Charlotte Motor Speedway announced Tuesday that the Sprint Showdown race to qualify for the Sprint All-Star Race will be held on Friday.
The Showdown had previously immediately preceded the All-Star Race. This year it will be run on the same night as Charlotte's Camping World Truck Series race on May 16.
The swap means that qualifying for the All-Star Race will move before the race on Saturday, in the Showdown's old spot. Eligibility into the All-Star race from the Showdown does not change with the move. The Showdown's top two finishing drivers and another driver who wins the fan vote will be in the All-Star Race.
However, the date change does mean that the three drivers transferring over from the Showdown will be eligible to qualify for the All-Star Race. With qualifying for the All-Star Race on Friday, the three Showdown drivers that moved on had simply been placed at the back of the field.
All-Star Race qualifying will continue to be different than standard NASCAR qualifying, even with the introduction of knockout qualifying for 2014. Qualifying will be three timed laps with a mandatory four-tire pit stop. There will be no pit road speed limit.
Greg Biffle, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Jimmie Johnson, Jamie McMurray, Ryan Newman, David Ragan, Tony Stewart, Martin Truex Jr. and Brian Vickers are currently eligible for the race. Any driver not named above who wins a points race in 2014 before May 16 will also be automatically entered into the All-Star Race.
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