Sprint Showdown Fast Facts
Location: Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, N.C.
Date: Saturday, May 17, 2008
Time: 7:46 p.m. (EDT)
Sanctioning Body: NASCAR, Daytona Beach, Fla.
Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - Special Event
Eligibility: Drivers not already eligible for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race who have been approved by NASCAR for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition and have met all other eligibility requirements. Those requirements include, but are not limited to, competing in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event during the 2007 or 2008 seasons; finishing in the top 50 of the final 2007 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings or attempting to qualify for a 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event as of March 10, 2008.
Length: The Sprint Showdown will consist of 40 laps, 60 miles, and will be run in two 20-lap segments. Between segment 1 and segment 2, there will be a yellow flag during which teams can pit and may elect to change tires, add fuel and make normal chassis adjustments. Teams pitting will not retain their position on the track and will start segment 2 at the rear of the field in the order they leave pit road. All restarts will be double file with lapped cars at the rear of the field. During segment 2, only green flag laps count.
3 Advance: The top two finishers in the Sprint Showdown will earn starting spots in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. A third driver will also advance as determined by the Sprint Fan Vote.
Purse: $1,000,000 (event record)
Winner's share: $51,525
2007 Winner: Martin Truex Jr., Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet
Qualifying: The better of two qualifying laps will determine a driver's official qualifying speed for the Sprint Showdown. Qualifying is scheduled for Friday, May 16, at 5:10 p.m. (EDT).
2007 Pole Sitter: Carl Edwards, Office Depot Ford
28.802 seconds, 187.487 mph
Radio/Television: Motor Racing Network (MRN) will broadcast the Sprint Showdown live to its affiliate radio stations with coverage beginning at
6:45 p.m. (EDT). MRN's broadcast can also be heard on Sirius NASCAR Radio channel 128. SPEED Channel will televise the race live beginning at 7:00 p.m. (EDT).
Tickets: Tickets for Saturday night, May 17, start at $40 and include the 3 Doors Down concert, the Sprint Showdown and the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.
To purchase tickets, visit us online or call 1-800-455-FANS.