NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

NASCAR - Sprint Cup - All-Star Race Preview

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DATE: Saturday, May 17
SITE: Charlotte Motor Speedway -- Concord, N.C.
TRACK: 1.5-mile oval
CAPACITY: 135,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 30th
TELEVISION: FOX Sports 1
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 9:10 p.m. ET - All-Star/Friday, May 16 7:15 p.m. - Showdown
QUALIFYING TIME: Saturday, May 17/7:10 p.m. ET - All-Star race
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Jimmie Johnson
RUNNER-UP: Joey Logano
POLE WINNER: Carl Edwards (finished 10)
LAPS: 90 total in five segments (20 laps/20 laps/20 laps/20 laps/10 laps)
MILES: 135
RACE RECORD: 185.022 mph - 70 laps (30/30/10) - Jeff Gordon, 2001)
 
2013 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Jimmie Johnson186Denny Hamlin7
2Joey Logano57Dale Earnhardt Jr15
3Kyle Busch48Jamie McMurray20
4Kasey Kahne99Matt Kenseth16
5Kurt Busch210Carl Edwards1
2013 All-Star Race Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 90.672 mph
TIME OF RACE: 1 hr., 29 mins., 20 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.722 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 7 for 13 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 8 among 5 drivers
POLE WINNER: Carl Edwards (145.556 mph)
Past All-Star Race Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2013 -- Jimmie Johnson (18) -- Chevrolet -- 90.672 mph
2012 -- Jimmie Johnson (6) -- Chevrolet -- 92.045 mph
2011 -- Carl Edwards (4) -- Ford -- 127.841 mph
2010 -- Kurt Busch (1) -- Dodge -- 94.175 mph
2009 -- Tony Stewart (15) -- Chevrolet -- 99.137 mph
2008 -- Kasey Kahne (24) -- Dodge -- 131.132 mph
2007 -- Kevin Harvick (4) -- Chevrolet -- 89.091 mph
2006 -- Jimmie Johnson (2) -- Chevrolet -- 103.294 mph
2005 -- Mark Martin (2) -- Ford -- 113.951 mph
2004 -- Matt Kenseth (3) -- Ford -- 91.889 mph
2003 -- Jimmie Johnson (16) -- Chevrolet -- 133.297 mph
2002 -- Ryan Newman (27) -- Ford -- 110.005 mph
2001 -- Jeff Gordon (10) -- Chevrolet -- 185.022 mph
2000 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr (5) -- Chevrolet -- 167.035 mph
1999 -- Terry Labonte (13) -- Chevrolet -- 183.495 mph
1998 -- Mark Martin (5) -- Ford -- 142.084 mph
1997 -- Jeff Gordon (19) -- Chevrolet -- 157.895 mph
1996 -- Michael Waltrip (20) -- Ford -- 162.721 mph
1995 -- Jeff Gordon (7) -- Chevrolet -- 148.410 mph
1994 -- Geoff Bodine (4) -- Ford -- 115.561 mph
1993 -- Dale Earnhardt (3) -- Chevrolet -- 139.690 mph
1992 -- Davey Allison (1) -- Ford -- 132.678 mph
1991 -- Davey Allison (1) -- Ford -- 168.750 mph
1990 -- Dale Earnhardt (1) -- Chevrolet -- 163.001 mph
1989 -- Rusty Wallace (3) -- Pontiac -- 133.150 mph
1988 -- Terry Labonte (6) -- Chevrolet -- 139.228 mph
1987 -- Dale Earnhardt (4) -- Chevrolet -- 153.023 mph
1986 -- Bill Elliott (2) -- Ford -- 159.123 mph
1985 -- Darrell Waltrip (2) -- Chevrolet -- 161.184 mph
 
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)
2013 -- Carl Edwards -- 10
2012 -- Kyle Busch -- 4
2011 -- Kyle Busch -- 2
2010 -- None -- Weather
2009 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 13
2008 -- Kyle Busch -- 24
2007 -- Matt Kenseth -- 7
2006 -- Kasey Kahne -- 14
2005 -- Ryan Newman -- 12
2004 -- Rusty Wallace -- 9
2003 -- Bill Elliott -- 16
2002 -- Matt Kenseth -- 3
2001 -- Rusty Wallace -- 15
2000 -- Bill Elliott -- 8
1999 -- Bobby Labonte -- 15
1998 -- Bill Elliott -- 7
1997 -- Bill Elliott -- 10
1996 -- Jeff Gordon -- 8
1995 -- Bobby Labonte -- 15
1994 -- Rusty Wallace -- 19
1993 -- Ernie Irvan -- 3
1992 -- Davey Allison -- 1
1991 -- Davey Allison -- 1
1990 -- Dale Earnhardt -- 1
1989 -- Terry Labonte -- 14
1988 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 9
1987 -- Bill Elliott -- 14
1986 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 4
1985 -- Terry Labonte -- 3
Last Race Results
RACE: 5-Hour Energy 400 (May 10)
SITE: Kansas Speedway -- Kansas City, Kan.
MILES: 400.5
LAPS: 267
WINNER: Jeff Gordon
RUNNER-UP: Kevin Harvick
THIRD: Kasey Kahne
FOURTH: Joey Logano
FIFTH: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
POLE WINNER: Kevin Harvick (finished 2)
TIME OF RACE: 3 hrs., 7 mins., 31 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 128.149 mph.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.112 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 8 for 47 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 25 among 10 drivers
LAP LEADERS: Harvick 1-41, Logano 42, Edwards 43, J. Gordon 44, Keselowski
45-52, Harvick 53-73, Keselowski 74, Harvick 75-101, Edwards 102,
Logano 103-112, Earnhardt Jr 113-121, Logano 122-138, Kahne
139-156, Logano 157, Kahne 158-161, Logano 162-181, Johnson
182-183, Ky. Busch 184, Johnson 185-193, Logano 194-207, Harvick
208-237, Edwards 238-241, Kenseth 242, Johnson 243-255,
Keselowski 256-259, J. Gordon 260-267.
All-Star Race Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/Bass Pro
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/Miller Lite
4Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Hunt Brothers Pizza
5Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Time Warner Cable
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Express
14Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/3M
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/M&M's
20Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Home Depot Husky
22Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Ford/Shell Pennzoil
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger
31Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/CAT/Quicken Loans
34David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/Taco Bell
41Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Haas Automation
48 *Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's Patriotic
55Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
78Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Chevrolet/Furniture Row
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/National Guard
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Fastenal
TBA2014 Sprint Showdown WinnerTBA/TBA
TBA2014 Sprint Showdown 2nd Place finisherTBA/TBA
TBA2014 Sprint Fan Vote WinnerTBA/TBA
 
* - defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200520062007200820092010201120122013
Jimmie Johnson5Won24131311WonWon
Joey Logano------------83------2
Kyle Busch---162024714243
Kasey Kahne161414Won14152194
Kurt Busch72019223Won1385
Denny Hamlin------1723447206
Dale Earnhardt Jr1099810121457
Jamie McMurray---18---1991817---8
Matt Kenseth11117328639
Carl Edwards154---10521Won2310
Kevin Harvick182Won111569611
Jeff Gordon4311151920151312
Ryan Newman125861811101013
Tony Stewart171255Won541714
Greg Biffle141513221952215
David Ragan------------------81819
Brad Keselowski------------------18222
Brian Vickers3---13------------------
 
Mover of the Week
Matt Kenseth - started 28 and finished 10
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Jimmie Johnson
Last Week's Pick to Win (Greg Biffle) - finished 16
 
NOTES:
The NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race is a non-points event held annually at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The first all-star race took place in 1985. It moved over to Atlanta Motor Speedway the following year before returning to Charlotte in 1987. The event has remained there since then.

Charlotte Motor Speedway has 24 degrees of banking in all of its turns as well as 5 degrees of banking on both the frontstretch and backstretch. The length of the frontstretch is 1,980 feet, and the backstretch measures 1,500 feet.

The field for this year's all-star race will feature 22 drivers. The event has included a field that ranged from 10 drivers in 1986 to 27 in 2002. Last year's field had 22 competitors as well.

The Sprint Showdown -- the 40-lap preliminary event for the all-star race -- will take place one day earlier on Friday, right before the 200-mile Camping World Truck Series event. In previous years, the Sprint Showdown was held just prior to the all-star race on Saturday night. Qualifying for the Sprint Showdown is scheduled for Friday afternoon (4:10 p.m. ET).

Qualifying for the all-star race has been moved from Friday to Saturday. The qualifying format for the main event includes three laps and a mandatory four- tire pit stop.

Nineteen drivers are presently eligible for this year's race. They include the winners of Sprint Cup Series points-paying races in the current and preceding year as well as past series champions or all-star race winners within the past 10 years. The top-two finishers in the Sprint Showdown will advance into the all-star field. The final spot in the main event will go to the winner of the Sprint Fan Vote. Race fans can vote online at NASCAR.com or by using the NASCAR Mobile application.

There have been 19 different winners of the all-star race. Jimmie Johnson holds the record for most all-star victories (2003, '06, '12 and '13). Two drivers have won it three times: Jeff Gordon (1995, '97 and 2001) and Dale Earnhardt (1987, '90 and '93). Darrell Waltrip won the inaugural event in 1985.

The all-star race has been won from the pole position four times: Earnhardt (1990), Allison (1991 and '92) and Kurt Busch (2010).

The deepest in the field a driver has started and won the all-star race is 27th, accomplished by Ryan Newman in 2002. Newman and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2000) are the only drivers who have won this event during their Cup rookie seasons.

In 2008, Kasey Kahne became the first driver to win this race after he earned a starting position as the fan vote winner.

Five drivers have won the all-star race and the series championship in the same year: Waltrip (1985), Earnhardt (1987, 1990, 1993), Rusty Wallace (1989), Gordon (1995, 1997, 2001) and Johnson (2006, 2013).

Seven times from seven different drivers has the winner of the all-star event gone on to win the 600-mile race at Charlotte the following weekend: Waltrip (1985), Allison (1991), Earnhardt (1993), Gordon (1997), Johnson (2003), Kahne (2008) and Busch (2010).

Gordon is the youngest winner of the all-star race at 23 years, 9 months and 18 days (1995). Mark Martin is the oldest at 46 years, 4 months and 12 days (2005).

Martin has competed in the all-star race 24 times, which is more than any other driver. Martin is not participating in this year's event. Gordon leads all active drivers with 20 starts in this race.

The next race is the May 25 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte. Kevin Harvick is the defending race winner.

05/13 13:58:10 ET

As of May 13, 2014, at 01:58 PM ET

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