2016 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race

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2016 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race
Race details[1][2][3][4]
2016 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race logo.jpg
Date May 21, 2016 (2016-05-21)
Location Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina
Course Permanent racing facility
1.5 mi (2.4 km)
Distance Showdown:
50 laps, 75 mi (121 km)
All-Star Race:
113 laps, 169.5 mi (272.8 km)
Avg Speed Showdown: 82.924 mph (133.453 km/h)
All-Star Race: 98.103 mph (157.881 km/h)
Weather Temperatures up to 78.1 °F (25.6 °C) with wind speeds up to 13.81 miles per hour (22.23 km/h)[5]
Sprint Showdown
Pole Chase Elliott (Hendrick Motorsports)
Time Time trials were canceled because of inclement weather.
Winner (segment 1) Trevor Bayne (Roush Fenway Racing)
Winner (segment 2) Greg Biffle (Roush Fenway Racing)
Winner (segment 3) Kyle Larson (Chip Ganassi Racing)
Fan Vote winners Chase Elliott (Hendrick Motorsports)
Danica Patrick (Stewart-Haas Racing)
Sprint All-Star Race
Pole Kevin Harvick (Stewart-Haas Racing)
Time Time trials were canceled because of inclement weather.
Most laps led Brad Keselowski (Team Penske)
Laps led 38
Winner Joey Logano (Team Penske)
Television
Network Fox Sports 1
Announcers Mike Joy, Jeff Gordon and Darrell Waltrip
Nielsen ratings 1.7 (Overnight)[6]
2.0 (Final)[7]
3.3 million viewers[7]
Radio
Network Motor Racing Network
Announcers Joe Moore, Jeff Striegle and Rusty Wallace (Booth)
Dave Moody (1 & 2)
Kyle Rickey (3 & 4) (Turns)

The 2016 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race (XXXII) was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car exhibition race held on May 21, 2016 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. Contested over 113 laps, it was the second exhibition race of the 2016 Sprint Cup Series season.

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

Charlotte Motor Speedway, the track where the race was held.

The All-Star Race was open to race winners from last season through the 2016 AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway and all previous All-Star race winners and Sprint Cup champions who had attempted to qualify for every race in 2016 were eligible to compete in the All-Star Race.

Entry list[edit]

Sprint Showdown[edit]

The entry list for the Sprint Showdown was released on Monday, May 16 at 12:29 p.m. Eastern time. Twenty-five drivers were entered for the race.

No. Driver Team Manufacturer
3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford
7 Regan Smith Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet
10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet
15 Clint Bowyer HScott Motorsports Chevrolet
16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford
21 Ryan Blaney (R) Wood Brothers Racing Ford
23 David Ragan BK Racing Toyota
24 Chase Elliott (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
30 Josh Wise The Motorsports Group Chevrolet
32 Jeffrey Earnhardt (R) Go FAS Racing Ford
34 Chris Buescher (R) Front Row Motorsports Ford
38 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford
42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
44 Brian Scott (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
46 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet
47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
55 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
83 Matt DiBenedetto BK Racing Toyota
95 Michael McDowell Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet
98 Cole Whitt Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
Official initial Sprint Showdown entry list
Key Meaning
(R) Rookie
Sprint All-Star Race[edit]

The entry list for the All-Star Race was released that same day at 11:34 a.m. Fifteen cars were automatically entered for the race. Five other cars transferred from the Sprint Showdown to determine the final grid for the Sprint All-Star Race.

No. Driver Team Manufacturer
1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford
4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
75 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota
88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
Official Sprint All-Star Race entry list

Practice[edit]

Sprint Showdown practice[edit]

Sprint Showdown practice was originally scheduled to be held on Friday, May 20.[8] However, the practice session was canceled because of wet track conditions caused by constant rain showers.[9]

All-Star Race practice[edit]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 28.121 192.027
2 19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.121 192.027
3 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.139 191.904
Sprint All-Star Final practice results

Sprint Showdown[edit]

Segment One[edit]

Chase Elliott led the field to the green flag at 11:32 a.m. The first caution of the race flew on lap 16 for a single-car spin on the frontstretch. Exiting turn 4, Michael McDowell got loose and spun through the grass.

The race restarted on lap 20. Coming to the line, Trevor Bayne edged out Elliott to win the first segment.[10] Brian Scott was tagged for a lug nut violation and Cole Whitt was tagged for his crew being over the wall too soon. Both restarted the race from the tail-end of the field.

