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May 18, 2013, NASCAR.com

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12:10 a.m. ET: As you wrap up your night, check out the live interviews and full Sprint All-Star Race results.

Live interviews here | Full results

11:51 p.m. ET: For the second consecutive year -- and for a record fourth time overall -- Jimmie Johnson has won the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. Some reaction:

Jeff Burton @RCR31JeffBurton

"Breaking news: @JimmieJohnson is really good! Just in case you haven't noticed"

Holly Cain @_HollyCain

"@JimmieJohnson ... another mark in the #NASCAR history books!!!! 5-time is a 4-time #Allstar winner."

Hendrick Motorsports @TeamHendrick

" 'I'm feeling fantastic, I don't know about you guys - but I'm feeling FANTASTIC!' - @JimmieJohnson to the #SprintAllStar winning crew."


"Winner Jimmie Johnson is the 2nd driver to win the #SprintAllStar race back-to-back. 1st to do so was Davey Allison #NASCAR"

11:47 p.m. ET: Can anyone catch Five-Time?

CharlotteMotorSpdwy @CLTMotorSpdwy

Johnson clears Kahne for the lead. Eight to go. #SprintAllStar #NASCAR

11:42 p.m. ET: Unreal race out of pit road, won by Kasey Kahne.


".@kaseykahne beats @JimmieJohnson off pit road, will start the final segment first! #NASCAR #SprintAllStar #10lapshootout"

11:37 p.m. ET: A mandatory four-tire stop is all that stands between these drivers and the 10-lap sprint to the finish. The Busch brothers will enter pit road 1-2.


"Restart order for #SprintAllStar segment five: 5, 48, 18, 22, 78, 99, 11, 1, 88, 20, 15, 39, 29, 14, 24, 16, 10, 9, 55, 34, 17 #NASCAR"

Boris for JGR @JoeGibbsRacing

"Hamlin will enter pit road p8. #NASCAR"

M. Waltrip Racing @MWRteam

"Bowyer restarts final segment in p6. #nascar #SprintAllStar"

99 account manager @99_RFRracing

"Will line up in P7 for the final 10 laps"

11:35 p.m. ET: Kurt Busch wins the fourth 20-lap segment. Analysis on pit-road entry coming up.

11:26 p.m. ET: Some scanner chatter from the No. 29 Chevrolet.

DeLana Harvick @DeLanaHarvick

" 'I'm not sure where the rest of them are but wer're kinda a sitting duck" says @KevinHarvick"

11:23 p.m. ET: Took going for Kyle Busch, who finished in the top two in all of the first three segments.

Boris for JGR @JoeGibbsRacing

"Busch has a rough restart, put three wide ... no tire rub on the 18. #NASCAR"

11:18 p.m. ET: Some notes before the final 20-lap segment:

M. Waltrip Racing @MWRteam

"End of segment 3: @ClintBowyer finished p13. Averaging finish for all three segments so far is 6th. #AllStarRace #nascar"

Boris for JGR @JoeGibbsRacing

"Avg finishes: Kyle Busch 1.3, Hamlin 8, Kenseth 15.3 #NASCAR"

Megan @Hendrick5Team

".@kaseykahne came in for fuel, two right side tires and a chassis adjustment."

TeamStenhouseJr @TeamStenhouseJr

"Caution. And that's the end of Segment 3. @StenhouseJr ends up 17th."

Hendrick Motorsports @TeamHendrick

" 'We just need one more good one.' - crew chief @SteveLetarte to #DaleJr. Final segment coming up. #NASCAR #SprintAllStar"

11:15 p.m. ET: Kyle Busch wins the third segment. He won the second segment as well.

11:12 p.m. ET: Looks like Brad Keselowski, whose car had a busted transmission, has left the building.

Brad Keselowski @keselowski

"Cheering on my teamate @joeylogano from my couch at home. Not fun watching on tv..."

11:10 p.m. ET: Some bad news for Jeff Gordon fans:

Jeff Gordon @JeffGordonWeb

"#JeffGordon - 'I hit the wall. Some damage to the right side.' @AxaltaRacing #CromaxPro @TeamChevy SS is P11 at lap 48. #NASCAR #Team24"

11:04 p.m. ET: That would be awesome.

