All-Star: Kyle Petty preview

Kyle Petty: "I've been a part of the all-star weekend since it began and I always look forward to that date on the schedule. It seems like only yesterday that Davey Allison and I were spinning across the finish line in the first all-star race ...

Kyle Petty:

"I've been a part of the all-star weekend since it began and I always look forward to that date on the schedule. It seems like only yesterday that Davey Allison and I were spinning across the finish line in the first all-star race under the lights. I really believe that it was that night that began the aura of this race. Strange things happen under the lights at Lowe's."

"We're obviously going into the All-Star Showdown with the intention of qualifying our way into the Sprint All-Star race. But we are also looking at the big picture, which is the Coca-Cola 600. There are some pieces of this new car that we still need a better grasp of and the all-star weekend gives us a chance to do that. So while we are going for the money, we're also using it as another test session."

"The next two weekends are special for me because I get to run an awesome Coke paint scheme. Coke has been a partner of mine for a long time and they've used the all-star race and the Coke 600 to promote special events or products. This year the car will promote the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Summer is always different when it's an Olympic summer. I'm just waiting on stock car racing to become an Olympic sport. I think we would have a pretty good chance at gold in that event."

* Petty has competed in a total of 11 All-Star events; he has finished in the top-5 once, in 1992, and has been a top-10 finisher in the event four times.

* Since his first All-Star race in 1987, Petty has won $442,967 at the event.

* His most recent top-10 in an All-Star race was in 2006 when he finished eighth.

* Petty has started the event within the top-10 on three occasions.

* Of a possible 985 All-Star race laps, Petty has completed 810 (82.2%). For his 11 All-Star events, his average start is 13.3 and average finish is 11.5.

* Petty was voted into the 2006 All-Star race by winning the fan vote; he won over $123,000 and donated the purse money to the Victory Junction Gang Camp.

-credit: pe

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Kyle Petty , Davey Allison