NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race


NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race
NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race
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Venue Charlotte Motor Speedway
(1985, 1987-Present)
Atlanta Motor Speedway (1986)
Sponsor Sprint
First race 1985
Distance 150 miles (241.401 km)
Laps 100 (Four Segments: 50 Laps, 20 Laps, 20 Laps, 10 Laps)
Previous names The Winston (1985-1993, 1997-2003)
The Winston Select (1994-1996)
NEXTEL All-Star Challenge (2004-2007)

The NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, formerly known as The Winston until 2004, then the NEXTEL All-Star Challenge from 2004 until 2007, is a race open to race winners from the previous season as well as the current season, plus the past ten event winners and past decade's Cup Series champions. Drivers are also eligible if they are one of the top two finishers in the Sprint Showdown qualifying race (a 40-lap race in two 20-lap segments for drivers not qualified for the main event) or get the most votes in a fan vote. There used to be another qualifying race following the Showdown known as the No Bull Sprint. Since 2003, only one qualifying race has been run. The following year, the fan vote was put into place to determine the second transfer driver. Michael Waltrip became the first driver to win the All-Star race after transferring in from a qualifying race in 1996. The first running of the race was held in 1985 at Charlotte Motor Speedway (formerly Lowe's Motor Speedway) and has been run there every year except in 1986 when it was run at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Due to the nature of the race (only winning counts, and no points are rewarded regardless of finishing position), drivers often make crazy and reckless moves not seen in other races, and crashes are frequent - it is not uncommon to see less than half the starting grid finishing at the end. The winner of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race receives $1,000,000 with each segment winner receiving a bonus prize.

The race has a unique format, which changes frequently. The current format consists of a 50-lap segment with a mandatory 4-tire green flag pit stop on lap 25, two 20-lap segments, a 10-minute break, and a 10-lap shootout to determine the winner.

Former Sprint Cup and Sprint All-Star champions are also eligible for the race. Until 2001, the rule restricted only champions of the past five Sprint All Star Challenge events, but in 2005, the rule became the winners in the past ten years of either the Sprint Cup or the Sprint All-Star Race. The Sprint Showdown was restricted to the top 50 drivers in either the final standings of the previous year or current standings in the current year.

In 2004, NEXTEL, predecessor to Sprint, added a vote of race spectators, internet users and Sprint cellphone users to add one additional driver not in the field, but in the Sprint Showdown, and finishing on the lead lap, to the final starting field.

Starting in 2008, the event's name featured the use of the edition of the race in Roman numerals, with the 2008 race's official name the "Sprint All-Star Race XXIV". Also, the fan entry driver was changed, with the new formula coming from those attending races up to that point, Sprint retail locations and double votes from Sprint subscribers.

Contents

Past winners by race format

One segment (1985-1986)

The twelve race winners from the 1984 season participated in the inaugural running of The Winston at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The race was 70 laps with one pit stop required. It was held the day before the Coca-Cola 600. A $10,000 bonus was paid to the leader of Lap 20 for leading that lap. Terry Labonte won that bonus.

The race logo used when it was known as The Winston.

From its first year, the unique monikor "The Winston" was adopted by sponsor R. J. Reynolds. Rather than referring to the event as a traditional "All star" race, no generic reference was included in the title. Due to limitations on television tobacco advertising, other races which involved tobacco title sponsorship utilized generic names on network television. For example, on ABC, the Winston 500 was called the "Talladega 500" and the Marlboro 500 was called the "Michigan 500." Without a generic alternative, television and other media were forced to acknowledge Winston as the title sponsor, effectively skirting, and pushing the limits of tobacco advertising limits.

The race moved to Atlanta International Raceway in 1986, with a 200 kilometer format of 83 laps (126.326 miles) on Mother's Day, a day typically avoided on the NASCAR calendar. Like its previous counterpart, green flag pit stops were mandatory, and only winners from the 1985 season were eligible. Only nine different drivers won a race in 1985, so the highest placed non-winner in final 1985 points, Geoffrey Bodine, was added to the field for an even 10 cars. A 100-lap (152.2 miles) consolation race for the rest of the drivers, the Atlanta Invitational was held the same day. It featured only thirteen participants, and was won by Benny Parsons. A lackluster crowd of only 18,500 attended the second edition of The Winston, with only twenty-three cars racing in the two races combined.

Three Segments - 75 Laps, 50 Laps, 10 Green Laps (1987-1989)

The race returned to Charlotte with a new 135-lap (202.5 mile), three-segment format which reflected on NASCAR's short-track roots. A new date was introduced, the weekend before the Coca-Cola 600, which gave teams a popular two weeks of festivities at what is generally considered most teams' home track. Live national television coverage on ABC would also be featured for the first of four years. This format consisted of a 75-lap first segment, with a mandatory green flag pit stop, a 50-lap second segment, and a 10-green flag lap final sprint. Each segment would be separated by a ten-minute break.

In addition to the race format, the method for choosing participants changed. The 20-driver field consisted of the past nineteen race winners, regardless of season. The remaining drivers would participate in a 100-lap, last-chance race, the Winston Open, with the winner advancing to the final starting position.

In 1989, qualifying for the starting lineup for The Winston changed to a three-lap time trial, with a two-tire pit stop in the middle.

  • Segment 1: 75 Laps / Mandatory green-flag pit stop
  • Segment 2: 50 Laps
  • Segment 3: 10 Green Flag Laps (No caution laps count)

Two Segments - 50 Laps, 20 Laps (1990-1991)

After a pair of controversial dashes in the past three years which infuriated fans, the race was cut to two segments of 50 and 20 laps to prevent some of the reckless driving, giving the race its 70-lap total distance which would be used until 2001.

The ten minute break would be used between segments.

Two changes were made in qualification in 1991. First, automatic berths were given only to race-winning drivers and owners in 1990 and 1991 up until The Winston. Second, The Winston Open was reduced to 50 laps, with the winner automatically advancing to the Winston. To guarantee 20 cars in the The Winston field, the field would be filled out by the top finishers (e.g., 2nd, 3rd, etc.) in the Winston Open advancing to the main event until the field reached 20 cars.

ABC carried the race in 1990, with the Winston Open finish, and CBS carried both the Open and The Winston in 1991. In 1991, to add to the day of events, the NASCAR Legends Race was held on a quarter-mile oval paved between the Charlotte Motor Speedway quad-oval and pit area. Elmo Langley won the exhibition event featuring retired NASCAR champions and stars.

  • Segment 1: 50 Laps
  • Segment 2: 20 Laps

70 Laps - 30 Laps, 30 Laps, 10 Green Laps (1992-1997)

The race was moved up one day to Saturday night, and is moved to live coverage on The Nashville Network (now Spike TV). The Winston revives the controversial 10-lap shootout, and The Winston Open goes to a short 30-lap format. The 1992 race marked the first superspeedway race held under-the-lights, and resulted in a spectacular finish. Davey Allison and Kyle Petty battled on the last lap, and crashing crossing the finish line. Allison won the race, but spent the evening in the hospital rather than victory lane.

The 1994 was the only running won by a tire brand (Hoosier) other than Goodyear, as Geoff Bodine held off Sterling Marlin and Ken Schrader. The event's second segment saw numerous crashes, notably when Ernie Irvan wrecked coming to the yellow to end the second segment.

The 1995 race featured Dale Earnhardt's trend-setting Special paint scheme car.

The field would be inverted after the first segment, and like the previous years, a 10-minute break would be featured between segments.

Former NASCAR Champions were automatically invited to the race, as were the past five years' winners of this race.

After Michael Waltrip's win by being the last car to transfer from The Winston Open, NASCAR changed the procedure by reverting to a format featuring the 1996 and 1997 race winning drivers and owners, and then adding the preceding year's race winning drivers not yet in the field until the field reached 19, and then the winner of The Winston Open. If the number added to the previous year reached over 19, then all drivers who won races that year would be in the field.

