McReynolds remembers driver on anniversary of his passing RELATED: High 5: Remembering Davey Allison As New Hampshire Motor Speedway celebrates its 25th anniversary, FOX NASCAR analyst Larry McReynolds, a guest on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, remembered another Magic Mile milestone: the first premier series race at the track, which was the last event for Davey Allison before a helicopter accident claimed his life. After falling 63 points shy of the 1992 NASCAR championship, Allison's No. 28 Robert Yates Racing Ford got off to a slow start, according to McReynolds, who served as its crew chief. "I think we kind of got lazy between the '92 and the '93 season because we ran so well in 1992," McReynolds said. "We didn't work to make ourselves better, and we were struggling when '93 started." The Slick 50 300 at a new New England venue offered an opportunity for the team to turn the corner, and it gave the team reason to be optimistic for the inaugural premier series race. "We finally built a brand new car and went to Loudon, and we were leading that race with 30 laps to go and we had a car that was good on the long run," McReynolds said. "A caution comes out for debris with 30 laps to go. We were in a bit of a box. We had to pit so we pitted, and we ended up finishing third to Rusty Wallace and Mark Martin ." It was the team's first top-five finish in a month and sixth in the first 16 races of the season. An upbeat Allison did something on the way home that surprised his crew chief and fellow Alabama native as the No. 28 team headed to Charlotte and then on to Allison's home in Hueytown, Alabama. " Davey did something that night that I had never seen him do," McReynolds said. "He always flew his own plane. I think it's how he kind of took out his anxiety of the day, but he told his pilot and his dad, Bobby, 'You guys fly the airplane. I'm going to sit in the back with the guys.' "…we sat back there and he was so excited and happy because I think like he felt like we finally had hit on something that we had been missing most of 1993. He told me when we landed in Charlotte, 'You won't be able to get in touch with me tomorrow. I think I'm going to fly up to Talladega to watch David Bonnett, Neil Bonnett's son, test a car.' "I said, 'No problem. I'll call you on Tuesday.' "Well, unfortunately, I never got to make that call because the next day was when he was killed in a helicopter crash at Talladega." Later that season, Ernie Irvan took over the No. 28 ride, driving the car through the first 20 races of the 1994 season before a crash at Michigan International Speedway sidelined him for for more than a year. When Irvan returned to the No. 28 car in 1996, McReynolds was his crew chief, and that July, Irvan and McReynolds went to Victory Lane at Loudon, New Hampshire, for an emotional celebration in honor of the driver's comeback and to commemorate the three-year anniversary of Allison's passing. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Dale Earnhardt Jr . knows all about growing up in the shadow of a legend. He knows where that path leads, where it ends and where the next one begins. Buddy Baker did, too. Both are the sons of famous racers. Both followed their fathers into the sport. It was a connection, a common thread leading away from two very uncommon individuals. Baker, the son of two-time NASCAR premier series champion and NASCAR Hall of Fame member Buck Baker, passed away Monday following a brief battle with lung cancer. The father, tough as an old boot, taught the son plenty. A giant of a man inside and outside the car, Buddy won 19 times, including the 1980 Daytona 500 . He's been among the nominees for the Hall for the past two years. Earnhardt Jr.'s father, Dale Earnhardt, was one of the inaugural members of the Hall selected in 2010. The elder Earnhardt won seven NASCAR premier series titles, tying Richard Petty's formidable mark. He won 76 races. For many, Earnhardt was NASCAR, helping to fill the void left by the departure of icons that had carried the sport on their shoulders through the 1960s and '70s -- men such as Petty, David Pearson, Bobby Allison and Cale Yarborough. And Buddy Baker. The father-son connection question has been asked countless times of Earnhardt Jr. He is no longer surprised by it. His father's shadow loomed large over the sport, even after his death on the race track in 2001. The similarities to Baker's own circumstances became more obvious to Earnhardt Jr. over time. "When I was really young, I grew aware of