Motor Racing Network – “The Voice of NASCAR” – is inviting fans to visit MotorRacingNetwork.com and cast their vote, selecting the most memorable All-Star Race from the following list:
1987 – Dale Earnhardt’s dramatic drive through the infield of the Charlotte tri-oval -- known as the “pass in the grass” -- after contact with Bill Elliott, which helped “The Intimidator” hold off Terry Labonte for the win.
1989 – A post-race war of words between winner Rusty Wallace and Darrell Waltrip came after the two made contact in the fourth turn while racing for the white flag. This led to a post-race scuffle between their respective crews as Wallace’s winning car was being rolled into Victory Lane.
1992 – In the first prime time running of the All-Star Race, Earnhardt collided with Kyle Petty on the final lap – with Davey Allison taking the checkered flag before sliding across the track and into the outside wall amid a trail of sparks that lit up the night.
2000 – Dale Earnhardt Jr. joined his dad as the only father-son duo to win the race.
2001 – Jeff Gordon joins Earnhardt as the only three-time winner of the event, in spite of his involvement in a first-lap accident that occurred as rain began to fall over Charlotte Motor Speedway. Since the event was a non-points race and the first lap had not been completed, NASCAR allowed teams to use their backup cars and restarted the race.
|The "Pass in the Grass"|
“With 27 years of All-Star highlights to choose from, narrowing this down to the top five was challenging,” said MRN President and Executive Producer David Hyatt. “Through that process, we see once again what a spectacular event this is. We’re excited about bringing our fans into it by giving them a voice in selecting the best race.”
Fans can vote by visiting www.motorracingnetwork.com, with balloting ending on “NASCAR Day” Friday, May 18. The fans’ choice will be announced during Motor Racing Network’s pre-race coverage of the Sprint All-Star Race on Saturday, May 19. Air time for the 28th running of the non-points special event is 6 p.m. (EDT). Carl Edwards of Roush Fenway Racing was victorious in 2011, the race’s eighth different winner in the last eight years.
Motor Racing Network’s 2012 broadcast slate features 87 live events from 33 venues across the country. In addition to serving a nationwide network of affiliate radio stations, all programming is streamed live at individual stations’ websites as well as www.motorracingnetwork.com – and on mobile devices.