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Snapshot: NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race

May 16, 2014, Staff report,

Learn more about the formats of the Sprint Showdown and Sprint All-Star Race

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What: 30th-annual NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race
Where: Charlotte Motor Speedway
When: Saturday, May 17, 2014
FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
20 laps / 20 laps / 20 laps / 20 laps / 10 laps (135 miles)
9:20 p.m. ET; qualifying at 7:20 p.m. ET


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Fastest in practice
Lone practice: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Hendrick Motorsports No. 88 Chevrolet (193.562 mph)

From pole to Victory Lane
The NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race has been won from the pole position four times: Dale Earnhardt (1990), Davey Allison (1991 and 1992), Kurt Busch (2010).

Seeking a three-peat
Jimmie Johnson became the first driver to win four NASCAR Sprint All-Star Races last year, and he seeks to become the first driver to win three consecutive all-star events. Last year, Johnson joined Davey Allison as the only other driver to score back-to-back victories (1991-92).

Transfers from the Sprint Showdown
Clint Bowyer, Michael Waltrip Racing No. 15 Toyota, and AJ Allmendinger, JTG Daugherty Racing No. 47 Chevrolet, finished 1st and 2nd in Friday's Sprint Showdown to advance to the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.

Josh Wise, Phil Parsons Racing No. 98 Ford, earned the Sprint Fan Vote to make his first career start in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. In 2008, Kasey Kahne became the first and only driver to get into the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race by the Sprint Fan Vote and go on to win the event.

Youth vs. experience
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). .

Former NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race winners in field
Jimmie Johnson (4); Jeff Gordon (3); Kurt Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Ryan Newman, Tony Stewart (1).

Field breakdown
Drivers who meet the following criteria are eligible for the 2014 Sprint All-Star Race:

· Drivers who have won races in the current and preceding year. (Greg Biffle, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards, Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Jamie McMurray, Ryan Newman, David Ragan, Martin Truex Jr., Brian Vickers) If a driver leaves a team with which he/she has won a race, the driver remains eligible (through the last race before the All-Star Race), the former team does not.

· Drivers who are past NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions in the last 10 years.

· Drivers who have won the All-Star Race in the past 10 years.

· The winning driver of the Sprint Showdown. (Clint Bowyer)

· The runner-up in the Sprint Showdown. (AJ Allmendinger)

· The driver who is voted in by fans by the Sprint Fan Vote. (Josh Wise)

Unique qualifying
The starting lineup for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race will be determined by time trials consisting on three laps including a four-tire pit stop. The total time will determine the lineup. 

Race format
The NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race consists of five segments with the first four segments consisting of 20 laps each and the final segment consisting of 10 laps. 

Following the first three segments, there are optional pit stops and five caution laps. The field will be set by pit stop/stay out track position after each of the first three segments. Following the fourth segment, the running order will be repositioned based on the average finish for the first four segments prior to pit road opening for the mandatory four-tire pit stop. The order of cars returning to the track will determine the order for the fifth and final segment. The running order ties will be broken by the finish of the fourth segment.

The final fifth segment is winner take all for the $1 million winner's payday. 


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