David Caraviello @dcaraviello

"Long way to go, but the idea of Kyle and Kurt starting on the front row with 10 to go and $1 million on the line is pretty appealing."

11 p.m. ET: No one can win the $1 million bonus for sweeping the five segments. Entering the third segment ...

Boris for JGR @JoeGibbsRacing

"Average finishes: Kyle Busch 1.5, Denny Hamlin 8.5, Matt Kenseth 17.5."

M. Waltrip Racing @MWRteam

"Lap 40 - @55MarkMartin finishes 2nd segment in 19th stays on track and will restart 3rd #nascar"

M. Waltrip Racing @MWRteam

"End of segment 2: @ClintBowyer stayed out. Will restart p1. #SprintAllStar #nascar"

K.C. @KristineC48

"JJ finishes segment 2 P5. Comes in for four tires. 2 more 20 lap segments before the 10 lap shoot out."

Jeff Gordon @JeffGordonWeb

"After the pit stop, the @AxaltaRacing #CromaxPro @TeamChevy SS will restart P12. First 3 did not pit. #NASCAR #Team24"

10:58 p.m. ET: A different Busch wins the second segment, with Kyle Busch's No. 18 Toyota crossing the start/finish line first.

Boris for JGR @JoeGibbsRacing

"Kyle Busch takes top honors in segment 2! He has the best average finish thus far. Hamlin p9, Kenseth p15. #NASCAR"

10:49 p.m. ET: Some more strategy as the caution comes out after Ricky Stenhouse Jr. hits the wall, then takes out Mark Martin. To stay out or come in?

Hendrick Motorsports @TeamHendrick

"The Nos. 88 and 24 #ChevySS race cars come down pit road under caution. #NASCAR"

Boris for JGR @JoeGibbsRacing

"Hamlin pits for the first time. Kenseth pits again for an adjustment. Kyle Busch stays out. #NASCAR"

No. 16 3M Team @163MTEAM

"Biffle says he's tight, currently P6"

Hendrick Motorsports @TeamHendrick

"Crew chief Kenny Francis gives @kaseykahne encouragement over the radio. The No. 5 team stayed out under caution. #NASCAR"

10:46 p.m. ET: Some great three-wide racing going on.

CharlotteMotorSpdwy @CLTMotorSpdwy

Bowyer takes the lead after going three wide the Busch brothers. #SprintAllStar #NASCAR

Boris for JGR @JoeGibbsRacing

Kyle Busch took the @SNICKERS Bites Toyota to the lead briefly, en the 78 pushed him up the track and the 15 passed both.

10:40 p.m. ET: Kurt Busch wins the first of four 20-lap segments, beating brother Kyle Busch to the start/finish line. Some updates:

Stewart-Haas Racing @StewartHaasRcng

"Segment 1 is over. Kurt Busch wins. Newman P12. Stewart P13. Patrick P21."

M. Waltrip Racing @MWRteam

"Bowyer finished segment 1 in p3. Staying out. #nascar #SprintAllStar"

Laura S. @Hendrick88Team

"#DaleJr 10th after the first 20-lap segment."

RCR 29 Cup Team @RCR29KHarvick

"1st segment complete. @KevinHarvick p18, says the car won't turn. #nascar"

10:37 p.m. ET: Green flag! Let's go racing ... again.

10:11 p.m. ET: Brad Keselowski won't return after going to the garage with transmission issues. He said: "Something just broke in the back half of the drive train, either the transmission or drive shaft gear -- I'm not sure which one -- but it's one of those deals, unfortunately. We'll try to learn from it and move on."

10:08 p.m. ET: Drivers and their teams are huddling up to talk strategy during the rain delay.

Laura S. @Hendrick88Team

#DaleJr and @SteveLetarte chat while the #SprintAllStar race is under caution for rain. pic.twitter.com/NbvtayPL34

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9:56 p.m. ET: Humor is helpful in red-flag situations.

Stewart-Haas Racing ‏@StewartHaasRcng

"Worst umbrella girl ever."

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9:53 p.m. ET: Too much rain for just yellow conditions.

