Credit: 286106Streeter Lecka/Getty Images Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #56 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota, poses with the pole award after qualifying for the pole position for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 17, 2013 in Concord, North Carolina.

NASCAR: Sprint Showdown 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!

The Sprint Showdown kicks off the all-star festivities on Saturday night. Drivers will compete to grab the three final spots in tonight’s Sprint All-Star Race.

Where: Charlotte Motor Speedway; Charlotte, North Carolina

When: Saturday, May 18th; 7:30 P.M.

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

Starting Lineup:

  1. Martin Truex Jr.
  2. Jamie McMurray
  3. Juan Pablo Montoya
  4. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  5. Casey Mears
  6. Jeff Burton
  7. Danica Patrick
  8. Paul Menard
  9. JJ Yeley
  10. Landon Cassill
  11. Bobby Labonte
  12. Aric Almirola
  13. Scott Riggs
  14. David Gilliland
  15. Michael McDowell
  16. David Reutimann
  17. Mike Bliss
  18. Travis Kvapil
  19. Dave Blaney
  20. Timmy Hill
  21. Joe Nemechek
  22. David Stremme
  23. Brian Keselowski


First Place (Advances to All-Star main event race): Martin Truex Jr.

He’s the one to beat and has been fast all weekend. His losing streak has been so close to finally ending, but misfortune has put Truex outside of victory lane. He’s on the pole and has a clear shot in turn one to move right on past McMurray and run away with the Showdown. Unless some bizarre bad luck strikes, expect to see Truex in victory lane and in the all-star race!

Second Place (Advances to All-Star main event race): Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Most people have Paul Menard as the driver who will grab the second qualifying position that advances to the Sprint All-Star race, but I’m going with Stenhouse. he was fasted in practice and has success at this track in the Nationwide Series.

Sprint Fan Vote (Advances to All-Star main event race): Danica Patrick

This is a no brainer! Unless she wrecks herself trying to wreck David Gilliland, she’s going to advance via the Sprint Fan Vote. There is little faith that she races herself into the main event and with Dale Earnhardt Jr. already in the show, she’s the next big star.

Tags: Charlotte Motor Speedway NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint Showdown

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