his situation and I hadn't become a driver yet," Earnhardt Jr. said Thursday during an appearance on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. "I didn't feel like I could relate to him. "I obviously knew just what growing up in household must have been like, the yearning to compete and get into the series and do what your father was doing and be a part of it to be more a part of his life. "To be more of a part of your father's life is one of the main reasons why you get involved. I maybe could understand that part of it." Baker's on-track accomplishments, and later his move into broadcasting, helped him shed the "son-of" label. Just as Earnhardt Jr.'s eventual success -- he's won 25 races, including a pair of Daytona 500 titles -- helped him blaze his own trail. "You almost forgot about that scenario and how similar it may have been to your own (situation) because of what he was able to accomplish," Earnhardt Jr. said. "He created his own identity outside of Buck (Baker). He did so many things on his own, added to his own identity and legacy that you totally really forgot about having those similarities down the road." NASCAR hasn't lacked for father/son combinations through the years -- Lee and Richard Petty; Richard and Kyle Petty; Bobby and Davey and Clifford Allison ; Ned, Glenn and Dale Jarrett; David and Larry Pearson; and more recently Ward and Jeb Burton just to name a few. There are a lot, Earnhardt Jr. said, "that I feel that connection to, that know what that connection is like." The situation isn't specific to racing, but racing is where both Earnhardt Jr. and Baker found themselves. Following in their fathers' footsteps. "Wanting to be in that shadow when you're young and wanting to be a part of his life when you're young and then trying to get out from under that shadow all the rest of the years of your life is definitely, I wouldn't call it a struggle, but it's just a unique situation that only a few of us can say we've been through," said Earnhardt Jr., "and we can relate to each other through that."
Winning driver ended up in the hospital, not Victory Lane
In the 1993 Pontiac Excitement 400 at Richmond International Raceway, driver Davey Allison earned his 19th and final career win before his sudden death.
Justin Allison , 21, 'has the most talent of any Allison'
RELATED: McReynolds wins at Iowa " Get more with Home Tracks When Brandon McReynolds first prevailed in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series at Iowa Speedway, his father, Larry, rejoiced 1,000 miles away, sharing his glee while broadcasting the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on FOX Sports 1. Last weekend, the 24-year-old driver was close enough to see the reaction for himself, sharing the moment with his father in Victory Lane in the Hawkeye State just 11 weeks later. The father-son duo joined the Bill McAnally Racing team in toasting the NASCAR Next alum's rare Iowa season sweep. The triumph was further proof that the next-generation driver hasn't fallen far from the career path of his father, who oversaw two Daytona 500 wins from atop the pit box for both Davey Allison and Dale Earnhardt. Still, he said he hasn't had any prodding to pursue the same livelihood in motorsports. "One thing I've got to give my dad credit for is there's a lot of dads out there who put a lot of pressure on you to be a race car driver, and he's never done that," Brandon McReynolds said. "He's just said whatever you're going to do in life, put your mind to it and work hard, roll up your sleeves and make the most of it. He's really allowed me to do that. He's allowed me to succeed; he's allowed me to fail. So to see him here and to see the smile and a little bit of tears on his face, it goes a long way with me. "It's really cool to see our relationship grow over the last few years. Obviously, we've always been close because he's my dad, but it's really cool. He's one of my best friends and it's cool to share this with him." The elder McReynolds happily watched the proceedings from the sidelines of Victory Lane, telling the team, "This is your night." He eventually relented, posing for a handful of photos against the backdrop of a moonlit Iowa night. Though Larry McReynolds' obligations with FOX Sports, which came to an end in June, have kept him from seeing more of his son's races in the K&N Pro Series West, he said he's seen growth in the face of some mild adversity. McReynolds has qualified among the top five for all but one race this season, but he has just two