NASCAR - Sprint Cup - All-Star Race Preview

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DATE: Saturday, May 19th
SITE: Charlotte Motor Speedway (1960) -- Concord, North Carolina
TRACK: 1.5-mile oval - 1,980 feet (Frontstretch); 1,500 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 171,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 28th
TELEVISION: Speed Channel
ANNOUNCERS: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 7:30 p.m. (ET) - Sprint Showdown; 9 p.m. (ET) - All-Star Race
RUNNER-UP: Kyle Busch
POLE WINNER: Kyle Busch (Finished 2nd)
LAPS: 90 total in five segments (20 laps/20 laps/20 laps/20 laps/10 laps)
MILES: 150
RACE RECORD: 185.022 m.p.h. - 70 laps (30/30/10 - Jeff Gordon, 2001)
TOTAL PURSE: $3,195,839 (2011 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $1,203,300; 2nd Place - $258,300; 3rd Place - $133,300
2011 Finish
1Carl Edwards46Matt Kenseth13
2Kyle Busch27Denny Hamlin15
3David Reutimann188David Ragan19
4Tony Stewart69Kevin Harvick14
5Greg Biffle310Ryan Newman10
2011 All-Star Race Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 127.841 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 10 minutes, 24 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.443 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 5 for 6 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 8 among 4 drivers
POLE WINNER: Kyle Busch (135.916 m.p.h.)
Past All-Star Race Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2011 -- Carl Edwards (4th) -- Ford -- 127.841 m.p.h.
2010 -- Kurt Busch (1st) -- Dodge -- 94.175 m.p.h.
2009 -- Tony Stewart (15th) -- Chevrolet -- 99.137 m.p.h.
2008 -- Kasey Kahne (24th) -- Dodge -- 131.132 m.p.h.
2007 -- Kevin Harvick (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 89.091 m.p.h.
2006 -- Jimmie Johnson (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 103.294 m.p.h.
2005 -- Mark Martin (2nd) -- Ford -- 113.951 m.p.h.
2004 -- Matt Kenseth (3rd) -- Ford -- 91.889 m.p.h.
2003 -- Jimmie Johnson (16th) -- Chevrolet -- 133.297 m.p.h.
2002 -- Ryan Newman (27th) -- Ford -- 110.005 m.p.h.
2001 -- Jeff Gordon (10th) -- Chevrolet -- 185.022 m.p.h. (race record)
2000 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr (5th) -- Chevrolet -- 167.035 m.p.h.
1999 -- Terry Labonte (13th) -- Chevrolet -- 183.495 m.p.h.
1998 -- Mark Martin (5th) -- Ford -- 142.084 m.p.h.
1997 -- Jeff Gordon (19th) -- Chevrolet -- 157.895 m.p.h.
1996 -- Michael Waltrip (20th) -- Ford -- 162.721 m.p.h.
1995 -- Jeff Gordon (7th) -- Chevrolet -- 148.410 m.p.h.
1994 -- Geoff Bodine (4th) -- Ford -- 115.561 m.p.h.
1993 -- Dale Earnhardt (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 139.690 m.p.h.
1992 -- Davey Allison (1st) -- Ford -- 132.678 m.p.h.
1991 -- Davey Allison (1st) -- Ford -- 168.750 m.p.h.
1990 -- Dale Earnhardt (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 163.001 m.p.h.
1989 -- Rusty Wallace (3rd) -- Pontiac -- 133.150 m.p.h.
1988 -- Terry Labonte (6th) -- Chevrolet -- 139.228 m.p.h.
1987 -- Dale Earnhardt (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 153.023 m.p.h.
1986 -- Bill Elliott (2nd) -- Ford -- 159.123 m.p.h.
1985 -- Darrell Waltrip (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 161.184 m.p.h.
NOTE: Formerly called The Winston (1985-2003), Nextel Cup All-Star Challenge
(2004-07). 1986 race held at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Past All-Star Race Pole Winners (Finish)
2011 -- Kyle Busch -- 2nd
2010 -- None -- Weather
2009 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 13th
2008 -- Kyle Busch -- 24th
2007 -- Matt Kenseth -- 7th
2006 -- Kasey Kahne -- 14th
2005 -- Ryan Newman -- 12th
2004 -- Rusty Wallace -- 9th
2003 -- Bill Elliott -- 16th
2002 -- Matt Kenseth -- 3rd
2001 -- Rusty Wallace -- 15th
2000 -- Bill Elliott -- 8th
1999 -- Bobby Labonte -- 15th
1998 -- Bill Elliott -- 7th
1997 -- Bill Elliott -- 10th
1996 -- Jeff Gordon -- 8th
1995 -- Bobby Labonte -- 15th
1994 -- Rusty Wallace -- 19th
1993 -- Ernie Irvan -- 3rd
1992 -- Davey Allison -- 1st
1991 -- Davey Allison -- 1st
1990 -- Dale Earnhardt -- 1st
1989 -- Terry Labonte -- 14th
1988 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 9th
