The name of the track may have changed, but the driver who has been dominant at Charlotte the last few years remains the same with Jimmie Johnson topping the Friday afternoon All Star Practice from Charlotte Motor Speedway. Johnson ran a 29.24 at 184.710 mph as the drivers who will locked into the All Star Race hit the track for practice.
Kyle Busch and Ryan Newman were second and third with Busch coming off the big win in Dover last weekend. This weekend is a non points race just one million dollars on the line in Saturday night's race. Denny Hamlin did blow a engine in practice so the #11 team will be swapping engines in that car. Sprint Showdown and All Star Qualifying will be held starting at 5:30pm on Speed where drivers will have to make a pit stop during qualifying its a unique event to set the field for the race.
Nascar Sprint Cup Series All Star Race Practice Results.
9.Dale Earnhardt Jr
16.Tony Stewart "2009 All Star Race Winner"
Two drivers will race there way in, by winning one of the two Sprint Showdown Races and one driver will get the Sprint Fan Vote so a total of three drivers will advance to the All Star Race. Now if you don't see your favorite driver in the All Star Practice then they will have to race in the Sprint Showdown and win or get the Fan Vote.
The All Star Race weekend will also have the Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony this Sunday in addition to the Saturday night All Star Race on Speed for one million dollars. The Nascar Hall Of Fame opened last week, the Pit Crew Challenge was held Wednesday night where the #11 Fed Ex Team with Denny Hamlin won that event. The qualifying format is unique with having a pit stop during qualifying, the drivers run retro paint schemes it's one of my favorite events all year.