NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race XXVII

NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race XXVII
NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race XXVII
Location Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina
Date May 21, 2011
Laps 100
Distance 150 miles (240 km)
Winner Carl Edwards
Showdown Winners David Ragan
Brad Keselowski
Fan Vote Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Winners average speed 127.841 miles per hour (205.740 km/h)
Polesitter Kyle Busch
Most Laps Led Greg Biffle(46)
Network Speed
Announcers Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip and Michael Waltrip

The NASCAR Sprint Showdown and Sprint All-Star Race XXVII was the 27th running of NASCAR's special non-points race involving winners of the 2010 and 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races through the 2011 FedEx 400 as well as Sprint All-Star Race XVII-XXVI winners, when the event was known as "The Winston" and the "Nextel All-Star Challenge", and past Sprint Cup champions from the decade covering 2001 to 2010, including the "Winston Cup" (2001–2003) and "Nextel Cup" (2004–2007) eras. The event was run at the 1.5 miles (2.4 km) Charlotte Motor Speedway in the Charlotte, North Carolina suburb of Concord on May 21, 2011. Speed provided television coverage in the United States while MRN (over-the-air/terrestrial) and Sirius XM Radio (satellite) had radio rights.


Race format

The format of the race was similar to the 2010 event, broken down as follows:

  • Segment One - One fifty-lap segment, with a mandatory four-tire green flag pit stop after Lap 25;
  • Segment Two - One twenty-lap segment, after which pits were open - drivers could opt to have a pit stop, but could sacrifice their position on the track should they choose to do so.
  • Segment Three - Another twenty-lap segment;
  • 10 Minute Break period - all cars were allowed to make any adjustments/fuel-except tires;
  • All cars left the pit after the ten minute break period, took the green flag, then re-entered the pits for a mandatory four-tire green flag pit stop.
  • Segment Four - A final ten-lap green flag segment.

The qualifying session for eligible drivers consisted of three laps instead of the standard two, including a pit stop after either of the first two laps, slowing to the speed limit of 45 mph entering pit road, but going full throttle as they exit.

Eligible drivers

The following drivers qualified for the race in these categories:

Past Series Champion drivers

The following five drivers fit into the Past Champions category:

Past All-Star race-winning drivers

The following four drivers are eligible as a past winner of the event in the last decade:

2010 or 2011 race winners

The following ten drivers are eligible by winning a Sprint Cup points race in 2010 or 2011:

For those not listed above, a special race, The Sprint Showdown, consisting of two halves of 20 laps [30 miles (48 km)] each was held prior to the main event. The top two finishers and a driver chosen by a fan poll were promoted to the main event:

Only winning drivers, not teams, are eligible to race in the All-Star Race; previously a team could qualify for the race even if the driver who won a race for the team was no longer employed by them.

* - Trevor Bayne was scheduled to run in the All Star Race, but the Wood Brothers team withdrew him due to him still recovering from an illness.

Other events

Induction of the 2011 Class to the NASCAR Hall of Fame

The formal inductions for the second class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, made up of Bobby Allison, Ned Jarrett, Bud Moore, David Pearson, and Lee Petty, was held the day after the race on Sunday, May 22. This became the last year the inductions will take place in May; beginning in 2012, the ceremonies will be held in January following a June election.

Craftsman All-Star Pit Crew Challenge

The annual Craftsman All-Star Pit Crew Challenge competition was held on the Thursday prior to the race at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte. The #11 Joe Gibbs Racing team, led by Mike Ford, won the competition over the #48 of Hendrick Motorsports. As a result, the #11, driven by Denny Hamlin, received the first selection of pit stalls for the All-Star Race.


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