Steve O'Donnell @odsteve

"Going to red flag because of rain"

"Teams can work on cars under red for All Star"


"Cars being brought down pit road, red flag being displayed for rain #NASCAR #SprintAllStar"

9:45 p.m. ET: Rain showers have necessitated a caution flag to come out. Time for some strategy.

Stewart-Haas Racing @StewartHaasRcng

"Caution is out after 8 laps for rain. Teams will use this time to pit."

Boris for JGR @JoeGibbsRacing

"8 or so cars chose to pit, including Matt Kenseth. This may enable them to stay out when the leaders pit at the end of this segment."

9:44 p.m. ET: Tough start for the defending series champion.

CharlotteMotorSpdwy @CLTMotorSpdwy

.@keselowski takes it to the garage. #SprintAllAtar

9:42 p.m. ET: Bad, bad news for Brad Keselowski, whose team changed his radiator before the race.


"Bad news for champ @keselowski - off the pace on Lap 3, potential transmission issues #NASCAR #SprintAllStar"

9:41 p.m. ET: We're excited, too.

Penske Racing @penskeracing

"Green, green, green. #NASCAR"

9:39 p.m. ET: Sounds like some showers have popped up again.

Hendrick Motorsports @TeamHendrick

"Drivers are reporting rain on the track. The start has been delayed. #staytuned #SprintAllStar"

9:33 p.m. ET: Danica Patrick came prepared, in case she won the Sprint Fan Vote. Check out the new decal. Good photo, again, from NASCAR.com's Alan Cavanna (@CopaCavanna):

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9:27 p.m. ET: Any surprise that this driver got the loudest cheers during introductions? (Photo by @MissSprintCup)

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9:25 p.m. ET: See all the cars in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race in six seconds. Well done, @CopaCavanna:


9:23 p.m. ET: While you're waiting for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race to start, relive the end of the Sprint Showdown below.


9:18 p.m. ET: Here's a Vine video of driver introductions, courtesy of @TeamHendrick:


9:13 p.m. ET: It's official: Danica Patrick has won the Sprint Fan Vote, as announced by Miss Sprint Cup.

Miss Sprint Cup @MissSprintCup

Congratulations to your 2013 #SprintFanVote winner...@DanicaPatrick !!! Now, time to go racing! -BW, JR, KC

8:47 p.m. ET: As you would expect, the Charlotte Motor Speedway account on Twitter is ready to tweet out photos of driver introductions for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.

CharlotteMotorSpdwy @CLTMotorSpdwy

"We've got you covered for #SprintAllStar driver intros!"

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8:35 p.m. ET: Good showing from winner Jamie McMurray and runner-up Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Boris for JGR @JoeGibbsRacing

The 1 and 17 transfer to the All Star race. Still awaiting word on the fan vote results. #NASCAR

8:32 p.m. ET: Busted for speeding on pit road, Juan Pablo Montoya is closing strong. From NASCAR.com's Kenny Bruce"

Kenny Bruce @kennybruce

Penalty sent @jpmontoya to rear on restart, but EGR driver already up to sixth (lap 28). #NASCAR

8:30 p.m. ET: We've got some thrilling racing so far tonight.

RCR @RCRracing

Getting exciting for the transfer spots. @RCR27PMenard & @RCR31JeffBurton are charging forward.

8:26 p.m. ET: Lots of divergent strategies after the first 20 laps.

RPMotorsports @RPMotorsports

"The #43 @SmithfieldFoods Ford will restart 10th after pit stops. Big adjustments for the #43. 13 car stayed out. #nascar"

Stewart-Haas Racing @StewartHaasRcng

.@DanicaPatrick gets four tires, wedge and air pressure liner adjustments after segment one. Will start segment two in 9th. #GoDaddyRacing

Team EGR @EGRTeams

2 tire stop for the No.1 team at the halfway stop in the #SprintShowdown #TeamGanassi onecars stayed out @jamiemcmurray will restart P2

8:22 p.m. ET: Jamie McMurray led all 20 laps of the first segment.

8:18 p.m. ET: Danica Patrick got some last-minute advice from crew chief Tony Gibson. Thanks @StewartHaasRcng. (Patrick is running inside the top 10).

