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Pre-Race Notes and Quotes: All-Star

Hendrick Motorsports | Race Preview Published 5/15/2013
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EVENT: Sprint All-Star Race
TRACK: Charlotte Motor Speedway
LENGTH: 1.5-mile quad-oval
TV: Speed (Coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET)
RADIO: PRN (Coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET)

News & Notes

SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE: Dale Earnhardt Jr. qualified for the All-Star Race by winning a NASCAR Sprint Cup event during the 2012 season. Earnhardt led five times for 95 laps to win at Michigan International Speedway on June 17, 2012.

ALL-STAR VICTORY: Earnhardt made history on May 20, 2000, when he became the first rookie to win the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. Earnhardt led two laps and beat veteran Dale Jarrett to the finish line by 1.295 seconds.

ALL-STAR STATS: In 13 appearances in the non-points all-star event, Earnhardt has scored one win, four top-five finishes and 10 top-10s. His average finish in the exhibition race is 8.38. Last year, Earnhardt earned a spot in the All-Star Race by winning the Sprint Showdown. He lined up 21st for the 90-lap shootout and led 18 laps before crossing the finish line fifth.

ALL-STAR PIT CREW: Qualifying for the All-Star Race will include three laps with a mandatory four-tire pit stop on Friday. The No. 88 pit crew includes jackman Nick Covey (Livermore, Calif.), front-tire carrier Kevin Harris (Orlando, Fla.), gas man Caleb Hurd (Pulaski, Va.), front-tire changer Clay Robinson (Sun Valley, Calif.), rear-tire changer Joe Slingerland (Inverness, Fla.) and rear-tire carrier Matt Ver Meer (Montezuma, Iowa).

CHASSIS CHOICE: This weekend, crew chief Steve Letarte will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-716. Earnhardt most recently raced this chassis to a 16th-place finish at Kansas Speedway in April.

HENDRICK IN THE ALL-STAR: In 28 All-Star Races (83 entries), Hendrick Motorsports has scored seven wins, 30 top-five finishes, 44 top-10s and led 605 laps. Most recently, Jimmie Johnson won the 2012 event after leading 16 laps to earn a record-tying third all-star victory. All four Hendrick Motorsports drivers are eligible for this year’s All-Star Race.

MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet SS, will be available to members of the media on Friday at 4:15 p.m. local time in the Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway media center.

Quotes

DALE EARNHARDT JR. (ON THE ALL-STAR RACE.): “The All-Star weekend is a great weekend. It’s just a lot of fun. It’s just an awesome race. It’s got a lot of great stories and a lot of history. We’d like to be a part of that this weekend and win the race, so we’re going to work really hard. I’m looking forward to getting in the car and seeing what kind of speed we’ve got and what kind of race car we’ve got.”

Standings
After AAA 400
Rank +/- Driver Points Behind
1 -- Brad Keselowski 2140 0
2 -- Joey Logano 2136 -4
3 -- Kevin Harvick 2123 -17
4 -- Jimmie Johnson 2121 -19
5 +2 Jeff Gordon 2117 -23
6 -1 Kyle Busch 2111 -29
7 -1 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2104 -36
8 -- Matt Kenseth 2097 -43
9 +3 Ryan Newman 2091 -49
10 -1 Carl Edwards 2091 -49
11 +2 Denny Hamlin 2081 -59
12 -1 Kasey Kahne 2079 -61
Full Standings