  • Segment 1: 30 Laps / Full Inversion
  • Segment 2: 30 Laps
  • Segment 3: 10 Green Flag laps (No caution laps count)

70 Green Laps - 30 Laps, 30 Laps, 10 Laps (1998-2001)

The race remained at its 70 lap format, but for 1998, only green flag laps would count in any segment, not just the third segment.

The second ten-minute break is eliminated and replaced with caution laps, and cars would have the option of pitting for tires and fuel, at the expense of losing track position.

The inversion is changed to a random draw between 3 and 12 cars for the inversion after the first segment.

In 1998, qualifying for The Winston Open was changed. Previously it was accomplished with one-lap qualifying runs. From 1998-2000, the No Bull 25 Shootout twin races determined the lineups. Practice speeds (odd/even) from earlier in the day set the field for two 25-lap sprint races. The finish order for the first 25 set the odd positions for the Winston Open, and the finish order for the second 25 set the even positions for the Winston Open. In 2001, The Winston Open reverted back to single-car qualifying, best of two laps.

In 2000-2002, immediately following The Winston Open, a 16-lap "No Bull 5 Sprint" last-chance race was added. The winner of the sprint race would also advance to The Winston.

In 2001, television coverage moved to FX as part of the new NASCAR television contract, and qualifying was changed so the pit stop took place at the start of the qualifying, and the stop was a four-tire change instead of two.

Starting in 2001, crew members were introduced together with drivers during the driver introduction ceremonies, with Fox broadcasters Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond interviewing selected persons during the ceremony.

  • Segment 1: 30 Green Flag laps (no caution laps count)
  • Segment 2: 30 Green Flag laps (no caution laps count) / Pit stops optional (cars lose track position if they pit)
  • Segment 3: 10 Green Flag laps (no caution laps count)

90 Laps - 40 Laps, 30 Laps, 20 Green Laps - With Elimination (2002-2003)

The popularity of the reality show Survivor influenced Winston to make changes to the format in 2002, adding a new elimination format ("Survival of the Fastest"), and the final segment returns to 20 laps to make tire wear an issue.

Only race winning drivers and owners from 2001 would be in the field, and all former Cup titleholders and the past five winners of The Winston would be added to the field, plus the winner of the qualifying races.

The No Bull Sprint was eliminated after 2002, and for 2003, The Winston Open would become a 20-lap race with pit stops, and then a 10 green flag lap sprint after pit stops.

If the caution flag waved on Lap 40 of the first segment, two green flag laps or the next yellow flag would be run to finish the segment.

In The Winston, only the top 20 cars advanced to the second segment, and 10 cars (in 2002) or 14 cars (in 2003 planned, but was 12 after crashes) advanced to the third segment.

A green flag pit stop for four tires was mandatory in the first segment, but after Frank Stoddard beat the system in 2002 by changing four tires on the car driven by Jeff Burton just feet from the finish line on the last lap, the rule was changed to mandating tire stops at a specific point in the race.

Also, the inversion is moved to the final 20 lap sprint, and the ten-minute break is restored between the second and final segment.

  • Segment 1: 40 Laps / Must take a four-tire pit stop during race (In 2003, must be between Laps 10-30) / only top 20 cars advance.
  • Segment 2: 30 Laps / Only 14 cars (2003) / 10 cars (2002) advance / full field inversion at end of segment
  • Segment 3: 20 Green Flag Laps (no caution laps count)

90 Laps - 40 Laps, 30 Laps, 20 Green Laps (2004-2006)

When NEXTEL took over title series title sponsorship from RJ Reynolds in 2004, the race name was changed using the established unofficial "All-Star" moniker which fans had been using for years without referring to the Winston cigarette sponsorship, officially becoming The Nextel All-Star Challenge. The format was changed slightly while the race stayed at 90 laps.

The elimination was eliminated, 1998-2001 inversion and second segment to third segment break rules were restored, meaning a random inversion and an open pit road for the final break instead of a ten-minute break.

