NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race 2014 on FOX Sports 1 takes place Saturday, May 17, at Charlotte Motor Speedway as the season’s top drivers race for a $1 million prize.
The 30th NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway takes place Saturday, May 17, at 8:30pm ET (qualifying at 7pm ET) on FOX Sports 1, with the winner receiving a $1 million prize. Drivers who’ve won a Sprint Cup race this season automatically earn a berth in the race. Additional spots go to the top two finishers in Friday’s Sprint Showdown and the winner of the Sprint Fan Vote.
The Sprint Showdown moves to Friday this year, airing live on FOX Sports 1 May 16 at 7pm ET.
Because it’s somewhat convoluted, here’s the qualifying process and the NASCAR All-Star Race’s format.
2014 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Entry List
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Martin Truex Jr.
Fan Vote Winner
Winner Sprint Showdown
Second Place Sprint Showdown
Here’s the press release from FOX Sports with more programming details and full NASCAR weekend schedule:
NASCAR SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE ON FOX SPORTS 1 QUOTES & PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Continues Friday Night As Part of FOX Sports 1 – 10 Days of Thunder Programming
Charlotte, N.C. – With 11 NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES races in the books in 2014, drivers and teams shift gears a bit this weekend for the annual non-points “dash for the cash” in Saturday’s NASCAR SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE, live on FOX Sports 1 at 7:00 PM ET as part of FOX Sports 1 – 10 Days of Thunder programming from Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Mike Joy leads the NASCAR on FOX booth for the 30th running of the star-studded event from Charlotte with analysis from NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip and former crew chief Larry McReynolds. Chris Myers hosts from the famed Hollywood Hotel with analysis from Michael Waltrip and Jeff Hammond, and Steve Byrnes, Krista Voda and Matt Yocum reporting from the pits. Darrell Waltrip and Hammond teamed to win the inaugural NASCAR SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE in 1985, following it up the next day with a win in the Coca-Cola 600 and the season championship a few months later. NASCAR RACEDAY kicks off Saturday’s coverage at 2:30 PM ET on FOX Sports 1 and features an interview with car owner Richard Childress.
The SPRINT SHOWDOWN, the last-chance transfer race for the All-Star Race, moves to a new night this year, airing live on FOX Sports 1 on Friday, May 16 at 7:00 PM ET. The two top finishing drivers advance to Saturday’s NASCAR SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE, along with the winner of the Sprint Fan Vote.
Immediately following the SPRINT SHOWDOWN, the NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES returns to action for the third race of its 22-race season at Charlotte, live on FOX Sports 1 on Friday at 8:30 PM ET with pre-race coverage beginning at 8:00 PM ET with NCWTS SETUP with Krista Voda. After three races, Matt Crafton leads Timothy Peters in the point standings, followed by four-time champion Ron Hornaday Jr., German Quiroga Jr. and Johnny Sauter. This week’s NCWTS SETUP features a look at driver Jimmy Weller, who in 2004 suffered a violent crash at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway in a USAC Sprint Car race. Weller remained in a coma for two weeks and underwent numerous surgical procedures to correct back and neck fractures sustained in the accident.
FOX Sports GO, the app that provides live streaming video of FOX Sports content, offers live streaming of the race, as well as all practice and qualifying sessions and shoulder programming telecast on FOX Sports 1. Customers of participating video providers may access the live streams of the race through the FOX Sports GO app for iOS devices, as well as on desktops through FOXSportsGO.com.
Below are quotes from NASCAR on FOX analysts Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds and Jeff Hammond on the week’s headlines and the race ahead, as well as the full NASCAR on FOX Sports 1 programming schedule from Charlotte:
DARRELL WALTRIP ON THE IMPACT WINNING THE ’85 ALL-STAR RACE & COKE 600 HAD ON WINNING THE CHAMPIONSHIP THAT YEAR: “Winning the All-Star Race was a big steppingstone for us in winning the championship that year because Bill (Elliott) had such a huge points lead on us, but from that race on, we knew we could beat him if we just worked harder. That weekend pole-vaulted us and got us the momentum and motivation we needed to fight Bill and wrestle the championship away from him. If we hadn’t been so good and won at Charlotte like we did, I don’t know where things would have ended up that year.”
JEFF HAMMOND ON BEING TOLD BY NASCAR HE AND WALTRIP COULDN’T RUN THEIR ALL-STAR CAR IN THE NEXT DAY’S COCA-COLA 600 IN 1985 AFTER ALREADY HAVING HAD MADE PREPARATIONS TO DO SO: “I have never seen Junior Johnson that upset. True to himself, Junior simply said, ‘No.’ He told NASCAR that if they wouldn’t allow us to run the All-Star car in the 600, he was loading up our cars and withdrawing from the race. Darrell and I looked at each other, about to have a stroke. We were in the middle of the ’85 points race. Surely he wasn’t serious. But he finally calmed down a little bit, and we assured him we would get the cars swapped out once again. Darrell, the team and I thrashed to get the original 600 car put back together in time for the race. We had promised Junior that if he would let us do this, we would go out with the original car that had qualified fourth and kick everyone else’s butt. That was the goal we set and we accomplished it.”
LARRY MCREYNOLDS ON THE TWO DRIVERS HE EXPECTS TO TRANSFER FROM THE SPRINT SHOWDOWN TO THE ALL-STAR RACE: “That’s a very tough one this year. Kyle Larson, Clint Bowyer, Paul Menard, Aric Almirola and Marcos Ambrose all could be right up there. But if I had to choose based on their mile-and-a-half track performances this year, I’d go with Larson and Almirola.”
MCREYNOLDS ON WHAT HE’LL BE WATCHING FOR IN THE ALL-STAR RACE: “Given the new no ride-height rule, new aerodynamics package and other things teams have dealt with this year, those that seemingly had their arms around the intermediate track package last year still are searching this year, and vice versa. We know for a fact the cars will be very fast, considering the speeds we’ve seen this year. I’ll also be watching for pit stops and pit strategy to be critical this weekend. Teams will be setting themselves up to have the best average finish at the end of segment 4 because that’s how they’ll enter pit road and perform their pit stops. That pit stop will be huge. And finally, is this when Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus finally get back to Victory Lane? They’ve won the last two All-Star Races and traditionally are in a league of their own at Charlotte. If they don’t at least run well, then that’s a whole other conversation.”
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AT CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE
*All times live unless otherwise indicated & subject to change
Friday, May 16
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series final practice (11:00 AM to 12:00 PM ET)
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice (12:00 PM to 1:45 PM ET)
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice (1:45 PM to 3:30 PM ET)
NASCAR Live (3:30 PM to 4:00 PM ET)
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying for SPRINT SHOWDOWN (4:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET)
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series qualifying (5:30 PM to 7:00 PM ET)
NASCAR All-Star Showdown (7:00 PM to 8:00 PM ET)
NCWTS Setup (8:00 PM to 8:30 PM ET)
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race (8:30 PM to 11:00 PM ET)
FOX Sports Live (11:00 PM to 12:00 AM ET)
Saturday, May 17
NASCAR RaceDay All-Star Special (2:30 PM to 3:30 PM ET)
NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race qualifying (7:00 PM to 8:30 PM ET)
NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race (8:30 PM to 11:00 PM ET)
FOX Sports Live (11:00 PM to 12:00 AM ET)
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