NASCAR Sprint Cup All-Star race schedule of events for May 19, 2012

May 18, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) wins the pole during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-US PRESSWIRE

Please check back to NASCAR RnR throughout the day as our very own Matt Weaver is on site and he will be reporting to us live from Charlotte. Also, look for our open race threads for the Showdown as well as the All-Star race which will be posted a half-hour before the start of each event.

Schedule of events:

2 p.m.: Spectator gates open: Fans eager to get their All-Star Saturday started early will want to arrive early to be sure not to miss any of the pre-race festivities taking place both inside and outside the track.

3:15-4:25 p.m.: Blake Shelton concert, presented by Target: Three-time GRAMMY nominee, CMA’s reigning Male Vocalist of the Year and a coach on NBC’s “The Voice,” Blake Shelton will perform a 70-minute pre-race concert in the infield between Turns 1 and 2. Admission to the show is free with the purchase of a ticket to the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.

6:20-6:45 p.m.: Pennzoil Victory Burnout Challenge: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers AJ Allmendinger, Clint Bowyer, Kasey Kahne, Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano will leave the frontstretch in a cloud of smoke as they compete for top honors during the Pennzoil Victory Burnout Challenge.

7:30 p.m.: Sprint Showdown: As the sun sets over Charlotte Motor Speedway, so too will the chances of many drivers fighting for one of the final two spots in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. The Sprint Showdown is 40 laps of go-or-go-home racing when drivers leave it all on the line for a shot at the night’s ultimate prize.

9 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race: Twenty-three of NASCAR’s best drivers will take to the track for a 90-lap shootout. The new format emphasizes winning during first four 20-lap segments, so competition is sure to be at its best every lap. With $1 million to the winner and no points on the line, the All-Star race always promises some of the most action-packed racing of the year.

Tickets are still available for all of the All-Star Race weekend events. Weekend packages start at just $99. To purchase tickets, call the Charlotte Motor Speedway Ticket Office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com. For all the latest news, “Like” Charlotte Motor Speedway on Facebook at www.facebook.com/charlottemotorspeedway or follow the track on Twitter at www.twitter.com/cltmotorspdwy.

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