All-Star: GM Racing preview

CHEVROLET ON THE TRACK-SPRINT ALL STAR RACE-CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY: * A total of nine (9) Chevrolet drivers are qualified for the Sprint All-Star Race * A Team Chevy driver has won 14 of the 25 All-Star Races * Tony Stewart, No. 14 Burger...

CHEVROLET ON THE TRACK-SPRINT ALL STAR RACE-CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY:

* A total of nine (9) Chevrolet drivers are qualified for the Sprint All-Star Race

* A Team Chevy driver has won 14 of the 25 All-Star Races

* Tony Stewart, No. 14 Burger King Chevrolet is the defending winner of the Sprint All Star race

* Jeff Gordon, No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet, has won three All-Star races, more than any other active driver

* Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe' Chevrolet, has two All-Star victories on his resume

* Mark Martin, No. 5 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, has won the All-Star twice

* Dale Earnhardt, Jr., No. 88 The Dale Jr. Foundation/Amp Energy/National Guard Chevrolet, has one All-Star win to his credit

* Kevin Harvick, No. 29 Pennzoil Ultra Chevrolet, has won the All-Star once

* Ryan Newman, No. 39 Tornados Chevrolet, took the All-Star win once

* Remainder of Team Chevy drivers qualified are + Jamie McMurray, No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet + Bobby Labonte, No. 71 Taxslayer.com Chevrolet

TEAM CHEVY IN THE SPRINT SHOWDOWN: Team Chevy drivers Jeff Burton, No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet, Clint Bowyer, No. 33 BB&T Chevrolet, Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42 Target Chevrolet and Regan Smith, No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet will compete for the two starting positions available in the All-Star by finishing one-two in the Sprint Showdown. All are also in the running for the fan vote to complete in the maximum 21-car All-Star Race field.

TEAM CHEVY IN THE SIXTH ANNUAL NASCAR SPRINT PIT CREW CHALLENGE PRESENTED BY CRAFTSMAN: Pit crews from the following Chevrolet teams will compete for the honor of "Fastest on Pit Road" in the Sprint Pit Crew Challenge: No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet; No. 5 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet; No. 14 Burger King Chevrolet: No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet; No. 29 Pennzoil Ultra Chevrolet; No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet; No. 33 BB&T Chevrolet; No. 39 Tornados Chevrolet; No. 42 Target Chevrolet; No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet; No. 71 Taxslayer.com Chevrolet; No. 88 The Dale Jr. Foundation/Amp Energy/National Guard Chevrolet

TEAM CHEVY IN SPRINT ALL STAR RACE-CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY -- PAT SUHY, GM RACING NASCAR GROUP MANAGER: "The All Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is a great event for the fans. The format this year, with a mandatory four tire stop with ten to go, will ensure a close finish and put more emphasis on the "team" than in the past. With nine Team Chevy drivers eligible, and a strong chance for a couple more to race their way in, I'd say we have a good chance of seeing one of them performing a burnout for the crowd after the checkered flag flies. For the teams, whether they're guaranteed a starting spot or will be trying to race their way in, the All Star event provides a great opportunity to try new things that might prove useful during the Coke 600 next weekend or later on in the season. It's not uncommon for this to be the first track test of some new engine combination or new chassis or aero package. Teams have a rare opportunity to test those types of items under race conditions with no risk to their standings in the points. The combination of excitement for the fans and an opportunity for teams to think a bit outside of the box makes for a win-win situation."

TEAM CHEVY FROM THE DRIVER'S SEAT:

KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 PENNZOIL ULTRA CHEVROLET -- POINT STANDINGS LEADER: " It's a fun weekend. I look at Charlotte as probably the biggest challenge for me. It's the race track I dislike going to the most, and for us to win the All-Star race was a huge accomplishment. It was a good weekend for us as far as speed and putting ourselves in position to win that race. The race is fun; the format is fun just because you have the pit stop for qualifying and you make a couple laps. There aren't any points involved, so it makes it kind of a free-for-all as far as pushing every lap to the limit. It's a fun race and it's great for us because we get some extra track time at what I feel is our worst race track."

JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S CHEVROLET -- 4TH IN STANDINGS: " "I think there is a smile on everyone's faces, from the competitors to the fans to a great facility, great race track, we are all at home. They find different ways to make it more exciting each and every year and then obviously at the end, the paycheck for $1 million bucks to the winner motivates everybody and it is off the races. I am excited for it. I really look forward to the date each year and I enjoy the tags on television where it is counting down. It keeps it fresh in my mind of what is around the corner. I know that in our sport, we have a true All Star event and we really put on a great show and everybody is out there giving 100%. "To me the All-Star race is right there in the top three or four when you look at the Daytona 500, the Brickyard. If you look from a paper perspective, it's probably the second largest race to win. It leaves a feeling inside of you that you're so proud that you won our All-Star event with everything that's on the line with it; the purse-side of it also helps rank it some more. Those two wins that I have there are really, really special to me. I'd say top three or four."

JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT CHEVROLET -- 6TH IN STANDINGS: "That's what makes this event so exciting. We're not thinking about the consequences of lost points, we're just thinking about winning. That creates a lot of excitement for the fans. And it creates a lot of excitement for the drivers."

JEFF BURTON, NO. 31 CATERPILLAR CHEVROLET -- 8TH IN STANDINGS: " "If you are lucky enough and your fans vote you in, that is awesome. I want to be able to earn my way in. I want to be in it because I was supposed to be in it. I think the fan vote is a great thing. It is a great tool to get the fans involved; we have very, very loyal fans. Hopefully we can get ourselves in the race and if we can't, hopefully our fans will. That is all you can do. To campaign and ask them to do it, I think that is getting a little bit out there. I think that you have your fan base, to be able to campaign for everyone else's fan base to vote you in is a little bit pushing it."

MARK MARTIN, NO. 5 GODADDY.COM CHEVROLET -- 11TH IN STANDINGS: "The All-Star is just incredible, especially for the fans. I think the competitors love it too, but the fans really love it. It's really exciting. There couldn't possibly be a better place to have it than Charlotte Motor Speedway. It's prefect. It's a weekend that I think everybody looks forward to and somebody comes out of there with a big trophy and a big check. Everybody walks out of the grandstands with a smile on their face. "The approach is different because the race is different because the length is different and the format is different. I don't approach it differently because of any other thing other than it takes different things to be in position there than it would a 600-mile race. You have a different mindset and a different way that you approach that kind of race. The only thing about this race, which it still matters to me the same, is that it doesn't have points. But if I don't do well in it, it bothers me the same as if I don't do well in a points race. But there is something to all that. At the end of the day you can tell yourself, well, it was all in or nothing. You might look at that race as all or nothing. I don't. I ran third there I think in the No. 8 car and enjoyed that. It was right there. I was almost able to contend for the win. So, I still take pride in racing for a position there and getting the most out of your effort. But a lot of drivers do have a little bit of that weighing in on them. It's a non-points event. It's sort of a winner take all. There is still pride left in being a contender if you don't take it all."

RYAN NEWMAN, NO. 39 TORNADOS CHEVROLET -- 13TH IN STANDINGS: "The All-Star Race is a lot of fun for everybody including the fans. I like the format. I like the short race, and I love Charlotte Motor Speedway. You get to haul the mail around there and that's what we like to do as drivers is to be able to push a car and use that banking. It's three-wide racing. And the track is probably the raciest it has ever been. Honestly, it's a big weekend. The All-Star Race is huge in our eyes because it's the All-Star Race, and it's in our backyard, everybody's backyard. It's all about bragging rights. We're all about beating each other at our own game at home field, I guess you would say. I love this race because it is a get-the-job-done-now kind of race. It's how I grew up racing, and how a lot of the guys are used to racing. It's a lot of fun. Our No. 39 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet has been pretty strong the last few weeks, and we've been able to move up in points to the point where we are just outside of the top 12, so we're close. It's nice to have this weekend where we don't have to worry about points, but it is also a weekend where we can try some things that might help us out during the Coca-Cola 600 so that we can get a good finish and break into that top 12. We're looking forward to having a good run and learning some things we can apply to the more important weekend in the grand scheme of things, the Coca-Cola 600. But right now, I think this week and this weekend is more about having some fun and being the best and beating the best on one night.

