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All-Star qualifying and race formats

May 19, 2011, Official Release, NASCAR.com

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Qualifying Sessions

Sprint Showdown Qualifying
• When: 5 p.m. ET Friday
• TV: SPEED
• Normal time trial: Two laps, all positions
• When: 6 p.m. ET Friday
• TV: SPEED
• Time trial consists of three laps, including a four-tire pit stop
• The total time determines the starting lineup for the All-Star Race

Sprint Showdown

• When: 7:30 p.m ET Saturday
• TV: SPEED
• Drivers who don't automatically qualify for the All-Star Race are given a chance to race into the main event
• Teams start the first of two 20 lap segments
• Teams can opt to pit under yellow follwing this segment
• Only green-flag laps are counted
• Top two finishers earn a berth in the All-Star Race
• The driver with the most votes who finishes on the lead lap of the Sprint Showdown also earns an All-Star Race berth
• Fans can vote by texting "NASCAR" to "7777" or online at NASCAR.COM
• Votes cast from Sprint, Nextel, Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile handsets count double

Sprint All-Star Race

• When: 9 p.m. ET Saturday
• TV: SPEED
• Green flag drops on the All-Star Race
• Drivers must make a four-tire, green-flag pit stop
• Cars must past start/finish line on the race track on Lap 25
• Caution flag waves at the end of the segment for an optional pit stop
• Another caution waves at the end of the segment for an optional pit stop
• After the segment, teams may add fuel and make normal chassis adjustments during a 10-minute break
• Prior to the start of Segment 4, cars will line up single file in the order of finish of Segment 3 for one lap
• On the second lap, all teams must then make a four-tire pit stop
• Lineup for final segment determined by the order of exit off pit road
• Only green-flag laps are counted
• The winner receives $1,000,000

It's unique. It's exciting. It's the 2011 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This one-of-a-kind professional All-Star showcase awards $1,000,000 to the winner in an all-or-nothing race to the checkered flag. Here's how it works: