Saturday, May 22, 2010

Showdown, All-Star qualifying rained out

The qualifying sessions for Saturday's Sprint Showdown and Sprint All-Star Race were rained out Friday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The starting lineup for each event was determined by qualifying order.

Kurt Busch was scheduled to qualify first for the All-Star Race, so he was awarded the pole position. Joey Logano will start on the outside pole.

David Ragan was awarded the pole for the Showdown. Max Papis will start beside Ragan on the front row.

Denny Hamlin's No. 11 pit crew won the Pit Crew Challenge on Wednesday, giving the team the first choice of pit stalls for the All-Star Race. But Hamlin blew an engine during practice Friday. He will start 12th, but will have to go to the rear of the field due to the engine change.

Red Bull Racing received approval from NASCAR to have Casey Mears drive the No. 83 car at the All-Star Race in place of Brian Vickers, who was diagnosed with blood clots last week. Vickers announced Friday that he will miss the remainder of the 2010 season while he undergoes treatment.

The Sprint Showdown and Sprint All-Star Race will be broadcast Saturday on FOX starting at 7 p.m. ET. Sprint Showdown is set to start at 7:30 p.m. ET and the All-Star Race at around 9 p.m. ET.

Starting lineup for the Sprint Showdown:

1. David Ragan
2. Max Papis
3. Sam Hornish Jr.
4. Kevin Conway
5. Greg Biffle
6. Reed Sorenson
7. Bill Elliott
8. A.J. Allmendinger
9. Clint Bowyer
10. Robby Gordon
11. Regan Smith
12. Paul Menard
13. Michael Waltrip
14. Juan Montoya
15. Norm Benning
16. Elliott Sadler
17. Jeff Burton
18. Scott Speed
19. Marcos Ambrose
20. Martin Truex Jr.
21. Todd Bodine Toyota
22. Robert Richardson Jr.
23. J.J. Yeley
24. Travis Kvapil
25. Joe Nemechek
26. Carl Edwards
27. Tony Raines
28. Derrike Cope
29. David Gilliland

Starting lineup for the Sprint All-Star Race:

1. Kurt Busch
2. Joey Logano
3. Brad Keselowski
4. Jamie McMurray
5. Kyle Busch
6. David Reutimann
7. Jimmie Johnson
8. Jeff Gordon
9. Casey Mears
10. Ryan Newman
11. Tony Stewart
12. Denny Hamlin
13. Kevin Harvick
14. Matt Kenseth
15. Mark Martin
16. Kasey Kahne
17. Bobby Labonte
18. Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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