top-fives -- both Iowa wins -- to show for the speed. RELATED: Larry McReynolds bids farewell to boothmates While the results haven't been as consistent as hoped, the pieces have come together on the highly competitive stage at Iowa, host of the two combination events for the K&N East and West Series. "I think what he's hung his hat on is they've had a competitive car every single week," Larry McReynolds said. "The season didn't get started good at the beginning with a couple of engine issues and then of course he got spun out a few weeks ago battling for the lead, but I think that's what he's hung his hat on -- the fact that they've been competitive, they've been in position. Like I've always told him, and I speak from all my years of experience, you put yourself in position enough, the deal will get sealed." Though the younger McReynolds' focus for the short term was on savoring the Iowa victory and carrying momentum to the West series' next race Aug. 15 at Evergreen Speedway in Washington, the next deal that needs closure is his plan for next season. McReynolds said that 2016 was still in limbo but hinted that any potential moves would hopefully be made in conjunction with McAnally, a five-time championship team owner in the K&N Pro Series West. "I hate to beat around the bush about it, but obviously we work day in and day out," McReynolds said. "Me and Bill are on the phone constantly to make that next step or to move forward together. Right now, I really don't know, and I'm sure you guys get that answer a lot but it's really the truth. It's hard. We're lucky enough to have the sponsors that we do have with NAPA and Toyota and all of our associates that are behind us, and we hope to grow with those. Obviously, there's going to be some changing coming up here in the future. "There's a lot of movement going on. It seems like our silly season, even at the K&N level, it happens earlier and earlier each year. I know this (win) definitely helps and we'll see what it brings us, but we're working together to try to move forward together as a group."
NASCAR.com's Kenny Bruce compares Jimmie Johnson to the 'Intimidator' RELATED: Johnson wins at Dover for 10th time The greatest NASCAR driver of all time is … Jimmie Johnson ? That's the word on the street, or in this case the voice on the radio, and since the bluegrass channel was on a commercial break I decided to stick around long enough to hear how that particular conclusion was reached. Such comparisons are inevitable – it's the sort of thing that arises when one is chasing legends. No different than when Jeff Gordon was piling up victories and championships in pursuit of Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt. No different than when Earnhardt was piling up victories and championships in pursuit of Petty. And no different than when Petty began piling up wins and titles on his way to overtaking a host of former champions, including his father, Lee, the first to win three NASCAR premier series championships. What the 39-year-old Johnson has managed to accomplish in little more than 13 full seasons in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series certainly puts him in the same league with Petty and Earnhardt, NASCAR's only seven-time champions. There's no doubt that Johnson, fit and trim and now only two wins away from matching Earnhardt's career win total of 76 victories, is one of the sport's greatest drivers. But is he No. 1? From a numbers standpoint, the Hendrick Motorsports driver will undoubtedly surpass Earnhardt's win total, and it's likely he'll eventually capture a seventh championship. He could, in fact, become the first driver to win more than seven titles. That would make him the most successful driver from a championship standpoint (neither he nor anyone else will come close to Petty's mark of 200 career wins), but will that make him NASCAR's greatest driver? No. That designation, without question, belongs to Earnhardt. Statistics are a great way to gauge success. But it takes more than numbers to measure greatness. Johnson has managed to excel during what some claim is the most competitive era in the history of NASCAR. Yes, there are more winners, on average, today. But there are also more races on the schedule, thus also more opportunities. A larger number of teams run the full schedule today, although that doesn't necessarily mean there are more "better" teams competing. Earnhardt never ran a season consisting of 36 points races; Johnson's never run in fewer than 36. Earnhardt never had