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8:14 p.m. ET: How fast is this new Generation-6 car running? Take it from race leader Jamie McMurray, via NASCAR.com's Alan Cavanna.

Alan Cavanna @CopaCavanna

" 'I'm only running about 80 percent,' Jamie Mac says. Not bad"

8:11 p.m. ET: Didn't take long for a new leader to emerge.


"Lap 1: McMurray jumps to the lead one lap in #NASCAR #SprintAllStar"

8:07 p.m. ET: The Sprint Showdown is underway. Follow along with NASCAR.com's live leaderboard here.

7:59 p.m. ET: Hear them roar!


""Crank em up gang!" The #NASCAR control tower gives word down to the 23-car Sprint Showdown field. Let the festivities begin!"

7:52 p.m. ET: Reporters at the track are tweeting that drivers are getting into their cars.

7:50 p.m. ET: A familiar face -- Joe Gibbs himself -- gave the Invocation this evening.

Boris for JGR @JoeGibbsRacing

"Thanks for all of your kind messages about Joe Gibbs’ pre race prayer. I’ll pass them along, he loves to hear from you. #NASCAR"

7:19 p.m. ET: Racing is a bit behind schedule, but driver introductions are coming soon. This from NASCAR Vice President Steve O'Donnell:

Steve O'Donnell @odsteve

"Looking at 7:30 Driver intros. Wish we had the #AirTitan race should be started at 8:00 #NASCAR"

7:16 p.m. ET: You can follow NASCAR.com's live leaderboard and Lap-By-Lap of the races tonight by clicking here.

7:10 p.m. ET: Sounds like we're close to getting the festivities started.

Miss Sprint Cup @MissSprintCup

"Drivers are ready backstage! Ready to get the #SprintShowdown Driver Intoductions started!! -KC, JR"

7 p.m. ET: Here's a refresher from Reid Spencer of the NASCAR Wire Service on what happened if rain shortens the evening.

Reid Spencer @Reid_Spencer

"Usual halfway rules apply to races tonight. Showdown 20 of 40 laps, All-Star 45 of 90 laps, and they're official events."

6:54 p.m. ET: Another weather update from NASCAR.com's Alan Cavanna.

Alan Cavanna @CopaCavanna

"Driver intros are delayed while they dry the track. Good news: they're drying the track, and they'll go racing."

6:45 p.m. ET: Lots of weather-related tweets as the track continues to see light drizzle. A sampling:

Stewart-Haas Racing @StewartHaasRcng

"Sprint Showdown driver intros are on hold due to wet track."

JTG Daugherty Racing @NASCAR47

"Radar looks promising, sun peaking through the clouds. Feeling good about taking the green flag here @CLTMotorSpdwy #RainRainWentAway"

6:18 p.m. ET: Classy as always, 'The Mayor' thanks fans for voting for him in the Sprint Fan Vote. You can see the top five vote-getters here.

Jeff Burton @RCR31JeffBurton

"Thank u to everyone who voted for me for tonight's race. Hoping rain gets out of here so we can go race our way in!"

6:06 p.m. ET: If weather shortens the Sprint All-Star Race, a driver cannot win the $1 million bonus for winning every segment. From NASCAR.com's David Caraviello:

David Caraviello @dcaraviello

"Clarification: Told by a Charlotte Motor Speedway spokesman that a driver must win all five segments to win the $2 million.

So obviously, if we get weather and can't complete all five segments, there would be no extra $1 million bonus."

6:03 p.m. ET: Can you see your favorite driver? Great use of Vine app from @NASCAR following the drivers' meeting.


5:56 p.m. ET: From NASCAR.com's Kenny Bruce, who is at the track: Brad Keselowski's team has changed out the radiator on the No. 2 Ford.

5:32 p.m. ET: It's time for the pre-race drivers' meeting. Who can you spot in this tweet from @NASCAR?

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5:29 p.m. ET: This meeting of the minds is between a pair of champions. Jeff Gordon meets Martina Navratilova, considered perhaps the greatest women's player of all-time. From the @Drive2EndHunger account.

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5:24 p.m. ET: This should come as no surprise, but Dale Earnhardt Jr. drew the biggest crowd during the Sprint Experience this evening. Thanks to @NASCAR with the retweet of @ChadWillis.

