NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Pit Note #9
Montoya’s Energizer Charlotte Motor Speedway fans will attempt a world record tonight as they attempt to “Light Up the Night” with more than 80,000 flashlights shining simultaneously during pre-race festivities for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.
Energizer is providing fans with 66,000 Energizer 3 LED Headlights and 14,000 handheld flashlights to fans as they enter the gates. Fans will be asked to “flash their brights” between the Sprint Showdown and the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. An adjudicator from Guinness World Records is at Charlotte Motor Speedway Saturday to judge the event.
“It’s a fun thing for the fans to take part in something like that,” said Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the No. 42 Energizer Chevrolet. “The right event (for a world record attempt) is the All-Star … everybody is all out and just pumped.”
Fans at Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend will actually watch two Guinness World Record certifications: Light Up the Night is the first, and the second is certifying the giant new video board as the World’s Largest HDTV in a Sporting Venue.
“Wow, anytime you can set a world record is a fun thing,” Charlotte Motor Speedway President and General Manager Marcus Smith said. “The fans love being part of a special thing like tonight… it’s unbelievable.”
Mike Janela is the adjudicator from Guinness World Records who will certify both events Saturday at the superspeedway. He said the large-scale Energizer Light Up the Night attempt will take much more effort to finalize official numbers, but the world record should be easy to achieve: the previous record was 1,000 and was set by the Butler [Mo.] Area Chamber of Commerce (July 2010).
“As long as I can tell there are more than 1,000, I can certify that the record was broken,” Janela said. “After that, we’ve divided the grandstands into sections and enlisted the help of ushers and security guards to help us count each section for the actual number for the book. The HDTV has already been certified, so tonight I will just be doing the certificate presentation for that one. And then I get to see the All-Star Race. Not a bad gig.”
Grand Marshals Expect greatness at tonight’s command to start engines. After a heated competition in the display area Saturday afternoon, Sprint officials have chosen the two best “Gentlemen, start your engines!” callers to act as grand marshals for tonight’s Sprint Showdown and NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. Katie Snead of Richmond, Va., and Aaron Thomas of Calhoun, Ga., -- both Sprint customers – have been granted the honors.
Fan Vote Update With less than an hour left to vote before the polls close at 5 p.m. (EDT) Saturday, Sprint officials said more than 2.4 million votes had been cast for the Sprint Fan Vote, which will determine the final driver eligible to compete in Saturday’s NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. The top five drivers include A.J. Allmendinger, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Bobby Labonte, Joey Logano and Brian Vickers. The winner of the Fan Vote will be announced at 8 p.m., and the winner will briefly be in the Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Center.