The four tire stop is now between Laps 13 and 16.

  • Segment 1: 40 Laps / with random inversion (6-12) at end of segment / 10 Minute Break
  • Segment 2: 30 Laps / Pit stops optional (cars lose track position if they pit)
  • Segment 3: 20 Green Flag Laps (no caution laps count)

80 Laps: Four 20-Lap Quarters (2007)

Starting with the 2007 race, held May 19, 2007, there were major changes.

Announced during the Media Tour in Charlotte on January 23, 2007, the annual Pit Crew Challenge, held May 16, 2007 at Charlotte Bobcats Arena, won by Ryan Newman's crew in 2007, not only gave each member of the crew $10,000 each, but gave the driver the first choice of pit box, instead of the usual post-qualifying selection. The unique three-lap qualifying (with a pit stop to change four tires) remained in place to determine the starting lineup, with $50,000 for the winner, $10,000 for second, and $5,000 for third, with the pit crew receiving half of the winner's share.

Three drivers from the Nextel Open event, a 40-lap race with two 20-lap segments, gained entry to the Challenge. The top two finishers of the Open plus the leading fan vote winner still on the lead lap joined the automatic entries from past decade's All-Star race winners and active Cup Champions, along with the winners of the previous year's and first eleven Nextel Cup races of the current season. Winners of those first eleven races in that season were also eligible for the following season's All-Star event. In addition, as part of NASCAR's new television agreements, coverage was moved from FX to Fox sibling network Speed. The race format also changed as well.

The main race was shortened to eighty laps with four twenty-lap segments (or "quarters" like in football or basketball; only green flag laps will count in the final quarter). After the first segment, a five-lap caution period starts and there is an opportunity for drivers to take an optional pit stop. After the second segment, there is a ten minute "halftime" break so pit crews can make adjustments. Unlike past events though, there is no inversion of the field. Finally, after the third segment, there is a five lap caution period so team can make a required pit stop (for work on their cars or a "stop and go" akin to a speeding penalty on pit row) for all teams which will determine the running order before the Dash for Cash, namely the $1 million (US) grand prize.

  • First quarter: 20 laps / optional pit stop during five-lap caution period. $75,000 for the winner, $20,000 for second, and $10,000 for third.
  • Second quarter: 20 laps / ten minute "halftime" break to make adjustments; no inversion of the field. $75,000 for the winner, $20,000 for second, and $10,000 for third.
  • Third quarter: 20 laps / mandatory pit stop (or "stop and go" in 2007) during five-lap caution period.
  • Fourth quarter: 20 green flag laps.

100 Laps: Four 25-Lap Quarters (2008)

The changes to Sprint All-Star Race XXIV from XXIII was not only the name change with Roman numerials akin to the Super Bowl, and the first All-Star Race utilizing the Car of Tomorrow template, but also an expansion of the race by 25%. Each quarter now had five more laps to race, which changes the complexion of each segment, as tire wear will become a greater factor as well as fuel milage would become more of an issue throughout the race. The 2007 race with its 20-lap segments was treated more of a sprint race; the 2008 race with 25-lap segments means a car will use nearly one-half tank of fuel and cycle the tires through one half of a tire run.

It also changed the final pit stop as all cars must pit for fuel and tires since a stop and go during the mandatory pit stop will virtually be impossible because it would be very close to the limit (about 55-60 laps) for fuel, and tire wear became an issue as cars are set up for a fairly long run.

The qualifying race also featured a name change, to the Sprint Showdown. All prize monies remained unchanged for this year's race.

100 Laps: 50 Laps, 20 Laps, 20 Laps, 10 Green Flag Laps (2009-present)

For the 25th anniversary of the race, two of the more popular elements of the classic format returned for this special edition.

The first segment became a 50-lap quarter, with a mandatory pit stop taking place in Lap 25 of the segment, the pit stop must be a four-tire Stop and take place during a green flag condition. Following the first two segments, cars will have the option of pitting, but they will lose track position should they do so.