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5:22 p.m. ET: David Ragan came up big earlier this year to win the Aaron's 499 at Talladega. Now he's just eating big. That burger could feed his entire team.

FrontRow Motorsports @FrontRowNASCAR

Not really sure what's going on here at RaceDay, but hoping @DavidRagan doesn't actually eat that

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4:52 p.m. ET: Good news, race fans.

Larry mcreynolds @LarryMac28
Hey Hey Looks like light rain has stopped!

4:50 p.m. ET: Looks like Jeff Gordon (@JeffGordonWeb) is doing a Q&A with his fans on Twitter right now: "What's up everyone? I've got some time before heading to the driver's meeting. Send me your questions. I'll answer as many as I can."

4:32 p.m. ET: Just announced in the media center at the track: the current top five in the Sprint Fan Vote (in alphabetical order): Jeff Burton, Bobby Labonte, Danica Patrick, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Martin Truex Kr.

4 p.m. ET: One hour left to get your ballots in for the Sprint Fan Vote!

Martin Truex Jr. @MartinTruexJr56
Thanks to all that voted,and are still at it, sounds like were doing pretty good! Yall rock!!!Hopefully the rain quits so we can go racing.

3:53 p.m. ET: Last minute prep!


3:39 p.m. ET: Rain is in the area ...

David Caraviello@dcaraviello
Starting to rain at the race track. Still four hours -- wait, four hours?!? -- until on-track activity is slated to begin.

3:29 p.m. ET: We'll be honest. We're a little surprised he didn't join in.

Clint Bowyer @ClintBowyer
Driving in to track got me wound up! Fans have the party rolling big time today. Saw a serious game of beer pong going down. #envious

3:27 p.m. ET: That it is, Time Warner Cable. That is is.

Time Warner Cable @TWC
The No. 5 Time Warner Cable #ChevySS is a thing of beauty #enjoyracingbetter pic.twitter.com/eIic01XQNZ


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3:24 p.m. ET: Here's a look at the pace car ahead of tonight's Sprint All-Star race.

CharlotteMotorSpdwy @CLTMotorSpdwy
This pace car will lead the field during tonight's #SprintAllStar race.twitpic.com/crio8l

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3:15 p.m. ET: NASCAR VP Steve O'Donnell with a quick update on tonight's race format. Read more about it in NASCAR.com's Kenny Bruce's piece.

Steve O'Donnell @odsteve
20/20/20/20/10 tonight for All Star race-Pit road speed 45mph-Caution car 55mph-Fuel Window 52 laps-win all segments $2 million #NASCAR

3:10 p.m. ET: Among the many tributes to the late Dick Trickle, RCRacing cars will be donning this decal.

CharlotteMotorSpdwy @CLTMotorSpdwy

This decal is on all the @RCRracing cars today. #sprintallstar pic.twitter.com/aZGaWI1wi

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2:58 p.m. ET: Miss Sprint Cup got the pleasure of interviewing Jimmie Johnson's crew chief, Chad Knaus earlier. "Talking w/ Chad Knaus about what it's like being @JimmieJohnson's crew chief! Thanks 4 hosting us, @TeamHendrick! -JRpic.twitter.com/uC4dWysyfI" - via @MissSprintCup

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2:17 p.m. ET: Aric Almirola is another driver trying to make it into the All-Star race. "Excited about tonight. It's going to be hammer down!" - via @aric_almirola

1:51 p.m. ET: Miguel Paludo nearly won last night's race. "Leading the Charlotte race last night. #cleanair instagram.com/p/ZdkL0pqkqC/" - via @miguelpaludo

Photo by miguelpaludo


1:19 p.m. ET: You and us both, Timmy. "Headed to the track. The weather is looking a little iffy so lets hope Mother Nature holds off for tonight's show!" - via @TimmyHillRacer

1:01 p.m. ET: NASCAR VP Steve O'Donnell posted a picture on Twitter of the garage area ahead of tonight's race. "Still a few hours before we throw the Green for best All Star event in sports #NASCAR pic.twitter.com/IaOOuGpaW9" - via @odsteve

