“Checkers or wreckers” pretty much sums up the non-points event now known as the Sprint All-Star Race, taking place this Saturday night, May 18th, at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Dating back to its days as “The Winston,” this event has caused jubilation, frustration, trips to the hospital and more among the best drivers in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series.
Hendrick Motorsports has seven wins in the event, followed by Richard Childress Racing and Roush Fenway Racing with four each. Surprisingly, Joe Gibbs Racing, the hottest team in NASCAR in 2013, has yet to win an All-Star Race, but Matt Kenseth, in his first season with JGR, does have a win from his Roush Fenway days.
Five drivers to watch in the Sprint All-Star Race:
· Jeff Gordon – Gordon has 19 starts in the All-Star Race, accumulating three wins and nine top 10 finishes with an average finish of 9.5; his last win, however, came in 2001.
· Jimmie Johnson – in the last 14 All-Star Races, Johnson is the only driver to win more than once – and he’s done it three times. In 11 All-Star Races, he has seven top five finishes with an average finish of 6.6.
· Tony Stewart – Stewart needs something to spark his dismal 2013 season, and back in 2009, Stewart used the All-Star Race to jump-start his new team, Stewart-Haas Racing, earning his first win as a driver/owner and going on to win four points races that season.
· Matt Kenseth – the 2004 winner of the All-Star Race has switched teams this season, and may be JGR’s brightest hope to win its first All-Star event. In 12 previous starts in the event, Kenseth has nine top 10 finishes with an average finish of 6.3.
· Dark horse: Kurt Busch – Busch is a past winner of the All-Star Race (2010 with Penske Racing) and has been running competitively this season with Furniture Row Racing. He has six top 10 finishes, with an average finish of 10.8.
Qualifying for the Sprint Showdown for non-winners takes place Friday, May 17th, at 5:15 p.m. ET, while qualifying for the Sprint All-Star Race takes place at 6 p.m. ET. The Sprint Showdown goes green Saturday, May 18th at 7:30 p.m. ET, followed by the All-Star Race at approximately 9 p.m. ET. Keep up with the action at www.nascar.com.
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