the opportunity to compete at Kansas, Chicago or Kentucky; but by the same token, Johnson never raced at North Wilkesboro or Riverside. I have a strong feeling both could have won at those tracks given the chance. I'll argue that the talent pool Earnhardt often faced was just as deep – with lineups including drivers such as Petty and Darrell Waltrip, Bobby Allison , Cale Yarborough, Buddy Baker, Neil Bonnett, Geoff Bodine and Harry Gant. Eventually Bill Elliott , Dale Jarrett and Rusty Wallace, Davey Allison , Alan Kulwicki, Tim Richmond and others took their place. Most were champions; many are already members of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Johnson is one of the greatest drivers that today's fans will ever see. What he has done has been nothing short of amazing. If one wants to argue that he would not have won 74 races and six championships had it not been for Hendrick Motorsports and Chad Knaus, the same could be said of Earnhardt, who owed much of his success to Richard Childress Racing and the talented group he worked with there. But what elevates Earnhardt above the rest is more than the fact that he was so successful. He provided fans with some of the sport's most memorable moments during his two-plus decades. Among them: winning the pole at Watkins Glen in '96 (and setting the track qualifying record, to boot) just two weeks after suffering a broken collarbone and sternum in a vicious crash at Talladega; climbing from his damaged car and into the ambulance, only to quickly exit and return to his car once he realized it would still run, at Daytona in '97; his first and only Daytona 500 victory the following season, a win that erased 19 years of heartbreak. There was the "rattle his cage" incident with Terry Labonte en route to victory in the night race at Bristol in '99; the wrongly-termed but aptly promoted "pass in the grass" on his way to winning the 1997 All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway ; and the charge from 18th to first in the final five laps of the 2000 Winston 500 at Talladega Superspeedway . For two decades, greatness drove a Chevrolet and it carried the number 3. They were memorable moments that elevated the sport and defined the man. Johnson can win more races and win more championships, but he can't match that. He needn't worry – no one else can, either. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
2013 Hall of Fame inductee fought off Gordon for Loudon victory In the summer of 1993, NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace was in the middle of one of his most successful seasons as a full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver. Wallace would finish the season with 10 wins, 19 top-five finishes and 21 top-10 finishes. The then-36-year-old would also win the first Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Wallace was always a regular in Victory Lane during his driving days with a total of 55 career wins. Despite this impressive statistic, Wallace always came up short at New Hampshire -- except for his first trip there. In the 1993 Slick 50 300, he executed a well-deserved victory lap after leading a total of 106 laps. In a race that spanned for nearly three hours, Wallace fought his way to the front. His first lead lap didn't come until after the halfway mark at Lap 168. Jeff Gordon and Davey Allison each had their turn up front until the No. 2 Team Penske Pontiac took over for the race's final 30 laps. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
It was 1981 when the Gabriel 400 at Michigan International Speedway saw a total of 47 lead changes, ending with Bobby Allison winning -- but there's much more to the story. On Lap 196 out of 200, Allison jumped from seventh to first, stealing the lead from Darrell Waltrip. But this isn't where the race's craziness ended, it's where it began. Behind Allison on Lap 197, a six-car pileup occurred in Turns 1-2, involving Waltrip, Dale Earnhardt, Buddy Baker, Mike Potter, Cale Yarborough and Lake Speed. Waltrip had led a total of 54 laps, the race's longest leader. Earnhardt had led a total of 37 laps. Since the wreck occurred with just three laps remaining and green-flag-checkered finishes didn't exist in 1981, the event ended under caution, deeming Allison the winner. The Hall of Famer would go on to win at Michigan one more time in his Sprint Cup Series career in 1982, ending with a total of four wins at the 2-mile track. The 1982 victory was a thriller in which Allison outdueled Richard Petty to the stripe.
