MRN Weekend Preview
By: Pete Pistone - @PPistone on May 16, 2013 | 9:35 A.M. EST
This year’s race will consist of four 20-lap segments and a 10-lap dash to the checkered flag. (Photo: Getty Images)
Charlotte Motor Speedway is the site for the 29th running of the All-Star Race on Saturday night. The non-points event brings together the top drivers in the Sprint Cup Series with a unique format and a possible $2 million pay day for the winner.
This year’s race will consist of four 20-lap segments and a 10-lap dash to the checkered flag. The winning driver will take home $1 million with an additional $1 million bonus by leading all five segments of the race.
Jimmie Johnson is the defending winner, the sixth different driver to claim victory in the last six years. The only driver to win back-to-back All-Star Races was Davey Allison in 1991 and 1992.
Motor Racing Network - "The Voice of NASCAR" - will open its live coverage of the weekend with All-Star qualifying Friday at 6 p.m. (ET). Drivers will take three laps and make a four-tire pit stop - with no pit road speed limit, with the total time determing the qualifying position.
Later Friday night, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series takes center stage at CMS for the North Carolina Education Lottery 200. MRN will provide live flag-to-flag coverage beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday’s Motor Racing Network coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. with the Sprint Showdown the first race of the night. The top two finishers move into the Sprint All-Star Race, along with the top vote-getter in fan balloting. The night's main event will start at approximately 9 p.m. (ET).
You can listen to all the weekend’s MRN broadcasts on your local radio affiliate or its website. All races will be streamed live at MotorRacingNetwork.com ... which will be trackside in Charlotte all weekend to bring you comprehensive coverage including breaking news, results, features, audio, video and post-race analysis.
Also on the weekend schedule is the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series with a Friday and Saturday night visit at Pennsylvania’s Williams Grove Speedway, and a Sunday race at New York’s Orange County Fairgrounds Speedway.
Stay with MotorRacingNetwork.com for the latest racing news all weekend!