This weekend at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, NASCAR is putting on its All-Star Race event. A non-points race in the Sprint Cup Series, the All-Star festivities are open only to drivers with certain winning qualifications. That, or finishing in the top-two of the Sprint Showdown prior to the big race on Saturday or winning a fan vote. On Friday, qualifying takes place for both races.
In order to participate in the All-Star Race, drivers need to be winners of a Sprint Cup race this season or last or a former Sprint Cup champion. So far, those invited are Marcos Ambrose, Greg Biffle, Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards, Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Mark Martin, Ryan Newman, David Ragan and Tony Stewart.
Aside from winning the fan vote, the only other way in is to finish in the top-two of the 40-lap Sprint Showdown qualifier, held right before the All-Star Race on Saturday. Here's a complete list of the Sprint Showdown participants.
Qualifying for the Sprint Showdown begins at 5:15 p.m. ET on Friday, and will be televised on SPEED. Following that, qualifying for the All-Star Race commences Friday at 6 p.m. on SPEED.