TONY STEWART, NO. 14 BURGER KING CHEVROLET -- 14TH IN STANDINGS: "Winning was awesome. It was obviously our first weekend having Gene back on board with us to go out and get the organization's first win, and the first win for him after all the years that he has been a part of this sport and having him there to be a part of it with us was really cool. It definitely wasn't a scenario where we were worried about points, or worried about what it paid; it just happened to be a cool night where we didn't have to worry about points and it came with a nice paycheck. The big thing was just getting to victory lane and how much it meant to the guys that had never been to victory lane before in that organization, and seeing how excited they were and happy to be there for the first time."

CLINT BOWYER, NO. 31 BB&T CHEVROLET -- 15TH IN STANDINGS: "Obviously it would be very cool if your fans voted you in. That would be a sense of appreciation and a shock in my opinion. If you're fans were loyal enough to go online and vote you in that would be a very cool feeling. We saw Kasey Kahne get voted in and then go win the thing. How much better could you script that? It's a lot of money but it's an important race. We are race car drivers. I guarantee you, the All-Star race with as big a hype and all that the media and everyone puts into it, if it was a six-pack to win, we would race every bit as hard. You're going to go out there and race as hard as you can, whether it's for a million dollars or a six-pack, that's just the way it is."

DALE EARNHARDT JR., NO. 88 THE DALE JR. FOUNDATION/AMP ENERGY/NATIONAL GUARD CHEVROLET -- 16TH IN STANDINGS: "The all-star race is a serious race, perhaps as serious as any race in the season. It can be a high-pressure situation, and we put a lot of emphasis into it. A lot of work goes into it, and a lot of cars get tore up. There's a lot of people really upset afterward because it's all about winning. That's the only thing that matters."

JAMIE MCMURRAY, NO. 1 BASS PRO SHOPS/TRACKER BOATS CHEVROLET -- 17TH IN STANDINGS: "This weekend's All-Star events give teams the opportunity to try some different settings as we look ahead to the Coca-Cola 600. We'll have a guaranteed spot in this year's All-Star Race because of our Daytona 500 victory so this should really be a pretty exciting time for all of us. We'll also be running a special National Wild Turkey Federation paint scheme, and I'm personally really excited about this because I know how much conservation means to Bass Pro Shops Founder & CEO, Johnny Morris.

"As for the race...Because it isn't for points, it seems like the racing is more aggressive than normal because there's nothing to lose. I'm looking forward to racing at Charlotte this week because it's always nice to have a chance to be home for two weeks and see family and friends, and for a little nostalgia, this is where I got my first win in Cup, specifically with Chip and Felix."

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA, NO. 42 TARGET CHEVROLET -- 19TH IN STANDINGS: ""We normally run pretty good there. The way I look at it, it is good practice for the week after. If we get in, good. If we don't, we have to really focus on the race (Coca Cola 600) and get some points for the Chase. That is the most important. It should be fun. I know our guys are in the Pit Crew Challenge and I am going to try and go out there and cheer them on like I do every year. Should be fun. It is always a fun weekend because there is no pressure."

-source: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Jeff Burton , Jeff Gordon , Bobby Labonte , Tony Stewart , Kevin Harvick , Ryan Newman , Jimmie Johnson , Jamie McMurray , Kasey Kahne , Regan Smith , Clint Bowyer , Mark Martin
Teams Stewart-Haas Racing