1987 -- Bill Elliott -- 14th
1986 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 4th
1985 -- Terry Labonte -- 3rd
Last Race Results
RACE: Bojangles' Southern 500 (May 12th)
SITE: Darlington Raceway -- Darlington, South Carolina
MILES: 502.688
LAPS: 368
WINNER: Jimmie Johnson
RUNNER-UP: Denny Hamlin
THIRD: Tony Stewart
FOURTH: Kyle Busch
FIFTH: Martin Truex Jr.
POLE WINNER: Greg Biffle (Finished 12th)
TIME OF RACE: 3 hours, 45 minutes, 25 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 133.802 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.781 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 8 for 38 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 22 among 8 drivers
LAP LEADERS: G. Biffle 1-48; K. Kahne 49; J. Johnson 50; L. Cassill 51; Kyle
Busch 52-72; G. Biffle 73-98; D. Hamlin 99-100; J. Johnson
101-172; Kyle Busch 173; J. Johnson 174-179; Kyle Busch 180-188;
J. Johnson 189-194; Kyle Busch 195; D. Hamlin 196-199; K. Kahne
200-231; D. Hamlin 232-280; D. Earnhardt Jr. 281; M. Truex Jr.
282-298; D. Hamlin 299; M. Truex Jr. 300-307; J. Johnson 308-312;
Kyle Busch 313-324; J. Johnson 325-368.
All-Star Race Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Dodge/Miller Lite
5Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Farmer's Insurance
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/DeWalt
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Office
14Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops
15Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Toyota/5-Hour Energy
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/3M/American Red Cross
17Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Ford/Roush Fenway Racing
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/M&M's
21Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/Good Sam/Camping World
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/DuPont
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Certain Teed
29Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Budweiser/Rheem
34David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/US Shredder
39Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Tornados
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's Patriotic
51Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Phoenix Construction
55Mark Martin (Batesville, AR)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
78Regan Smith (Cato, NY)Chevrolet/Furniture Row
99 *Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Fastenal
TBA2012 Sprint Showdown WinnerTBA/TBA
TBA2012 Sprint Showdown 2nd Place finisherTBA/TBA
TBA2012 Fan Vote WinnerTBA/TBA
* - defending champion
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Carl Edwards------15th4th---10th5th21stWon
Kyle Busch---------16th20th24th7th14th2nd
Tony Stewart14th3rd17th12th5th5thWon5th4th
Greg Biffle---19th14th15th13th2nd21st9th5th
Matt Kenseth6thWon11th11th7th3rd2nd8th6th
Denny Hamlin------------17th23rd4th4th7th
David Ragan------------------------8th
Kevin Harvick7th22nd18th2ndWon11th15th6th9th
Ryan Newman19th2nd12th5th8th6th18th11th10th
Jimmie JohnsonWon17th5thWon2nd4th13th13th11th
Kurt Busch2nd20th7th20th19th22nd3rdWon13th
Dale Earnhardt Jr17th5th10th9th9th8th10th12th14th
Jeff Gordon8th6th4th3rd11th15th19th20th15th
Clint Bowyer---------------18th12th---16th
Brad Keselowski------------------------18th
Mark Martin15th10thWon15th3rd9th6th17th19th
Regan Smith------------------------20th
Kasey Kahne---7th16th14th14thWon14th15th21st
Paul Menard---------------------------
Marcos Ambrose---------------------------
Trevor Bayne---------------------------
Mover of the Week
Marcos Ambrose - Started in the 28th position and finished 9th
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Tony Stewart
Darkhorse - Kyle Busch
Last Week's Pick to Win (Denny Hamlin) - Finished 2nd
Last Week's Darkhorse (Ryan Newman) - Finished 23rd
The 28th running of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race will feature five segments, instead of four in previous years. The first four segments will be 20 laps each, and the fifth and final will be a 10-lap shootout to the finish.