A stats-based look ahead to the race where $1 million is on the line DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. –Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C. going into the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on May 16 (7 p.m. on FOX Sports 1). SPRINT ALL-STAR-SPECIFIC STATISTICS Kurt Busch (No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet) · One win, five top fives, seven top 10s · Average finish of 10.4 · Average Running Position of 8.8, fifth-best · Driver Rating of 83.5, fifth-best · 48 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most · 320 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 179.918 mph, ninth-fastest · 746 Laps in the Top 15 (80.2%), sixth-most · 273 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), seventh-most Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M's Red Nose Day Toyota) · Three top fives, four top 10s; three poles · Average finish of 12.3 · Average Running Position of 7.3, second-best · Series-best Driver Rating of 108.1 · 84 Fastest Laps Run, second-most · Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 181.329 mph · 664 Laps in the Top 15 (79.0%), ninth-most Dale Earnhardt Jr . (No. 88 Mountain Dew Baja Blast Chevrolet) · One win, five top fives, 12 top 10s · Average finish of 8.0 · Driver Rating of 78.5, 11th-best · 23 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most · Series-high 372 Green Flag Passes · 757 Laps in the Top 15 (81.4%), fifth-most · Series-high 298 Quality Passes Carl Edwards (No. 19 ARRIS Toyota) · One win, four top fives, six top 10s; two poles · Average finish of 10.4 · Average Running Position of 9.9, seventh-best · Driver Rating of 84.6, fourth-best · 62 Fastest Laps Run, third-most · 233 Green Flag Passes, 12th-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 179.874 mph, 10th-fastest · 676 Laps in the Top 15 (79.5%), seventh-most · 203 Quality Passes, 11th-most Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Axalta Chevrolet) · Three wins, six top fives, nine top 10s · Average finish of 10.0 · Average Running Position of 8.5, third-best · Driver Rating of 82.1, eighth-best · 62 Fastest Laps Run, third-most · 310 Green Flag Passes, seventh-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 180.490 mph, third-fastest · Series-high 836 Laps in the Top 15 (89.9%) · 286 Quality Passes, third-most Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Hunt Brothers Pizza Chevrolet) · One win, three top fives, eight top 10s · Average finish of 9.9 · Average Running Position of 10.5, 12th-best · Driver Rating of 82.4, sixth-best · 31 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most · 331 Green Flag Passes, third-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 179.927 mph, eighth-fastest · 659 Laps in the Top 15 (70.9%), 10th-most · 263 Quality Passes, eighth-most Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's Patriotic Chevrolet) · Four wins, eight top fives, nine top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 6.2 · Series-best Average Running Position of 6.9 · Driver Rating of 104.2, second-best · Series-high 147 Fastest Laps Run · 307 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 180.878 mph, second-fastest · 825 Laps in the Top 15 (88.7%), second-most · 278 Quality Passes, fifth-most Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Time Warner Cable Chevrolet) · One win, two top fives, four top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 11.7 · Average Running Position of 10.5, 10th-best · Driver Rating of 81.3, ninth-best · 53 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most · 315 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 180.143 mph, sixth-fastest · 676 Laps in the Top 15 (72.7%), seventh-most · 274 Quality Passes, sixth-most Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Dollar General Toyota) · One win, six top fives, 11 top 10s; two poles · Average finish of 6.2 · Average Running Position of 8.7, fourth-best · Driver Rating of 88.3, third-best · 47 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most · 325 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 180.049 mph, seventh-fastest · 779 Laps in the Top 15 (83.8%), fourth-most · 282 Quality Passes, fourth-most Joey Logano (No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford) · Two top fives, three top 10s · Average finish of 8.8 · Average Running Position of 10.5, 11th-best · Driver Rating of 78.2, 12th-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 180.366 mph, fifth-fastest The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2015 Top 16 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Rank Driver Races Poles Wins Top Fives Top 10s DNFs Average Finish Driver Rating 1 Kevin Harvick 14 0 1 3 8 3 9.9 82.4 2 Martin Truex Jr . 5 0 0 1 2 2 13.6 59.2 3 Jimmie Johnson 13 1 4 8 9 1 6.2 104.2 4 Joey Logano 4 0 0 2 3 1 8.8 78.2 5 Dale Earnhardt Jr . 