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Wrap-up: All-Star Weekend

Sunday, May 19, 2013


This past weekend, Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina hosted the Camping World Truck Series NC Education Lottery 200, the Sprint Cup (non-points) Sprint Showdown and the Sprint Cup (non-points) All-Star Race.  The Nationwide Series will return to action on May 25 with the History 300 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Time Trials for Sprint Showdown
Martin Truex Jr. was on the pole for Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint Showdown race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The No. 56 Toyota Camry driver led the field of 23 drivers attempting to race their way into the NASCAR non-points Sprint All-Star Race which followed the Showdown. Only the top two finishers and one driver chosen by a fan vote transferred from the Showdown to the all-star race. Truex finished fifth and did not transfer to the main event.

Time Trials for Sprint All-Star Race: Carl Edwards and the No. 99 Ford Fusion team were the best in qualifying for Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Qualifying consisted of three laps including a mandatory 4-tire change pit stop. Edwards' team did all this in 111.297 seconds. This was the best of 19 drivers already locked into the non-points race. Edwards finished 10th among the 22 drivers starting the All-Star Race.

Showdown Race Winner: Jamie McMurray won the Sprint Showdown race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The No. 1 Chevrolet SS driver led all 40 laps of the preliminary event.

Transfers into All-Star Race: Jamie McMurray, winner of the Showdown; No. 17 Ford Fusion driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr., second place finisher in the Showdown and No. 10 Chevrolet SS driver Danica Patrick, winner of the Sprint Cup Fan Vote were the three transfers into the main race. Among the 22 drivers starting the All-Star Race, McMurray finished eighth, Stenhouse finished 16th and Patrick ended the night in 20th place.

All-Star Race Segment Winners:
Segment 1 (20 laps): No. 78 Chevrolet SS driver Kurt Busch. He led all 20 laps in the segment, led a total of 29 laps in all five segments and finished overall in fifth place.
Segment 2 (20 laps): No. 18 Toyota Camry driver Kyle Busch. He led 12 laps in the segment, led a total of 29 laps in all five segments and finished overall in third place.
Segment 3 (20 laps): No. 18 Toyota Camry driver Kyle Busch. He led 17 laps in the segment.
Segment 4 (20 laps): No. 78 Chevrolet SS driver Kurt Busch. He led 9 laps in the segment.
Segment 5 (10 laps to the finish): Jimmie Johnson led 10 laps (all in this segment).

All-Star Race Winner: Jimmie Johnson won the Sprint All-Star Race, his record-breaking fourth victory in 12 starts in the annual non-points race. The No. 48 Chevrolet SS driver broke a tie for the all-time all-star race wins lead with Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt. Johnson also won the all-star race in 2003, 2006 and 2012. He becomes the second driver to win back-to-back all-star races. The first was Davey Allison in 1991-92. This is Johnson’s eighth top-five finish in the all-star race.

Next NSCS points race: Coca-Cola 600, Sunday, May 26, at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
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NASCAR Nationwide Series

Points Leader:
Regan Smith leads the point standings by 28 points over Sam Hornish Jr.

Next NNS Race: History 300, Saturday, May 25 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Time Trials: Jeb Burton won the Keystone 21 Means 21 Pole Award for the 11th Annual North Carolina Education Lottery 200 with a lap of 29.773 seconds, 181.372 mph. This is the No. 4 Chevrolet Silverado driver's third pole in 10 NCWTS races. This is his third pole and fifth top-10 start in 2013. This is his first pole in two races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Burton finished the race in 13th place and move up one spot to second in the point standings.

Did Not Qualify: No. 57 Norm Benning and No. 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb.

Race Winner: Sprint Cup regular (No. 18) Kyle Busch won the 11th Annual North Carolina Education Lottery 200, his 31st victory in 107 NCWTS races. This is the No. 51 Toyota Tundra driver's first series victory and second top-10 finish in 2013. It was his first truck win since Sept. 24, 2011 at New Hampshire. This is Busch's fifth victory and seventh top-10 finish in eight NCWTS races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He has more wins at Charlotte than any other track in the series. Busch is not eligible for driver points in this series.

Rookie of the Race: Jeb Burton won the Sunoco Rookie of the Race award since his 13th place finish in the No. 4 Chevrolet Silverado was better than the rest of the 2013 ROTY contenders.

Contingency Awards:
- Brendan Gaughan won the Mobil 1 Driver of the Race award. It is given to the winner of the race or the next-highest finishing driver displaying the Mobil 1 decal. The No. 62 Chevrolet Silverado driver started 23rd and finished in second place.
- Toyota Racing Technologies won the Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award. The award is determined by qualifying and finishing position of the truck. They supplied the engine in Busch’s No. 51 Toyota. He started in fourth, led the most laps (80 of 134) and won the race.

Points Leader: Matt Crafton leads the standings by 22 points over Jeb Burton.

NCWTS Top 10 (G/L):
1. Matt Crafton 0
2. Jeb Burton +1
3. Ty Dillon +2
4. Brendan Gaughan +3
5. James Buescher +1
6. Johnny Sauter -4
7. Ryan Blaney -3
8. Dakoda Armstrong +2
9. Miguel Paludo +3
10. Darrell Wallace Jr. -2

Next NCWTS Race: Lucas Oil 200, Friday, May 31, at Dover International Speedway.



Tony Ballantoni runs the NASCAR coverage at RotoWorld.com.
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