Credit: 286100Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Snickers Bites Toyota, sits in his car prior to practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 17, 2013 in Concord, North Carolina.

NASCAR: Sprint All-Star Race Preview


It’s all-star weekend for the stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as they are in Charlotte for the next two weeks of exciting action at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Each week at Beyond the Flag we like to provide a preview, starting line, TV schedule, predictions and more for each race! This weekend there is two races for the Sprint Cup Series in one night, and that’s not going to stop us!

Jimmie Johnson is the defending winner, but he’s starting all the way in the back of the field. Can he find himself up front for the win?

Matt Kenseth has been fast all season long, but he too finds himself just a few spots in front of Johnson to take the green flag.

And who will grab the final three spots into the big show? Martin Truex Jr.? Jamie McMurray? Danica Patrick? Paul Menard?

Where: Charlotte Motor Speedway; Charlotte, North Carolina

When: Saturday, May 18th; 9:00 P.M.

TV: SPEED Announcers: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, and Larry McReynolds

Starting Lineup:

  1. Carl Edwards
  2. Kurt Busch
  3. Greg Biffle
  4. Kyle Busch
  5. Joey Logano
  6. Clint Bowyer
  7. Denny Hamlin
  8. Mark Martin
  9. Kasey Kahne
  10. Jeff Gordon
  11. Ryan Newman
  12. Brad Keselowski
  13. Tony Stewart
  14. David Ragan
  15. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  16. Matt Kenseth
  17. Marcos Ambrose
  18. Jimmie Johnson
  19. Kevin Harvick
  20. Showdown Winner
  21. Showdown 2nd Place
  22. Fan Vote Winner

Predictions

Winner: Kyle Busch

Rowdy has been absolutely fast and dominate this season. He could have a few more wins this season, but bad luck late in the race has taken Busch out of contention for the win. He was fastest in practice and looked solid in qualifying, I’d expect nothing less of him tonight. Jimmie Johnson starting in the back of the pack helps his chances as well!

Jimmie Johnson

Ole Five Time finds himself in a hole before taking the green flag. He overshot his pit stall in qualifying and suffered the price. He roles out 18th tonight. Though, don’t count him out. I don’t expect him to win, but with Chad Knaus calling the shots behind the No. 48 team, you never know what can happen.

Kurt Busch

If Kyle isn’t the Busch that finds victory tonight, I wouldn’t be surprised if Kurt does. Kurt’s shown he can compete with his No. 78 team and he is obviously fast this weekend. I think he has a fair chance to stun the big boys and grab a win. Sounds weird saying that about a former champion!

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