Open Race Thread: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series All-Star Race - Charlotte Motorspeedway

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

So the time has come for One Hot Night reprised. Twenty years ago the All-Star race moved to prime time television and if I remember correctly it was a full moon too. No full-moon tonight but I imagine the sparks are going to fly just as it did twenty years ago.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and AJ Allmendinger just qualified for the race through the Showdown qualifier race and Bobby Labonte won the fan vote!

One million dollars is up for grabs tonight and I don't know about you but I hope Trevor Bane and the Wood Bros. win it because they are going to take that cash and re-invest it back into the racing organization.

In all honesty though, this race is just as much as a crap shoot as Talladega or Daytona and with the purse being so large I imagine there will be a lot more drivers willing to put their noses in places where they wouldn't normally go in the quest of the giant check at the end of the race.

Starting line-up is after the jump. See you on the other side.

POS CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M's 136.006 119.112 Leader
2 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Tornados 135.202 119.821 -0.709
3 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Office 134.811 120.168 -1.056
4 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M / American Red Cross 134.529 120.420 -1.308
5 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser / Rheem 134.304 120.622 -1.510
6 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's Patriotic 133.800 121.076 -1.964
7 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Menards / CertainTeed 133.722 121.147 -2.035
8 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 133.556 121.297 -2.185
9 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops 133.353 121.482 -2.370
10 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing 133.091 121.721 -2.609
11 21 Trevor Bayne Ford Good Sam Club / Camping World 132.938 121.861 -2.749
12 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-hour Energy 132.470 122.292 -3.180
13 99 Carl Edwards Ford Fastenal 132.331 122.420 -3.308
14 34 David Ragan Ford US Shredder 130.453 124.183 -5.071
15 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Fifth Third Bank 134.606 125.351 -6.239
16 55 Mark Martin Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 133.197 126.624 -7.512
17 51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Monster Energy 131.628 128.074 -8.962
18 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford DEWALT 130.873 128.784 -9.672
19 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 134.511 130.436 -11.324
20 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Farmers Insurance - - -
21 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Dale Jr. Foundation / National Guard / Diet Mountain Dew - - -
22 22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge Pennzoil - - -
23 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota Kingsford - - -
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