All-Star Saturday Night Preview

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One of NASCAR’s biggest nights is set for this Saturday Night. It’s All-Star Saturday Night and the excitement, drama, and action will be present throughout the evening. The All-Star Race is a very special event and it often includes lots of drama which always results in great racing. Saturday Night will be kicked off with the Sprint Showdown which will feature drivers hoping to get into the main event and it will be followed by the All-Star Race. With format changes for this season, the race will be unpredictable and as wild as it has been in years past.

The Sprint Showdown will kick the races off on Saturday Night and that race is scheduled to go green around 7:30 PM EST. The format for this race is unchanged and it will be the same as in years past. There will be two 20-lap segments with an optional pit stop between the segments. The top two finishers in the race will advance to the All-Star Race along with the fan-vote winner. During driver introductions for the All-Star Race, the fan-vote winner will be announced. Leading candidates to receive the vote include (alphabetical order) Jeff Burton, Bobby Labonte, Danica Patrick, and Martin Truex Jr.

Following the Showdown will be the main event, the Sprint All-Star Race. The race is expected to be a wild one since no points are on the line and only money will be rewarded to the winner. One million dollars to be exact. Unless, the winner of the race leads at the end of each segment which will earn them two million dollars as a part of Bruton Smith’s bonus. Being up front and staying up front will be the key to having a shot at the win on Saturday and there are many advantages to being up front rather than hanging in the back.

To really have a shot at the win, the drivers will need to remain up front throughout the first four segments, because after the fourth segment, the drivers will enter pit road for the mandatory four-tire pit stop based on their average finishes in the first four segments. Being able to enter pit road first is a pretty good reason to be up front and contending for the victory all-night long. The first four segments will be made up of 20 laps each and the final segment after the stops will consist of only 10 green-flag laps. A shootout will be in-store to determine the winner and the pit crews will be the ones responsible for getting their driver out front for the final segment. There’s a lot to look forward to for the race and it is sure to be very exciting.

Drivers to lookout for in the race include Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Jeff Gordon, and Brad Keselowski along with others. Johnson took home the victory in last year’s race and his dominance of the Charlotte Motor Speedway could allow him to do it again. Any of the drivers in the field could legitimately have a shot at victory and even the guys advancing from the Showdown could win since Kasey Kahne did exactly that in 2008.

Just about everyone is pumped up for the All-Star Race this weekend and the drivers know how special of a race this one is. With two million dollars on the line, the race is definitely worth contending for and the action should be exciting throughout the night. One faulty mistake could cost a driver a shot at the victory, but at the same time, that move could open a window of opportunity for another driver to sweep in and grab the money. This race will be an all-out brawl and the excitement never seems to disappoint. Tune-in on Saturday to the SPEED channel to see all the action unfold on the track in one of the most electrifying races of the year.

Other Notes about the race

Broadcasting Channel- SPEED (TV), MRN (Radio)

Start Time- SPEED’s coverage begins at 4:00 PM EST and the Showdown is scheduled to begin around 7:30 PM EST

Weather Forecast- Thunderstorms, low of 65 F, and a 60% chance of precipitation

By Jason Schultz

Entry List for the Sprint Showdown via Jayski.com

1

     1

Jamie   McMurray

Chevy

Bass   Pro Shops – National Wild Turkey Federation

Felix   Sabates

2

     7

Dave   Blaney

Chevy

Sany

Tommy   Baldwin

3

     10

Danica   Patrick #

Chevy

GoDaddy.com

Gene   Haas

4

     13

Casey   Mears

Ford

GEICO

Bob   Germain

5

     17

Ricky   Stenhouse Jr. #

Ford

Best   Buy

John   Henry

6

     19

Mike   Bliss(i)

Toyota

Plinker   Tactical

Randy   Humphrey

7

     27

Paul   Menard

Chevy

Menards   / Serta

Richard   Childress

8

     30

David   Stremme

Toyota

Lean   1

Brandon   Davis

9

     31

Jeff   Burton

Chevy

Caterpillar

Richard   Childress

10

     32

Timmy   Hill #

Ford

OXY   Water

Frank   Stoddard

11

     33

Landon   Cassill

Chevy

TBA

Joe   Falk

12

     36

J.J.   Yeley

Chevy

TBA

Allan   Heinke

13

     38

David   Gilliland

Ford

Long   John Silver’s

Brad   Jenkins

14

     42

Juan   Pablo Montoya

Chevy

Target

Chip   Ganassi

15

     43

Aric   Almirola

Ford

Smithfield

Richard   Petty

16

     44

Scott   Riggs

Ford

No   Label

John   Cohen

17

     47

Bobby   Labonte

Toyota

House   Autry

Tad   Geschickter

18

     52

Brian   Keselowski

Toyota

TBA

Bob   Keselowski

19

     56

Martin   Truex Jr.

Toyota

NAPA   Auto Parts

Michael   Waltrip

20

     83

David   Reutimann

Toyota

Burger   King / Dr Pepper

Ron   Devine

21

     87

Joe   Nemechek (i)

Toyota

Royalteakcollection.com

Andrea   Nemechek

22

     93

Travis   Kvapil

Toyota

Burger   King / Dr Pepper

Ron   Devine

23

     95

Michael   McDowell

Ford

Leavine   Family Racing

Bob   Leavine

 

Entry List for the Sprint All-Star Race via Jayski.com

 

1

     2

Brad   Keselowski

Ford

Miller   Lite

Roger   Penske

2

     5

Kasey   Kahne

Chevy

Farmers   Insurance

Linda   Hendrick

3

     9

Marcos   Ambrose

Ford

DeWalt

Richard   Petty

4

     11

Denny   Hamlin

Toyota

FedEx   Express

J   D Gibbs

5

     14

Tony   Stewart

Chevy

Bass   Pro Shops / Mobil 1

Margaret   Haas

6

     15

Clint   Bowyer

Toyota

5-hour   Energy

Rob   Kauffman

7

    16

Greg   Biffle

Ford

3M   Filtrete

Jack   Roush

8

     18

Kyle   Busch

Toyota

Snickers   Bites

Joe   Gibbs

9

     20

Matt   Kenseth

Toyota

Home   Depot / Husky Tools

Joe   Gibbs

10

     22

Joey   Logano

Ford

Shell   Pennzoil

Walter   Czarnecki

11

     24

Jeff   Gordon

Chevy

Axalta   / Cromax

Rick   Hendrick

12

     29

Kevin   Harvick

Chevy

Rheem   / Budweiser

Richard   Childress

13

     34

David   Ragan

Ford

CSX   “Play it Safe”

Bob   Jenkins

14

     39

Ryan   Newman

Chevy

Aspen   Dental

Tony   Stewart

15

     48

Jimmie   Johnson

Chevy

Lowe’s   Patriotic

Jeff   Gordon

16

     55

Mark   Martin

Toyota

Aaron’s   Dream Machine

Michael   Waltrip

17

     78

Kurt   Busch

Chevy

Furniture   Row / Serta

Barney   Vissar

18

     88

                   Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Chevy

National   Guard

Rick   Hendrick

19

     99

Carl   Edwards

Ford

Fastenal

Jack   Roush

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