Sprint Nextel (NYSE: S)  announced the return of the NEXTEL Fan Vote, a voting competition driven by fans to award one lucky team a starting spot in the May 19 NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Voting begins on Sprint or Nextel phones beginning Sunday, April 1.

"The NEXTEL Fan Vote is one of the most climactic moments of the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge," said Dean Kessel, director of NASCAR NEXTEL Cup SeriesT marketing for Sprint Nextel. "This year's ballot includes several drivers that are considered perennial all stars. We anticipate that having a deep field of top drivers will likely keep voting tight through May 19."

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The NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge field consists of drivers who have won a points race in 2006 or 2007, active NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge winners within the past 10 seasons and active past NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series champions within the past 10 seasons. For the NEXTEL Fan Vote, fans will select one driver among the top 50 in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series driver point standings who is not already qualified.

Voting will be available April 1 and can be completed via the following channels:

  •  Sprint and Nextel phones
  •  Text "NASCAR" to 7777 on your Sprint or Nextel web-enabled phone and follow the received directions
  • Standard text messaging and data rates apply
  • Online at www.nextel.com/speed
  • Online at www.nascar.com
  • Trackside at the NEXTEL Experience
  • Participating Sprint and Nextel retail locations

The winner of the NEXTEL Fan Vote will be announced following the NEXTEL Open during NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge pre-race festivities. The NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge will be broadcast live exclusively on SPEED, with coverage beginning at 7 p.m. EDT.

Tickets for the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge start at just $29 and can be obtained at the Lowe's Motor Speedway ticket office, online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-455-FANS.

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