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All-Star Race NASCAR Preview

Kurt Busch in the Miller Lite Dodge crosses the finish line ahead of Martin Truex, Junior in the 2010 Sprint Cup All-Star Race. (Getty Images)

A lot of money on the line Saturday night in the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  With no points at stake, the strategy is simple.  Do whatever it takes to win and collect the $1 million award.

After what we’ve seen the past few weeks at Richmond and Darlington, plus what happened in last year’s all-star race there might be a lot of fireworks both on the track and off.
Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick are already on probation for their run-in a couple weeks ago.  Juan Montoya and Ryan Newman seem to have cooled off since their “disagreement” in Richmond.  In last year’s all-star race Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin were battling for the lead when Hamlin forced Busch into the wall allowing Kyle’s brother Kurt to take the lead and go on to the win. 
Nineteen drivers are already eligible for the all-star race – basically any driver who’s won a race in the last year. Two new faces in the line-up are Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne and Regan Smith who won at Darlington a couple of weeks ago.  Three more drivers will be added to complete the field of 22.  It’ll be the top-two finishers in the Sprint Showdown — the preliminary race — and the winner of the “Sprint Fan Vote”. 

Dale Earnhardt, Junior is winless in the last 104 Sprint Cup races so he has to either to earn his way in or depend on the fan vote – which he’s likely leading anyway. 

Junior’s dad, Dale, Senior along with Jeff Gordon have the most all-star race wins with three each. 

The trucks are also racing at Charlotte tonight.

Nationwide drivers are in Iowa this weekend. 

And practice and qualifying begins this weekend for the Indy 500.

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