Segment Two[edit]

The race restarted on lap 21. Austin Dillon passed Elliott going into turn 1 to take the lead on lap 22. Greg Biffle passed Dillon going into turn 3 to take the lead with 24 laps to go and drove onto win the segment.[10]

Segment Three[edit]

The race restarted with 10 laps to go. Kyle Larson battled Elliott to the line to win the segment.[11] Elliott and Danica Patrick were voted into the All-Star Race.[12]

Sprint Showdown results[edit]

Kyle Larson was the winner of the third and final segment in the Sprint Showdown.
Pos Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Laps
1 7 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 50
10 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 40a
5 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 20b
2 1 24 Chase Elliott (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 50
3 3 21 Ryan Blaney (R) Wood Brothers Racing Ford 50
4 11 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 50
5 4 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 50
6 13 38 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford 50
7 12 15 Clint Bowyer HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 50
8 14 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 50
9 9 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 50
10 6 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 50
11 15 44 Brian Scott (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 50
12 2 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 50
13 8 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 50
14 17 23 David Ragan BK Racing Toyota 50
15 18 83 Matt DiBenedetto BK Racing Toyota 50
16 16 95 Michael McDowell Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 50
17 20 34 Chris Buescher (R) Front Row Motorsports Ford 50
18 21 46 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 50
19 19 7 Regan Smith Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 50
20 25 30 Josh Wise The Motorsports Group Chevrolet 50
21 22 98 Cole Whitt Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 50
22 23 32 Jeffrey Earnhardt (R) Go FAS Racing Ford 50
23 24 55 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 49
^a Winner of the second segment.
^b Winner of the first segment.
Sprint Showdown race results

All-Star Race starting lineup[edit]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer
1 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
2 75 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
3 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
4 19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
5 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
6 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford
7 24 Chase Elliott (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
8 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
9 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota
10 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
11 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
12 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
13 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
14 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
15 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford
16 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
17 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
18 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
19 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
20 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford
Sprint All-Star Race starting lineup

All-Star Race[edit]

Segment 1[edit]

Under North Carolina night skies, Kevin Harvick led the field to the green flag at 10:11 p.m. Kyle Busch led the first lap, but he and Harvick raced side-by-side for the lead for a number of laps before Harvick took it on lap 6. Harvick made his mandatory stop of the race on lap 27 and surrendered the lead to Busch. Logano passed Busch to take the lead on lap 34. He pitted with five laps to go in the first segment as Jamie McMurray spinning brought out the first caution of the race. Matt Kenseth hadn't pitted under green as the rules require, so he was held a lap under caution as the segment ended. Brad Keselowski exited pit road with the race lead.

Segment 2[edit]

The race restarted on lap 51. Weepers in turn 2 brought out the second caution of the race on lap 57.

The race restarted on lap 62 and a multi-car wreck on the frontstretch brought out the third caution of the race. Exiting turn 4, Kenseth got turned up the track, collected Tony Stewart and slammed the wall.[13] Stewart's car turned down the track and collected Kasey Kahne.[13] Stewart said afterwards that he was "as baffled as anybody. I don’t know how we were scored a lap down after they stopped the 20 car, and they pit everyone together. Lap down and lead lap and lap down. It’s the most screwed up All-Star race I’ve ever been a part of. I’m glad this is the last one.”[13] He would go on to finish last.[14]

The race restarted on lap 72.

13 laps to go[edit]

The race restarted with 13 laps to go. Logano dove underneath Kyle Larson going into turn 1 and Larson ended up in the wall with three laps to go.[15] Larson said afterwards that he "was able to clear them and I thought I would pull away pretty easily because I was really good on short runs. Joey and their team must have done a really good job at making the right adjustments. We made the car a little bit better, but I guess we really didn't take a big enough swing to tighten up."[16] Logano drove on to score the victory.[17]

Post-race[edit]

Driver comments[edit]

Logano said after the race that his race was "awesome. I thought it went great. What a great car. It says a lot about our race team to unload today with a completely new package, have 10 minutes of practice and unload and say, ‘The car is pretty good. I don’t have much to say. We really made only one change on our car. That was about the only amount of time we had in practice was to make one change. It was the same for everybody, but, overall, I felt like our car was competitive.”[18]

All-Star Race results[edit]

Joey Logano took the victory during the final segment.
Pos Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Laps
1 8 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 113
2 6 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 113
3 10 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 113
4 4 19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 113
5 3 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 113
6 7 24 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 113
7 15 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 113
8 20 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 113
9 12 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 113
10 2 75 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 113
11 1 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 113
12 5 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 113
13 14 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 113
14 9 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 113
15 19 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 113
16 18 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 111
17 13 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 110
18 11 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 71
19 16 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 71
20 17 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 70
All-Star Race results

Media[edit]

Television[edit]

Fox Sports was the television broadcaster of the race in the United States. Lap-by-lap announcer, Mike Joy, was accompanied on the broadcast by retired NASCAR drivers, Jeff Gordon and Darrell Waltrip. Jamie Little, Vince Welch, and Matt Yocum reported from pit lane.

