Tag:Sprint All-Star Race
Posted on: May 22, 2011 10:46 am
Edited on: May 22, 2011 10:47 am

Edwards, team post All-Star comments

Posted by Pete Pistone

KERRY THARP: We have our 2011 Sprint All-Star Race winner, Carl Edwards, for Roush Fenway Racing. He's joined by team owner Jack Roush. This is Carl's first All-Star Race win, the eighth different winner over the past eight races.           

Carl, your racecar was just right on out there tonight. You drove it like a true champion. Talk about winning the All-Star Race and all that that means.           

CARL EDWARDS: Yeah, I don't think it's sunk in yet. I'm really excited to be able to get on the phone (audio feed interruption) and Iowa tomorrow, it will be neat to show up there as the All-Star winner. It's going to be fun.           

Can't thank Jack enough, Aflac. My pit crew stepped up tonight. They did an unbelievable job on that last stop. If we wouldn't have come off of pit road first, it would have been a very difficult race. It took me about 10 laps to get by Kyle, so it would have been a very difficult race. Those guys, they get a lot of credit for this win.           

KERRY THARP: Bob Osborne, talk about some of the changes you made to the car, if any. Certainly that racecar was lights out.           

BOB OSBORNE: Thank you very much. We really didn't make a lot of changes through the race. A couple changes for the last 10 laps, it seemed like it worked for us. Carl got a fabulous restart, got out front there, seemed to be able to do the business he needed to do.           

KERRY THARP: Jack, congratulations. This race organization is off to a very solid start. Winning the All-Star Race here tonight, just your thoughts about that overall?           

JACK ROUSH: It's a testament to the hard work everybody's been doing. There's a lot of discussion about hard work in this business. But the Roush Fenway guys have really, really suited up for it in the winter, and the manufacturing part is working well.           

Carl went through a manhole cover in the end and damaged the car. Most people looked at the car and said, That car has to go to the 600. Bob assured me he has a better car back at the shop waiting to go.           

The unsung hero tonight is Doug Yates and engine tonight. I watched the way that engine held down the straightaway, and it was really, really, really good. A long time since we've seen our engines run as good as they did tonight.           

Glad to have Ford here with us tonight. We had a big contingent of Ford, Albert, the great grandson of Henry, was here, then the grandson of Henry, Edsel, was here as well. We had really a good Ford showing at the same time we had great performance from all the guys that worked behind this thing.           

I'm amazed at the calls that Bob makes. I generally want to make a call, a change that's half as big or twice as big, and he always has it right.           

KERRY THARP: We'll take questions for Carl, Bob or Jack.            

Q. Carl, you got a great restart there on the last jump against the best in the business. Did you have any fears with that FR9 horsepower you might spin the tires?           

CARL EDWARDS: I was a little bit worried about spinning the tires. What do we do when we make mistakes? We learn from them, that's what we do (smiling). Thanks, Jack.           

So I learned from that. It's the positive light you have to shed on things like that. I'm sure we're going to get to my destroying the car incident and I'm going to shed some positive light on that, too (smiling).           

But the restart was good. Man, that thing really runs. You do have to be careful, especially these engines that they brought for the All-Star Race. They're fast. It was a great restart. It could have gone either way. I mean, Kyle could have really hung in there and it would have been a really tough race, so I'm glad we were able to get him.            

Q. I know you're a racer, and racers love to race. You're excited about every chance. How in the name of God can you win $1 million after midnight out here. I know you're a Midwesterner, then go to Iowa at the crack of dawn tomorrow?           

CARL EDWARDS: That's Cessna Citation for you right there. Got a really nice plane. I'm going to go jump in and fly up there. It's amazing we're able to do all these things.           

That car, I went up there this morning and practiced in it a little bit. Brian Ickler practiced a little bit after I left. Mike Beam and Jack and all of these guys, Doug Yates, had prepared a racecar that any one of these guys would like to go get in and race tomorrow. That's what it's about, is having fun and going racing.           

