Eligibility expanded, race increased 20 laps from 2014 RELATED: More facts about Saturday night's race This year's NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race (Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) will feature four 25-lap segments, then a 10-lap shootout to the checkered flag that will crown the $1 million winner. All laps will be counted during Segments 1, 2 and 3, and teams have the option to pit during breaks. All laps will also be counted during Segment 4. If there's a tie among drivers when calculating the average finish of all four segments, the finish in the fourth segment serves as tiebreaker. A driver's average finish following the first four segments will determine the order onto pit road for a mandatory four-tire pit stop before the final 10-lap run. In the 10-lap shootout, only green flag laps will count. WHO HAS QUALIFIED FOR THE ALL-STAR RACE? Drivers who won points races in either 2014 or 2015, as well as previous NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race winners and former Sprint Cup Series champions who had a full-time ride in 2014. SO THOSE LOCKED INTO THE ALL-STAR RACE ARE ... ? Driver Eligibility AJ Allmendinger Win at Watkins Glen (2014) Aric Almirola Win at Daytona (2014) Greg Biffle Win in Sprint Showdown (2015) Clint Bowyer Win in Sprint Showdown (2015) Kurt Busch 2 wins since 2014 Kyle Busch Win at Auto Club (2014) Dale Earnhardt Jr . 5 wins since 2014 Carl Edwards 2 wins since 2014 Jeff Gordon 4 wins since 2014 Denny Hamlin 2 wins since 2014 Kevin Harvick 7 wins since 2014 Jimmie Johnson 7 wins since 2014 Kasey Kahne Win at Atlanta (2014) Matt Kenseth Win at Bristol (2015) Brad Keselowski 7 wins since 2014 Joey Logano 6 wins since 2014 Jamie McMurray Win in NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race (2014) Ryan Newman Win in NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race (2002) Tony Stewart Win in NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race (2009) IS THERE ANOTHER WAY TO MAKE SATURDAY'S RACE? The Sprint Showdown (Friday, 7 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN Radio, Sirius XM NASCAR Radio) precedes the All-Star Race, and is for drivers who did not meet the All-Star Race criteria. The Sprint Showdown consists of two 20-lap segments. The winner of each segment transfers over into Saturday's main event. UPDATE: Biffle, Bowyer transfer to Sprint All-Star Race WILL ANYONE ELSE MAKE THE ALL-STAR RACE? Yes. The winner of the Sprint Fan Vote, which will be announced after the Sprint Showdown. That gives us a field of 20. UPDATE: Patrick wins fan vote for second time in three years
Get caught up for Saturday night's Sprint All-Star Race (9 p.m. ET, FS1) What: 31st-annual NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Where: Charlotte Motor Speedway , Concord, N.C. When: Saturday, May 16, 2015 TV/Radio: FOX Sports 1, MRN, Sirius XM Distance: 110 laps (165 miles) Time: 9 p.m. ET Format Change The format for this year’s Sprint All-Star Race will consist of four 25-lap segments, followed by a mandatory four-tire pit stop and ending with a 10-lap shootout. Teams will pit at the conclusion of the fourth segment in the order of their average finishing position through the four segments. The re-start order for the final segment will be determined based on the position of the cars as they exit pit road. On the Front Row 1. Denny Hamlin , Joe Gibbs Racing No. 11 Toyota (145.648 mph) 2. Greg Biffle , Roush Fenway Racing No. 16 Ford (144.643 mph) Fastest in practice: Kyle Busch , Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota (188.884 mph) Jamie McMurray , Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates No. 1 Chevrolet (188.396 mph) Transfers from the Sprint Showdown First Segment Winner: Greg Biffle , Roush Fenway Racing No. 16 Ford Second Segment Winner: Clint Bowyer , Michael Waltrip Racing No. 15 Toyota Sprint Fan Vote Winner Danica Patrick , Stewart-Haas Racing No. 10 Chevrolet Four-For-Three AJ Allmendinger is making his fourth start in the All-Star Race this weekend. The JTG Daugherty Racing driver’s three previous starts came with three different teams – Red Bull Racing (2008), Team Penske (2012) and JTG Daugherty (2014). Driver Rating Best driver rating average for the Sprint All-Star Race based on past 10 races: Kyle Busch , Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota (108.1) Jimmie Johnson , Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 Chevrolet (104.2) Matt Kenseth , Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Toyota (88.3) Big Vote for Big D For the second time in three years, SHR driver Danica Patrick advanced into the All-Star race field by virtue of the Sprint Fan Vote. Patrick, who finished ninth in the second of the two 20-lap segments, also qualified via the Fan Vote process in 2013. Race, Pit, Race The unusual qualifying format for the race will feature single-car runs by drivers, and consist of two laps at speed with a pit stop for four tires in between. There will be no pit road speed limit enforced. The aggregate total time (on track and on/off pit road) will determine the starting lineup. Carl Edwards (JGR) has started on the pole for the last two All-Star events. Former Sprint All-Star Race Winners in the Field Jimmie Johnson (4), Jeff Gordon (3), Jamie McMurray , Carl Edwards , Kurt Busch , Tony Stewart , Kasey Kahne , Kevin Harvick , Matt Kenseth , Ryan Newman , Dale Earnhardt Jr . (1). FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
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NASCAR officials will return to Michigan International Speedway on Tuesday, Oct. 20 to test a low downforce package similar to what was used in competition last month at Darlington Raceway . Drivers scheduled to take part in the test are defending NASCAR XFINITY Series champion Chase Elliott in the Hendrick Motorsports No. 25 Chevrolet, current XFINITY Series points leader Chris Buescher ( Roush Fenway Racing No. 17 Ford) and Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup contender Denny Hamlin ( Joe Gibbs Racing No. 11 Toyota). According to information provided to the teams on Wednesday, the test is to verify max and corner speeds with three different grip levels of tires. The schedule calls for individual 10- and 25-lap runs in the morning and afternoon sessions. The lower downforce package debuted at Kentucky Speedway this season before also being put into play at Darlington, where it featured a 3.5-inch spoiler, 25-inch splitter extension panel (radiator pan) and 6.63-inch by 25-inch splitter. The only change for the MIS test will be an increase in the splitter extension panel to 33 inches. Drivers and teams were pleased with the initial results of the package, particularly at Darlington where Goodyear was able to provide a specific tire based on data gained from testing there prior to the race. The MIS test will take place approximately two months after the Sprint Cup Series competed at the 2-mile facility with a high-drag aerodynamic configuration. A high-drag package was also used at Indianapolis Motor Speedway . JGR driver Matt Kenseth called the high-drag package "terrible." "You just can't pass," he said after finishing seventh in the Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard. "Yeah, you can run up on the straightaway a little bit, but you can't run though the corner with anything." A month later, after his driver dominated at Michigan with the same rules package, Kenseth's crew chief Jason Ratcliff said "at the end of the straightaway (cars could) gain on others two or three car-lengths. But they just couldn't do much once they got there and they got down in the corner, they were kind of helpless." The high-drag rules included a 9-inch spoiler with a 1-inch wicker bill, a rear fascia extension panel (similar to those used for superspeedway events at Daytona and Talladega), a 2-inch leading edge on the splitter and a 43-inch splitter extension panel. "We know that high drag package is awful," four-time premier series champion Jeff Gordon said following the Darlington race. "We know that this (lower downforce) is definitely in the right direction. … I think when you look at the less horsepower we had coming in this year it's the package that should have been with this car that we have now. You can't take that kind of power away and not do something significant to the downforce as well." Homestead Test Slated for December NASCAR and Goodyear officials have added a post-season test scheduled for Dec. 14-15 at Homestead-Miami Speedway to continue preparations for the 2016 rules package. Organizations scheduled to participate in the test are Stewart-Haas Racing (Chevrolet), Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet), Richard Petty Motorsports (Ford) and Furniture Row Racing (Toyota). It is expected to be the first on-track testing for Furniture Row and driver Martin Truex Jr . with a Toyota entry. The Denver-based team is making the switch from Chevrolet to Toyota for '16. Because of the change, SHR was added to the test to replace Furniture Row for Chevrolet. "I think '16, we're not really even thinking about right now," Truex said earlier this week. "We know what we're doing next year, we'll worry about that after (the final race at) Homestead. "I think everybody in the Chase is probably in the same position -- you're worried about today and tomorrow and this coming weekend. No further ahead. Once you set your plans, it's real easy." Lineup Change for Atlanta Test The Toyota teams of Michael Waltrip Racing and BK Racing have declined to take part in the Goodyear tire test slated for Oct. 27-28 at Atlanta Motor Speedway . Joe Gibbs Racing has been added to the lineup to represent Toyota teams at the 1.54-mile track. MWR will not field a full-time Sprint Cup Series team next season. The two-day program is a confirmation test for Goodyear; an open team test is scheduled for Oct. 29 following the completion of the tire test. CMS Tire Info Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series teams will be running the same tire codes this weekend at Charlotte, according to Goodyear officials, and is unchanged from what was provided for the 1.5 mile track's May races. The left-side tire code has been used at CMS since 2012; the right side, which features a multi-zone tread, was used there for the first time in May.
NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France said Thursday that meetings about a potential franchise system for participation in its upper series have already taken place, sparking ongoing talks with its team owners about the direction of stock car racing competition. France made the remarks during an afternoon appearance on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio's "Tradin' Paint" program, telling hosts Jim Noble and Chocolate Myers that improving the current framework was crucial to the overall health of the sport. "Any time we can improve the structure for our team owners, that's a good thing," France told SiriusXM. "If we can improve their business model, we can improve their overall structure, then what's going to happen is new owners will be more inclined to look at wanting to participate in NASCAR ; that's a good thing. The other good thing is, the level of competition goes up because the more healthy the team owners are, the better we're going to be. "We're working alongside of all the team owners to see what's possible, and we're going to have to go down the road and keep working at it. That's very important to us." France also discussed the soon-to-be-released schedules for all three NASCAR national series, saying that teams and fans alike should not expect a dramatic overhaul to the 2016 racing calendar. "I can tell you that the schedule is not going to change materially at all," France said. "There are things in the sanction agreements with the tracks that are unrelated to the dates that have to be worked out, and that's really what we're doing now. That's taking a little longer than normal. The schedule will look very similar." With tongue firmly planted in cheek, Myers pressed France for an accelerated release of the 2016 schedules on behalf of Dale Earnhardt Jr ., who has expressed his wishes for a prompt announcement so that he might better plan his wedding to Amy Reimann. "I understand," said France, biting on the joke. "That does take precedence, so we'll make sure to put those dates right in front of him so he knows when they are." France also took time to assess the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup after the Challenger Round, the opening three-round series of the postseason. In doing so, France lauded last weekend's clutch victory by Kevin Harvick at Dover International Speedway that kept his repeat title hopes intact. "What you really are seeing is, this is the era of big moments and big performances," France said. "Being consistent and steady, that's important but that's getting pushed to the wayside. It's whoever can step up their performance."
