As anticipation builds for the most thrilling race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Season, it's time again for fans to vote their favorite Sprint Fan Vote-eligible driver into the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on Saturday, May 17 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Voting opens at 8 a.m. (EDT) on Sunday, March 16 and closes at 7 p.m. (EDT) on Friday, May 16, one day before the green flag.

Through the Sprint Fan Vote, fans can cast their ballots an unlimited number of times to help determine the starting lineup for the prestigious race. The driver receiving the highest number of votes will earn a starting spot in the annual event worth a $1 million payday, courtesy of Sprint.

For the first time in its history, the Sprint Fan Vote will include a sweepstakes awarding one lucky voter a trip for two to any 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race of his or her choice, among other instant prizes.

NASCAR fans have three options to cast their Sprint Fan Votes:

  • Download the NASCAR MOBILE application. Votes cast through NASCAR MOBILE will count as double towards a driver's total.
  • Go to NASCAR.com/SprintFanVote
  • Visit The Sprint Experience, located in the midway at all NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.

Last year, then-rookie Danica Patrick, garnered nearly half-a-million votes to win the Sprint Fan Vote. Eligible for the vote again this year, Patrick will be vying for votes against the likes of AJ Allmendinger, Clint Bowyer, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and rookies, Austin Dillon and Kyle Larson.

Watch Allmendinger, Dillon, Larson and Stenhouse Jr. campaign for the Sprint Fan Vote while Las Vegas-headlining comedian, Carrot Top, and lead singer of Mötley Crüe, Vince Neil, and rapper 50 Cent provide their endorsements for the Sprint Fan Vote here.

The winner of the 2014 Sprint Fan Vote will be announced in Victory Lane after the conclusion of the Sprint Showdown on Friday, May 16. In addition to accumulating the most votes, a Sprint Fan Vote-eligible driver must also finish the Sprint Showdown qualifying race with a car in "raceable" condition (as determined by NASCAR Competition) to earn a spot in the race field.

To date, 30 drivers are eligible for the 2014 Sprint Fan Vote. Eligibility for participation is restricted to those drivers who have been approved by NASCAR for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition and have met all other eligibility requirements. Amongst those eligibility requirements, drivers must have attempted to qualify for the 2014 Daytona 500 and race in the Sprint Showdown. Should any eligible Sprint Fan Vote candidate win a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race during the 2014 season, and therefore automatically earn a spot into the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, the driver's name will be removed from the Sprint Fan Vote ballot and their existing votes will be voided.

To engage in the #SprintAllStar Race conversation throughout the #SprintFanVote window, fans are encouraged to follow @MissSprintCup, @CLTMotorSpdwy and @NASCAR on Twitter.

Frontstretch tickets for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race are available for purchase and affordably priced at two for $99 (plus taxes and fees). Fans can obtain tickets by calling 1-800-455-FANS or buying online at CharlotteMotorSpeedway.com.

Tune in to the Sprint Showdown at 7 p.m. EDT on Friday, May 16 on FOX Sports 1, Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. Then catch NASCAR's biggest stars in Sprint All-Star Race Qualifying at 7 p.m. EDT on Saturday, May 17 on FOX Sports 1, and the Sprint All-Star Race immediately following at 9 p.m. EDT on FOX Sports 1, Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, with additional coverage on NASCAR.com.

The 30 drivers (as of March 15) eligible for the Sprint Fan Vote include:

  1. Justin Allgaier
  2. A.J. Allmendinger
  3. Aric Almirola
  4. Marcos Ambrose
  5. Michael Annett
  6. Trevor Bayne
  7. Dave Blaney
  8. Alex Bowman
  9. Clint Bowyer
  10. Landon Cassill
  11. Austin Dillon
  12. David Gilliland
  13. Parker Kligerman
  14. Kyle Larson
  15. Bobby Labonte
  16. Terry Labonte
  17. Eric McClure
  18. Michael McDowell
  19. Casey Mears
  20. Paul Menard
  21. Joe Nemechek
  22. Danica Patrick
  23. Brian Scott
  24. Morgan Shepherd
  25. Reed Sorenson
  26. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  27. Ryan Truex
  28. Michael Waltrip
  29. Cole Whitt
  30. Josh Wise

THE SPRINT FAN VOTE SWEEPSTAKES AND INSTANT WIN PROMOTION - ABBREVIATED RULES

No purchase necessary to enter or win. Void where prohibited. Open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are at least 18 years of age at the time of entry. Sweepstakes/Promotion entry period begins at 12:00:01 a.m., Eastern Time ("ET"), on March 16, 2014 and ends at 5:00:00 p.m., ET, on May 16, 2014. For complete Official Rules, including entry instructions and prize details, visit www.nascar.com/rules. Sponsor: Sprint Communications Company, L.P. NASCAR, Inc. is not a sponsor of the Sweepstakes/Promotion.

About Sprint:

Sprint (NYSE: S) offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint served more than 55 million customers at the end of 2013 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The American Customer Satisfaction Index rated Sprint as the most improved company in customer satisfaction, across all 47 industries, during the last five years. Sprint has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DSJI) North America in 2011, 2012 and 2013. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.