It's interesting as a racer, I think a lot of racers feel this way, I know for myself, when you win a race, something big like what happened tonight, it's kind of fun, because you got a little spring in your step. I really can't wait to go tomorrow. People say, Hey, what are you going to do after you won this race? The most enjoyable thing I can do is go race another car. I appreciate Jack giving me the opportunity. I'm really excited about it.            

Q. Carl, clearly you had a great car tonight. Could you talk about sitting on pit road that 10-minute break trying to figure out what to do or not to do to that car.           

CARL EDWARDS: Yeah, I did not like that part, sitting on pit road. I did not enjoy that. I was a little embarrassed to tell Dick Berggren how nervous I was about the last 10 laps. I felt like we had the fastest car. If I did everything right, got a good restart, Bob and I made the right adjustments, this was our race. I felt like we were that good.           

You know, those are the only times I really get antsy, which I know, If I do everything right, we can win this thing. So, yeah, I was ready to go back to racing. I didn't want to be sitting there.            

Q. Jack, as bad as it was a couple of years ago, couldn't have been much better to have won every segment tonight.           

JACK ROUSH: We could have lined all four of our cars up in the top four. We missed that. Have to work on that for next year (laughter).           

The guys worked hard. I'm just proud to be part of their program. They got me really close to the door so there's not as many tools I can get my hands on and not as many things I could screw up as I used to.           

But the manufacturing piece that's headed up by Robbie Reiser and the job he does with all the managers in the shop is just extraordinary. I can't imagine anybody is doing a better job than they are doing today at getting these cars ready.           

The new Ford engine has come online. Last year was a teething period with it. Took us a while to figure out exactly what it wanted. Doug has the measure of it now. As Carl said, the engines we have here are a little better than we'll have next week for the 600. But the engines that we have here will be coming by Chase time in the fall.           

So the engine is good, the car is good, the engineering is just incredible. People ask me, How do we get off last year? The winner of 2009, 2010, we had some simulation help that we had consultants help us with that didn't correlate. The correlation, Ford stepped in and helped us with it. Things are correlating now.           

When the engineer tells the crew chief, which Bob is an engineer himself, so he looks at things different than a lot of crew chiefs do, but when he gets the indication that the sensitivity is going to be track bar for this track or it's going to be wedge or camber, whatever it's going to be, he believes that and it works out that way. We would not have had the year we've had to this point if our engineering didn't stand as tall as the rest of it behind it.            

Q. Carl, you said you didn't like that 10-minute break. Seemed like tonight a lot of breaks, 50-lap segment where things got strung out. Is it time to reexamine the format of this race?           

CARL EDWARDS: Hell no. It's perfect (smiling).           

No, you have to remember, you're not always going to have side-by-side, three-wide finishes. I think that tonight our car was superior. It ended up being a race that we were able to pull away from.           

But one little thing being different, one different bump-stop combination, track bar height, tire pressure thing, it could have been a much different race.           

I believe, as much as we ended up winning the race by, I think that's a rarity in this event. I think with a 10-lap shootout at the end, four fresh tires, nine out of ten times it's going to be a much closer finish. Changing the format, I think that would be a jump.           

I know I was really nervous about that last run. I did not feel like we had it in the bag by any means. So it just so happened to turn out that way.            

Q. Carl, I think you were kidding. You said somewhere out there I guess NASCAR is mad, think we're hiding something with the car, I think you referred to the incident in the grass. Can you elaborate on that and shed some positive light on the destroying the car incident.           

CARL EDWARDS: I think some people would like to think that I'm smart enough and savvy enough, all of us are, to come up with some trick and destroy it like that and make it look like an accident. We're not that smart. I really did just tear up the racecar.           

They have to look at it, like they might have tried to gain an advantage, which we didn't. I'm sure that the conspiracy theorists will ponder that for a while. But that's okay. It's what happened.           

The light I was going to shed on it, you never know what comes from misfortunes. It was definitely unfortunate that I tore up that racecar. Like Bob said, we got another one at the shop. It might be the difference in winning the race at the Coke 600. I'm going to have confidence that something good will come out of it.            

