This Week in NASCAR [Sprint All-Star weekend edition]

Sprint All-Star Race starts off two week visit to Charlotte Motor Speedway

5/14/14 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Blog Photo - This Week in NASCAR [Sprint All-Star weekend edition]Each Spring the NASCAR Sprint Cup teams spend two weeks at Charlotte.  For many, that's quite close to home and they are able to sleep in their own beds for a while.  Those who are already in the race simply need to practice on track and get ready to race  for a million dollars.  Those who aren't already in the race have two chances to get in.  On Friday night, prior to the All-Star race which will run Saturday night, all of the non-qualified drivers compete in the qualifying race, or Sprint Showdown.  The winner moves on into the big race and has the same chance as the rest to win that million bucks.  

Additionally, over on, fans have the opportunity to vote in their favorite driver.  The winner of the fan vote is announced after the rest of the competitors in the All-Star race have been introduced.  In 2008, Kasey Kahne was that fan vote, and subsequently went on to be the All-Star Race winner.  In fact, not only did he win the All-Star race, but he went on the following weekend to win the Coca-Cola 600.

And speaking of the Coca-Cola 600, Stewart Haas Racing announced today that they have enlisted the services of Parker Kligerman to drive the number 41 car, for any events that Kurt Busch is unavailable.  We'll cover this more in the coming week, but Kurt is the latest Sprint Cup driver to attempt to pull the double duty - the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 in the same day.  Should the Indy take longer to run than anticipated, Parker will start the NASCAR race and relinquish the seat as soon as Kurt arrives.  Any practices that Kurt is unable to take part in, Parker will fill the seat.  
Blog Photo - This Week in NASCAR [Sprint All-Star weekend edition]As indicated, the Sprint Showdown will run on Friday night this year.  For those in the east, it is 7:30pm, which technically is night.  For those of us in the west, that s only 4:30 and afternoon.  Most of us are still at work.  It is only a 40 lap race, two segments of 20 laps each.  The actual Sprint Cup All-Star race runs on Saturday, and at least this race airs at a time when both east and west coast should have the opportunity to view the race.  Qualifying for the race gets underway at 7:10 pm ET, while the green flag for the race drops around 9:25 pm ET.  

The running of the All-Star race will once again feature segments.  This year there are five segments, all of 20 lap duration.   NASCAR, in their wisdom, has elected to run four twenty lap shootouts.  The fifth segment, also 20 laps, will have the drivers line up according to their best average positions through the first four segments.  They will line up in that order prior to exiting the track and entering pit road.  A four tire change is mandatory for this break, and the way the drivers exit pit road is the way they will line up to start the fifth, and final, segment, another twenty lap shoot out.  

The race is for all the marbles.  There are no points, no positions gained, and no settling.  Only the winner gets to brag, gets his name on the trophy, and gets to take home the million dollars.  Anyone could be the victor.

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5/16/14   |   JenX63   |   33168 respect

Hey Debi, do you remember which driver talked in length aboout his recovery? It has been a few years, but, I thought it was Jr for some reason. They talked about not just the physical rehab, but getting mentally in shape too. I want to think it was one of the Labonte brothers or maybe Ricky Rudd. Oh wait, maybe Geoff Bodine is who it was...imma going to go look again.