Additionally, over on NASCAR.com, 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.
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.