Q. Carl, if you aren't the most coveted free agent, you are among them. How does having this much speed tonight and all year impact a tough decision that you're facing?           

CARL EDWARDS: All I'll say about that is we're running really well right now and it's because of Jack Roush, Ford, all these people's hard work. Those talks are going on behind closed doors and we'll hopefully get something done.           

But right now we're running well and that is fun. What I'm trying to do is focus on that because we have a championship to win this year. That's the number one goal.            

Q. Carl, last year Kurt Busch won this race then won the 600. How much confidence does this give you?           

CARL EDWARDS: Did he use the same car, do you know?           

We really have struggled at this racetrack. I have. Jack has had a ton of success here. Bob and I, I would say it's fair to say that we have been not very good here and sometimes terrible. I think that we figured some things out. Bob and the guys have done a really good job. I think it bodes well for the 600, for sure.           

I would hope we can come back here next week with as good or better a car and definitely a lot more confidence than we had before we got here this weekend. That's good.


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Posted on: May 22, 2011 10:38 am
Edited on: May 22, 2011 10:38 am

Busch, Reutimann post-All Star comments

Posted by Pete Pistone

KERRY THARP: We're going to roll right into our post race for tonight's NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. We're joined by our race runner-up, Kyle Busch. Our third-place finisher was David Reutimann.           

Kyle, certainly making up some ground there the last lap or lap and a half. Think you could have caught him with a couple laps to go?           

KYLE BUSCH: Yeah, possibly. But it was a hundred lapper tonight. It wasn't 102, 3 or 4 or nothing like that. So we knew the game when we started playing it. But unfortunately, we just didn't quite have enough there at the end of the race in the final 10.           

Dave and the guys, we talked about it, just made a slight adjustment to it. We knew we weren't going to pick up all the speed we needed to. But we couldn't have made 10 adjustments on that thing on pit road and done what we needed to do. We needed to go back to our seven-post and sim and make some changes and try stuff.           

For what we had, it was a really good night. I can't thank the guys enough. Gave me a great piece from off the truck. Thought we had a winning car. We got beat tonight on speed and unfortunately were second best.           

KERRY THARP: David Reutimann, you were making up some ground, particularly that last 10-lap segment. Talk about your run..           

DAVID REUTIMANN: Ended up being pretty good. Didn't start really good. We just didn't start very good. That being said, we kept plugging away at it. We had a really good car, but we were back in traffic. Hard to tell how good you were. The deciding factor was that last pit stop. My guys did a good job. We got out fifth. That gave us the track position. Rodney and the guys made some good adjustments on the car and it was good at the end          

I was telling Kyle, he moved up the middle, which made me be able to run the bottom. He picked up speed, I picked up speed. It just ended up being a situation where we got a run. We had speed with the car all night and encouraged to come back for the 600 and see what we can do there.           

KERRY THARP: We'll take questions for Kyle or David.            

Q. Kyle, I think I heard you say on the radio that Carl could come off the corner like five car lengths deeper than you. Could you tell me what he was able to do that you weren't able to?           

KYLE BUSCH: I was getting into the turn. When he passed me for the lead there in the third segment, he just drove it five car lengths further than I could drive it into turn three. It stuck. His car would turn and roll the bottom. He slid up off the bottom maybe a foot. If I would have done that, it would have been a lot more than a foot, it would have been a few lanes.           

His car just had a lot of front grip in it tonight. They did a good job with it.            

Q. What can you take from tonight's race that will help you next week?           

KYLE BUSCH: You know, who was it, Ragan and Keselowski can probably take the most from it. They started the first race during the day, then they ran this race at night. From what I understand, I think the 6 did pretty good. They seemed to learn quite a bit, I imagine.           

For us, it's just a matter of what we practiced like during the day in the hot and slick sun, then what we had tonight when it was cool out and when it was fast out.           

To me, those are some things that you feel like you build on and you talk with your crew chief this week and tell him exactly how your car changed throughout the event, what happened.           

DAVID REUTIMANN: Yeah, what he said (laughter).            

Q. David, you made up a lot of ground between the third segment, had a good pit stop, then the car sort of seemed to take off. What kind of adjustments were made? If you had more laps, would you have been able to do more?           

DAVID REUTIMANN: I don't know. We got as far as we could in the laps allotted.           

Tire pressure, added camber, added tape, something for a really short run. The car had gotten tight. The right rear quarter panel got rolled in, must have ran into somebody. Go figure. I don't think so. Wasn't the 18 car, so that was a good start (smiling).           

But, you know, it was a good car the whole race. We just got the track position we needed and be able to run up toward the front. It came down to the pit stop. The guys did a good job. If they hadn't gotten me that pit stop, we would have run seventh or eighth probably. My pit crew gets the credit for tonight.            

Q. Kyle, the way the car seemed to be in clean air tonight, when Carl got that final restart, was it sort of conceded there? Did you think it was done?         

KYLE BUSCH: I didn't think it was done. But as far as he jumped out on me, really surprised me. I thought maybe I could run within three, four car lengths of him and kind of stay there, you know, until you built front air pressure. He took off so far, it was like, Damn, ain't no way I'm going to be able to run him back down in this period of time. Eddie kept running me down on laps to go. There ain't no time.           

I caught him on one lap. I think I was 3/10ths faster or something like that. I was like, if I can keep that spread going, it would be pretty good. I don't know if he was relaxing for a lap or so or what. He ran a 30, then the next lap he ran a 22, he got a little bit better, and I only ran a 10. I was pushing it up top on the topside, heating up my front tires. It was already starting to slow down a little bit up there.            

Q. The last 10 laps, no cautions. The gloves didn't really come off. Nobody really had at it. Why do you think that was? Did you expect there was going to be something at the end there?           

KYLE BUSCH: Typically you see action on the restart. Somebody might spin their tires or something, somebody will try to plug the middle, bump somebody, all hell breaks loose.           

I don't know what happened behind me. Carl and I seemed to take off pretty good. We really didn't spin our tires. I couldn't tell you what happened behind me, how congested it got at all.           

From my vantage point, it was kind of a tame race today. I don't know what that one caution was for, but I think there was only one or two interruptions besides the normal cautions that we have in this race.           

Sorry, we didn't give you any scoop or drama (smiling).            

Q. Kyle, you've wrecked in this race before, now you finished second. Which is worse or more frustrating?           

KYLE BUSCH: Well, considering our fleet has been getting a little bit low, this is pretty good. I didn't put a scratch on it. It will be my backup car next week. It was a good one.           

So the most frustrating part is, you know, when you have a shot to win or when you feel like you have a shot to win and something happens to you. Those are really frustrating because you never know how it would turn out.           

Tonight we flat out got beat. There's nothing to hang our heads about, there's nothing to be frustrated on tonight. We just didn't quite have enough when we needed it.           

There at the end, we just ran out of time. Next week is a 600-mile race. There's going to be a lot of comers, a lot of goers, back and forth, some good racing. Hopefully next week can be our week.           

KERRY THARP: Guys, thank you. Good luck next week.

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Posted on: May 22, 2011 12:48 am
Edited on: May 22, 2011 12:55 am

Speed Read: Sprint All-Star Race

By Pete Pistone

It’s not often a race can live up to unrealistic expectations.

Saturday night’s Sprint All-Star Race was a perfect example.

In the wake of the Mother’s Day weekend dust-up between Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch, the war of words that followed for several days and the near constant focus on “Boys Have at It,” many expected Saturday’s 27th annual event to be one for the ages.

It had all the ingredients. No points on the line. A sanctioning body willing to look the other way on aggressive driving. And a $1 million payday at the end of the night.

But after nearly four hours of mostly pomp and not much circumstance only Carl Edwards and Roush Fenway Racing had much to celebrate about.

