|Johnson won All-Star race in 2006 and will be favored to win Saturday|
Johnson delivered that message, post-marked perfectly, a week before the lights shine on the best NASCAR has to offer at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Coincidence? Doubtful.
NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race festivities kick off on Thursday night with the NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge at Time Warner Cable Arena in Uptown Charlotte at 7 p.m. ET. SPEED will broadcast the event on tape delay at 8 p.m.
On Saturday, the Sprint Showdown starts at 7 p.m. on SPEED, with the top-two finishers advancing into the main event. The NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race starts at 9 p.m. on SPEED.
This weekend’s action begins Friday night with the return of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series racing, with the N.C. Education Lottery 200 on Friday at 7:30 p.m. on SPEED.
NASCAR Nationwide Series wraps up the weekend with always-anticipated short-track racing at Iowa Speedway. The Pioneer hi-Bred 250 will run Sunday at 2 p.m. on ESPN.
Storylines for this week…
NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES
No Points Means No Holds Barred
Saturday night’s race will be run in five segments. The first four segments will be 20 laps each. The final segment will be the ultimate dash to the finish: 10 laps, only green flag laps count.
Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race wins, with three. Carl Edwards is the defending winner.
Sprint Showdown: A Last Chance
There’s two more chances for those drivers (and others) to land a spot in the field: race their way in, or hammer the polls.
Spotlight Shines On The Men On Pit Road
Johnson Aims For 1-2 Punch
Edwards Looks To Add Name To Short List
After his win, Edwards attempted to spin out in Charlotte’s large grassy football field, but instead tore up the front of his No. 99 Ford and left a massive divot in the infield.
It was Edwards’ victory in the annual event. A second, this weekend, would put Edwards in rare company. Only one driver has won consecutive NASCAR Sprint All-Star Races, and it happened two decades ago – Davey Allison in 1991-92.
Newbies Out To Prove There’s No First-Time Jitters
Those attempting to accomplish a feat that hasn’t occurred in a decade: Paul Menard, Trevor Bayne and Marcos Ambrose.
Other drivers could join those three as first timers, depending on the results of the Sprint Showdown and the Sprint Fan Vote.