NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
NASCAR - Sprint Cup - All-Star Race Preview

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DATE: Saturday, May 21st
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: 27th
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
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Kurt Busch
RUNNER-UP: Martin Truex Jr
POLE WINNER: Kurt Busch (Finished 1st)
MILES: 150
LAPS: 100 total in four segments (50 laps/20 laps/20 laps/10 laps)
RACE RECORD: 185.022 m.p.h. - 70 laps (30/30/10 - Jeff Gordon, 2001)
TOTAL PURSE: $3,195,839 (2010 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $1,078,309; 2nd Place - $233,299; 3rd Place - $133,299
 
2010 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Kurt Busch 16KevinHarvick 13
2Martin Truex Jr197Brad Keselowski3
3Joey Logano28Matt Kenseth 14
4Denny Hamlin129Greg Biffle20
5Tony Stewart1110Bobby Labonte 17
2010 All-Star Race Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 94.175 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 35 minutes, 34 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.358 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 6 for 0 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 6 among 4 drivers
POLE WINNER: Kurt Busch (Qualifying Draw)
Past All-Star Race Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
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)
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: FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks (May 15th)
SITE: Dover International Speedway -- Dover, Delaware
MILES: 400
LAPS: 400
WINNER: Matt Kenseth
RUNNER-UP: Mark Martin
THIRD: Marcos Ambrose
FOURTH: Kyle Busch
FIFTH: Brian Vickers
POLE WINNER: Jimmie Johnson (Finished 9th)
TIME OF RACE: 3 hours, 11 minutes, 7 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 125.578 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 2.122 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 6 for 28 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 23 among 11 drivers
LAP LEADERS: J. Johnson 1-41; M. Bliss 42; M. McDowell 43-44; C. Edwards 45;
J. Johnson 46-107; M. Kenseth 108; D. Earnhardt Jr. 109; M. Truex
Jr. 110; J. Johnson 111-142; C. Edwards 143-163; J. Johnson 164;
A. Allmendinger 165; J. Johnson 166-188; C. Edwards 189-217; J.
Johnson 218; C. Edwards 219-283; J. Johnson 284-285; J. Montoya
286-287; J. Johnson 288-312; C. Edwards 313; J. Johnson 314-333;
C. Bowyer 334-362; M. Martin 363-368; M. Kenseth 369-400.
All-Star Race Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
00David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops
4Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Toyota/Red Bull
5Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Express
14Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Burger King
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/3M
17Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Ford/Crown Royal
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/M&M's
21Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/Good Sam/Camping World
22 *Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Dodge/Shell/Pennzoil
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/DuPont
25Mark Martin (Batesville, AR)Chevrolet/Farmers Insurance
29Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Budweiser
33Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Chevrolet/BB&T
39Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Haas Automation
42Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia)Chevrolet/Energizer
78Regan Smith (Cato, NY)Chevrolet/Furniture Row Racing
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/AFLAC
TBA2011 Sprint Showdown WinnerTBA/TBA
TBA2011 Sprint Showdown 2nd Place finisherTBA/TBA
TBA2011 Fan Vote WinnerTBA/TBA
 
* - defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200220032004200520062007200820092010
Kurt Busch4th2nd20th7th20th19th22nd3rdWon
Denny Hamlin---------------17th23rd4th4th
Tony Stewart6th14th3rd17th12th5th5thWon5th
Kevin Harvick8th7th22nd18th2ndWon11th15th6th
Matt Kenseth3rd6thWon11th11th7th3rd2nd8th
Greg Biffle------19th14th15th13th2nd21st9th
Ryan NewmanWon19th2nd12th5th8th6th18th11th
Dale Earnhardt Jr2nd17th5th10th9th9th8th10th12th
Jimmie Johnson5thWon17th5thWon2nd4th13th13th
Kyle Busch------------16th20th24th7th14th
Kasey Kahne------7th16th14th14thWon14th15th
Mark Martin------10thWon15th3rd9th6th17th
Jamie McMurray---22nd---18th------19th9th18th
David Reutimann------------------------19th
Jeff Gordon11th8th6th4th3rd11th15th19th20th
Carl Edwards---------15th4th---10th5th21st
Trevor Bayne---------------------------
Regan Smith---------------------------
 
Mover of the Week
Matt Kenseth - Started in the 24th position and finished 1st
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Kevin Harvick
Darkhorse - Juan Pablo Montoya
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Matt Kenseth) - Finished 1st
Last Week's Darkhorse (David Stremme) - Finished 42nd
 
NOTES:
This event is called the All-Star game of NASCAR. The Sprint All-Star Challenge's format consists of four segments and features teams that qualify for the event by winning a Sprint Cup Series event during the 2010 or 2011 seasons. Additionally, two drivers will qualify for the premier event by finishing first and second, respectively, in the Sprint Showdown. Additionally, the winner of the Sprint All-Star Fan Vote is eligible, and drivers won have won the All-Star race the past 10 seasons. The 27th running of this event will feature a 10-lap shootout as its final segment. The opening segment is 50 laps with a mandatory green-flag pit on lap 25. Segments 2 and 3 will be 20 laps each with a 10-minute break prior to the final segment.

With his win last year, 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 on the grid, 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 on the grid, 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 last year). Allison is the only driver to win this race two consecutive years.

The All-Star Race, a non-points event, features winners on the Sprint Cup circuit and past race champions. The All-Star Race field, by rule, consists of a minimum of 20 drivers who have either won races or championships in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, or an All-Star race, within the past 10 years. Time trials will be three laps, including a four-tire pit stop. Total elapsed time of the three-lap qualifying run will determine starting positions for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. The pit road speed limit will be in effect when cars enter pit road but will not be in effect when cars exit.

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 21 consecutive times, 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).

Throughout the various renditions of The All-Star Race, one thing has remained constant - The All-Star event is the richest race per mile on the NASCAR Sprint Cup calendar.

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 cancelled 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 6.6 in ten races with seven 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).

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 29th Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, as Kurt Busch defends his title.

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As of May 17, 2011, at 09:38 PM ET