Edwards dominated the night and ran away from Kyle Busch in the final ten-lap segment to salt away the win and leave any potential fireworks for another day.

Not surprisingly, Edwards wasn’t very upset at the lack of drama.

“You're not always going to have a side-by-side, three-wide finish," Edwards said. "But one little thing being different...and it could have been a much different race.

"Nine out of 10 times, it's going to be a much closer finish that it was tonight."

Unfortunately for thousands of race fans who jammed into Charlotte Motor Speedway and who were watching at home Saturday night was not one of those nights.

The night reminded me a lot of last September’s regular season finale at Richmond. With all the Chase spots locked up and no real incentive to points race, there was much speculation the last race before the playoffs would be a barnburner of epic proportions.

Every driver had nothing else to prove except to bring home the winning trophy.

“Boys Have at It” was in full stride and with the competitive reputation of the Richmond short track, the stage seemed to be set for something special.

Not so much.

It turned out to be a dud and a reminder of how dangerous it is to raise the expectation level too high.

This year’s All-Star Race was a refresher course.



David Reutimann

A former Charlotte winner, Reutimann was closing fast in the final segment and should carry a nice dose of momentum and confidence into next Sunday’s 600.

Tony Stewart

Celebrated his 40th birth weekend with a strong showing in the All-Star Race, a much-needed solid performance for the of late struggling Stewart Haas Racing entry.

David Ragan

Raced his way into the main event by winning the Sprint Showdown and followed that performance with a Top 10 run in the All-Star Race. A potential dark horse for a first points Cup win in the 600.



Kasey Kahne

The former winner suffered one of the night’s biggest accidents when he slammed the second turn wall hard and knocked out the Team Red Bull entry that has been running so well in recent weeks.

Mark Martin

A third All-Star Race win was not in the cards for the veteran driver who was piloting a sweet retro paint scheme honoring the late Tim Richmond.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Could not race his way from the Showdown to the main event so used the Sprint Fan Vote as his ticket in but could not muster anything but a mediocre 14th place finish.



(Choice comments and communications from drivers and crew chiefs) 

"Really hot in here. Like my legs and my back are really hot,” Kasey Kahne

"Same things as every week. I really just don't care. I can't believe we're this good right now,” Kurt Busch

“Just kick your feet up. Grab a drink with an umbrella," Kurt Busch to his spotter

`It looks like we took a knife to a gun fight on part of that," Kasey Kahne’s crew chief Kenny Francis



On a scale of one to five "Pistone Pistons" I’ll give Saturday night’ Sprint All-Star Race a one. They can’t all be gems and Saturday’s 27th edition of the all-star gathering was a big dud. All the build-up of possible repercussions from the Kyle Busch-Kevin Harvick feud or “Boys Have at It” erupting into a good old-fashioned Saturday night brawl ended in a tame and rather peaceful night in Charlotte. Carl Edwards and his fans were no doubt happy but there had to be a lot of folks left disappointed after watching one of the more sedate Sprint Cup races in some time. Track officials, NASCAR and SPEED also need to do something about the inordinate amount of dead time between actual racing and the endless introductions, ceremonies and fluff. Any other major sport that started its all-star event at 9:50 p.m. ET would be barbequed.



Back to the nitty gritty of the regular season with the longest race on the schedule and next Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600. While teams have the luxury of staying home another weekend in Charlotte, they’ll have one of the year’s most grueling races to tackle next Sunday as the Memorial Day weekend tradition continues in NASCAR.

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Posted on: May 21, 2011 9:26 am

Video of the Day: Pass in the grass

Posted by Pete Pistone

Perhaps the most famous moment of what's now known as the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race came in 1987 when Bill Elliott and Dale Earnhardt made contact racing off of turn four. The miraculous save by Earnhardt has been part of "The Intimidator's" legend ever since:

Posted on: May 20, 2011 7:52 pm
Edited on: May 20, 2011 7:52 pm

Kyle Busch speeds to All-Star Race pole

By Pete Pistone

NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Starting Line-up 

  Kyle Busch, Driver Of The #18 M&M's Toyota, Makes

Kyle Busch will try for his first career victory in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway from the pole position. Busch and his Joe Gibbs Racing pit crew combined to lead Friday's unique qualifying session for the 27th edition of the All-Star Race.

Three laps and a full pit stop made up the session with the No. 18 M&M's crew topping the 17 other teams to earn the number one starting spot.

The top two finishers from Saturday's Sprint Showdown will transfer to the main event with one additional driver added through the Sprint Fan Vote.

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Posted on: May 20, 2011 3:52 pm
Edited on: May 20, 2011 3:52 pm

Kyle Busch tops All-Star practice

Posted by Pete Pistone

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Sprint All-Star Race Practice

Kyle Busch topped the speed charts in Friday's only All-Star Race practice at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Qualifying is set for 6 p.m. ET and will feature unique format that includes a pit stop as part of each driver's effort.

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Posted on: May 20, 2011 2:20 pm

Ragan leads Showdown practice

Posted by Pete Pistone

Sprint Showdown Practice

1.David Ragan188.403 mph

2.Jeff Burton187.780 mph

3.Paul Menard187.526 mph

4.A.J. Allmendinger186.987 mph

5.Marcos Ambrose186.754 mph

6.David Gilliland186.612 mph

7.Martin Truex Jr.186.355 mph

8.Brad Keselowski186.342 mph

9.Travis Kvapil185.586 mph

10.Joey Logano185.484 mph

11.Dale Earnhardt Jr.185.312 mph

12.Brian Vickers185.198 mph

13.J.J. Yeley184.697 mph

14.Mike Skinner184.521 mph

15.Joe Nemechek184.294 mph

16.Casey Mears184.043 mph

17.Bobby Labonte183.943 mph

18.Landon Cassill183.736 mph

19.David Starr183.443 mph

20.Todd Bodine182.921 mph

21.Andy Lally182.618 mph

22.Tony Raines181.806 mph

23.T.J. Bell181.452 mph

24.Boris Said181.293 mph

25.David Stremme180.560 mph

26.Derrike Cope178.506 mph

27.Brian Keselowski177.410 mph

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Posted on: May 19, 2011 4:26 pm
Edited on: May 19, 2011 5:02 pm

All-Star Race preview

By Pete Pistone


There are no points and simply pride and money on the line in Saturday night’s Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Over the years that’s been a pretty good recipe for an entertaining night of racing. 

Since the annual All-Star event made its debut back in 1985 it’s undergone a variety of changes, modification and tweaks. But at the end of the day it’s still all about one thing and one thing only – winning. 

“Yeah, everybody amps it up so much saying there’s nothing on the line but money,” said former winner Tony Stewart. “Trust me, we all think of the trophy first and the money second. But it’s fun to know that you can take extra chances in that race and you know that everybody is going to do it so it just takes the whole level of racing and just takes it up a whole new level that we don’t get a chance to do when we’re racing (the normal schedule).” 

The change of pace from the weekly grind of points racing makes Saturday night’s race special enough that in addition to the drive to succeed there’s also a “fun factor” in play. 

“We’ve never been able to close the deal,” said Sprint Cup Series point leader Carl Edwards. “I’m excited to be able to go compete for a million dollars and not have points on the line. It’s just a fun weekend and I’m looking forward to it more than I have any other All Star race.” 

In a bit or a rarity considering the history of the event, this year’s All-Star Race will again feature the same format used last year when Kurt Busch went to victory lane. 

The Sprint Showdown preliminary event will see the first two finishers move into the main event along with one driver voted in by “Fan Vote” for an All-Star Race starting line-up of 22 cars. 

A fifty lap segment opens up the All-Star Race followed by a pair of 20-lappers with a no holds barred ten lap dash to the checkered flag set to cap the night off and the $1 million pot of gold. 

That all adds up to what some believe to be the best all-star event in professional sports. 

