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Cousin Carl Edwards will lead the field to the green flag tomorrow night for the Sprint All-Star Race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Edwards ran a lap of 111.297 seconds (3 laps, +pit stop) and reached a high speed of 145.556 miles per hour. Dale Earnhardt Jr. would have started alongside him but a lugnut penalty forces him near the back of the pack. Kurt Busch will start second followed by Greg Biffle, Kyle Busch, and Joey Logano.
Starting things off Saturday night will be Martin Truex Jr. and the rest of the stars of the Sprint Cup Series in the Sprint Showdown. Truex qualified first with a lap of 27.918 seconds at 193.424 miles per hour to earn his first Sprint Showdown pole. Truex will lead the field of twenty-three cars/drivers followed by Jamie McMurray, Juan Pablo Montoya, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and Casey Mears.
A gruff but lovable man who mentored NASCAR champions and made magic on short tracks, Dick Trickle’s suicide sent shock waves through the Charlotte Motor Speedway garage Friday.
The news was particularly hard to grasp for 2003 champion Matt Kenseth, who recalled the fellow Wisconsin native as a legend when he followed Trickle’s footsteps to NASCAR’s premier series from Midwestern short tracks.
“That era of stock car racing up in that area really died with him,” Kenseth said. “It’s just crazy, surprising news.”
Susie Wheldon, the widow of champion IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon, is selling the family’s Snell Isle home for $2.1 million.
The three-story home on Coffee Pot Bayou features an outdoor kitchen, a large pool, boat lifts and a three-car garage, a listing by Re/Max agent Bonnie Strickland shows.
Dan Wheldon, a two-time winner of the Indianapolis 500, bought the new 4,400-square-foot home in 2005 for $1.9 million.
Izod IndyCar Series officials on Thursday confirmed that the turbo-boost levels for the 2.2-liter turbocharged V6 engines used by every team will remain unchanged from last year’s Indianapolis 500. The 97th running of the race is May 26.
However, as with the 2012 race, the boost level will be upped from 130 kPa to 140 kPa for Fast Friday on May 17 and Pole Day qualifications May 18 and Bump Day qualifications on May 19.