NASCAR - Sprint Cup - All-Star Race Preview

The Sports NetworkMay 13, 2014 

Date: Saturday, May 17

Start Time: 9:10 p.m. ET - All-Star/Friday, May 16 7:15 p.m. - Showdown

Site: Charlotte Motor Speedway -- Concord, N.C.

Track: 1.5-mile oval

Laps: 90 total in five segments (20 laps/20 laps/20 laps/20 laps/10 laps)

Miles: 135

Capacity: 135,000 (Grandstand Seating)

Total purse:

Payouts:

Year: 30th

On TV: FOX Sports 1

Announcers:

On Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio

Race record: 185.022 mph - 70 laps (30/30/10) - Jeff Gordon, 2001)

Qualifying record:

2013 Finish

Defending champion: Jimmie Johnson

Runner up: Joey Logano

Pole winner: Carl Edwards (145.556 mph)

Top 10:

1. Jimmie Johnson (Start: 18)

2. Joey Logano (5)

3. Kyle Busch (4)

4. Kasey Kahne (9)

5. Kurt Busch (2)

6. Denny Hamlin (7)

7. Dale Earnhardt Jr (15)

8. Jamie McMurray (20)

9. Matt Kenseth (16)

10. Carl Edwards (1)

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

Past winners

2013 Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 90.672 mph

2012 Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 92.045 mph

2011 Carl Edwards, Ford, 127.841 mph

2010 Kurt Busch, Dodge, 94.175 mph

2009 Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 99.137 mph

2008 Kasey Kahne, Dodge, 131.132 mph

2007 Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 89.091 mph

2006 Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 103.294 mph

2005 Mark Martin, Ford, 113.951 mph

2004 Matt Kenseth, Ford, 91.889 mph

2003 Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 133.297 mph

2002 Ryan Newman, Ford, 110.005 mph

2001 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 185.022 mph

2000 Dale Earnhardt Jr, Chevrolet, 167.035 mph

1999 Terry Labonte, Chevrolet, 183.495 mph

1998 Mark Martin, Ford, 142.084 mph

1997 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 157.895 mph

1996 Michael Waltrip, Ford, 162.721 mph

1995 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 148.410 mph

1994 Geoff Bodine, Ford, 115.561 mph

1993 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 139.690 mph

1992 Davey Allison, Ford, 132.678 mph

1991 Davey Allison, Ford, 168.750 mph

1990 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 163.001 mph

1989 Rusty Wallace, Pontiac, 133.150 mph

1988 Terry Labonte, Chevrolet, 139.228 mph

1987 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 153.023 mph

1986 Bill Elliott, Ford, 159.123 mph

1985 Darrell Waltrip, Chevrolet, 161.184 mph

Last race

Race: 5-Hour Energy 400 (May 10)

Site: Kansas Speedway -- Kansas City, Kan.

Miles: 400.5

Laps: 267

Finish line order: Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne, Joey Logano, Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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 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.

Entry list

#1 Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO) Chevrolet/Bass Pro

#2 Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI) Ford/Miller Lite

#4 Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA) Chevrolet/Hunt Brothers Pizza

#5 Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA) Chevrolet/Time Warner Cable

#11 Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA) Toyota/FedEx Express

#14 Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN) Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops

#16 Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA) Ford/3M

#18 Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Toyota/M&M's

#20 Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI) Toyota/Home Depot Husky

#22 Joey Logano (Middletown, CT) Ford/Shell Pennzoil

#24 Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA) Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger

#31 Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN) Chevrolet/CAT/Quicken Loans

#34 David Ragan (Unadilla, GA) Ford/Taco Bell

#41 Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Chevrolet/Haas Automation

#48 * Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA) Chevrolet/Lowe's Patriotic

#55 Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC) Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine

#78 Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ) Chevrolet/Furniture Row

#88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC) Chevrolet/National Guard

#99 Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO) Ford/Fastenal

#TBA 2014 Sprint Showdown Winner TBA/TBA

#TBA 2014 Sprint Showdown 2nd Place finisher TBA/TBA

#TBA 2014 Sprint Fan Vote Winner TBA/TBA

Leading contenders

Name 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Jimmie Johnson 5 Won 2 4 13 13 11 Won Won
Joey Logano 8 3 2
Kyle Busch 16 20 24 7 14 2 4 3
Kasey Kahne 16 14 14 Won 14 15 21 9 4
Kurt Busch 7 20 19 22 3 Won 13 8 5
Denny Hamlin 17 23 4 4 7 20 6
Dale Earnhardt Jr 10 9 9 8 10 12 14 5 7
Jamie McMurray 18 19 9 18 17 8
Matt Kenseth 11 11 7 3 2 8 6 3 9
Carl Edwards 15 4 10 5 21 Won 23 10
Kevin Harvick 18 2 Won 11 15 6 9 6 11
Jeff Gordon 4 3 11 15 19 20 15 13 12
Ryan Newman 12 5 8 6 18 11 10 10 13
Tony Stewart 17 12 5 5 Won 5 4 17 14
Greg Biffle 14 15 13 2 21 9 5 22 15
David Ragan 8 18 19
Brad Keselowski 18 2 22
Brian Vickers 3 13

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.

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