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Action-packed week on tap for NASCAR fans

May 15, 2012, Official Release, NASCAR.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- On Saturday night, NASCAR's top drivers take center stage in an unparalleled best-of-the-best showcase -- the annual Sprint All-Star Race.

But that's just the main course. A number of fan-friendly lead-in activities are scheduled to work up an appetite for one of the most anticipated dates on the NASCAR calendar.

All-Star fever


Getting ramped up for the 2012 Sprint All-Star Race? Make sure you check in on the race site for both the Sprint Fan Vote and all the information on the eligible drivers.

Starting with the Sprint Pit Crew Challenge on Thursday, continuing with NASCAR Day on Friday and culminating with the Sprint All-Star Race on Saturday, this keynote week highlights many of the on- and off-track NASCAR offerings.

A full schedule of events for the upcoming week and beyond:

THURSDAY

7 p.m. ET, Time Warner Cable Arena -- Kicking off the festivities, the eighth edition of the Sprint Pit Crew Challenge (SPEED to televise beginning at 8 p.m.). This competition between 24 of the top Cup Series pit crews features the "unsung heroes" of the sport in a popular tournament-style battle. The event's finishing order determines pit selection for the Sprint All-Star Race. The No. 11 team is the two-time defending champion.

Those eligible for the Sprint Pit Crew Challenge: No. 2 Dodge; No. 5 Chevrolet; No. 9 Ford; No. 11 Toyota; No. 14 Chevrolet; No. 15 Toyota; No. 16 Ford; No. 17 Ford; No. 18 Toyota; No. 20 Toyota; No. 21 Ford; No. 24 Chevrolet; No. 27 Chevrolet; No. 29 Chevrolet; No. 31 Chevrolet; No. 34 Ford; No. 39 Chevrolet; No. 48 Chevrolet; No. 51 Chevrolet; No. 55 Toyota; No. 56 Toyota; No. 78 Chevrolet; No. 88 Chevrolet; No. 99 Ford.

Tickets start at $15 and can be purchased online at www.pitcrewchallenge.com or by calling the Time Warner Cable Arena box office at (800) 745-3000.

FRIDAY

NASCAR Day -- The ninth celebration of NASCAR Day encourages fans to join The NASCAR Foundation's initiative in the "Pin It Forward" campaign. Fans are invited to connect and share their pride for NASCAR by posting stories and uploading pictures on the Foundation's Facebook page. To continue raising awareness, fans can visit The NASCAR Foundation's Facebook page between now and NASCAR Day to "Pin It Forward" with their $20 donation for a pair of commemorative pins -- one for yourself, one for a friend. In addition to helping the cause online, fans may post pictures displaying their spirit -- and their pins -- and share the story of what it means to "Pin It Forward." Accounts to engage with this promotion are The NASCAR Foundation's Facebook page, www.facebook.com/NASCARFoundation, and @NASCAR_FDN on Twitter. The associated Twitter hashtag for this initiative is #NASCARDay.

5 p.m. ET, Charlotte Motor Speedway -- Sprint Cup All-Star Coors Light Pole Qualifying. For tickets, call 1-800-455-FANS or log onto www.charlottemotorspeedway.com -- SPEED to televise.

8 p.m. ET, Charlotte Motor Speedway -- Camping World Truck Series North Carolina Education Lottery 200. For tickets, call 1-800-455-FANS or go to www.charlottemotorspeedway.com -- SPEED to televise.

Be a part of history


Learn more about the 25 nominees for the 2013 class, including newcomers (clockwise, from left) Wendel Scott, Ray Fox, Anne France, Rusty Wallace and Ralph Seagraves. Fans can then vote for five nominees.

SATURDAY

7:30 p.m. ET, Charlotte Motor Speedway -- Sprint Showdown (top two finishers qualify for the Sprint All-Star Race). For tickets, call 1-800-455-FANS or go to www.charlottemotorspeedway.com -- SPEED to televise.

