It’s the time of the year again for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as All-Star weekend begins at Charlotte Motor Speedway. For Carl Edwards, his All-Star race will get off to a great start.
During Friday’s Sprint Cup Series All-Star race-qualifying session, Edwards won the pole when he posted a qualifying run of three laps and a pit stop in 1 minute, 51.297 seconds. Friday’s All-Star pole win is Edward’s first All-Star race pole in his Cup Series career.
Joining Edwards on the front row will be Kurt Busch, who will begin on the front row for a second consecutive race. Greg Biffle, Kyle Busch and Joey Logano close out the top five.
Denny Hamlin, who continues to make his way back into competition, qualified in seventh.
Defending race winner Jimmie Johnson qualified towards the end of the field in 18th after having trouble in the pit stop portion of his qualifying run. Kevin Harvick’s time was disallowed after his team made the pit stop over the pit-box line.
Saturday’s Cup Series All-Star race will consist of 90 laps, four 20-lap segments and the final 10-lap shootout for the $1 million prize. This year, the winner has the chance to win $2 million, something that track owner Bruton Smith came up with if a driver can win all four segments and the final 10-lap segment.
As of now, 19 drivers are locked into the All-Star race. By the conclusion of the Sprint Showdown, three more drivers will join the race. The final-three drivers will be the winner of the Sprint Showdown as well as the second place finisher. The third and final driver to make the race Saturday will be the winner of the fan vote.
This year’s All-Star race should be an interesting one, just as the qualifying session was on Friday. Just qualifying for the All-Star alone allows everyone to enjoy a unique way to qualify for a race, as a pit stop is included.
For the 2013 running of the Cup Series big show, pit road speed limits have been lifted, allowing for the unexpected to occur. With some of the latest changes to the race, as well as the sixth generation cup car making its All-Star debut, it should put on a good show for fans and drivers alike.