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DATE: Saturday, May 18
SITE: Charlotte Motor Speedway -- Concord, N.C.
TRACK: 1.5-mile oval
CAPACITY: 135,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 29th
TELEVISION: Speed
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 7:30 p.m. (ET) - Sprint Showdown; 9 p.m. (ET) - All-Star Race
QUALIFYING TIME: Friday, May 17/5:15 p.m. ET - Showdown, 6 p.m. - All-Star
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Jimmie Johnson
RUNNER-UP: Brad Keselowski
POLE WINNER: Kyle Busch (finished 4)
LAPS: 90 total in five segments (20 laps/20 laps/20 laps/20 laps/10 laps)
MILES: 135
RACE RECORD: 185.022 mph - 70 laps (30/30/10) - Jeff Gordon, 2001)
 
2012 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Jimmie Johnson66Kevin Harvick5
2Brad Keselowski197Marcos Ambrose18
3Matt Kenseth158Kurt Busch17
4Kyle Busch19Kasey Kahne20
5Dale Earnhardt Jr.2110Ryan Newman2
2012 All-Star Race Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 92.045 mph
TIME OF RACE: 1 hr., 28 mins.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.841 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 6 for 10 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 7 among 7 drivers
POLE WINNER: Kyle Busch (119.112 mph)
Past All-Star Race Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2012 -- Jimmie Johnson (6) -- Chevrolet -- 92.045 mph
2011 -- Carl Edwards (4) -- Ford -- 127.841 mph
2010 -- Kurt Busch (1) -- Dodge -- 94.175 mph
2009 -- Tony Stewart (15) -- Chevrolet -- 99.137 mph
2008 -- Kasey Kahne (24) -- Dodge -- 131.132 mph
2007 -- Kevin Harvick (4) -- Chevrolet -- 89.091 mph
2006 -- Jimmie Johnson (2) -- Chevrolet -- 103.294 mph
2005 -- Mark Martin (2) -- Ford -- 113.951 mph
2004 -- Matt Kenseth (3) -- Ford -- 91.889 mph
2003 -- Jimmie Johnson (16) -- Chevrolet -- 133.297 mph
2002 -- Ryan Newman (27) -- Ford -- 110.005 mph
2001 -- Jeff Gordon (10) -- Chevrolet -- 185.022 mph
2000 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr (5) -- Chevrolet -- 167.035 mph
1999 -- Terry Labonte (13) -- Chevrolet -- 183.495 mph
1998 -- Mark Martin (5) -- Ford -- 142.084 mph
1997 -- Jeff Gordon (19) -- Chevrolet -- 157.895 mph
1996 -- Michael Waltrip (20) -- Ford -- 162.721 mph
1995 -- Jeff Gordon (7) -- Chevrolet -- 148.410 mph
1994 -- Geoff Bodine (4) -- Ford -- 115.561 mph
1993 -- Dale Earnhardt (3) -- Chevrolet -- 139.690 mph
1992 -- Davey Allison (1) -- Ford -- 132.678 mph
1991 -- Davey Allison (1) -- Ford -- 168.750 mph
1990 -- Dale Earnhardt (1) -- Chevrolet -- 163.001 mph
1989 -- Rusty Wallace (3) -- Pontiac -- 133.150 mph
1988 -- Terry Labonte (6) -- Chevrolet -- 139.228 mph
1987 -- Dale Earnhardt (4) -- Chevrolet -- 153.023 mph
1986 -- Bill Elliott (2) -- Ford -- 159.123 mph
1985 -- Darrell Waltrip (2) -- Chevrolet -- 161.184 mph
 
NOTE: Formerly called The Winston (1985-2003), Nextel Cup All-Star Challenge
(2004-07). 1986 race held at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
 
