ
and won event 1995,1997,2001)
3 #99-Carl Edwards March 2011 Las Vegas
(won event 2011)
4 #18-Kyle Busch March 2011 Bristol
5 #29-Kevin Harvick March 2011 Auto Club
(won event 2007)
6 #17-Matt Kenseth March 2011 Texas
(2003 champ)
(won event 2004)
7 #48-Jimmie Johnson April 2011 Talladega
(won event 2003, 2006)
(2006,2007,2008,2009,2010 champ)
8 #78-Regan Smith May 2011 Darlington
9 #2-Brad Keselowski June 2011 Kansas
10 #11-Denny Hamlin June 2011 Michigan
11 #51-Kurt Busch June 2011 Infineon
(2004 champ
won event 2010)
12 #34-David Ragan July 2011 Daytona
13 #39-Ryan Newman July 2011 New Hampshire
(won event 2002)
14 #27-Paul Menard July 2011 Indianapolis
15 #9-Marcos Ambrose August 2011 Watkins Glen
16 #14-Tony Stewart September 2011 Atlanta
(2002, 2005, 2011 champ
won event 2009)
17 #15-Clint Bowyer October 2011 Talladega
18 #5-Kasey Kahne November 2011 Phoenix
(won event in 2008)
19 #16-Greg Biffle April 2012 Texas

Previous NASCAR Sprint Cup champions
(not a 2011/2012 winner)
within the last 10 years
x none not needed

Previous Winners of
The Sprint Cup All-Star Race
(not a 2011/2012 winner or past series champ) within the last 10 years
20 #55-Mark Martin won event in 2005, 1998

21 Sprint Showdown Winner ?
22 Sprint Showdown 2nd place finisher ?
23 Fan Vote Winner ?

Eligible drivers for the 2012 Sprint Showdown


The Sprint All-Star Race
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Charlotte Motor Speedway - 5/19/2011

  Car # Driver Sponsor Manu. Owner Crew Chief
  Car# Driver Sponsor Manu Owner Crew Chief
1 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Dodge Roger Penske Paul Wolfe
2 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance Chevy Linda Hendrick Kenny Francis
3 9 Marcos Ambrose DeWalt Ford Richard Petty Todd Parrott
4 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Office Toyota J D Gibbs Darian Grubb
5 14 Tony Stewart Bass Pro Shops / NWTF Chevy Margaret Haas Steve Addington
6 15 Clint Bowyer 5 Hour Energy Toyota Rob Kauffman Brian Pattie
7 16 Greg Biffle 3M / American Red Cross Ford Jack Roush Matt Puccia
8 17 Matt Kenseth Fifth Third Bank Ford John Henry Jimmy Fennig
9 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Toyota Joe Gibbs Dave Rogers
10 21 Trevor Bayne Good Sam/Camping World Ford Glen Wood Donnie Wingo
11 24 Jeff Gordon DuPont Chevy Rick Hendrick Alan Gustafson
12 27 Paul Menard Menards / Certainteed Chevy Richard Childress Slugger Labbe
13 29 Kevin Harvick Budweiser / Rheem Chevy Richard Childress Shane Wilson
14 34 David Ragan US Shredder Ford Bob Jenkins Jay Guy
15 39 Ryan Newman Tornados Chevy Tony Stewart Tony Gibson
16 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Patriotic Chevy Jeff Gordon Chad Knaus
17 51 Kurt Busch Phoenix Construction Chevy James Finch Nick Harrison
18 55 Mark Martin Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Bill Jenkins Rodney Childers
19 78 Regan Smith Furniture Row Chevy Barney Vissar Pete Rondeau
20 99 Carl Edwards Fastenal Ford Jack Roush Bob Osborne

The Sprint Showdown
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Charlotte Motor Speedway - 5/19/2011