“Our series, the hits are actually probably worse, harder, stronger,” said Jimmie Johnson of what takes place in the NFL’s Pro Bowl or NHL’s All-Star Game. “The intensity and commitment for our All-Star event seems to be a lot higher than others. So that mindset is the difference to me. Not to take anything away from those athletes. I should then say we’re surrounded by a steel cage so it’s easier for us to dish some stuff out and take some hits.”


Charlotte Motor Speedway 

Track Size: 1.5-mile 

Banking/Straightaways: 5 degrees 

Banking/Corners: 24 degrees


Race Facts 

There have been 26 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Races. 

The first NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race was in 1985.        

25 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.        

84 drivers have run in at least one All-Star Race.        

There have been 18 different winners of the All-Star Race.        

Mark Martin has participated in 21 races, more than any other driver.        

The race has featured a field that ranged from 10 drivers in 1986 to 27 in 2002.        

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.  
There have been seven different winners in the last seven NASCAR Sprint All-Star races.         

Davey Allison (1991 and 1992), Terry Labonte (1988 and 1999), Mark Martin (1998 and 2005) and Jimmie Johnson (2003 and 2006) are the only other drivers to post multiple victories in the All-Star Race. Allison is the only driver to ever win consecutive All-Star events.        

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2000) and Ryan Newman (2002) are the only drivers to win the 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 at 46 years, 4 months and 12 days (2005).        

Matt Kenseth has a 6.6 average finish in 10 appearances in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, the best of any driver in this weekend’s field; followed by Jimmie Johnson with a 6.7 average finish in nine appearances. The best average finish by a driver with more than five starts is Ken Schrader, at 6.125.        

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 last season.        

The deepest in the field an All-Star Race winner has started was 27th, by Ryan Newman in 2002.       

Hendrick Motorsports drivers have won six All-Star Races: Jeff Gordon (three), Jimmie Johnson (two) and Terry Labonte (one).        

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).

The record for lead changes in a NASCAR Sprint All-Star race is 10 in 2004. The most different leaders is nine in 2002.


Who’s Hot at the All-Star Race

Matt Kenseth – Fresh off his victory last Sunday in Dover Kenseth races to the All-Star Race with four straight Top 10 finishes in the event on his record. Kenseth is a winner of the 2004 race.

Tony Stewart – His recent rough streak could be cured with another win in the All-Star Race, where he’s run in the Top 5 four straight years including a victory lane-worthy performance back in 2009.

Kurt Busch  – A year ago Busch was the toast of Charlotte Motor Speedway with a win in the All-Star Race and a follow-up victory in The Coca-Cola 600. Things have not gone well for the Penske Racing team since Daytona but the ship would feel very righted with back-to-back $1 million paydays.


Who’s Not

Kyle Busch – You’d think the format of the All-Star Race would be perfect for Busch’s style of racing with the all-out dash to the checkered flag in the final ten-lap segment. But the Joe Gibbs Racing driver has not enjoyed the annual event very much at all and has only one Top 10 finish in five career starts.

Jamie McMurray – Charlotte is the scene of McMurray’s first career Sprint Cup win but the All-Star Race has not been a favorite of the Earnhardt Ganassi racing driver. An average finish of 17.2 in four career starts is McMurray’s performance record in the race.

Jeff Burton – The veteran has a best finish of fourth in six career races for Burton adds up to a career average finish of 14.8.

2011 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race

Entry List

  Bayne, Trevor

  Biffle, Greg

  Bowyer, Clint

  Busch, Kurt

  Busch, Kyle

  Edwards, Carl

  Gordon, Jeff

  Hamlin, Denny

  Harvick, Kevin

  Johnson, Jimmie

  Kahne, Kasey

  Kenseth, Matt

  Martin, Mark

  McMurray, Jamie

  Montoya, Juan Pablo

  Newman, Ryan

  Reutimann, David

  Smith, Regan

  Stewart, Tony

  Fan Vote Winner

  Winner Sprint Showdown

  Second Place Sprint Showdown


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