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CMS moves Sprint Showdown for All-Star weekend

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 28, 2014 at 2:01 pm •  Published: January 28, 2014
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CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Charlotte Motor Speedway officials are changing the schedule for the 30th annual Sprint Cup All-Star Race weekend in May.

Speedway President Marcus Smith said Tuesday that the Sprint Showdown qualifying race will move to Friday night, May 16 — the night before the popular All-Star Race. The race was previously held on Saturday as a prelude to the All-Star Race.

Qualifying will move from Friday night to Saturday afternoon.

By moving the Sprint Showdown to Friday night, Smith said fans will get "more bang for their buck" with a chance to see Sprint Cup cars and a Truck Series race on the same night.

The top two finishers in the Showdown qualify for the All-Star Race. Fans will also vote one driver into the race on Friday night.

Those three drivers will now have a chance to qualify for track position on Saturday as part of the three-lap, mandatory four-tire pit stop qualifying event. In the past, the two Showdown qualifiers and the fan favorite started at the back of the field for the All-Star Race since qualifying had already been completed.

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