  Car # Driver Sponsor Manu. Owner Crew Chief
1 1 Jamie McMurray Bass Pro Shops/Allstate Chevy Felix Sabates Kevin Manion
2 10 David Reutimann Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevy Tommy Baldwin Tommy Baldwin
3 13 Casey Mears GEICO Ford Bob Germain Bootie Barker III
4 19 Mike Bliss(i) Humphrey Smith Racing LLC. Toyota Randy Humphrey Skip Pope
5 20 Joey Logano Home Depot Toyota Joe Gibbs Jason Ratcliff
6 22 A J Allmendinger Pennzoil Dodge Walter Czarnecki Todd Gordon
7 26 Josh Wise MDS Transport Ford Jerry Freeze Charles Dickey Jr
8 30 David Stremme Inception Motorsports Toyota Kevin Buckler Steve Lane
9 31 Jeff Burton CAT-BB&T Chevy Richard Childress Drew Blickensderfer
10 33 Stephen Leicht Little Joe's Autos.com Chevy Richard Childress TBA
11 36 Tony Raines Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevy Allan Heinke Ryan Pemberton
12 38 David Gilliland Al's Liner Ford Brad Jenkins Patrick Tryson
13 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Target Chevy Chip Ganassi Chris Heroy
14 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford Richard Petty Michael Ford
15 47 Bobby Labonte Kingsford Toyota Tad Geschickter Todd Berrier
16 49 J J Yeley JPO Absorbents-America Israel Racing Toyota Jay Robinson Tony Furr
17 56 Martin Truex Jr NAPA Auto Parts Toyota Michael Waltrip Chad Johnston
18 83 Landon Cassill Burger King Toyota Thomas Ueberall Doug Richert
19 87 Joe Nemechek(i) AM/FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves Toyota Andrea Nemechek Steven Gray
20 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Dale Jr. Foundation/National Guard/Diet Mountain Dew Chevy Rick Hendrick Steve Letarte
21 93 Travis Kvapil Burger King-Dr. Pepper Toyota Thomas Ueberall Todd Anderson
22 95 Scott Speed Jordan's Truck Sales (JTS) Ford Bob Leavine Wally Rogers





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Friday, May 18

12:00 - 1:25 pm NSCS Final Sprint Showdown Practice
1:35 - 3:00 pm NSCS Final Sprint All-Star Race Practice
5:00 pm NSCS Sprint Showdown Qualifying (2 laps)
6:00 pm NSCS Sprint All-Star Race, Qualifying (3 Lalps w/pit stop, 4 tire change)

Saturday, May 19

5:30 pm NSCS Sprint Showdown & Sprint All-Star Race Driver/Crew Chief Meeting
7:00 pm NSCS Showdown Driver Intorductions
7:30 pm NSCS The Spint Showdown
9:00 pm (approx) NSCS The NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race


SPEED rolls into its sixth season as the exclusive home to the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on May 19 with live coverage of the day beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET with a special All-Star edition of fast-paced news program SPEED Center.

All-Star pre-race begins at 4 p.m. ET with a three-hour edition of NASCAR RaceDay Fueled by Sunoco, as hosts John Roberts, Kyle Petty and Larry McReynolds build anticipation for the evening with a wide variety of guests and look at the 20th anniversary of “One Hot Night” and 25th anniversary of the famed “Pass in the Grass.” Live racing begins at 7 p.m. with the Sprint Showdown, the final opportunity for drivers to race their way into the main event.

Hosted by Krista Voda, Jeff Hammond and McReynolds, SPEED coverage of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race begins at 9 p.m. ET, with Mike Joy, NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip and McReynolds calling the action, Voda, Hammond and Michael Waltrip in the “Hollywood Hotel” and Dr. Dick Berggren, Matt Yocum and Steve Byrnes working the pits.

On Thursday, May 17 at 8 p.m. ET, SPEED delivers coverage of the popular NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge from Time Warner Cable Arena in uptown Charlotte. Pit crews from all of the teams eligible for the All-Star Race compete for bragging rights and the No. 1 pit stall selection for Saturday’s race. For more information on the NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge, please visit: pitcrewchallenge.com

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series takes to the track on Friday, May 18 as SPEED delivers live coverage of practice (10:30 a.m. ET), qualifying (4 p.m. ET), pre-race with Krista Voda and NCWTS Setup (7:30 p.m. ET) and green-flag racing beginning at 8 p.m. ET. Coming off its most-watched season ever, Nielsen ratings for the Trucks on SPEED are up again in 2012, with Rick Allen, Michael Waltrip and Phil Parsons calling the action from the booth and Hermie Sadler and Ray Dunlap covering the pits.

Throughout the week leading up to the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, SPEED’s regular lineup of NASCAR programming, including NASCAR Race Hub, Trackside, NASCAR Live! and SPEED Center will deliver on the All-Star theme.