15 0 1 5 12 1 8.0 78.5 6 Brad Keselowski 6 0 0 1 3 1 12.7 55.2 7 Matt Kenseth 14 2 1 6 11 1 6.2 88.3 8 Jamie McMurray 8 0 1 1 3 3 14.0 71.6 9 Jeff Gordon 21 0 3 6 9 5 10.0 82.1 10 Kasey Kahne 11 1 1 2 4 4 11.7 81.3 11 Aric Almirola 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 - 12 Paul Menard 1 0 0 0 0 0 16.0 58.1 13 Ryan Newman 13 1 1 3 7 4 10.1 75.6 14 Kurt Busch 13 0 1 5 7 3 10.4 83.5 15 Denny Hamlin 8 0 0 2 5 2 11.3 69.2 16 Clint Bowyer 6 0 0 0 1 0 14.2 54.8 * – Based on last 11 NASCAR Sprint All-Star races. Statistical Advance Charlotte Motor Speedway Data Track Size : 1.5 miles Banking Turns : 24 degrees Banking/Frontstretch : 5 degrees Banking/Backstretch : 5 degrees Frontstretch : 1,980 feet Backstretch : 1,500 feet Top 10 All-Star Driver Ratings Kyle Busch ............................... 108.1 Jimmie Johnson ........................ 104.2 Matt Kenseth .............................. 88.3 Carl Edwards .............................. 84.6 Kurt Busch .................................. 83.5 Kevin Harvick .............................. 82.4 Jeff Gordon ................................ 82.1 Kasey Kahne .............................. 81.3 Dale Earnhardt Jr . ....................... 78.5 Joey Logano .............................. 78.2 Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2014 NASCAR Sprint All-Star races (10 total). 2014 Race Winner: Jamie McMurray , Chevrolet 100.517 mph, (01:20:35), 05-16-14 2014 Showdown Winner: Clint Bowyer , Toyota 117.711 mph, (00:30:35), 05-16-14 2014 Showdown Runner-Up: AJ Allmendinger 2014 Sprint Fan Vote Winner: Josh Wise NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race: Notebook · There have been 30 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Races. · The first NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race was in 1985. · 29 have been held at Charlotte Motor Speedway . In 1986, the event was held at Atlanta Motor Speedway , and won by Bill Elliott . That season was also the first year for what is now known as the Sprint Showdown. · 92 drivers have run in at least one NASCAR Sprint All-Star race, with 76 competing in more than one. · Mar k Martin has participated in 24 races, more than any other driver. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in Sprint All-Star starts with 21, followed by Tony Stewart with 16. · There have been 20 different winners of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race. · Jimmie Johnson (2003, 2006, 2012 and 2013) leads the series with the most NASCAR Sprint All-Star race wins with four. · Dale Earnhardt (1987, 1990 and 1993) and Jeff Gordon (1995, 1997 and 2001) are the only three-time winners of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race. · NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip won the inaugural NASCAR Sprint All-Star race in 1985 at an average speed of 161.184 mph. · The race has featured a field that ranged from 10 drivers in 1986 to 27 in 2002. Last season’s field had 22 participants. · Davey Allison (1991 and 1992), Terry Labonte (1988 and 1999) and Mark Martin (1998 and 2005) are the only other drivers to post multiple victories in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race. · Davey Allison (1991, 1992) and Jimmie Johnson (2012, 2013) are the only drivers to ever win consecutive NASCAR Sprint All-Star races. · Dale Earnhardt Jr . (2000) and Ryan Newman (2002) are the only drivers to win the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race in their rookie season. · Jeff Gordon is the youngest winner of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at 23 years, 9 months and 18 days (1995). · Mark Martin is the oldest NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race winner at 46 years, 4 months and 12 days (2005). · Jimmie Johnson leads the series among active drivers in average finish in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race with a 6.154; followed by Matt Kenseth with a 6.214. · Seven active drivers have an average finish in the top 10 for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race: Jimmie Johnson (6.1), Matt Kenseth (6.2), Dale Earnhardt Jr . (8.0), Tony Stewart (8.4), Joey Logano (8.7) Kevin Harvick (9.9) and Jeff Gordon (10.0). · Terry Labonte won the inaugural Coors Light pole for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race in 1985. · 16 drivers have won Coors Light poles for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race, led by Bill Elliott with four. Kyle Busch leads all active drivers with three. Carl Edwards has won the last two consecutive poles for the Sprint All-Star Race (2013, 2014). · Four drivers have won consecutive Coors Light poles for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race: Davey Allison (1991, 1992) Bill Elliott (1997, 1998), Kyle Busch (2011, 2012) and Carl Edwards (2013, 2014). · The NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race has been won from the pole position four times; the first three came in consecutive years: Dale Earnhardt (1990) and Davey Allison (1991 and 1992). Kurt Busch posted the fourth win from the pole in 2010. · The front row starting positions and fourth-place are the three most proficient starting positions in the field, producing more winners (four each) than any other starting positions in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. · Eight of the 30 (26.7%) NASCAR Sprint All-Star