One final option remains for those not already locked in after the Sprint Showdown, and it's all in the hands of the fans. The Sprint Fan Vote gives the most loyal fans in all of sports the opportunity to lock in their favorite driver. To vote, log onto www.nascar.com/allstar.

9 p.m. ET, Charlotte Motor Speedway -- Sprint All-Star Race. For tickets, call 1-800-455-FANS or go to www.charlottemotorspeedway.com -- SPEED to televise.

Those drivers already locked into the All-Star Race: Marcos Ambrose, Trevor Bayne, Greg Biffle, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer, Carl Edwards, Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski, Mark Martin, Paul Menard, Ryan Newman, David Ragan, Regan Smith and Tony Stewart.

Saturday night's All-Star Race consists of a unique -- and lucrative -- format. The race will be run in five segments. The first four segments will be 20 laps each. The fifth and final segment will be a 10-lap dash to the finish, where only green flag laps count. The winners of the first four segments will move to the front of the field and line up in positions 1-4 prior to the field coming to pit road for the final mandatory pit stop prior to Segment 5 (if there is a repeat segment winner, the second-place finisher will start in his place). The winner gets a $1 million payout, and likely more.

Those fans in attendance get an extra treat -- a pre-race concert by one of the biggest names in country music, Blake Shelton. Shelton, a three-time GRAMMY nominee and CMA's reigning Male Vocalist of the Year, will perform prior to the Sprint All-Star Race in the infield between Turns 1 and 2. Admission to the show is free with the purchase of a ticket to the Sprint All-Star Race.

You can also keep up to date with all the week's events by following @NASCAR on Twitter (Hashtag: #SprintAllStar) and logging onto www.nascar.com/allstar.

ON DECK

Further major events follow the all-star extravaganza, both taking place in the Charlotte area. Here's a run of show for next week:

May 23, 6 p.m. ET, NASCAR Hall of Fame -- The fourth annual NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Day is set for May 23. Following voting procedures, NASCAR will announce the five inductees who will make up the 2013 NASCAR Hall of Fame class. The NASCAR Hall of Fame voting panel, consisting of members of the nominating committee and others representing NASCAR, the NASCAR Hall of Fame, major race track ownership groups, retired drivers, owners and crew chiefs along with motorsports media representatives, will meet in a closed session to deliberate and vote on the 25 candidates eligible for this fourth class. The vote will be followed by a press conference announcing the five new inductees who will join the first three classes.

Once again, fans will help decide who earns entry into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. To cast your vote, log on to www.nascar.com/halloffame.

Wednesday's announcement is open to fans who purchase a ticket to the NASCAR Hall of Fame that day. Adult tickets cost $18.95 and the Hall will offer extended hours (9 a.m. to 8 p.m.) on May 23.

May 24, 7 p.m. ET, Charlotte Motor Speedway -- Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying. For tickets, call 1-800-455-FANS or go to www.charlottemotorspeedway.com -- SPEED to televise.

May 26, 2:45 p.m. ET, Charlotte Motor Speedway -- Nationwide Series History 300. For tickets, call 1-800-455-FANS or go to www.charlottemotorspeedway.com -- ABC to televise.

May 27, 6 p.m. ET, Charlotte Motor Speedway -- Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600. One of the sport's crown jewels, NASCAR's longest race is scheduled for 400 laps and 600 miles. For tickets, call 1-800-455-FANS or go to www.charlottemotorspeedway.com -- FOX to televise.

Country music star Darius Rucker will perform prior to the Coca-Cola 600, immediately following the speedway's signature military-themed pre-race show.

The Memorial Day Weekend festivities kick off the at-track activation of "NASCAR Unites -- An American Salute," a patriotic initiative uniting the NASCAR industry and fans to celebrate America and support U.S. military families. The initiative, which launched at the White House on April 9, will run through the next six weeks, continuing until the Independence Day race weekend at Daytona International Speedway. To participate in "NASCAR Unites -- An American Salutes," visit www.NASCAR.com/Unites.