NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge Fast Facts
Date: Saturday, May 22, 2004
Time: 9:00 p.m. (EDT)
Sanctioning Body: NASCAR, Daytona Beach, Fla.
Series: NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series ¿ Special Event
NASCAR NEXTEL Open ¿ NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series
Z-Max 75 ¿ IPOWER DASH Series
Distance: 90 laps, 135 miles (run in three segments of 40 laps, 30 laps and 20 laps). Teams must make a mandatory green-flag, four-tire pit stop between the completion of lap 10 and through the completion of lap 35. Between segment 1 and segment 2, there will be a 10-minute break during which a random drawing will be held to determine the starting order of the second segment. Teams will pit and teams may elect to change tires, add fuel and make normal chassis adjustments. Changing of springs, shock absorbers or rear-ends will not be permitted. 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. Only green flag laps count during the third segment. All restarts will be double file and lapped cars will start at the rear.
Purse: $3,195,000 (event record)
NEXTEL All-Star Challenge winner¿s purse: $1,003,500
Segment 1 & 2 Bonuses: 1st - $50,000; 2nd - $15,000; 3rd - $7,500
Radio/Television: Motor Racing Network (MRN) will broadcast the race live to its affiliate stations beginning at 6:40 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 will also include coverage of the NASCAR NEXTEL Open.
2003 Winner: Jimmie Johnson, Lowe¿s Chevrolet
Qualifying: One round of qualifying will be held Friday, May 21, 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.
2003 Pole Sitter: Bill Elliott, Dodge/UAW Dodge, 123.192 seconds, 131.502 mph
Total elapsed time of three laps, including a four-tire pit stop
Michael Waltrip, 2003 Daytona 500, Daytona Beach, Fla.
Dale Jarrett, 2003 Subway 400, Rockingham, N.C.
Matt Kenseth, 2003 UAW-Daimler Chrysler 400, Las Vegas, Nev.
Bobby Labonte, 2003 Bass Pro Shops/MBNA 500, Hampton, Ga.
Ricky Craven, 2003 Carolina Dodge Dealers 400, Darlington, S.C.
Kurt Busch, 2003 Food City 500, Bristol, Tenn.
Ryan Newman, 2003 Samsung/Radio Shack 500, Ft. Worth, Texas
Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2003 Aaron¿s 499, Talladega, Ala.
Jeff Gordon, 2003 Virginia 500, Martinsville, Va.
Joe Nemechek, 2003 Pontiac Excitement 400, Richmond, Va.
Jimmie Johnson, 2003 Coca-Cola 600, Concord, N.C.
Tony Stewart, 2003 Pocono 500, Long Pond, Pa.
Robby Gordon, 2003 Dodge/Save Mart 350, Sonoma, Calif.
Greg Biffle, 2003 Pepsi 400, Daytona Beach, Fla.
Kevin Harvick, 2003 Brickyard 400, Indianapolis, Ind.
Terry Labonte, 2003 Mountain Dew Southern 500, Darlington, S.C.
Bill Elliott, 2003 Pop Secret Popcorn 400, Rockingham, N.C.
Elliott Sadler, 2004 Samsung/Radio Shack 500, Ft. Worth, Texas
Rusty Wallace, 2004 Advance Auto Parts 500, Martinsville, Va.
Geoffrey Bodine, 1994 Winner NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge
Mark Martin, 1998 Winner NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge
Kasey Kahne, 2003 Pop Secret Popcorn 400 (Car Owner)
Brian Vickers, 2003 Pontiac Excitement 400 (Car Owner)
TBD, 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Open
Tickets: Tickets for the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge, the most spectacular all-star event in professional sports, start at $21 and be obtained by calling the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS or online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.