The second and third segments were twenty laps each, returning to the 2007 format. Following the end of the third segment, a ten-minute break took place, allowing for adjustment of cars preceding the final segment, a ten-green flag lap shootout. The popularity of the double-file restarts throughout the race lead NASCAR to adopt the rule for the second half of the 2009 season.[1]

Past winners

The Winston / Nextel All-Star Challenge / Sprint All-Star Race

The practice of using Roman numerals to identify each race began in 2008 (XXIV). At that time, the previous 23 editions were retronomically assigned the proper roman numerals.

Year Date Edition Driver Team Manufacturer Winner's Prize
(USD)
Race Distance Race Time Average Speed
(mph)
Laps Miles (km)
1985 May 25 I Darrell Waltrip Junior Johnson Racing Chevrolet $200,000 70 105 (168.981) 0:40:32 161.184
1986 May 11 II Bill Elliott Melling Racing Ford $200,000 83 126.326 (203.301) 0:47:37 159.123
1987 May 17 III Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet $200,000 135 202.5 (325.892) 1:19:24 153.023
1988 May 22 IV Terry Labonte Junior Johnson Racing Chevrolet $200,000 135 202.5 (325.892) 1:27:16 139.228
1989 May 21 V Rusty Wallace Blue Max Racing Pontiac $200,000 135 202.5 (325.892) 1:31:25 133.150
1990 May 20 VI Dale Earnhardt (2) Richard Childress Racing (2) Chevrolet $300,000 70 105 (168.981) 0:38:39 163.001
1991 May 19 VII Davey Allison Robert Yates Racing Ford $300,000 70 105 (168.981) 0:37:20 168.75
1992 May 16 VIII Davey Allison (2) Robert Yates Racing (2) Ford $300,000 70 105 (168.981) 0:47:29 132.678
1993 May 22 IX Dale Earnhardt (3) Richard Childress Racing (3) Chevrolet $300,000 70 105 (168.981) 0:45:06 139.690
1994 May 21 X Geoffrey Bodine Geoff Bodine Racing Ford $300,000 70 105 (168.981) 0:54:31 115.561
1995 May 22 XI Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet $300,000 70 105 (168.981) 0:42:27 148.410
1996 May 20 XII Michael Waltrip Wood Brothers Racing Ford $300,000 70 105 (168.981) 0:38:43 162.721
1997 May 17 XIII Jeff Gordon (2) Hendrick Motorsports (2) Chevrolet $300,000 70 105 (168.981) 0:39:54 157.895
1998 May 16 XIV Mark Martin Roush Racing Ford $300,000 70 105 (168.981) 142.084
1999 May 22 XV Terry Labonte (2) Hendrick Motorsports (3) Chevrolet $300,000 70 105 (168.981)
2000 May 20 XVI Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet $500,000 70 105 (168.981) 0:37:43 167.035
2001 May 19 XVII Jeff Gordon (3) Hendrick Motorsports (4) Chevrolet $500,000 70 105 (168.981) 0:34:03 185.022
2002 May 18 XVIII Ryan Newman Penske Racing Ford $750,000 90 135 (217.261) 1:13:38 110.005
2003 May 17 XIX Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports (5) Chevrolet $1,017,604 90 135 (217.261) 1:00:46 133.297
2004 May 22 XX Matt Kenseth Roush Racing (2) Ford $1,044,000 90 135 (217.261) 1:28:09 91.889
2005 May 21 XXI Mark Martin (2) Roush Racing (3) Ford $1,101,325 90 135 (217.261) 1:11:05 113.951
2006 May 20 XXII Jimmie Johnson(2) Hendrick Motorsports (6) Chevrolet $1,055,007 90 135 (217.261) 1:18:25 103.290
2007 May 19 XXIII Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing (4) Chevrolet $1,031,539 80 120 (193.121) 1:20:49 89.091
2008 May 17 XXIV Kasey Kahne Gillett Evernham Motorsports Dodge $1,037,935 100 150 (241.401) 1:08:38 120.113
2009 May 16 XXV Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet $1,033,656 100 150 (241.401) 1:30:47 156.809
2010 May 22 XXVI Kurt Busch Penske Racing (2) Dodge $1,078,309 100 150 (241.401) 1:35:34 94.175
2011 May 21 XXVII Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford $1,203,000 100 150 (241.401) 1:10:24 127.841