New to the format this year is the winners of the first four segments will move up to the front of the field and line up 1-4 prior to the field coming to pit road for the final mandatory pit stop.

Drivers who qualify for the all-star race are those who won a Sprint Cup Series event from either the 2011 or 2012 seasons (up to last weekend at Darlington Raceway). Additionally, drivers who won the all-star race or the series championship within the previous 10 years are eligible. Three more competitors will be added to the field on Saturday night, with the top-two finishers in The Sprint Showdown and the winner of the Sprint Fan Vote advancing.

Over the past eight seasons, the all-star race has had eight different winners. Last year was no exception with Carl Edwards winning the star- studded affair.

Edwards collected $1.2 million for the win, but wrecked his car while he did a celebratory burnout on the infield grass along the frontstretch at Charlotte.

Edwards exited the pits first during a mandatory four-tire stop prior to the start of the final 10-lap segment. He then held off a hard-charging Kyle Busch, the pole sitter, during the closing laps to win his first all-star race at Charlotte. His previous best finish in this event was fourth, which came in 2006.

With his win in 2010, Kurt Busch became the seventh different winner in the last seven NASCAR Sprint All-Star races. Busch overcame two encounters with the wall and then survived a wild 10-lap shootout to the finish to win the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and claim the $1,078,309 prize. Busch, the 2004 Cup Series champion, grabbed the lead with eight laps to go when he passed then leader Denny Hamlin after Hamlin blocked teammate Kyle Busch and forced him to scrape the wall. With two laps remaining, Kyle Busch crashed into the wall again after his right-front tire gave out. Busch also took out Kasey Kahne. Kurt Busch easily pulled away from the field on the final restart and then cruised to his first win in nine all-star race attempts.

Starting 15th, Tony Stewart raced to victory in 2009, as he defeated Matt Kenseth by less than a second for his first win in the event. Stewart overtook Kenseth with just two laps remaining to snatch the victory.

Kasey Kahne can thank the fans for giving him the opportunity to win the 2008 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, as he made it into the field after being voted in by the fans. Starting 24th, Kahne took the lead with 17 laps remaining and raced to victory, defeating Greg Biffle by 1.327 seconds. Kahne became the first driver to start outside the top-20 and win the race.

In 2007, Kevin Harvick outran Jimmie Johnson down the stretch and won by less than a second, reversing the result from the previous season. In 2006, Johnson defeated Harvick by 1.729 seconds. Pole sitter Matt Kenseth dominated the first segment and led 36 of the 80 laps, but a speeding penalty on pit road was his demise, as he finished seventh. Harvick took over the race on lap 61 and held on through the checkered flag.

Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt are the only three-time winners of this race. The winner of this event has won the next race, the Coca-Cola 600, five times (Darrell Waltrip in 1985, Davey Allison in 1991, Earnhardt in 1993, Kasey Kahne 2008 and Kurt Busch 2010). Allison is the only driver to win this race two consecutive years.

Time trials for this year's all-star race consists of three laps around the 1.5-mile track. A four-tire pit stop is mandatory during that three-lap run. The starting lineup for the event will be determined by the team's total time.

When Dale Earnhardt Jr won in 2000, he became the first driver since the inaugural race to win on his initial try. Ryan Newman has since added his name to this category when he won in 2002. In addition, Newman owns the distinction of being the driver who started the deepest in the field and won when he started 27th that year.

Bill Elliott is the all-time leader with five poles and 13 top-10 finishes. Mark Martin has raced in this event 22 consecutive times (more than any driver), winning twice and posting 10 top-10's. Jeff Gordon is the youngest winner of the NASCAR Sprint Cup All-Star Race at 23 years, 9 months and 16 days (1995). Martin is the oldest at 46 years, 4 months and 12 days (2005).

The pole sitter has won this race only four times, the last coming in 2010 when Kurt Busch recorded the feat. Busch was awarded the pole position after rain canceled qualifying. Dale Earnhardt was the first driver to win from the pole in 1990.

Two-time winner Jimmie Johnson has a 6.70 average finish in nine appearances in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, second best of any driver with more than two appearances. In fact, in six of the nine races, Johnson has placed in the top-five. Matt Kenseth, who has an average finish of 6.5 in 11 races with eight top-10s, is the best of any driver in the field.

Five drivers have won the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship in the same year: Darrell Waltrip (1985), Dale Earnhardt (1987, 1990, 1993), Rusty Wallace (1989), Jeff Gordon (1995, 1997, 2001), Jimmie Johnson (2006). Edwards was runner-up to champion Tony Stewart in 2011, despite ending the season in a points tie with Stewart but lost due to Stewart's five wins.

THIS AND THAT AT THE SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE: There have been 27 Sprint All-Star Races, with 26 being held at Charlotte Motor Speedway. In 1986, the event was held at Atlanta Motor Speedway, and won by Bill Elliott. That season was also the first year for what is now known as the Sprint Showdown. 86 drivers have run in at least one all-star race and there have been 19 different winners. The race has featured a field that ranged from 10 drivers in 1986 to 27 in 2002. Hendrick Motorsports drivers have won six all-star races: Jeff Gordon (three), Jimmie Johnson (two) and Terry Labonte (one). The record for lead changes in a NASCAR Sprint All-Star race is 10 in 2004. The most different leaders is nine in 2002.

The next Sprint Cup Series race is the May 27 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Kevin Harvick won last year's race there.

05/15 16:23:54 ET

As of May 15, 2012, at 04:24 PM ET
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