NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race News and Notes From Charlotte Motor Speedway
Only five days remain until the 26th running of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Here are several NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race news and notes items that will help race fans coming to the event this Saturday, May 22, get the most out of their race experience.
Fans First News
CATS Route Provides Easy Access to Speedway
The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS), the City of Concord and Charlotte Motor Speedway have partnered to bring Saturday bus service from Center City Charlotte to the track. Starting from the Charlotte Transportation Center, race fans can take the 79X Concord Mills Express to beat the traffic and enjoy the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at the speedway for just $6 round-trip. The route will run every 20 minutes from noon to 6 p.m. on May 22. Return trips will begin immediately after the checkered flag as race fans make their way to the buses near the track’s main entrance. Tickets can be purchased at the Charlotte Transportation Center at 310 East Trade Street in Center City or online at http://secure.ridetransit.org/psales/. For more information visit www.ridetransit.org or call (704) 336-RIDE (7433).
Traffic Information Available on 91.1 FM
Race fans will be able to tune into 91.1 FM for up-to-date traffic information following Saturday’s NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. Charlotte Motor Speedway will broadcast traffic exit updates on that frequency to inform fans of any traffic concerns around the speedway.
Fan Guide to Fun Highlights All Charlotte Race Activities
To enhance the fan experience during race week, Charlotte Motor Speedway officials have created a Fan Guide to Fun for race week events that coincides with the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on May 22 and Coca-Cola 600 on May 30. The Fan Guide to Fun provides information on driver appearances, concerts, sponsor displays, pre-race infield activities and much more. The guide is available online and the brochure will be available at the track welcome center and information booths during race weeks.
Penguin Owners Offer New Fare from Pinky’s Westside Grill
Fans coming to the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and Coca-Cola 600 will have a new concession option at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The ownership group of Charlotte landmark restaurant The Penguin will soon open their second eatery, Pinky's Westside Grill, and plan to debut several Pinky’s menu items at the speedway. Homemade corn dogs, fries, chili dogs, and the famous fried pickles from The Penguin will be available to fans for purchase.
'PRN Up To SPEED' Returns to the SPEED Stage on Saturday
"PRN Up To SPEED" returns for the second year to Charlotte Motor Speedway. The popular free fan forum takes place at the SPEED stage, located at the speedway’s main entrance, from 2:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m., prior to the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on May 22. Several NASCAR stars are scheduled to join personalities from the Performance Racing Network for the 30 minute Q&A session.
Coca-Cola, Scott’s Donate to Troops
Fans and companies have just one week left to donate tickets to the troops through Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Let the Troops Race program for the May 30 Coca-Cola 600. The latest organizations to purchase tickets for the troops include Coca-Cola, The Scott’s Company, and the employees of Stewart-Haas Racing. The Let the Troops Race program, which runs through May 22, gives individuals and companies the chance to purchase tickets for just $20 to send a member of the U.S. armed forces to the Memorial Day Weekend race. For their purchase fans and companies will be recognized on the Charlotte Motor Speedway web site and at the speedway during Coca-Cola 600 race weekend.
NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race News
More than $14 Million Up For Grabs in May; All-Star Race Purse Nearly $5 million
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers will battle for a purse totaling nearly $5 million during the 26th running of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 22. The posted prize money of $3,195,839 will be added to $1,780,853 in television awards, which are distributed through the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Car/Champion Owner Program.
The overall posted awards for the track’s schedule of May events is $14,066,348. Nine events will be run at Charlotte Motor Speedway and The Dirt Track at Charlotte between Friday night, May 21, and Sunday night, May 30.
Sprint Selects Best All-Star Race Moments
The NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race has consistently delivered some of the most exciting competition and electrifying finishes in the sport’s history and over five weeks in April and May Sprint is counting down the top-five “Most Memorable NASCAR Sprint All-Star Races,” as chosen by members of the National Motorsports Press Association. Moments five through two include the 2001 event where wet track conditions took out many of the competitors on the first lap; Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s rookie-season NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race victory on May 20, 2000; the 1989 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race which featured “The Tide Slide,” a great battle between NASCAR champions Rusty Wallace and Darrell Waltrip; and the 1992 race dubbed “One Hot Night,” the first NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race held at night using Charlotte Motor Speedway’s new lighting system. The top vote recipient for the “Most Memorable NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race” will be revealed this week.
Earnhardt Jr. to Grant 200th Make-A-Wish During All-Star Weekend
NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. will grant his 200th Make-A-Wish request during the NASCAR Sprint Cup All-Star weekend. Earnhardt Jr. began his relationship with Make-A-Wish Foundation in 1999 as a driver in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Now more than 10 years later Earnhardt Jr. will reach a milestone with Make-A-Wish that is shared only by a handful of America’s top athletes. Earnhardt Jr. will grant the wish of Jeff Buzzell, 16, from Hermon, Maine, who suffers from Alport’s syndrome and chronic kidney disease. Buzzell and his family will also be given a garage tour while at Charlotte Motor Speedway, courtesy of The NASCAR Foundation. To commemorate the milestone, Earnhardt’s sponsors AMP Energy and the National Guard have donated space on the hood of the car he will be driving in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race to the Dale Jr. Foundation. The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.
Tickets for all May races at Charlotte Motor Speedway can be purchased online or by calling the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS. Friends and family four-pack tickets start at just $39.75 per person for the May 30 Coca-Cola 600 and $35 per person for the NASCAR Sprint All Star Race on May 22.