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Pre-Race Notes and Quotes: All-Star

Hendrick Motorsports | Race Preview Published 5/14/2014
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EVENT: NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race
DATE: Saturday, May 17, 2014
TRACK: Charlotte Motor Speedway
LENGTH: 1.5-mile quad-oval
TV: FOX Sports 1 (Coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET)
RADIO: MRN (Coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET)

News & Notes

SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE: Dale Earnhardt Jr. qualified for the Sprint All-Star Race by winning a NASCAR Sprint Cup event during the 2013-2014 seasons. Earnhardt led 54 laps to win the Daytona 500 on Feb. 23, 2014.

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

ALL-STAR STATS: In 14 appearances in the non-points All-Star event, Earnhardt has scored one win, four top-five finishes and 11 top-10s. His average finish in the exhibition race is 8.3. Last year, Earnhardt earned a spot in the May exhibition race by winning at Michigan International Speedway in June 2012. He lined up 15th for the 90-lap shootout and crossed the finish line seventh.

ALL-STAR PIT CREW: Qualifying for the All-Star race will include three laps with a mandatory four-tire pit stop on Friday. There will be no pit road speed limit. The No. 88 pit crew includes jackman Nick Covey (Livermore, California), front-tire carrier Kevin Harris (Orlando, Florida), front-tire changer Clay Robinson (Sun Valley, California), rear-tire changer Joe Slingerland (Inverness, Florida), gas man Matt Tyrrell (Denver) 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 tested this chassis at the Goodyear Tire test in April at Michigan International Speedway. Prior to that, Earnhardt raced this chassis to a second-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway last November.

HENDRICK AT THE ALL-STAR RACE: In 29 All-Star races (83 entries), Hendrick Motorsports has scored eight wins, 31 top-five finishes and 46 top-10s. Most recently, Jimmie Johnson won the 2013 event after leading 10 laps to earn a record-setting fourth All-Star victory. All four Hendrick Motorsports drivers are eligible for this year’s All-Star race.

30TH ANNIVERSARY: In 2014, Hendrick Motorsports is celebrating its 30th anniversary in NASCAR. The organization began in 1984 with five employees and 5,000 square feet of work space. It has grown to more than 500 employees with a 430,000-square-foot facility that sits on 140 acres. Driver Geoff Bodine won the Martinsville (Virginia) Speedway spring race on April 29, 1984, marking Hendrick Motorsports’ first victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS FAN DAY: The 2014 Hendrick Motorsports Fan Fest will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday May, 23 at the team’s Concord, North Carolina, facility. An array of free entertainment will be available for the whole family, including question-and-answer sessions with the organization’s drivers and crew chiefs. Visit www.hendrickmotorsports.com/fans/fanfest for details.

Standings
After Oral-B USA 500
Rank +/- Driver Points Behind
1 -- Jeff Gordon 872 0
2 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. 851 -21
3 +2 Matt Kenseth 794 -78
4 -- Joey Logano 791 -81
5 -2 Brad Keselowski 782 -90
6 -- Jimmie Johnson 766 -106
7 +1 Carl Edwards 755 -117
8 -1 Kevin Harvick 748 -124
9 -- Ryan Newman 747 -125
10 +1 Greg Biffle 728 -144
11 +2 Kasey Kahne 708 -164
12 -2 Clint Bowyer 705 -167
Full Standings