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12:57 p.m. ET: Sounds like it's going to be a long day for NASCAR.com's David Caraviello (@dcaraviello): "Been at track 30 seconds, and already two near road-rage incidents involving people in golf carts. #NoTurnSignal #NoIdeaWhereYoureGoing"

12:53 p.m. ET: Tonight is the #SprintAllStar on SPEED! @SPEED.com's top 5 All-Star races: #1: '92 #OneHotNight#NASCAR pic.twitter.com/XYvaDv9B6S - via @NASCARonSPEED

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11:49 a.m. ET: Kyle Busch was the winner of last night's N.C. Education Lottery 200, and he did so despite taking a late and costly penalty. It was his first Truck Series win since 2011. Read the recap to get the full details, and watch the clip of his post-race press conference below.

11:09 a.m. ET: Welcome back to the Charlotte Motor Speedway, Sprint All-Star edition of Minute-by-Minute! There's plenty for you to catch up on and add to your Saturday morning to-do list (other than mowing the lawn) ahead of today's races. Our suggestion? Start by getting your last-minute Sprint Fan Vote ballots in before today's 5 p.m. ET deadline, then check out the lineup for the All-Star race.

Friday, May 17

10:14 p.m. ET: Kyle Busch wins the NC Education Lottery 200.

10:11 p.m. ET: Calamity for Hornaday and others.


10:01 p.m. ET: "After feeling a vibration - Jeb headed to pit road with a loose wheel. Will restart P16 #NASCAR" - via @JebBurtonRacing

9:53 p.m. ET: "Green flag! vine.co/v/bEPpJx0AIPE"- via @TSMotorsports

9:46 p.m. ET: "Caution back out as the No. 02 gets into the wall. Tune to @SPEED for hard racing for the win with less than 30 laps to go. #NCWTS #NASCAR" - via @NASCARonSPEED

9:36 p.m ET: Nifty picture from Jimmie Johnson.

Photo by jimmiejohnson

9:32 p.m. ET: "Still in the garage & CC Harold Holly takes this time to debrief with Joey as repairs are still being made to the #18pic.twitter.com/s61Z2F7umi" - via @joeycoulter

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"9:30 p.m. ET: Miguel jumps out to the lead after the lap 87 restart. Still leading on lap 93. #NASCAR -PR" - via @miguelpaludo

"9:26 p.m. ET: DA comes to pit road for 4 tires and fuel- can make it to the checkers on this tank of gas. pic.twitter.com/XTURsXGWTx" - via @Dakoda Armstrong

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9:24 p.m. ET: "Pitting lots of adjustments coming major major wedge here is the onion pic.twitter.com/EUo7SWNRNN" - via @Team_Onion

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"9:18 p.m. ET: Right side damage on the #18. In the garage & the @KBMteam crew are working hard on repairs. pic.twitter.com/QIZVLEZuXG" -via @joeycoulter


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9:11 p.m. ET: Double trouble early for German Quiroga.


9:08 p.m. ET: Miss the pole winner for tomorrow night's Sprint All-Star race speak earlier? Listen to Carl Edwards speak.


9:04 p.m. ET: "@Brendan62 hits pit road for four fresh tires & fuel. #NASCARtwitpic.com/craqxl" - via @RCRacing

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9:03 p.m. ET:Matt Kenseth supporting the Carl Edwards Twitter movement: "Good job by #antitwittercarl and @gbiffle on the front row.....it must have been our talk last night..." - via @mattkenseth

8:53 p.m. ET: "#KBShow? Too early?" - via NASCAR.com's @dcaraviello

8:52 p.m. ET: "Lap 36 & 22-year-old Coulter battles 54-year-old Hornaday for 15th @CLTMotorSpdwy in the #NCEL200" - @joeycoulter

8:51 p.m. ET: "A lot of three wide racing, @NASCAR_Trucks style as we go back to green @CLTMotorSpdwy! DA takes advantage, moves up to P19. 100 laps to go!" - via @DakodaArmstrong

"8:49 p.m. ET: Under caution, Mike Dillon said to @tydillon to be patient and let the fuel burn off and loose condition will go away... Answer was, "10-4"' - via @RCRacing

8:47 p.m. ET: "Yellow back out, James is ok. Running p8. Reporting the truck is a little free" -via @JamesBuescher

