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Saturday night’s 25th running of the Sprint All-Star race will feature a 10 lap shootout as the final segment, reviving memories of some of the event's most spectacular finishes.
This year’s race will consist of four segments, concluding with a 10-lap sprint and a $1 million payout to the race winner.
The 2009 format is as follows:
Segment 1: 50 laps with a mandatory green flag pit stop on lap 25, at which time teams must pit and take on four tires. Following the end of Segment 1, the caution flag will be displayed for an optional pit stop.
Segment 2: 20 laps with the caution flag displayed at the end of segment 2 for an optional pit stop.
Segment 3: 20 laps with a 10 minute break at the end of Segment 3. Teams may make normal adjustments to their cars during this break. The finishing order after the third segment determines the final starting positions for the fourth and final segment.
Segment 4: 10 lap shootout, with only green flag laps counting.
Some of the All Star event's most exciting finishes have come using the 10 lap shootout format. How many of these do you remember?
1987 was the year of Dale Earnhardt’s famous “pass in the grass.” One of the most memorable incidents in the history of the All Star race.
1989 Rusty Wallace Spins out Darrell Waltrip approaching the white flag to win the race.
In the first All Star night race Kyle Petty and Davey Allison battle side by side on the final lap. The two crash into one another while crossing the finish line, with Davey Alison taking the checkered flag .
1998 Mark Martin works his way through the pack over the final 10-lap segment and gets the victory when Jeff Gordon runs out of fuel entering the final turn.
2000 rookie Dale Earnhardt Jr. joins his father as the only father-son combination to both win the All-Star race.
“This is great for the fans,” said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition. “Some of the All Star race’s most spectacular finishes have come using the 10-lap shoot out as the final segment, and what better way to celebrate the 25th running of this great event than to incorporate that element back in the format. I can tell you from personal experience, I was Kyle Petty’s crew chief in 1992 when he and Davey Allison battled all the way down to the wire and that has to go down as one of the most exciting All Star race finishes ever. The 10-lap shootout there at the end was something else. That was quite a night; one I’ll never forget.”
Mark Martin, a two-time All Star race winner, is looking forward to competing in his 20th all star event this year, which would tie him with Terry Labonte for the most All Star Race appearances. “The All Star Race is always wild and that’s what’s so exciting about it,” said Martin, whose 1998 all star victory came using the 10-lap shoot out format. “This race is all about winning. There are no points on the line and second doesn’t really mean anything. It’s all about pride and celebrating with your team. I’ve been fortunate to win the All Star race twice in my career and would love to make it three times, especially driving for Rick Hendrick.”
The eligibility rules remain the same as past years. Race winners from either the 2008 or 2009 season through May 9th or any past champions of the all Star event, or Sprint Cup Series Champions from the past ten years are eligible for the race. In addition, the top two finishers in the Sprint Showdown, a 40 lap preliminary race scheduled for 7:30 p. m. and the winner of the Sprint Fan Vote, all advance into the All Star race line up.
Kasey Kahne, can thank the fans for giving him the opportunity to win the 2008 All Star race, as he made it into the field after being voted in by the fans.
With zero points to be concerned with and a cool million dollars to the race winner, there are no strokers or field fillers in this crowd. Just 100 laps of all-out-pedal-to-the-metal, go-for-broke racing.