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
In first Cup seat time since Daytona practices, 'Rowdy' tops the chart RELATED: Learn more about the Sprint All-Star Race MORE: Full practice results SHOP: Rowdy Returns T-Shirt In his first practice back behind the wheel of his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, Kyle Busch topped the lone practice for Saturday's Sprint All-Star Race (9 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM). Busch led the 90-minute session with a fast lap of 188.884 mph to top the speed charts. Friday's practice at Charlotte Motor Speedway was his first Sprint Cup Series action since suffering a compound fracture in his right leg and a broken left foot in the NASCAR XFINITY Series opener at Daytona. Busch missed 11 points-paying races in the sport's top series and is making his return to action this weekend for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on Saturday night. All told, Busch logged 45 laps in the session. Defending Sprint All-Star Race winner Jamie McMurray (188.396 mph) was second in practice, followed by defending series champion Kevin Harvick (188.258 mph). Harvick's Stewart-Haas Racing teammate and Kyle's brother Kurt Busch came in fourth (188.121 mph), while Kyle's JGR teammate Denny Hamlin (187.696 mph) rounded out the top five. Qualifying for the Sprint All-Star Race will take place Saturday night at 7:10 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1. Qualifying will consist of three timed laps and include one four-tire pit stop. The aggregate total time will set the starting lineup for the race. The Sprint All-Star Race will take place at 9 p.m. ET on Saturday. The race will consist of 110 laps and five segments. The first four segments will be 25 laps each and the fifth and final segment will be 10 laps. The winner will take home $1 million dollars. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Four-time champion hopes to build on gains made for Coca-Cola 600 RELATED: Full race results After exiting the car Saturday night following what was more than likely his final appearance in a NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, Jeff Gordon said his Hendrick Motorsports team would transfer its on-track performance gatherings over to next weekend's Coca-Cola 600 (May 24, 6 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM), NASCAR's longest race. But Gordon's personal memories from the heartfelt pre-race ceremonies, he said, would be a much longer-lasting experience. Gordon started ninth in the 20-car field and methodically worked his way to a fourth-place finish in the invitational event, which he's won three times in his Sprint Cup Series career. But the four-time series champ was overwhelmed by the surprises in store during the glitz of Charlotte Motor Speedway 's driver introductions, where he was saved for last and greeted by longtime crew chief Ray Evernham as he took the stage, set against a backdrop of fans holding commemorative placards. "Seeing all the fans holding up signs with the 24 on it, having (his wife) Ingrid and the kids, my mom and my dad there was amazing," Gordon said. "Those were all surprises to me. I asked my parents, I said, 'why are you guys here? I never see you at driver introductions.' Now I know why, and that was very special -- something that I'll never forget. And I'm glad we had a really solid performance overall as a team. I'm really excited about that performance that we can take to next week's 600. I think our car's pretty good and we can make it a little bit better." His No. 24 Chevrolet for the All-Star event certainly improved over its maiden voyage in Friday's lone practice, where Gordon was just 16th-fastest of the 17 drivers locked into the main event at that point. But that session, held during a period of mid-afternoon warmth, didn't hold the same promise for Gordon and Co. during the nighttime conditions. Even with the dramatic improvement, Gordon still felt like his team has gains to make on Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch , both of whom have resided near the head of the series' class for much of 2015. Harvick roared from a dead-last starting spot to a runner-up finish, and Busch led 24 of the 110 laps before settling in for third place. "We were so frustrated yesterday because it was so hot and slick during the day in practice and we were slow," Gordon said of Friday's outing. "I kept telling them, 'man, we're wasting our time out here in this heat and we're going to be fine when the sun goes down,' and we showed that we were. But we've got to get a little bit better. The 4 (Harvick) and the 41 (Busch) are just so strong, and they have been all year, but we're close. I thought we were closer than we've been, so that's good." Gordon's next task in his final full season of Sprint Cup competition comes next Sunday in what will likely be his last Coca-Cola 600 . The race holds special significance for Gordon, who collected his first premier series victory in the 600-miler as an up-and-coming 22-year-old in May 1994. More fanfare celebrating that milestone win is expected next week, as Gordon continues the countdown to what may well be his final Sprint Cup event in November at Homestead-Miami Speedway . But more immediately on Saturday night, Gordon was left savoring a special All-Star experience, the impact of which he said wouldn't sink in until later. "It's too early for me to put that into perspective," he said. "I have so many races ahead of us before the season is over. I think Homestead is going to be the one that really impacts me the most." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule