|05/19/12 10:01AM||NASCAR, Sprint Cup All Starr Race|
Today is ALL STAR RACE DAY!!!!
Lap-by-Lap: Sprint All-Star Race
May 19, 2012 12:06 PM, EDT
12:03 p.m. ET -- This year's edition of the Sprint All-Star Race will consist of five segments for the first time in the history of the event. Four 20-lap sprints will set up a 10-lap finale. The winners of each of the first four segments will start first through fourth for the final dash for the cash, with the rest of the field determined by how they roll off pit road.
11:50 a.m. ET -- Kyle Busch is on the pole for the Sprint All-Star Race after a three-lap qualifying effort Friday that included a mandatory pit stop. The 136.006 mph average for the trio of circuits put Busch atop the field, just ahead of Ryan Newman. Denny Hamlin will start third, followed by Greg Biffle and Kevin Harvick in the top five. Jimmie Johnson, Paul Menard, Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart and Regan Smith are sixth through 10th.
Three more entires will be added to the 20-car field following the Sprint Showdown and announcement of a fan vote. The first two finishers in the qualifying race make the move into the main event, while the top vote getter also transfer. If that driver finishes first or second, the final spot would go to the competitor with the next-highest total.
There's a catch. The winner of the vote must finish on the lead lap in the Showdown with a car in race-ready condition.