Winston Open / NEXTEL Open / Sprint Showdown

Year Date Driver Team Manufacturer Race Distance Race Time Average Speed
(mph)
Laps Miles (km)
1986 May 11 Benny Parsons Leo Jackson Racing Oldsmobile 100 152.2 (244.942) 0:57:31 157.358
1987 May 17 Buddy Baker Buddy Baker Oldsmobile 100 150 (241.401) 1:12:06 124.826
1988 May 22 Sterling Marlin Billy Hagan Oldsmobile 100 150 (241.401) 1:06:22 135.610
1989 May 21 Sterling Marlin (2) Billy Hagan Oldsmobile 100 150 (241.401) 1:03:42 140.919
1990 May 20 Dick Trickle Cale Yarborough Pontiac 134 201 (323.478) 1:24:22 142.919
1991 May 19 Michael Waltrip Chuck Rider Pontiac 134 201 (323.478) 1:28:45 135.887
1992 May 16 Michael Waltrip (2) Chuck Rider Pontiac 50 75 (120.7) 0:32:35 138.12
1993 May 22 Sterling Marlin (3) Stavola Brothers Racing Ford 50 75 (120.7) 0:32:15 139.535
1994 May 21 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 50 75 (120.7) 0:34:31 130.372
1995 May 22 Todd Bodine Butch Mock Ford 50 75 (120.7) 0:37:35 119.734
1996 May 20 Jimmy Spencer Travis Carter Ford 50 75 (120.7) 0:29:03 154.905
1997 May 17 Ricky Craven Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 50 75 (120.7) 0:26:02 172.855
1998 May 16 Jeremy Mayfield Michael Kranefuss Ford 50 75 (120.7) 0:32:01 140.552
1999 May 22 Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs Racing Pontiac 50 75 (120.7) 0:33:19 135.064
2000 May 20 Steve Park Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet 30 45 (72.42) 0:31:52 172.916
2001 May 19 Johnny Benson MB2 Motorsports Pontiac 30 45 (72.42) 0:23:21
2002 May 18 Jeremy Mayfield (2) Evernham Motorsports Dodge 30 45 (72.42) 0:18:13 148.216
2003 May 17 Jeff Burton Roush Racing Ford 30 45 (72.42) 0:32:23 83.381
2004 May 22 Sterling Marlin (4) Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge 30 45 (72.42)
2005 May 21 Brian Vickers Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 30 45 (72.42) 0:28:13 95.688
2006 May 20 Scott Riggs Evernham Motorsports Dodge 30 45 (72.42) 0:28:11 95.801
2007 May 19 Martin Truex, Jr. Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet 40 60 (96.56) 0:45:32 79.063
2008 May 17 A. J. Allmendinger Team Red Bull Toyota 40 60 (96.56) 0:40:33 88.779
2009 May 16 Sam Hornish, Jr. Penske Racing Dodge 40 60 (96.56) 0:43:16 83.205
2010 May 22 Martin Truex Jr.(2) Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 40 60 (96.56) 0:34:45 103.597
2011 May 21 David Ragan Roush Fenway Racing Ford 40 60 (96.56) 0:42:42 100.570

No Bull 5 Sprint

Year Date Driver Team Manufacturer Race Distance Race Time Average Speed
(mph)
Laps Miles (km)
2000 May 20 Jerry Nadeau Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 16 24 (38.628) 0:16:37 179.856
2001 May 19 Todd Bodine Travis Carter Ford 16 24 (38.628) 0:13:24
2002 May 18 Ryan Newman Penske Racing Ford 16 24 (38.628) 0:08:04 178.512

No Bull 25 Shootout

Twin 25-lap races to determine the starting grid for the Winston Open. The starting lineups of the shootouts were based on practice speeds earlier in the day. In 2001, the starting grid for the Winston Open reverted back to two-lap qualifying.