races have been won from the front row: four from the pole and four from second-place. · 17 of the 30 (56.7%) NASCAR Sprint All-Star races have been won from a top-five starting position. · 21 of the 30 (70%) NASCAR Sprint All-Star races have been won from a top-10 starting position. · Two of the 30 (6.7%) NASCAR Sprint All-Star races have been won from a starting position outside the top 20. · The deepest in the field a NASCAR Sprint All-Star race winner has started was 27th, by Ryan Newman in 2002. · Hendrick Motorsports drivers have won eight NASCAR Sprint All-Star races (most all-time): Jimmie Johnson (four: 2003, 2006, 2012, 2013), Jeff Gordon (three: 1995, 1997, 2001) and Terry Labonte (one: 1999). · Several other active teams have won the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race: Richard Childress Racing and Roush Fenway Racing have four (4) NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race titles each, and Team Penske has two (2). Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, the Wood Brothers, Richard Petty Motorsports and Stewart Haas Racing each have one Sprint All-star win. · All four Hendrick Motorsports drivers – Jimmie Johnson , Jeff Gordon , Dale Earnhardt Jr . and Kasey Kahne – have won the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, making HMS the only multi-car team to have a complete roster of former NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race champions – note: Earnhardt Jr. and Kahne won while driving for other teams. · NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt leads the series in top-five finishes in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race with nine; followed by Tony Stewart (eight) and Jimmie Johnson (eight). · Bill Elliott leads the series in top-10 finishes in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race with 13; followed by Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr . with 12 each. Matt Kenseth has 11 top-10s. · Five drivers have won the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship in the same year: Darrell Waltrip (1985), Dale Earnhardt (1987, 1990, 1993), Rusty Wallace (1989), Jeff Gordon (1995, 1997, 2001) and Jimmie Johnson (2006, 2013). · In 2008, Kasey Kahne became the first driver to get into the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race by the Sprint Fan Vote and go on to win the event. · There have been 10 different Sprint Fan Vote winners in the last 10 years of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. · Dale Earnhardt Jr . is the only driver in event history to win the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race (2000), Sprint Showdown (2012) and Sprint Fan Vote (2011). · Seven times from seven different drivers has the winner of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race gone on to win the Coke Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway the following weekend: Darrell Waltrip (1985), Davey Allison (1991), Dale Earnhardt (1993), Jeff Gordon (1997), Jimmie Johnson (2003), Kasey Kahne (2008) and Kurt Busch (2010). · The record for lead changes in a NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race is 10 in 2004. Last season’s NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race had nine lead changes. · The record for different leaders in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race is nine in 2002. Last season’s race had six different leaders. · The series best Driver Rating performance by a NASCAR Sprint All-Star race winner was Carl Edwards posting a 141.7 in 2011. · Top 3 leaders in Driver Rating for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race: Kyle Busch (108.9), Jimmie Johnson (103.9) and Matt Kenseth (88.9). · 11 of the 17 drivers qualified to compete in the 2015 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race have captured the event title. Those 11 drivers have a combined 16 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race victories. · Roush Fenway Racing has fielded at least one entry in every NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race from 1990-2014, however no RFR drivers are currently eligible for this season’s event and will need to transfer in via the Sprint Showdown or winning the Sprint Fan Vote. · Kyle Busch has made nine NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race starts without a victory, the most of any eligible driver. His Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin has made eight (8) starts, the second-highest total among drivers looking for win No. 1. · Greg Biffle has qualified for 11 consecutive NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race events (2004-2014), however he isn’t currently qualified for the race. It is the longest active streak among drivers not currently in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race field. · The six drivers qualified for the 2015 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race looking for their first win in the event are Kyle Busch , Denny Hamlin , Brad Keselowski , Joey Logano , AJ Allmendinger and Aric Almirola . · Chevrolet (17) and Ford (10) have combined to win 27 or the 30