8:45 p.m. ET:"Caution lap 25 for a truck in the wall. #MP is 10th. Hard to tell if air pressure adj made better. Aero tight. #NASCAR -PR" - via @miguelpaludo

8:38 p.m. ET:"Keep an eye on the #31 truck, sounds like @JamesBuescher is taking his time working through the field." - via @TSMotorsports

8:32 p.m. ET: "Most teams hit pit road, the 62 team did not. This will help gain some track position... BG restarts as the leader. #nascar" - via @RCR62BGaughan

"8:30 p.m. ET: 4 tires and fuel full service we stalled and tire got away from us. @MadVapes @smithoptics @SPEED_ENERGY" - via Justin Lofton (@jlracing)

8:29 p.m. ET: "Caution out for the first time on lap 15 for a spin, DA running P9 with the @LandOLakesInc #Silverado. Says he is a tick tight. #NCEL200" via @DakodaArmstrong

8:28 p.m. ET: At least he didn't keep his blinker on. "Boy did I drive like an old grandma tonight." - via @mattkenseth

8:27 p.m. ET: "7 laps into the 134-lap race & Joey is scored 16th. Quiet on the radio. (PR)" - via @joeycoulter

8:25 p.m. ET: "Running p4 just getting settled into a solid pace @MadVapes @smithoptics @SPEED_ENERGY" - via Justin Lofton (@jlracing)

8:20 p.m. ET: Green flag!

8:16 p.m. ET: Just about to get underway here for tonight's Truck Series race. Be sure to follow along on our live leaderboard.

8:02 p.m. ET: Here's pole-sitter Jeb Burton ahead of tonight's North Carolina Education Lottery 200. "@JebBurtonRacing chatting with @truckpits before strapping in to his Chevy Silverado pic.twitter.com/M23M9GcTKa" - via @TSMotorsports

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7:55 p.m. ET: Once again, Carl Edwards is your pole winner for the Sprint All-Star race. See how he did it.


7:43 p.m. ET: Jeff Gordon is not pleased with Jeff Gordon. "Well that was an embarrassing attempt at getting to pit road for #SprintAllStarRace. Pit crew was awesome! Will make up for it tomorrow." - via @JeffGordonWeb

7:40 p.m. ET: For a full lineup of tomorrow night's Sprint All-Star race, check this out.

7:36 p.m. ET: Check in with NASCAR.com's Alan Cavanna in Friday night's edition of Up to Speed: All-Star Race.


H7:33 p.m. ET: ere's the full lineup for the Sprint Showdown. And read the recap of tonight's Sprint All-Star race qualifying.

7:28 p.m. ET:As a reminder: you have just a little time left to vote for Martin Truex Jr. (or any of your other favorite drivers) here.

7:26 p.m. ET: Well, Martin Truex Jr. certainly has the most intuitive campaign. We'll see how it works out for him: " @MartinTruexJr56 is out campaigning for #AllStar votes in an unconventional way!What would it take 2 get your vote?" via @MWRteam

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"7:25 p.m. ET: No time to rest. The #NCEL200 is just 40 minutes away! Live on @SPEED at 8pm. pic.twitter.com/Xss7vCgEV3" via @CLTMotorSpdwyMedia preview

7:21 p.m. ET:"While we wait on official order, check out these pics of our teams right before their stops. #NASCAR pic.twitter.com/Jqx0qCLCVw" via @TeamHendrick

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7:17 p.m. ET: "Congrats to #CarlEdwards for winning the @NASCAR #SprintAllStar pole!! -JR pic.twitter.com/UJS4Vnn2ug" via @MissSprintCup

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7:09 p.m. ET:Be sure to tune in to NASCAR.com's Press Pass to hear from Carl Edwards and his post-qualifying reaction. Kurt Busch is live right now.

7:04 p.m. ET: The Big Man approves: " Robin Pemberton on the radio: Great job, that's one of the coolest things we've done in a long time! #NASCAR" - via @NASCARStats

7:03 p.m. ET: And Carl Edwards is your pole winner for tomorrow night's Sprint All-Star race.

