NASCAR Rolls Into Charlotte For The 2014 Sprint All-Star Race


May 9, 2014; Kansas City, KS, USA; Sprint Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson (48) during practice for the 5-Hour Energy 400 at Kansas Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

NASCAR comes home to Charlotte Saturday night for the annual Sprint Cup All-Star Race. Put up a Million Dollars in prize money for a winner-take-all Saturday Night stock car race where there are no points, at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and you get a dose of what NASCAR is all about. A race for the fans!

Following his win at Kansas, Sprint Cup points leader, Jeff Gordon leads the list of drivers into Charlotte, that will take the Green Flag on Saturday Night where the only thing on the line is a lot of money. 2013 Sprint Cup Champion, Jimmie Johnson will be looking to make some history of his own at the track he has dominated for his entire career.

Both Hendricks Motorsports drivers have had success at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Gordon won his first Winston Cup race in the 1994 Coca Cola 600, and Jimmie Johnson will be looking to become the all-time leading winner at the track.

Johnson currently has six wins at CMS, which is tied with NASCAR Hall of Famers, Bobby Alison, and Darrell Waltrip. He will be looking for number seven on Saturday Night or at next week’s Coca Cola 600.

He currently holds the record for number of wins at the All-Star race with four, and will be looking for his third consecutive win when they drop the Green Flag on Saturday night.

You can catch the race on Saturday night (8:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1, or listen in at the Motor Racing Network Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

Qualifying for the Sprint All-Star race begins with The Sprint Showdown race which will be held Friday Night. It is a two segment race with the top two finishers transferring into the main event on Saturday night.

The other qualifiers must meet the following criteria:

  • Sprint Cup Champions For the past 10 years.
  • All Star Race Winners in the past 10 years.
  • The winning driver from the Sprint Showdown.
  • The runner-up from the Sprint Showdown.
  • A driver not yet qualified who is voted in by the fans.

The starting order of the All-Star race will be determined by a three-lap qualifying segment which includes a four-tire pit stop. The total time will set the lineup.

The All-Star Race will consist of four, 20 lap segments with various mandatory pit stops, and a 10-lap finale’ with the winner taking home the million dollar purse.

The Sprint Cup All-Star race is the beginning of two full weeks of racing in Charlotte that will end with the Coca Cola 600 during the Memorial Day weekend festivities.