RACE PREVIEW

SPRINT SHOWDOWN

MAY 20th, 7PM ET on FOX SPORTS 1 TV

CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY

1.5 Miles, 24 Degrees of Banking

Saturday night is NASCAR’s All Star evening. Since we see the best 43 drivers every week why have an All Star evening? Because it is a throwback to old school: Saturday Night heat racing, where most of these drivers came from, done on an incredibly massive scale. But, first up on Friday night we’ll see the Sprint Showdown, a race for all drivers who do not qualify for the following race, the Sprint All Star Race. (In other words the Sprint Showdown is for drivers who are in the top 50 in points that are not eligible for the Sprint All Star Race.) The Sprint Showdown will be run in three segments. The first two segments both 20 laps and a third segment of 10 laps. Each segment winner will advance to the Sprint All Star Race along with a driver voted on by the fans. In total we’ll see four drivers come back on Saturday night.

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SPRINT ALL STAR RACE

MAY 21st, 7PM ET on FOX SPORTS 1 TV

CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY

1.5 Miles, 24 Degrees of Banking

Saturday night we’ll see the Sprint All Star Race. Along with the four drivers from the Sprint Showdown, the Sprint All Star Race is made up of drivers who won a race in 2015, drivers who have won so far in 2016, past winners of this race, and past NASCAR Cup Champions. The race will be run in two 50 laps segments and a final thirteen lap segment. Prior to the start of the final segment, a random draw will decide whether the top nine, 10 or 11 cars will enter pit road for a mandatory four-tire pit stop. The rest will stay out on older tires and lead the field to green for the final segment. Cars with four new tires will line up behind those with older tires. It all adds up to a gripping fight-to-the-front finish for $1 million. The last 13 laps will be a crazy dash for cash. I have seen drivers do things on the track in this race they would never do in a points’ race. So why race at all? For the prestige of winning, for a piece of the over $2 plus million purse-$1 million to the winner, also because that’s what NASCAR drivers do: race to win and race just for the sake of racin’.

Tuesday look for our Top 10 drivers on intermediate tracks.