Dale Earnhardt Jr. said he didn't want to rely on the Sprint Fan Vote to make NASCAR's All-Star Race.
As it turned out, he didn't have to.
Earnhardt Jr. led every lap of the Sprint Showdown on Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway, giving him a transfer spot into the All-Star Race along with AJ Allmendinger and Fan Vote winner Bobby Labonte.
"Tonight, you have to go right out of the gate," Earnhardt Jr. said. "That really comes down to the team getting together and putting the best package together."
Allmendinger had to pit with a flat tire before the green flag, but his four fresh tires allowed him to rally back and eventually pass Jamie McMurray with just two laps to go.
Meanwhile, Labonte beat out Joey Logano and Martin Truex Jr. for the Fan Vote despite finishing 12th.
Here are the results from the Sprint Showdown:
- Dale Earnhardt Jr. (transferred to All-Star Race)
- AJ Allmendinger (transferred to All-Star Race)
- Jamie McMurray
- Martin Truex Jr.
- Juan Pablo Montoya
- Joey Logano
- Aric Almirola
- Jeff Burton
- Landon Cassill
- Travis Kvapil
- Casey Mears
- Bobby Labonte (transferred to All-Star Race via Fan Vote)
- Josh Wise
- Scott Speed
- David Gilliland
- Mike Bliss
- Joe Nemechek
- David Stremme
- David Reutimann
- Dave Blaney
- Stephen Leicht
- JJ Yeley