Past All-Star Race Pole Winners (Finish)
2012 -- Kyle Busch -- 4
2011 -- Kyle Busch -- 2
2010 -- None -- Weather
2009 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 13
2008 -- Kyle Busch -- 24
2007 -- Matt Kenseth -- 7
2006 -- Kasey Kahne -- 14
2005 -- Ryan Newman -- 12
2004 -- Rusty Wallace -- 9
2003 -- Bill Elliott -- 16
2002 -- Matt Kenseth -- 3
2001 -- Rusty Wallace -- 15
2000 -- Bill Elliott -- 8
1999 -- Bobby Labonte -- 15
1998 -- Bill Elliott -- 7
1997 -- Bill Elliott -- 10
1996 -- Jeff Gordon -- 8
1995 -- Bobby Labonte -- 15
1994 -- Rusty Wallace -- 19
1993 -- Ernie Irvan -- 3
1992 -- Davey Allison -- 1
1991 -- Davey Allison -- 1
1990 -- Dale Earnhardt -- 1
1989 -- Terry Labonte -- 14
1988 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 9
1987 -- Bill Elliott -- 14
1986 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 4
1985 -- Terry Labonte -- 3
Last Race Results
RACE: Bojangles' Southern 500 (May 11)
SITE: Darlington Raceway -- Darlington, S.C.
MILES: 501.322
LAPS: 367
WINNER: Matt Kenseth
RUNNER-UP: Denny Hamlin
THIRD: Jeff Gordon
FOURTH: Jimmie Johnson
FIFTH: Kevin Harvick
POLE WINNER: Kurt Busch (finished 14)
TIME OF RACE: 3 hrs., 32 mins., 45 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 141.383 mph.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 3,155 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 5 for 25 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 9 among 4 drivers
LAP LEADERS: Ku. Busch 1-51, Ky. Busch 52-53, Kenseth 54-55, Ku. Busch 56-73,
Ky. Busch 74-105, Kenseth 106-107, Ky. Busch 108-185, J. Gordon
186-201, Ky. Busch 202-354, Kenseth 355-367.
All-Star Race Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/Miller Lite
5Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Farmers Insurance
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/DeWalt
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Express
14Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops
15Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Toyota/5-Hour Energy
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/3M
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Snickers
20Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Home Depot
22Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Ford/Pennzoil
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Cromax Pro
29Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Budweiser/Rheem
34David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/Front Row Motorsports
39Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Aspen Dental
48 *Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's Patriotic
55Mark Martin (Batesville, AR)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
78Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Furniture Row Racing
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/National Guard
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Fastenal
TBA2013 Sprint Showdown WinnerTBA/TBA
TBA2013 Sprint Showdown 2nd Place finisherTBA/TBA
TBA2013 Sprint Fan Vote WinnerTBA/TBA
 
* - defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200420052006200720082009201020112012
Jimmie Johnson175Won24131311Won
Brad Keselowski---------------------182
Matt KensethWon1111732863
Kyle Busch------16202471424
Dale Earnhardt Jr5109981012145
Kevin Harvick22182Won1115696
Marcos Ambrose------------------------7
Kurt Busch2072019223Won138
Kasey Kahne7161414Won1415219
Ryan Newman21258618111010
Jeff Gordon643111519201513
Clint Bowyer------------1812---1614
Tony Stewart3171255Won5417
David Ragan---------------------818
Denny Hamlin---------172344720
Mark Martin10Won15396171921
Greg Biffle191415132219522
Carl Edwards---154---10521Won23
Joey Logano---------------83------
 
Mover of the Week
Ryan Newman - started 21 and finished 10
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Kyle Busch
Last Week's Pick to Win (Jimmie Johnson) - finished 4
 
NOTES:
The NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race is a non-points event held annually at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The first all-star race took place in 1985. It moved over to Atlanta Motor Speedway the following year before returning to Charlotte in 1987. The event has remained there since then.

Charlotte Motor Speedway has 24 degrees of banking in all of its turns as well as 5 degrees of banking on both the frontstretch and backstretch. The length of the frontstretch is 1,980 feet, and the backstretch measures 1,500 feet.

The field for this year's all-star race will feature 22 drivers. The event has included a field that ranged from 10 drivers in 1986 to 27 in 2002. Last year's field had 23 competitors.

Nineteen drivers are presently eligible for this year's race. They include the winners of Sprint Cup Series points-paying races in the current and preceding year as well as past series champions or all-star race winners within the past 10 years. The top-two finishers in Saturday night's Sprint Showdown (the 40- lap preliminary race) will advance into the all-star field. The final spot in the main event will go to the winner of the Sprint Fan Vote. Race fans can vote online at NASCAR.com or by using the NASCAR Mobile '13 application.

There have been 19 different winners of the all-star race. Darrell Waltrip won the inaugural event in 1985. Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson share the record for most victories in this race with three each. Johnson is the defending winner. Davey Allison is the only driver to win it in back-to back years (1991-92).

The all-star race has been won from the pole position four times: Earnhardt (1990), Allison (1991 and '92) and Kurt Busch (2010).

The deepest in the field a driver has started and won the all-star race is 27th, accomplished by Ryan Newman in 2002. Newman and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2000) are the only drivers who have won this event during their Cup rookie seasons.

Danica Patrick, Ricky Stenhouse and Timmy Hill are rookies in the series this year. All three of them are entered in the Sprint Showdown.

In 2008, Kasey Kahne became the first driver to win this race after he earned a starting position as the fan vote winner.

Five drivers have won the all-star race and the series championship in the same year: Waltrip (1985), Earnhardt (1987, 1990, 1993), Rusty Wallace (1989), Gordon (1995, 1997, 2001) and Johnson (2006).

Seven times from seven different drivers has the winner of the all-star event gone on to win the 600-mile race at Charlotte the following weekend: Waltrip (1985), Allison (1991), Earnhardt (1993), Gordon (1997), Johnson (2003), Kahne (2008) and Busch (2010).

Gordon is the youngest winner of the all-star race at 23 years, 9 months and 18 days (1995). Mark Martin is the oldest at 46 years, 4 months and 12 days (2005).

Martin has competed in the all-star race 23 times, which is more than any other driver. Terry Labonte has participated in 20 races, followed by Gordon with 19. Labonte is not competing in this year's event.

The next race is the May 26 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte. Kahne is the defending race winner.

05/14 12:52:31 ET

As of May 14, 2013, at 12:52 PM ET