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NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race: Team Chevy – Drivers’ Pre-Race Notes & Quotes

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

  • Chevrolet drivers have won 15 of 28 All-Star Races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Wins by active drivers are:

o   Jeff Gordon, No. 24 Cromax Pro Chevrolet SS, has three (3) All-Star Race victories (’95, ’97 & ’01)

o   Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe’s Patriotic Chevrolet SS, has three (3) All-Star Race trophies (’03, ’06 & ‘12)

o   Kurt Busch, No. 78 Furniture Row/Sealy Chevrolet SS, has one All-Star Race victory (’10)

o   Dale Earnhardt Jr., No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet SS, has taken the checkered flag at the All-Star Race one time (’00)

o   Kevin Harvick, No. 29 Rheem/Budweiser Chevrolet SS, has one win in the All-Star Race (’07)

o   Kasey Kahne, No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet SS, has one victory in the All-Star Race (’08)

o   Ryan Newman, No. 39 Aspen Dental Chevrolet SS, has won the All-Star Race once (’02)

o   Tony Stewart, No. 14 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet SS, has one All-Star Race victory (’09)

  • A Chevrolet driver has won five (5) of the last 10 All-Star Races at Charlotte Motor Speedway
  • Chevrolet has more All-Star Race wins than any other manufacturer (15 total)
  • A total of eight (8) Chevrolet drivers are qualified for the Sprint All-Star Race:

o   Kasey Kahne, No. 5 Famers Insurance Chevrolet SS

o   Tony Stewart, No. 14 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet SS

o   Jeff Gordon, No. 24 Cromax Pro Chevrolet SS

o   Kevin Harvick, No. 29 Rheem/Budweiser Chevrolet SS

o   Ryan Newman, No. 39 Aspen Dental Chevrolet SS

o   Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe’s Patriotic Chevrolet SS

o   Kurt Busch, No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet SS

o   Dale Earnhardt, Jr., No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet SS

TEAM CHEVY FROM THE DRIVER’S SEAT:

 

NASCAR SPRINT ALL-STAR TEAM CHEVY ENTRIES BY CAR NUMBER:

KASEY KAHNE, NO. 5 FARMERS INSURANCE CHEVROLET SS:

“One of my favorites was being voted into the All-Star race by the fans in 2008 and going on to win the race. If it wasn’t for the fans, I wouldn’t have even made the race so that victory was all about the fans.”

 

TONY STEWART, NO. 14 BASS PRO SHOPS CHEVROLET SS:

“It’s an event for the fans and that’s something that’s very important to us, but there’s a lot of bragging rights, too. Charlotte is an area where 95 percent of the Cup teams are based, so when you go there, you want to run well. You’re able to have guys come from the shop that don’t get a chance to travel. They don’t get a chance to come to the racetrack very often and see the fruits of their labor, so for them to come to the All-Star Race and see their cars run, especially when you have a good night, it really pumps up your organization. You do it for your fans, but at the same time, you do it for your organization and your team. That’s why the All-Star Race is important.”

JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 CROMAX PRO CHEVROLET SS:

“The All-Star race is kind of a ‘win-or-nothing’ scenario, and that’s not the case on other race weekends. I’ve always approached it being as aggressive as I possibly can. We push hard trying to win every race, and this weekend is no different. The only difference is there are no points on the line.

 

“While the segments are short and it’s a different type of race compared to the next weekend’s ’600,’ it does give us a chance to learn what may or may not work for next weekend. We’ll push hard in practice to get the car really good over a 10 or 15-lap run. With the shorter amount of laps (in a segment), those 10-15 lap runs are where you can really make up positions and put yourself in a position to win during that final segment.

 

“I really enjoy this event and I love the energy from the crowd. Those last 10 laps should be exciting for them and us.”

KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 RHEEM/BUDWEISER CHEVROLET SS:

“Anytime they put that much money in front of anybody it’s going to cause things to rise to another level. Take the points away from that and you really have some unique scenarios that come up. I think adding the bonus for winning all five segments is really going to add a twist to the event as well, especially for the driver who wins the first segment. They’re going to be giving it all they have to try and win the remaining segments to collect the additional $1 million bonus. It’s always fun when you know there is really nothing on the line but to win. If you do, then usually there is a big check waiting for you at the end so that gives you some bragging rights and a lot of money.”

