During the second day of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series media tour Charlotte Motor Speedway announced changes to All-Star weekend. All-Star weekend runs the weekend prior to Memorial Day Weekend and this season is May 16-17th.
Charlotte Motor Speedway has announced that the Sprint Showdown, the preliminary event to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series All-Star race, will be run on Friday May 16th prior to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series North Carolina Education Lottery 250. Marcus Smith, president and General Manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway commented on the situation.
"These changes mean fans get even more bang for their buck here at The Greatest Place to See the Race," said Smith. "In addition to watching the trucks battle on Friday night and rocking with a pre-race concert with Jake Owen on Saturday, fans will be treated to back-to-back nights of Sprint Cup Series action as drivers leave everything on the track with a $1 million payday on the line."
The unique qualifying session during All-Star Weekend will be moved to Saturday night prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series All-Star Race. During the session drivers who made the All-Star Race will take three laps including a mandatory four tire pit stop with no pit road speed. With the new rules the three drivers who advance from the Sprint Showdown (the winner, second place and fan vote) will have a chance to qualify for the event and start in the position they qualified. In all previous seasons, the three drivers started at the rear of the field for the event.
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