Year Date Driver Team Manufacturer Race Distance Average Speed
(mph)
Laps Miles (km)
1998 May 16 Jeremy Mayfield Michael Kranefuss Ford 25 37.5 (60.35)
Jimmy Spencer Travis Carter Ford 25 37.5 (60.35)
1999 May 22 Mike Skinner Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 25 37.5 (60.35) 171.826
Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs Racing Pontiac 25 37.5 (60.35) 173.410
2000 May 20 Jerry Nadeau Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 25 37.5 (60.35) 167.379
Jimmy Spencer (2) Travis Carter Ford 25 37.5 (60.35) 171.886

Past pole winners

The Winston/Nextel All-Star Challenge/Sprint All-Star Race

Starting in 1989, pole qualifying for race changed. During the three-lap run, teams are required to perform a two-tire pit stop on either the first or the second lap.

  • 1985 Terry Labonte
  • 1986 Darrell Waltrip
  • 1987 Bill Elliott 170.827
  • 1988 Darrell Waltrip
  • 1989 Terry Labonte
  • 1990 Dale Earnhardt
  • 1991 Davey Allison
  • 1992 Davey Allison
  • 1993 Ernie Irvan
  • 1994 Rusty Wallace
  • 1995 Bobby Labonte 139.817
  • 1996 Jeff Gordon
  • 1997 Bill Elliott 143.273
  • 1998 Bill Elliott 142.084
  • 1999 Bobby Labonte 146.830
  • 2000 Bill Elliott
  • 2001 Rusty Wallace 140.458
  • 2002 Matt Kenseth 143.441
  • 2003 Bill Elliott 131.502
  • 2004 Rusty Wallace 130.647
  • 2005 Ryan Newman 132.306
  • 2006 Kasey Kahne 132.465
  • 2007 Matt Kenseth 133.442
  • 2008 Kyle Busch 132.835
  • 2009 Jimmie Johnson 121.416
  • 2010 Kurt Busch (qualifying rained out and set by the qualifying draw)
  • 2011 Kyle Busch 135.916

Winston Open/Nextel Open/Sprint Showdown pole positions

Through 1997, one-lap qualifying was utilized. From 1998-2000, a pair of qualifying races, the No Bull 25's, set the starting lineup. The use of one lap qualifying (best single lap of two) resumed in 2001.

  • 1986 Kyle Petty
  • 1987 Brett Bodine
  • 1988 Ken Schrader 171.958
  • 1989 Mark Martin
  • 1990 Ernie Irvan
  • 1991 Michael Waltrip
  • 1992 Brett Bodine
  • 1993 Jeff Gordon
  • 1994 Joe Nemecheck 181.519 (overall track record at time)
  • 1995 Michael Waltrip
  • 1996 Lake Speed 180.977
  • 1997 Chad Little 181.220
  • 1998 Jeremy Mayfield (won first No Bull 25 qualifying sprint race)
  • 1999 Mike Skinner (won first No Bull 25 qualifying sprint race)
  • 2000 Jerry Nadeau (won first No Bull 25 qualifying sprint race)
  • 2001 Johnny Benson 181.257
  • 2002 Jeremy Mayfield 183.336
  • 2003 Steve Park 184.244
  • 2004 Dave Blaney 185.058
  • 2005 Mike Bliss 189.208
  • 2006 Scott Riggs 186.509
  • 2007 Carl Edwards 187.487
  • 2008 Elliott Sadler 185.014
  • 2009 Kirk Shelmerdine (qualifying rained out and set by the qualfying draw)
  • 2010 David Ragan (qualifying rained out and set by the qualfying draw)
  • 2011 David Ragan 191.680

