NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge
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Location: Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, N.C.
Date: Saturday, May 20, 2006
Time: 9:00 p.m. (EDT)
Series: NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series - Special Non-Points Event
Companion Race: NEXTEL Open - NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series
Distance: 90 laps, 135 miles (run in three segments of 40 laps, 30 laps and 20 laps). Green flag and yellow flag laps will be counted during segment 1. All restarts will be double file and lapped cars will start at the rear.
Between segment 1 and segment 2, there will be a 10-minute break during which a random drawing will determine if as few as six or as many as 12 cars will be inverted. Teams will pit and may elect to change tires, add fuel and make normal chassis adjustments. Changing of springs, shock absorbers or rear-ends will not be permitted. Only green flag laps will be counted during segment 2 and segment 3.
Between segment 2 and segment 3 there will be a yellow flag during which teams may elect to pit. They may add fuel, change tires and make normal chassis adjustments. Teams pitting will not retain their position and will restart at the rear of the field in the order they leave pit road.
Purse: $3,250,450 (event record) NEXTEL All-Star Challenge winner's purse: $1,005,000 Segment Winner Bonuses: 1st, $75,000; 2nd, $20,000; 3rd, $10,000
Radio/Television: Motor Racing Network (MRN) will broadcast the race live to its affiliate stations beginning at 6:45 p.m. (EDT). MRN's broadcast can also be heard on XM Satellite Radio channel 144. Cable channel FX will televise the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge live. Pre-race coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. (EDT) and also includes coverage of the NASCAR NEXTEL Open.
2005 Winner: Mark Martin, Pfizer/Viagra Ford
Qualifying: One round of qualifying will be held Friday, May 19, at 7:10 p.m. (EDT). Each driver will run three laps with a mandatory four-tire, pit stop. The total elapsed time will comprise each team's qualifying effort and the pole-winning team will earn $50,000.
2005 Pole Sitter: Ryan Newman, Alltel Dodge, 122.443 seconds, 132.306 mph Total elapsed time of three laps, including a four-tire pit stop
Jeff Gordon, 2005 Daytona 500, Daytona Beach, Fla.
Greg Biffle, 2005 Auto Club 500, Fontana, Calif.
Jimmie Johnson, 2005 UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400, Las Vegas, Nev.
Carl Edwards, 2005 Golden Corral 500, Hampton, Ga.
Kevin Harvick, 2005 Food City 500, Bristol, Tenn.
Kurt Busch, 2005 Subway Fresh 500, Phoenix, Ariz.
Kasey Kahne, 2005 Chevy American Revolution 400, Richmond, Va.
Tony Stewart, 2005 Dodge/Save Mart 350, Sonoma, Calif.
Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2005 USG Sheetrock 400, Joliet, Ill.
Jeremy Mayfield, 2005 GFS Marketplace 400, Brooklyn, Mich.
Matt Kenseth, 2005 Sharpie 500, Bristol, Tenn.
Kyle Busch, 2005 Sony HD 500, Fontana, Calif.
Ryan Newman, 2005 Sylvania 300, Loudon, N.H.
Dale Jarrett, 2005 UAW-Ford 500, Talladega, Ala.
Mark Martin, 2005 Banquet 400, Kansas City, Kan.
Jamie McMurray, 2005 Winning Car Owner, Phoenix, Ariz.
Bobby Labonte, 2000 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Champion Michael Waltrip, 1996 NASCAR NEXTEL
All-Star Challenge Winner TBD, 2006 NEXTEL Open Winner TBD, Fan Vote
Tickets: Tickets for the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge start at just $21 and also include the NEXTEL Open, a pre-race concert by rock group Train and a performance by the Red Hot Chili Peppers during a break in the All-Star race. To purchase tickets, visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or call 1-800-455-FANS.