NASCAR Sprint Cup All-Star Race Preview

dave darbySenior Analyst IMay 14, 2009

DARLINGTON, SC - MAY 09:  Matt Kenseth, driver of the #17 DeWalt Ford, pits during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Southern 500 on May 9, 2009 at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina.  (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)

It's All-Star race time this weekend for the NASCAR Sprint Cup from Lowe's Motor Speedway. All drivers winning a race in last years events or this years events have a spot in the race for one million dollars.

Non-qualifiers will race in the Sprint Showdown and the top two advance to the All-Star race. In addition, the fans can vote in an additional driver who finished on the lead lap of the Sprint Showdown.

Last year's All-Star race winner, Kasey Kahne made good use of the fans' votes. Needing the fans help to make the All-Star race, he took home the $1 million first place prize. Second place pays $455,950 and third $137,975. Greg Biffle and Matt Kenseth filled those slots last year.

The format for the race is a 50 mile segment with a mandatory caution at lap 25, then two 20 lap segments that set up the final 10 lap sprint.

Mark Martin has won this race a couple times and Jeff Gordon has taken the checkered flag three times.

Here are our picks to win this Saturday night:

 

Matt Kenseth

Kenseth has five top ten finishes in this race including a win in 2004. Kenseth is one of those drivers that may not be talked about most of the race and just show up in front at the end.

 

Tony Stewart

Tony has done well in the All-Star race and has the tough "all or nothing" attitude needed to go for it. That same attitude could backfire and cause a pileup, but should be exciting either way.

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