Eligible drivers and teams

See NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race XXVI

Race notes

  • Keith Jackson, much better known for his work on college football and ABC's Wide World of Sports, called the 1987 event, known for the "Pass in the Grass". He was the network's NASCAR play-by-play announcer until the 1987 season.
  • The 1992 race was the first held on a superspeedway at night.
  • After the 2000 race, a pedestrian bridge collapsed outside one of the entrances to Lowe's Motor Speedway. Over 100 spectators were injured, some of them critically. Lawsuits related to the incident were heard in courts as late as 2007. Bret Baier of Fox News Channel was the first reporter from a national (U.S.) television network to file reports from the scene; today, he is the host of FNC's Special Report with Bret Baier.
  • Trent Cherry, a member of the #12 Penske Racing Dodge crew, did a mosh pit dance into an infield crowd prior to the 2005 race. The all-star race introductions since 2001 have included pit crew members, which has led to antics increasing between crew members as they are introduced in front of the crowd.
  • In 2006, the Red Hot Chili Peppers performed a concert between segments 2 and 3. Among the celebrities that have given the command have included Pamela Anderson (2005) and Michael Jordan (2007).
  • Since 2005, NASCAR Day has been held the day before this race. NASCAR Day is a charity event that benefits the NASCAR Foundation. The foundation in turn funnels money to charities supported by drivers and team owners.
  • The new NASCAR Hall of Fame induction ceremonies will be held as part of Sprint All-Star Race XXVI week, which will take place shortly after the opening of the Hall.

Television broadcasters

Year Network Lap-by-lap Color commentator(s)
2011 SPEED Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Michael Waltrip
2010 SPEED Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
2009 SPEED Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
2008 SPEED Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
2007 SPEED Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
2006 FX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
2005 FX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
2004 FX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
2003 FX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
2002 FX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
2001 FX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
2000 TNN Eli Gold Buddy Baker and Dick Berggren
1999 TNN Eli Gold Buddy Baker and Dick Berggren
1998 TNN Eli Gold Buddy Baker and Dick Berggren
1997 TNN Eli Gold Buddy Baker, Dick Berggren and Ernie Irvan
1996 TNN Eli Gold Buddy Baker and Dick Berggren
1995 TNN Mike Joy Buddy Baker and Dick Berggren
1994 TNN Mike Joy Buddy Baker
1993 TNN Mike Joy Neil Bonnett and Buddy Baker
1992 TNN Mike Joy Neil Bonnett and Buddy Baker
1991 TNN Mike Joy Buddy Baker and Neil Bonnett
1990 ABC Paul Page Bobby Unser
1989 ABC Paul Page Bobby Unser
1988 ABC Keith Jackson Donnie Allison
1987 ABC Keith Jackson Donnie Allison
1986 ESPN Bob Jenkins Larry Nuber
1985 Jefferson-Pilot Mike Joy Neil Bonnett

No Bull 25's

Year Network Lap-by-lap Color commentator(s)
2000 TNN Eli Gold Buddy Baker and Dick Berggren
1999 Speedvision
1998 Speedvision

American Challenge Cup at Daytona

The Sprint All-Star Race's roots are from the non-championship 1961-1963 Race of Champions at Daytona International Speedway. A 10-lap, 25-mile All-Star event was held in conjunction with the Speedweeks activities. Like Sprint All-Star Race I and II, only winners of the previous season participated in this event.

Year Date Driver Team Manufacturer Race Distance Race Time Average Speed
(mph)
Laps Miles (km)
1961 February 19 Joe Weatherly Bud Moore Engineering Pontiac 10 25 (40.233) 0:09:41 154.905
1962 February 10 Fireball Roberts Jim Stephens Pontiac 10 25 (40.233) 0:09:33 157.081
1963 February 10 Fred Lorenzen Holman-Moody Ford 10 25 (40.233) 0:09:11 163.297

References

  1. ^ "NASCAR adopts double-file restarts in Cup Series races". NASCAR.com. 2009-06-04. http://www.nascar.com/2009/news/headlines/cup/06/04/double.file.restarts/index.html. Retrieved 2009-06-07. 

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