Thursday, May 17, 2012

NASCAR ALL STAR Race Driver Previews

Not all teams announce their weekly race previews'. Here is a list of those teams that do reveal the information in the teams race preview: 

#1- Jamie McMurray -  McMurray has participated in the All-Star Race on six occasions.  In 2009, a second place finish in the preliminary event earned McMurray a spot in the All-Star Race.  In his six starts, McMurray has an average start and finish position of 12.8 and 17.1, respectively.  His best start was fourth in 2010, while his best finish was ninth in 2009.

#2- Brad Keselowski -  Brad Keselowski scored a victory in the Sprint All-Star Showdown in 2011 to earn a spot in the All-Star event. 

#5- Kasey Kahne - In eight NASCAR Sprint All-Star Races at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, Kasey Kahne has one win and two top-10 finishes. Kahne, who won the 2008 non-points event, has competed in the race every year since joining the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit in 2004. The driver of the No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet started from the pole position for the 2006 exhibition event.

#9- Marcos Ambrose -  Marcos Ambrose and the No. 9 DEWALT team are ready to put it all on the line for a cool million.  Ambrose will make his first start in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series All-Star Race on Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  The winner of the non-points event takes home $1 million. Previously Ambrose has made three starts in the Sprint Showdown, the qualifying event for the All-Star Race. He finished ninth in last year's Showdown and his average finish in the qualifying race is 8.25.

#14-Tony Stewart - Stewart is the winner of the 2009 All-Star Race. He led only once for two laps in the non-points event, but they were the most important ones. He paced the final two circuits around the 1.5-mile oval after getting by Matt Kenseth for the lead on lap 98 of the 100-lap event. Stewart’s margin of victory over the 2003 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion was .971 of a second. The 2009 All-Star Race was Stewart’s first victory as a driver/owner with Stewart-Haas Racing, the team he co-owns with Gene Haas, founder of 
Haas Automation, the largest CNC machine tool builder in the western world. The win made Stewart the first driver/owner to win a Sprint Cupsanctioned event since Ricky Rudd won a point-paying race in October 1998 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. It was also the first All-Star Race win for Stewart, who had six top-10 finishes in 10 previous starts in the event. Stewart became the second driver/owner to win the All-Star Race, joining Geoff Bodine, who accomplished the feat in 1994.  Stewart has five straight top-five finishes coming into this year’s All-Star Race.  Stewart won The Winston Open during his rookie year in 1999 to advance into The Winston, where he finished second in the non-points event. Up until his win in 2009, Stewart’s best finish since 1999 had been a pair of third-place efforts (2001 and 2004).  Stewart won the first segment of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Challenge in 2004 and the second segment of The Winston in 2001. 

#15- Clint Bowyer - Bowyer will make his fourth career All-Star start at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday night. In three previous starts, his best finish is 12th in 2009. Last year Bowyer started on the outside of the front row but finished 16th. Bowyer averages a ninth place starting spot and 15th place finish.

#16- Greg Biffle - In ten All Star events, including the Sprint Showdowns, Biffle has scored four top 5's and five top 10's.

#17- Matt Kenseth - In eleven All Star events, Kenseth has one win, four top 5's, eight top 10's and and two poles.

#18- Kyle Busch -  The NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race will mark Busch’s seventh appearance as an All-Star Race invitee in his eighth season as a Sprint Cup regular. He has one top five, two top 10s; two poles and an average finish of 13.8

#22- A J Allmendinger - Allmendinger has raced in five prior editions of the Sprint Showdown, taking the win in the 2008 race and advancing on to the Sprint All-Star Race. In his five prior Showdowns, Dinger has one win, two top-five finishes and four top-10s. He started 22nd and finished 17th in the 2008 All-Star Race. He started second and finished fourth in last year's Showdown. Dinger has a 6.4 average start and an 8.8 average finish in the Showdown. Most impressive is that he has finished every possible lap (300/300) in his Showdown and All Star races.

#24- Jeff Gordon - In 18 All Star races Gordon has earned one pole, three wins, six top fives, nine top 10s and an average finish of 9.3.

#27- Paul Menard - Saturday night marks Menard's first appearance in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. The No. 27 CertainTeed/Menards team qualified on the merit of the Brickyard 400 win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (July 2011). He has made five starts in the Sprint Showdown, earning his best result of fourth in the 2010 event.

#29- Kevin Harvick - Since the implementation of NASCAR's Loop Data Statistics in 2006, Harvick has competed in seven Sprint All-Star races. The 2007 event winner ranks second in Closers (moving up 14 positions in the last 10 percent of laps), fifth in Laps Led (43) and sixth in Green Flag Passes (206).

#31- Jeff Burton -  Burton has made seven appearances in the Sprint Showdown and qualified 12 times for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race over his 19-year career. Burton won the 2003 Sprint Showdown and finished ninth in last year’s event. His best qualifying effort of fourth-place for the two-segment, 40-lap event came in 1995.

#39- Ryan Newman - In 10 starts in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, Newman has one win (2002), one pole (2005), three top-five finishes and six top-10s. Newman also attempted to race his way into the 2001 All-Star Race but he was sidelined early due to an expired engine. Newman earned his way into this season’s All-Star Race thanks to his win from the pole at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon last July. Newman is also eligible via his 2002 All-Star win.

#42- Juan Pablo Montoya -  Montoya has made three appearances in the preliminary event to the All-Star Race.  He has an average start and finish of 10th and 22.6, respectively.  His best start was fifth in 2007, while his best finish was 12th in 2009.

#43- Aric Almirola - The weekend marks Almirola's first appearance in the annual Showdown. But he's no stranger to the 1.5-mile oval that's regarded as the home track to most NASCAR teams. He has a top-five and three top-10s in seven Nationwide Series starts and two top-10s in two Camping World Truck Series appearances at Charlotte. 

#48- Jimmie Johnson - Johnson has 10 All Star event starts and has earned  Two wins in 10 starts (2003 and 2006), One pole (2009), Six top-five finishes (60 percent) and six top-10s (60 percent), Average finish of 7.2, Sprint Cup’s second-best average running position (5.9), and One DNF (Did Not Finish) in May 2004

#51- Kurt Busch - Busch is the winner of the 2010 All-Star Race. He led the first nine laps after starting from the pole. Busch would lead the final eight laps around the 1.5-mile oval after passing Denny Hamlin on lap 93 of the 100-lap event. His margin of victory was .358 of a second. Busch goes into this weekend’s All-Star Race with one win, four top-five finishes and five top-10s in 10 starts. All of Busch’s top-10 finishes have been seventh place or better.

#55- Mark Martin -  Mark Martin has participated in 22 races, more than any other driver. Mark Martin claimed his first NASCAR All Star victory in 1998 and seven years later won the event for the second time. Mark also has six top fives, 10 top 10s and an average finish of 10.9.

#88- Dale Earnhardt Jr -  In 12 appearances in the non-points all-star event, Earnhardt has scored one win, three top-five finishes and nine top-10s. His average finish in the exhibition race is 8.66. Last year, Earnhardt earned a spot in the All-Star Race by winning the fan vote. He started 21st and crossed the finish line 14th.

#99- Carl Edwards - Carl Edwards will make his seventh appearance in the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend.  In his previous starts he has one win, three top-five and four top-10 finishes. 

- Reported in Team News/Press Releases

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