CUP: Saturday Charlotte Notebook

Published May 18, 2013

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[SATURDAY 11:59 am ET]

RACE DAY IS HERE — It’s a home game tonight for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams, as they race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the annual Sprint All-Star Race. The on-track activity begins at 7 p.m. ET with the 40-lap Sprint Showdown last-chance race.

The top two finishers in the Showdown, along with the winner of the Sprint Fan Vote, will advance to the Sprint All-Star Race, which should begin around 9 p.m.

There are 23 drivers entered in the Showdown. A total of 19 drivers are locked into the All-Star Race already, and the final field will be 22 drivers. The race is five segments — four 20-lap preliminaries and one 10-lap finale. The winning driver receives $1 million and if he wins all five segments, that doubles to $2 million.

Weather is an issue. The forecast right now calls for 50-60 percent chance of scattered showers throughout the evening.

SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE LINEUP:

ROW 1 —Carl Edwards, Kurt Busch

ROW 2 —Greg Biffle, Kyle Busch

ROW 3 —Joey Logano, Clint Bowyer

ROW 4 —Denny Hamlin, Mark Martin

ROW 5 —Kasey Kahne, Jeff Gordon

ROW 6 —Ryan Newman, Brad Keselowski

ROW 7 —Tony Stewart, David Ragan

ROW 8 —Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth

ROW 9 —Marcos Ambrose, Jimmie Johnson

ROW 10 —Kevin Harvick

SPRINT SHOWDOWN LINEUP:

ROW 1 — Martin Truex Jr., Jamie McMurray

ROW 2 — Juan Pablo Montoya, Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

ROW 3 — Casey Mears, Jeff Burton

ROW 4 — Danica Patrick, Paul Menard

ROW 5 — JJ Yeley, Landon Cassill

ROW 6 — Bobby Labonte, Aric Almirola

ROW 7 — Scott Riggs, Dvid Gilliland

ROW 8 — Michael McDowell, David Reutimann

ROW 9 — Mike Bliss, Travis Kvapil

ROW 10 — Dave Blaney, Timmy Hill

ROW 11 — Joe Nemechek, David Stremme

ROW 12 — Brian Keselowski

Here’s SPEED’s TV schedule for activity at CMS today (all times ET):

• 4 p.m. — NASCAR RaceDay Special Edition

• 5 p.m. — NASCAR RaceDay

• 7 p.m. — Sprint All-Star Race

• 11 p.m. — NASCAR Victory Lane

Tom Jensen is the Editor in Chief of SPEED.com, Senior NASCAR Editor at RACER and a contributing Editor for TruckSeries.com. You can follow him online at twitter.com/tomjensen100.

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