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Since we do not include the All Star race as part of our segment choices, I thought that I would reveal some of the stats from NASCAR that are associated with this fan oriented, all out, let the rough side drag, let the big dog eat, Saturday night race.
The All Star Notebook
• There have been 28 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Races.
• The first NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race was in 1985.
• 27 have been held at Charlotte Motor Speedway. In 1986, the event was held at Atlanta Motor Speedway, and won by Bill Elliott. That season was also the first year for what is now known as the Sprint Showdown.
• 89 drivers have run in at least one NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, with 75 competing in more than one.
• There have been 19 different winners of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.
• NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip won the inaugural NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race in 1985 at 161.184 mph.
• Mark Martin has participated in 23 races, more than any other driver. Terry Labonte has participated in 20, followed by Jeff Gordon with 19.
• The race has featured a field that ranged from 10 drivers in 1986 to 27 in 2002. Last season’s field had 23 participants.
• Dale Earnhardt (1987, 1990 and 1993), Jeff Gordon (1995, 1997 and 2001) and Jimmie Johnson (2003, 2006 and 2012) are the only three-time winners of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race.
• Davey Allison (1991 and 1992), Terry Labonte (1988 and 1999) and Mark Martin (1998 and 2005) are the only other drivers to post multiple victories in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. Allison is the only driver to ever win consecutive All-Star events.
• Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2000) and Ryan Newman (2002) are the only drivers to win the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race in their rookie season.
• In two starts Joey Logano leads the series with an average finish of 5.5 in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.
• Eight drivers including Joey Logano, have an average finish in the top 10 for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race: Matt Kenseth (6.2), Jimmie Johnson (6.6), Marcos Ambrose (7.0), Tony Stewart (7.7), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (8.3), Ryan Newman (9.2) and Jeff Gordon (9.5).
• Terry Labonte won the inaugural Coors Light pole for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race in 1985.
• 15 drivers have won Coors Light poles at Charlotte for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, led by Bill Elliott with five. Kyle Busch leads all active drivers with three.
• Three drivers have won consecutive Coors Light poles for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race: Davey Allison (1991, 1992) Bill Elliott (1997, 1998) and Kyle Busch (2011, 2012).
• The NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race has been won from the pole position four times; the first three came in consecutive years: Dale Earnhardt (1990) and Davey Allison (1991 and 1992). Kurt Busch posted the fourth win from the pole in 2010.
• The front row starting positions are the two most proficient starting positions in the field, producing more winners (four each) than any other starting positions in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.
• Eight of the 28 (28.5%) NASCAR Sprint All-Star Races have been won from the front row: four from the pole and four from second-place.
• 21 of the 28 (75.0%) NASCAR Sprint All-Star Races have been won from a top-10 starting position.
• Two of the 28 (7.1%) NASCAR Sprint All-Star Races have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
• The deepest in the field a NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race winner has started was 27th, by Ryan Newman in 2002.
• Hendrick Motorsports drivers have won seven NASCAR Sprint All-Star Races: Jeff Gordon (three), Jimmie Johnson (three) and Terry Labonte (one).
• NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt leads the series in top-five finishes in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race with nine; followed by Tony Stewart (eight) and Jimmie Johnson (seven).
• Bill Elliott leads the series in top-10 finishes in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race with 13; followed by Dale Earnhardt with 12. Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Mark Martin lead all active drivers with 10 each.
• Five drivers have won the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship in the same year: Darrell Waltrip (1985), Dale Earnhardt (1987, 1990, 1993), Rusty Wallace (1989), Jeff Gordon (1995, 1997, 2001) and Jimmie Johnson (2006).
• In 2008, Kasey Kahne became the first driver to get into the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race by the Sprint Fan Vote and go on to win the event.
• Seven times from seven different drivers has the winner of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race gone on to win the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway the following weekend: Darrell Waltrip (1985), Davey Allison (1991), Dale Earnhardt (1993), Jeff Gordon (1997), Jimmie Johnson (2003), Kasey Kahne (2008) and Kurt Busch (2010).
• The record for lead changes in a NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race is 10 in 2004.
• The record for different leaders in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race is nine in 2002.
• The series best Driver Rating performance by a NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race winner was Carl Edwards posting a 141.7 in 2011.(NASCAR)
TIL NEXT TIME, PULL YOUR GLOVES UP, FLIP YOUR VISOR DOWN, AND LET’S GO RACIN’!
I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge, or pay tribute, to why we have a holiday next weekend. For all my friends and family who have spent time in the military defending my freedom, and allowing me to enjoy what I am passionate about, RACING, I thank you from the very bottom of my soul!
We offer up our very best young men and women, and some of those young men and women pay the ultimate price for our freedom
I will leave you with this powerfully haunting video from Trace Atkins and the West Point Men’s Choir.
“It is not about the war, it is about the warrior!” Say a prayer for peace!