6:58 p.m. ET: Bad news for Junior: "Unfortunately, the No. 88 team will also catch a five second penalty for a loose lug nut. #NASCAR #SprintAllStar"
- via @TeamHendrick

6:57 p.m. ET: Good news for Junior: "So far, the No. 88 @NationalGuard pit crew had the fastest pit stop of the day. #NASCAR #SprintAllStar" - via @TeamHendrick

6:53 p.m. ET: Coincidentally, Edwards is now the new provisional pole sitter: "New pole sitter: Carl Edwards, who has Dick Trickle's name written above the driver's side window opening of his No. 99 car." - via NASCAR.com's @dcaraviello.

6:52 p.m. ET: Good stuff on the No. 99 of Carl Edwards. Tribute to Trickle. "Nice tribute by @roushfenway & #CarlEdwards honoring the late#DickTrickle#NASCAR pic.twitter.com/kiLlZPzvEn" - via @NASCARonSPEEDMedia preview

6:47 p.m. ET: Biffle to the rescue: "Greg Biffle breaks up the Busch Brothers bonanza at the top of the board, sliding into second behind Kurt." - via @dcaraviello.

6:43 p.m. ET: And now a little bit of trouble for Logano: "And Joey Logano now barely over the line. We all thought the problems would stem from carrying speed onto pit road. Instead, it's the stop." - via @dcaraviello.

6:40 p.m. ET: Trouble for Kevin Harvick: "Kevin Harvick barely overshoots pit stall in qualifying, but he'll have to start at rear anyway because of an engine change earlier today." - via @dcaraviello.

6:38 p.m. ET: Via @NASCAR: "No pit road speed limit = no idea what's going to happen next. #NASCAR". Yeah, basically.

6:31 p.m. ET: "The Busch Show" continues at Charlotte Motor Speedway, this time with a split lead. Via NASCAR.com's David Caraviello (@dcaraviello): "It's Kurt and Kyle 1-2 so far in #NASCAR Sprint All-Star qualifying. Feax paus so far: Johnson slides past box by a little, Ambrose by lot."

6:24 p.m. ET: Tough break for Jimmie. Via @NASCARonSPEED: "Adding insult to injury, @JimmieJohnson's team also received a 5-sec. penalty for 1 lugnt not being attached. #nascar"

6:19 p.m. ET: Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s team sure looks ready (and gung ho) ahead of his qualifying run, via @TeamHendrick.

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6:18 p.m. ET: Also from Cavanna: "Big fan reaction as @JimmieJohnson fish tails and misses his pit. First mishap on pit road."

6:17 p.m. ET: According to NASCAR.com video host Alan Cavanna (@CopaCavanna), Mark Martin is adopting an interesting strategy for qualifying. "Mark Martin's team went left-sides first. Anyone else do that?"

6:15 p.m. ET: Sprint Showdown qualifying winner Martin Truex Jr. is speaking right now! Go to www.nascar.com/presspass to see what he has to say.

6:12 p.m. ET: Did you miss GarageCam earlier today? Don't worry. Minute-by-Minute has you covered.

6:08 p.m. ET: Martin Truex Jr. was your Sprint Showdown qualifying winner. He posed with @MissSprintCup to accept his award. "Congratulations to @MartinTruexJr56 for winning the#SprintShowdown pole @CLTMotorSpdwy! -KC pic.twitter.com/gdJgKjJsGh"Media preview

6:06 p.m. ET: Qualifying for the Sprint All-Star Race is now underway. Follow along on our live leaderboard.

5:36 p.m. ET: Elliott Sadler (@Elliott_Sadler) snagged a pic of tonight's pole-winner, Jeb Burton. "Congrats on the pole.. Va. Boy“@JebBurtonRacing: For the third time in five races - your pole sitter!! -- #NASCAR twitpic.com/cr9q3i

For the third time in five races - your pole sitter!!  -- #NASCAR


5:33 p.m. ET:NASCAR.com's David Caraviello (@dcaraviello) just tweeted out a cool, behind-the-scenes shot from the garage area during qualifying.

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5:29 p.m. ET: Rookie Jeb Burton earned his third pole of the season in just the fifth Camping World Truck Series race of the year. We recap the qualifying session here, while you can check out the full lineup for tonight's N.C. Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway here.


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