RYAN NEWMAN, NO. 39 ASPEN DENTAL CHEVROLET SS:
“I think one of the coolest things about the All-Star Race for us is that it’s a short race. It’s kind of like the races we all grew up racing. It’s a ‘make-your-move-and-make-it-now’ kind of thing. It’s a unique layout and, to me, that’s what makes it fun. You have the different segments and the rules, and the strategy changes each and every lap. 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 our home field, I guess you would say. It’s definitely a challenging race but it’s a lot of fun. Everyone wants to come out on top not just for the $1 million, but also for the bragging rights. ”

JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE’S PATRIOTIC CHEVROLET SS:

“It means a lot now, it’s got a million more reasons if you are able to win all the segments.  It’s a huge payday.  It’s fun to race without points and that sets you up for a nice Memorial (Day) weekend and a good starting point with your race car.”
KURT BUSCH, NO. 78 FURNITURE ROW/SEALY CHEVROLET SS:
“The Sprint All-Star Race is always one of the highlights of the season. And it’s going to be even more special for our team because our Furniture Row/ Sealy Chevrolet will pay tribute to Armed Forces Day, the annual holiday that honors the men and women who have served in the armed forces.

“We feel confident that our No. 78 car could be the magic piece to take home the million bucks. It comes down to the final 10-lap segment. You have to act like it’s qualifying for 10 laps and you have to ignore the other cars on the track because you have to get all the speed you can out of your own. You just have to lay down a bet if that guy is going to slide up high because you have to be in the gas digging hard if you’re going to try and get by him. You have to anticipate when people are going to bobble or make a slip or when you have an advantage to take care of it early. There’s a lot of gambling — that’s what I‘ve noticed. I passed five guys in two laps to win the All-Star Race three years ago. It was because I found the speed in the car for the final segment and I went into the corners attacking the track and it seemed like the seas parted for me.”

 

DALE EARNHARDT, JR., NO. 88 NATIONAL GUARD CHEVROLET SS:

“The All-Star weekend is a great weekend. It’s just a lot of fun. It’s just an awesome race. It’s got a lot of great stories and a lot of history. We’d like to be a part of that this weekend and win the race, so we’re going to work really hard. I’m looking forward to getting in the car and seeing what kind of speed we’ve got and what kind of race car we’ve got.”

 

THE SPRINT SHOWDOWN TEAM CHEVY ENTRIES BY CAR NUMBER:

JAMIE MCMURRAY, NO. 1 BASS PRO SHOPS/NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION CHEVROLET SS:
“We will have a special paint scheme for Bass Pro Shops and National Wild Turkey Federation on our Chevy SS this weekend.  They will have a lot of guests at the race so I hope we can give them something to cheer for.  The Sprint Showdown will hopefully serve as a bit of a test for our team to get ready for the 600 the following week.  That’s not to say we aren’t going to race hard and try to make the transfer to the ‘main event’.  These races are always a lot of fun for the fans, because if you make it to the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race with a winner-takes-all format, there will be some excitement.”

DANICA PATRICK, NO. 10 GODADDY CARES CHEVROLET SS:
(IN REGARDS TO WINNING THE FAN VOTE) “I don’t know. I think about it from a fan’s perspective and I think you want the driver you cheer for to be out there, of course, but you want a good race. Hopefully, they think of me when they think of those two. We always have the opportunity to race in, as well. We’ve been working really hard over the last month on our mile-and-a-half car and we need to. Let’s hope it all comes together by the All-Star Race.”

 

PAUL MENARD, NO. 27 SERTA/MENARDS CHEVROLET SS:
“The great thing about this weekend is there are no points on the line. We can just go out there, race hard and have fun. We’re going to do our best to finish in the top two in the (Sprint )Showdown so we can race the Serta/Menards Chevrolet into the big show (All-Star Race) Saturday night. It’s a fun night because with the race being in Charlotte, a lot of the crew guys can have their families come out and watch, so hopefully we can put on a good show for them.”

JEFF BURTON, NO. 31 CATERPILLAR CHEVROLET SS:
“I think it is always big-picture racing. Obviously, we want to win the Sprint Showdown, qualify for the Sprint All-Star Race and win it too, but every practice session and qualifying run we make that weekend gives us the opportunity to learn more about our 1.5-mile program. We must go in with the mindset that we want to win the race and qualify for the big show. If we do win the race and transfer over, it helps you out for the following week as well. Where else do we get to race the week before in a non-points paying event other than Daytona International Speedway? It doesn’t happen very often and gives us a great opportunity to learn something.”

 

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA, NO. 42 TARGET CHEVROLET SS:

“It’s been awhile since we’ve competed in the All-Star race so I’m hopeful we can race our way in during the Showdown. We tested at Charlotte earlier this year and our Target Chevy was really good so I think we have a legitimate shot of getting into the All-Star race and winning some money. These races are always fun. Less pressure and it gives you some additional track time to get ready for the big race the following weekend.”

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