|Truck Series leader Timothy Peters|
…Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint All Star Race features the latest in a series of annual format tweaks. This year, the race will be contested in five segments; four 20-lappers and a 10-lap finale. The four segment winners will be moved to the head of the pack prior to a mandatory pit stop preceding the final segment, placing a new emphasis on winning. Drivers will start the final, 10-lap segment in the order they leave pit road.
|Trevor Bayne is qualified|
…Dale Earnhardt, Jr., will compete in Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. All that remains is to determine how. Winless this year and last (and then some) Earnhardt presently is not qualified for the annual event. As such, he will be required to race in Saturday’s preliminary “Sprint Showdown,” where both the winner and runner-up advance to the main event. Barring that, NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver will have to rely on his fans to vote him into the All-Star Race; a bet that seems virtually ironclad. The only thing that could derail Earnhardt’s march to an All Star starting berth is the rule requiring the Fan Vote winner to finish on the lead lap in the Sprint Showdown. Problems in Saturday’s preliminary race could render Earnhardt ineligible for the Fan Vote, effectively removing his safety net. Earnhardt won the Fan Vote in each of the last two seasons.
…Despite the fact that the race itself takes place under the lights, practice for the All Star event will he held in the heat of the day. Sprint Showdown drivers are scheduled to practice from noon to 1:25 p.m. Friday, with qualifying set for 5 p.m. The 20 qualified All-Star drivers practice from 1:35 to 3 p.m., with qualifying at 6:00.
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