All-Star: Marcos Ambrose Showdown preview

Marcos Ambrose is hoping a last minute wave of public support can help earn himself a start in NASCAR's Sprint All-Star Race, which is being held this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina. With one million dollars in prize money...

Marcos Ambrose is hoping a last minute wave of public support can help earn himself a start in NASCAR's Sprint All-Star Race, which is being held this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina.

With one million dollars in prize money on the line, the All-Star Race is a rare opportunity for the best of the best NASCAR drivers to race without championship implications on their mind.

Entry in the All-Star Race is open to Sprint Cup race winners from the 2009-10 seasons, former series champions and All-Star Race winners from the past 10 years, as well as the top-two finishers from the Showdown (which is held directly before the All-Star Race) and the winner of a popular fan vote.

The fan vote is open until 10am on Sunday (Australian Eastern Standard Time), with fans encouraged to vote as often as they like at www.nascar.com/promos/allstar/2010/vote/.

For Ambrose, support from his legion of fans in Australia is all important to gaining the top-spot in the fan vote, for which he has been featuring strongly in the top-ten until now.

"I'd love to be locked in, it's a great event, there are only a couple of events that you ever do where points don't mean anything, it's all about winning, and I'd love to represent my fellow Australians against the some of best drivers in the world," Ambrose said, who will be wearing a one-off black paint scheme for the event with support from Cavalia.

"The All-Star Race is a big thing, there's no holding back, and everyone is out there racing as hard as they can because you don't have to worry about the championship situation.

"Charlotte is my home race, I live just down the road and our team is based here as well, so it's important to make the main show for all of our friends and family who will be in attendance.

"Obviously it's also vital that we turn our season around, we've been a bit snake bitten to date this year with luck just not going our way.

"We're racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the next two-weeks, with the Coca-Cola 600 next weekend, a good run at the All-Star Race will set us up well for the points paying round."

Competition in the Showdown and the fan vote will be fierce, with luminaries such as Carl Edwards, Juan Montoya, Greg Biffle, Jeff Burton, Bill Elliot, Michael Waltrip and Sam Hornish Jnr amongst the 30 competitors still scrambling for the remaining three slots still open in the All-Star Race.

The All-Star Race features an unique format, with the race split into four segments, with a final 10 lap sprint to the chequered flag ensuring all competitors are in with a chance of victory.

The Showdown and the All-Star Race will be shown live on Fox Sports 3 from 9am on Sunday, with replays shown on One HD.

-source: marcos ambrose PR

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Burton , Michael Waltrip , Greg Biffle , Marcos Ambrose , Carl Edwards , Sam Hornis