Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The NASCAR All-Stars: Part 1

This coming weekend, NASCAR presents the much anticipated NASCAR Sprint All Star Race, at Lowe's Motor Speedway near Charlotte, North Carolina. This is a non-points race that encourages all out racing in four 20 lap segments. The winner gets $1M and bragging rights.
There are five ways a driver can qualify for the All Star Race:
1. Win a race during the 2007 and 2008 seasons up to the last race before the All Star Race.
2. Be a NASCAR Cup Champion within the past ten years.
3. Be a previous winner of an All Star race within the past ten years.
4. Finish first or second in the Sprint Showdown qualifying race.
5. Be the driver with the most fan votes and be voted into the race for the final position.
Twenty one drivers are on the entry list due to meeting one or more of the first three criteria.

I will try to feature a few of the drivers every day through Friday, and hopefully I will get all 21 drivers who are qualified, by then.

Driver: Greg Biffle
How did he get in? He won at Kansas last year.
All Star Race History: Biffle's first All Star Race was in 2004, and he has been in every All Star Race since then. However, due to either being involved in crashes or having mechanical failure, he didn't run the entire event until last year, when he finished 15th.

Driver: Clint Bowyer
How did he get in? He won the second race at Loudon last year, and the Richmond race this year.
All Star Race History: Saturday will mark his first turn at the All Star Race.

Driver: Jeff Burton
How did he get in? He won at TMS last year and Bristol this year.
All Star History: Burton has run in nine All Star races since 1994. His best finish in the event was 4th, last year and in 1998.

1 comment:

Tim Zaegel said...

It should be interesting to see what kind of equipment Biffle has underneath him this weekend. =)