NASCAR's All-Stars Shine Big and Bright Under the Lights in Charlotte

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NASCAR's All-Stars Shine Big and Bright Under the Lights in Charlotte

Each year, Lowe’s Motor Speedway trades it’s super-speedway mentality for the heart of a short track for the running of NASCAR’s Sprint All-Star Race.

Tonight 21 drivers will beat and bang their way toward the finish line hopes of victory, a cash payout of $1,022,975, and the ultimate in championship bragging rights.

This year’s 25th running of the all-star race will be broken down into four adrenaline pumped segments.

  • First segment 50 laps
  • Second segment 20 laps
  • Third segment 20 laps
  • Forth segment 10 laps

During the first segment, there will be a mandatory pit stop on lap 25, teams will be required to change all four tires during that stop.

Between the first two segments, the yellow flag will wave allowing for normal chassis adjustments, tires and fuel.

Prior to the fourth segment, a 10-minute pit stop will allow for the same work to be done to the cars.

During the final segment only green laps count.

With a million bucks on the line with ten to go will all but guarantees fans one wild finish. It is NASCAR’s “ultimate dash for cash.”

 

Who’s in

Greg Biffle
Team: Roush Fenway Racing
Car: No.16 3M Ford
All-Star Appearances: 5
Best Finish: 2nd (2008)
Why He’s In: Won at New Hampshire, Sept. 2008

 

Clint Bowyer
Team: Richard Childress Racing
Car: No. 33 BB&T Chevrolet
All-Star Appearances: 1
Best Finish: 18th (2008)
Why He’s In: Won at Richmond, May 2008

 

Jeff Burton    
Team: Richard Childress Racing
Car: No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet
All-Star Appearances: 11
Best Finish: 4th (1998, 2007)
Why He’s In: Won at Bristol, April 2008

 

Kurt Busch 
Team: Penske Racing
Car: No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge
All-Star Appearances: 7
Best Finish: 2nd (2003)
Why He’s In: Won at New Hampshire, June 2008

 

Kyle Busch
Team: Joe Gibbs Racing
Car: No. 18 M&M’s Toyota
All-Star Appearances: 3
Best Finish: 16th (2006)
Why He’s In: Won at Atlanta, March 2008

 

Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Team: Hendrick Motorsports
Car: No. 88 National Guard/Amp Energy Chevrolet
All-Star Appearances: 9
Best Finish: 1st (2000)
Why He’s In: Won at Michigan, June 2008

 

Carl Edwards
Team: Roush Fenway Racing
Car: No. 99 Aflac Ford
All-Star Appearances: 3
Best Finish: 4th (2006)
Why He’s In: Won at Auto Club, February, 2008

 

Jeff Gordon
Team: Hendrick Motorsports
Car: No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet
All-Star Appearances: 15
Best Finish: 1st  (1995, 1997, 2001)
Why He’s In: Won at Texas in April,2009

 

Denny Hamlin
Team: Joe Gibbs Racing
Car: No. 11 FedEx Toyota
All-Star Appearances: 2
Best Finish: 17th (2007)
Why He’s In: Won at Martinsville, March 2008

 

Kevin Harvick
Team: Richard Childress Racing
Car: No. 29 Pennzoil Chevrolet
All-Star Appearances: 8
Best Finish: 1st (2007)
Why He’s In: Won All-Star Race, 2007

 

Jimmie Johnson
Team: Hendrick Motorsports
Car: No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet
All-Star Appearances: 7
Best Finish: 1st (2003 and 2006)
Why He’s In: Won at Phoenix, April 2008

 

Kasey Kahne
Team: Richard Petty Motorsports
Car: No. 9 Budweiser Dodge
All-Star Appearances: 5
Best Finish: 1st (2008)
Why He’s In: Won the Coca-Cola 600 May, 2008.

 

Matt Kenseth
Team: Roush Fenway Racing
Car: No. 17 DEWALT Ford
All-Star Appearances: 8
Best Finish: 1st (2004)
Why He’s In: Won the Daytona 500, February, 2009

 

Brad Keselowski
Team: Phoenix Racing
Car: No. 09 Miccosukee Indian Gaming & Resort Dodge
All-Star Appearances: None
Best Finish: n/a
Why He’s In: Won at Talladega April, 2009

 

Bobby Labonte
Team: Hall of Fame Racing
Car: No. 96 ASK.com Ford
All-Star Appearances: 14
Best Finish: 2nd (1997 and 1998)
Why He’s In: Won Series Championship, 2000

 

Mark Martin
Team: Hendrick Motorsports
Car: No. 5 Kellogg’s/CARQUEST Chevrolet
All-Star Appearances: 19
Best Finish: 1st (1998 and 2005)
Why He’s In: Won at Phoenix , April, 2009

 

Ryan Newman
Team: Stewart-Haas Racing
Car: No. 39 U.S. Army Chevrolet
All-Star Appearances: 7
Best Finish: 1st (2002)
Why He’s In: Won the Daytona 500, February 2008

 

Tony Stewart
Team: Stewart-Haas Racing
Car: No. 14 Office Depot Chevrolet
All-Star Appearances: 10
Best Finish: 2nd (1999)
Why He’s In: Won at Talladega, October  2008

 

In addition to these 18 drivers, the top-two finishers in the Sprint Showdown, a 40-lap event for drivers who did not qualify for the all-star event, will participate in the premiere event.

The 21st driver will be the winner of the Sprint Fan Vote, a nationwide balloting that will reward one final all-star entry.

 

All-Star Fun Facts

  • The first running of the All-Star Race (formally The Winston) was held in 1985. Lowe’s Motor Speedway has played host to all but one all-star event. In 1986 the race was run at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
  • Darrell Waltrip won the first All-Star Race in 1985, taking home a check for just $20,000.
  • Dale Jarrett and Terry Labonte qualified for this year's All-Star Race, but declined to participate.
  • Keselowski is the only rookie to have qualified for the All-Star, of course that could change after the Sprint Showdown.
  • In 2008, Kasey Kahne not only won the fan vote, but went on to win the All-Star Race.
  • Driver's aren't the only ones in the spotlight. In 2001, the all-star race introductions have included pit crew members, which opened the door to a wild side that we rarely see in the pits.Trent Cherry, a member of the No. 12 Penske Racing Dodge crew, did a stage dive into an infield crowd prior to the 2005 race.
  • In 1996, Michael Waltrip became the first driver to win the All-Star Race after transferring from the qualifying Showdown.
  • In 2004, the fan vote was put into place to determine an additional transfer into the all-star event.
  • Kyle Busch's crew has pasted a million dollar bill to his dashboard, hoping to break his unlucky all-star streak.

    • In 2006, Busch led 21 laps and was the race leader after the first segment, but an accident left him with a 16th-place finish.
    • In 2007, Bush led 24 laps and was the race leader after the second segment. A wreck with his brother Kurt ended his night. He finished in the 20th position.
    • Last year Busch led 38 laps and was the car to beat until his engine gave out. He finished in last place.

The All-Star Race is not to be missed. Regardless of the outcome, NASCAR's brightest stars will certainly shine tonight!

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