Fox Sports 1 Television
Booth announcers Pit reporters
Lap-by-lap: Mike Joy
Color-commentator: Jeff Gordon
Color commentator: Darrell Waltrip
Jamie Little
Vince Welch
Matt Yocum


Radio[edit]

Motor Racing Network (MRN) continued their longstanding relationship with the track to broadcast the race on radio. The lead announcers for the race's broadcast were Joe Moore, Jeff Striegle and Rusty Wallace. The network also implemented two announcers on each side of the track: Dave Moody in turns 1 and 2 and Kyle Rickey in turns 3 and 4. Alex Hayden, Winston Kelly and Steve Post were the network's pit lane reporters. The network's broadcast was also simulcasted on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.

MRN Radio
Booth announcers Turn announcers Pit reporters
Lead announcer: Joe Moore
Announcer: Jeff Striegle
Announcer: Rusty Wallace
Turns 1 & 2: Dave Moody
Turns 3 & 4: Kyle Rickey
Alex Hayden
Winston Kelly
Steve Post

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2016 Sprint Cup Series schedule" (PDF). Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. January 26, 2016. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
  2. ^ "All-Star Race Entry List". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. May 15, 2017. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
  3. ^ "Sprint All-Star Race Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. May 15, 2017. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
  4. ^ "Sprint All-Star Race Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. May 15, 2017. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
  5. ^ "Weather Information for Concord, North Carolina". Old Farmer's Almanac. Yankee Publishing. Retrieved May 24, 2016.
  6. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (May 23, 2016). "Weekend Sports Ratings 5.21-22.2016". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
  7. ^ a b Paulsen (May 24, 2016). "NASCAR All-Star Race Hits Ratings Low". Sports Media Watch. Retrieved May 25, 2016.
  8. ^ Mays, Robbie (May 20, 2016). "Friday Washed Out at Charlotte". MRN.com. Concord, North Carolina: Motor Racing Network. Retrieved May 21, 2016.
  9. ^ Gluck, Jeff (May 20, 2016). "Rain moves Sprint Showdown, NASCAR Trucks race to Saturday". USA Today. Concord, North Carolina: Gannett Company. Retrieved May 21, 2016.
  10. ^ a b Mays, Robbie (May 21, 2016). "Showdown Winners Join All-Star Field". MRN.com. Concord, North Carolina: Motor Racing Network. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
  11. ^ Reed, Steve (May 21, 2016). "Larson edges out Elliott to earn spot in All-Star Race". Associated Press. Concord, North Carolina: AP Sports. Associated Press. Archived from the original on May 22, 2016. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
  12. ^ Mays, Robbie (May 21, 2016). "Elliott, Patrick Sprint Fan Vote Winners". MRN.com. Concord, North Carolina: Motor Racing Network. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
  13. ^ a b c Christie, Toby (May 21, 2016). "Tony Stewart's Final All-Star Race Ends in Hard Crash". MotorsportsTribune.com. Tribute Racing. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
  14. ^ Beard, Brock (May 22, 2016). "CUP: Tony Stewart's final All-Star Race cut short by hard crash". brock.lastcar.info. LASTCAR.info. Retrieved May 24, 2016.
  15. ^ Kiser, Bill (May 21, 2016). "Kyle Larson can't get over $1 million hump in NASCAR All-Star Race". The Charlotte Observer. Concord, North Carolina: The McClatchy Company. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
  16. ^ Wilhelm, Chase (May 21, 2016). "Kyle Larson has potential victory slip away in Sprint All-Star Race". Foxsports.com. Concord, North Carolina: Fox Sports Digital Media. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
  17. ^ Fryer, Jenna (May 21, 2016). "Joey Logano beats Larson in unusual All-Star Race". Associated Press. Concord, North Carolina: AP Sports. Associated Press. Archived from the original on May 23, 2016. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
  18. ^ White, Tucker (May 22, 2016). "Joey Logano earns a million dollars in Charlotte". SpeedwayMedia.com. Concord, North Carolina: USA Today Sports Digital Properties. Retrieved May 23, 2016.


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