Pit Note #1: NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race
Pit Note #1
Friday, May 17
MOMENT OF SILENCE: Charlotte Motor Speedway and fans attending the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 Camping World Truck Series race Friday will observe a moment of silence to recognize the passing of former NASCAR driver and short-track legend Dick Trickle.
GIBBS TO SAY ALL-STAR INVOCATION: It's a race full of tradition and pageantry, and this year's NASCAR All-Star Race will be no different. In what is becoming a quasi-tradition, team owner Joe Gibbs will deliver the invocation before Saturday's thrilling NASCAR Sprint Cup Series All-Star Race. He also said the pre-race prayer in 2012 and 2009. In 2010, Gibbs' grandson Taylor gave the invocation.
MEADE TO SING NATIONAL ANTHEM AT COKE 600: She may be best known as host of Headline News' Morning Express with Robin Meade, but Meade is also making a name for herself as a country singer. As she prepares to release her second country album next month, Meade will showcase her pipes next weekend while performing the National Anthem at the May 26 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
BRUTON'S BIG BONUS: With a $1 million payday, the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race already offers the richest per-mile winner's purse in motorsports. But this year, the pot gets a little sweeter with Bruton's Big Bonus. If a driver wins all four of the 20-lap segments and stays up front to win the final 10-lap shootout, he will double his payday to $2 million thanks to Bruton's Big Bonus of $1,000,000.
The May 18 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race will consist of 90 total laps: four 20-lap segments, followed by a mandatory four-tire pit stop and the 10-lap sprint to the big-money finish.
"My dad, Bruton Smith, says that three things motivate people - love, fear and money," said Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway. "These drivers love to race, and they fear losing with backyard bragging rights on the line. This is motivation like never before to get up on the wheel for the fans."
STILL TIME FOR NASCAR ALL-STAR FAN VOTE: Race fans have until 5 p.m. Saturday to vote their favorite driver into the All-Star Race. Fans can vote an unlimited number of times by downloading the NASCAR '13 application or by visiting NASCAR.com/SprintFanVote. The votes received on NASCAR '13 will count twice towards a driver's total. The driver receiving the highest number of votes will earn a starting position in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.
There are 26 drivers eligible for the fan vote, including Rookie of the Year candidates Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. To be eligible for the 2013 Sprint All-Star Fan Vote, drivers had to finish in the top 55 of the 2012 Sprint Cup Series point standings or attempted to qualify for the 2013 Daytona 500.
JOSH TURNER TO PERFORM BEFORE ALL-STAR RACE - Double platinum-selling country music artist Josh Turner will perform Saturday at 3:15 p.m. in the Charlotte Motor Speedway infield as part of pre-race activities for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series All-Star race. Charlotte-based Lance brand snacks will sponsor the 90-minute show, which is free to all race ticketholders, and will also include special promotions and games for the family. Gates open at 1:00 p.m.