The SPEED Social Garage returns as the network sets up shop just outside the Cup garage, offering a location for members of the NASCAR family -- including drivers, crew chiefs, crew members, NASCAR officials, celebrities and SPEED on-air personalities -- a comfortable setting to communicate with fans through multiple social media outlets, including Twitter and the hash tag #SprintAllStar. For more information on the SPEED Social Garage, please visit: speedtv.com/allstar/

Inside the Headsets, a 30-minute, all-access show chronicling the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race from the morning through the night’s final post-race interview, airs Sunday, May 20 at 9 p.m. ET. With less than 18 hours to turn the program around, this NASCAR Media Group-produced Emmy-winning show utilizes more than 20 additional cameras to capture the race with images and access not seen in SPEED’s telecast.

NASCAR Sprint All-Star Week on SPEED (All times ET and subject to change):

Thursday, May 17
o NASCAR Race Hub (6 p.m. to 7 p.m.)
o SPEED Center (7 p.m. to 8 p.m.)
o NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge (8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.)
o Emmy-award winning Inside the Headsets replay (10:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.)

Friday, May 18
o NASCAR Camping World Truck Series final practice (10:30 a.m. to Noon)
o NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (Showdown) practice (Noon to 1:30 p.m.)
o NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (All-Star) practice (1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.)
o Trackside (3 p.m. to 4 p.m.)
o NASCAR Camping World Truck Series qualifying (4 p.m. to 5 p.m.)
o NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (Showdown) qualifying (5 p.m. to 6 p.m.)
o NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (All-Star) qualifying (6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.)
o NCWTS Setup with Krista Voda (7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.)
o NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race (8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.)
o SPEED Center (10:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.)

Saturday, May 19
o NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge replay (Noon to 2:30 p.m.)
o Emmy-award winning Inside the Headsets replay (2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.)
o NASCAR Performance (3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.)
o SPEED Center (3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.)
o NASCAR RaceDay Fueled by Sunoco (4 p.m. to 7 p.m.)
o NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race (7 p.m. to 11 p.m.)
o NASCAR Victory Lane (11:30 p.m. to Midnight)






Local TV / Network Stations

News 14 Carolina

Local Charlotte Area Newspapers

Charlotte Observer
Kannapolis Independent Tribune
Mooresville Tribune
Race City USA [Mooresville]
Asheville Citizen-Times
Blue Ridge Now - Times News
Dunn Daily Record
Fayetteville Observer
Go Lake Norman
Greensville Daily Reflector
Greensboro News and Record
High Point Enterprise
Jacksonville Daily News
Kingston Free Press
Lexington Dispatch
Raleigh-Durham News and Observer
Rocky Mount Telegram
Roanoke Daily Herald
Salisbury Post
Shelby Star
Washington Daily News
Winston-Salem Journal

about the All-Star Race

Pennzoil Ultra Victory Challenge


Car#-Driver Sponsor / Scheme
Promo / Hood
Image Link
Sprint Showdown
Charlotte Motor Speedway - May 19
#1-Jamie McMurray Bass Pro Shops / All State - camo #1 Team Schemes Page
#31-Jeff Burton Caterpiller / BB&T #31 Team Schemes Page
#34 David Ragan U.S. Shredder #34 Team Schemes Page
#38-David Gilliland Al Liner's #38 Team Schemes Page
#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dale Jr. Foundation #88 Team Schemes Page
Sprint All-Star Race
Charlotte Motor Speedway - May 19
#5-Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance #5 Team Schemes Page
#14-Tony Stewart Bass Pro Shops / NWTF #14 Team Schemes Page
#16-Greg Biffle Red Cross Patriotic #16 Team Schemes Page
#17-Matt Kenseth Fifth Third Bank #17 Team Schemes Page
#21-Trevor Bayne Camping World / Good Sam #21 Team Schemes Page
#29-Kevin Harvick Rheem / Budweiser #29 Team Schemes Page
#39-Ryan Newman Tornado's #39 Team Schemes Page
#48-Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Patriotic #48 Team Schemes Page
#51-Kurt Busch Monster Energy #51 Team Schemes Page
#99-Carl Edwards Fastenal #99 Team Schemes Page

Past All-Star Winners page

All-Star Event pages

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