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NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway Prerace Notes

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The NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race is today at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.  They will be racing for money not points under the lights.

In order to enter in the All-Star Race today, a driver has to have won a race last season or this season. Previous All-Star Race winners are also eligible.  Those drivers who are not entered have one another chance to get into the race by either winning or finishing second in The Sprint ShowdownMartin Truex Jr. will start the Showdown from the pole.

The Sprint Showdown consists of two 20 lap segments with an optional pit stop in between.

Fans can vote for their favorite driver to make the All-Star race if they don’t do well in the Showdown. It is widely expected that Danica Patrick will be the one voted in but we will not know until after the Showdown.

Carl Edwards won the pole for the All-Star Race. The winner and runner up of the Sprint Showdown line up at the tail end of the field followed by the fan vote winner.

The Budweiser Chevy team of Kevin Harvick changed an engine and will be starting the All-Star Race at the back.

Jimmie Johnson won this race last year, can he make it two in a row and win again.

The All-Star Race consists of four 20 lap segments and a final 10 lap segment. There will be a mandatory four tire pit stop between the fourth and final segment. The cars line up for the final segment based on their average finish in the first four segments. This insures teams race each segment like they are individual races.

There is a chance for rain tonight so plan accordingly if you are going to the track or recording the race.

If you can’t get to Charlotte Motor Speedway the races will be on Speed on Saturday May 18th, starting at 7:30 PM ET.

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for RantSports.com.

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