CORNELIUS, N.C. —  The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series plays a couple of home games over the next two weeks as the series occupies Charlotte Motor Speedway. This weekend’s non-points paying All-Star Race features a qualifying race, a fan vote and a unique format to decide who walks home with $1 million.                                     

Clint Bowyer is hoping that he has to pull double duty this weekend in his No. 15 Charter Toyota. He will drive in the Sprint Showdown, the 40-lap race whose top two finishers go on to compete in the All-Star Race, which is comprised of last year’s race winners. (Although Bowyer was second or third in points for 12 of the first 26 races, he didn’t reach victory lane.

Qualifying well for the Showdown will be important with just two 20-lap segments to decide the winner. The format also reverts to the former system where cars make single-lap runs instead of the newly instituted knock-out qualifying.

With $1 million on the line, fans can count on seeing just about anything during the weekend’s events. Bowyer just hopes those fans get to see him pulling double duty.

 

Do drivers look forward to the All-Star weekend?

“The All-Star weekend is always a great one. There’s a lot for the fans to do. A lot of the drivers have different schemes that look cool under the lights. There’s always a concert and oh yeah, there’s a million dollars on the line. It’s a recipe for a good time. I’m looking forward to it. Sprint puts on a good show and has a lot going on during the week. We’re working hard to make sure we race our way into Saturday’s show in our Charter Toyota.”

CHASSIS

Chassis No. 802 serves as the primary chassis for Bowyer during the Sprint All-Star Race. Bowyer drove this Toyota to a 23rd-place finish at Las Vegas and an eighth-place finish at Texas. Chassis No. 804 serves as the back-up chassis. The Emporia, Kan., native drove this chassis to a 15th-place finish at Bristol and a 12th-place finish at Darlington.

 

NO. 15 CREW ROSTER

Brian Pattie

Crew Chief

Brandon Hopkins

Front Tire Changer

Richard Coleman

Front Tire Carrier

Lee Cunningham

Rear Tire Changer

PJ Briody

Rear Tire Carrier

Brian Chase

Jack Man

Evan Marchal

Gas Man

Billy Curwood

Car Chief

Chris Sherwood

Interior Mechanic

Brett Griffin

Spotter

Dax Gerringer

Race Engineer

Tim O'Brien

2nd Engineer

Adam Cooke

Shock Specialist

J.D. Frey

Front Mechanic

Travis Stock

Rear Mechanic

Andrew Beason

Tire Specialist

Gregg Huls

Engine Tuner

Chris Valverde

Engine Engineer

Ray Erwin

Truck Driver

Jeff Shano

2nd Truck Driver

 

SPRINT SHOWDOWN/ALL-STAR STATS

· Competed in three Sprint Showdowns with a best finish of sixth in 2007.

· Competed in five All-Star races with a best finish of 12th in 2009.

· Started on the outside pole in the 2011 All-Star race.

· Led 11 laps in last year’s All-Star race.

 

 
   

Race

Start

Finish

Laps

Status

Led

2006 Nextel Open

19

13

30/30

running

0

2007 Nextel Open

22

6

40/40

running

0

2008 Sprint All-Star Challenge

9

18

100/100

running

0

2009 Sprint All-Star Challenge

17

12

100/100

running

0

2010 Sprint Showdown

9

23

34/40

crash

0

2011 Sprint All-Star Challenge

2

16

100/100

running

0

2012 Sprint All-Star Challenge

12

14

90/90

running

0

2013 Sprint All-Star Race

6

18

90/90

running

11

 

MICHAEL WALTRIP RACING TO HOST FAN FEST

Michael Waltrip Racing will hold a Fan Fest at its Cornelius, N.C. race shop on Wed. May 21, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Fans may tour the shop, get autographs from MWR drivers and Miss Sprint Cup, enjoy sponsor displays, music by country music star Tim Dugger, free food and drinks.

Fans will be allowed access to the shop floor Wednesday for an up close view of the team’s Toyotas as it prepares for the racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Legendary gas man Danny "Chocolate" Myers and veteran broadcaster Jim Noble will bring their Sirius-XM Radio show “Tradin Paint” to the open house broadcasting from MWR.

MWR is at 20310 Chartwell Center Drive off exit 28 on I-77 in Cornelius, N.C. about 15 miles north of Charlotte, N.C. The race shop is open to the public throughout the year.

 

 

Autograph Schedules

Jeff Burton 11 a.m. -Noon

                                                                                  Clint Bowyer  Noon – 1 p.m.

                                                                                   Michael Waltrip  1-2 p.m.

*Brian Vickers is testing at Kentucky Speedway and will not be in attendance


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