Pit Note #5: NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race
NASCAR SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE SHOWDOWN QUALIFYING: Martin Truex Jr. won the pole for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Showdown, an event consisting of two 20-lap segments with an optional pit stop between. The top two finishers will transfer to the main event, the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.
"It was a good day. The guys did a good job, made good adjustments for qualifying there and looking forward to tomorrow night," Truex said. "Unfortunately I do have a lot of experience in this race. We do understand a little bit about how the race works, how it's probably gonna play out. We made a mistake last year by not pitting on the 20-lap caution and got beat by it, so I think this year we'll be ready for anything."
Truex was distracted throughout his post-qualifying media interviews, hoping to catch a glimpse of the All-Star race qualifying on the TV monitors dotting the room.
"I want to watch this," Truex said. "I texted Mark (Martin), and I said how was it practicing for this qualifying. I was like, it looks awesome; I'm jealous. And he said it was insane, so I'm looking forward to watching it for sure. I'm definitely jealous I'm not out there. And I have to go to a wedding now, so I can't even watch it. I would rather not go to the wedding and be in this. It's not my wedding."
THEY NEVER 'TIRE' OF SUPPORTING OUR TROOPS: It's just one more way Charlotte Motor Speedway and its corporate partner Goodyear salute our armed forces. In addition to the usual "Goodyear" branding, this weekend's tires for both the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will sport special "Support Our Troops" decals.
RAVE REVIEWS: Before NASCAR All-Star qualifying had even concluded, polesitter Carl Edwards was already raving about the three-lap, one-stop, no-pit-road-speed format. In fact, he was campaigning for it.
"I vote we do this at every race track! This is so fun," Edwards said, who will sit on the pole in tomorrow night's Sprint All-Star Race.
Clint Bowyer emerged from his qualifying run slightly breathless and with a wide grin, also singing the format's praises.
"Man, that's a wild deal," Bowyer said. "It's amazing coming off pit road like that. It's interesting, it's exciting … that's a fun event right there."