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NASCAR All-Star Race, Sprint Showdown Starting Lineups 2012

Kyle Busch won the NASCAR All-Star Race pole for Saturday night's exhibition race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, using a clean pit stop to pick up his third career All-Star pole.

Qualifying is different in All-Star qualifying, as drivers are required to do three laps that include a mandatory four-tire pit stop. The key is getting on and off pit road as quickly as possible with a fast pit stop.

"It's just a whole team effort, that's what it boils down to," Busch said. "...We knew we'd be pretty quick here, and we felt like we had a good shot for the pole."

Ryan Newman was on the pole until Busch knocked him off as the last car to go out, and he'll have to settle for a second-place start.

Denny Hamlin, Greg Biffle and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top five.

Kasey Kahne crashed during his qualifying effort and will need a backup car for Saturday night's race.

In other news, AJ Allmendinger won the pole for the Sprint Showdown (the race preceding the All-Star event).

Here's the starting lineup for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race:

  1. Kyle Busch
  2. Ryan Newman
  3. Denny Hamlin
  4. Greg Biffle
  5. Kevin Harvick
  6. Jimmie Johnson
  7. Paul Menard
  8. Jeff Gordon
  9. Tony Stewart
  10. Regan Smith
  11. Trevor Bayne
  12. Clint Bowyer
  13. Carl Edwards
  14. David Ragan
  15. Matt Kenseth
  16. Mark Martin
  17. Kurt Busch
  18. Marcos Ambrose
  19. Brad Keselowski
  20. Kasey Kahne
  21. Sprint Showdown winner
  22. Sprint Showdown runner-up
  23. Sprint Fan Vote winner

And here is the starting lineup for the Sprint Showdown:

  1. AJ Allmendinger
  2. Martin Truex Jr.
  3. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  4. Jeff Burton
  5. Aric Almirola
  6. Landon Cassill
  7. Juan Pablo Montoya
  8. Bobby Labonte
  9. Travis Kvapil
  10. David Stremme
  11. Casey Mears
  12. David Reutimann
  13. Joey Logano
  14. Stephen Leicht
  15. Scott Speed
  16. David Gilliland
  17. Mike Bliss
  18. JJ Yeley
  19. Jamie McMurray
  20. Joe Nemechek
  21. Josh Wise
  22. Tony Raines