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All-Star/Showdown - Qualifying and practice

Kyle Busch took the top spot for Saturday's All-Star race alongside Clint Bowyer, while David Ragan and AJ Allmendinger lead the Showdown bid for the remaining All-Star grid spots.
While Kimi Raikkonen's d├ębut in the Truck Series was capturing most of the attention at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the Sprint Cup drivers were getting on with the business of practice and qualifying for the All-Star and Showdown events.

The All-Star race is an invitation exhibition event outside of the normal Sprint Cup competition but where the line-up is made up of drivers who have won a Sprint Cup race in the last year, or a championship or All-Star event in the last decade.

That criteria was set to make a 19-strong field of drivers, but Trevor Bayne's withdrawal due to an ongoing medical condition means that the field is now down to 18. Kyle Busch topped All-Star qualifying - which consists of a unique three flying laps plus four-tyre pitstop format - and will start alongside Clint Bowyer, with Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards on the second row; Juan Montoya will start from ninth and Jimmie Johnson from 11th.

Two more drivers can also win entry into the All-Star race if they finish first or second in the day's other showcase event, the Showdown. David Ragan and AJ Allmendinger lead the field of 27 drivers bidding to be added to the back of the All-Star grid.

And a final entry will be added for the winner of a public vote - an "X-Factor" type affair. Previous winners of the fan vote have included Carl Edwards, Joey Logano and Elliott Sadler and Kenny Wallace. With Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s automatic entitlement to run in the All-Star event now having "aged out" this year, Junior is hoping that he can rely on the fan vote to get him in if the Showdown doesn't go his way in the meantime.

Qualifying times

All-Star

1. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 119.191s (Leader) 45.305mph
2. #33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 119.666s (-0.475) 45.126mph
3. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 120.232s (-1.041) 44.913mph
4. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 120.683s (-1.492) 44.745mph
5. #25 Mark Martin Chevrolet 121.194s (-2.003) 44.557mph
6. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 121.206s (-2.015) 44.552mph
7. #4 Kasey Kahne Toyota 121.534s (-2.343) 44.432mph
8. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 121.545s (-2.354) 44.428mph
9. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 121.814s (-2.623) 44.330mph
10. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 122.046s (-2.855) 44.246mph
11. #5 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 122.136s (-2.945) 44.213mph
12. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 122.144s (-2.953) 44.210mph
13. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 122.253s (-3.062) 44.171mph
14. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 122.581s (-3.390) 44.053mph
15. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 122.613s (-3.422) 44.041mph
16. #22 Kurt Busch Dodge 123.438s (-4.247) 43.747mph
17. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 124.528s (-5.337) 43.364mph
18. #00 David Reutimann Toyota 147.068s (-27.877) 36.718mph

Showdown

1. #6 David Ragan Ford 28.172s (Leader) 191.680mph
2. #43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford 28.203s (-0.031) 191.469mph
3. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 28.247s (-0.075) 191.171mph
4. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 28.306s (-0.134) 190.772mph
5. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 28.367s (-0.195) 190.362mph
6. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 28.373s (-0.201) 190.322mph
7. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 28.429s (-0.257) 189.947mph
8. #34 David Gilliland Ford 28.437s (-0.265) 189.893mph
9. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 28.532s (-0.360) 189.261mph
10. #83 Brian Vickers Toyota 28.609s (-0.437) 188.752mph
11. #13 Casey Mears Toyota 28.728s (-0.556) 187.970mph
12. #60 Mike Skinner Toyota 28.742s (-0.570) 187.878mph
13. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 28.780s (-0.608) 187.630mph
14. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 28.812s (-0.640) 187.422mph
15. #09 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 28.867s (-0.695) 187.065mph
16. #38 Travis Kvapil Ford 28.908s (-0.736) 186.799mph
17. #66 Todd Bodine Toyota 28.965s (-0.793) 186.432mph
18. #181 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 28.976s (-0.804) 186.361mph
19. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 29.068s (-0.896) 185.771mph
20. #71 Andy Lally* Ford 29.198s (-1.026) 184.944mph
21. #150 T.J. Bell Toyota 29.270s (-1.098) 184.489mph
22. #195 David Starr Ford 29.303s (-1.131) 184.281mph
23. #37 Tony Raines Ford 29.379s (-1.207) 183.805mph
24. #32 Boris Said Ford 29.512s (-1.340) 182.976mph
25. #64 Derrike Cope Ford 29.706s (-1.534) 181.781mph
26. #30 David Stremme Chevrolet 29.966s (-1.794) 180.204mph
27. #192 Brian Keselowski* Dodge 30.227s (-2.055) 178.648mph

Practice times

All-Star

1. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 28.662s (Leader) 188.403 mph
2. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 28.864s (-0.202) 187.084 mph
3. #33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 28.873s (-0.211) 187.026 mph
4. #4 Kasey Kahne Toyota 28.904s (-0.242) 186.825 mph
5. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 28.911s (-0.249) 186.780 mph
6. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 28.977s (-0.315) 186.355 mph
7. #5 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 28.979s (-0.317) 186.342 mph
8. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 29.039s (-0.377) 185.957 mph
9. #25 Mark Martin Chevrolet 29.081s (-0.419) 185.688 mph
10. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 29.108s (-0.446) 185.516 mph
11. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 29.152s (-0.490) 185.236 mph
12. #22 Kurt Busch Dodge 29.160s (-0.498) 185.185 mph
13. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 29.199s (-0.537) 184.938 mph
14. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 29.252s (-0.590) 184.603 mph
15. #00 David Reutimann Toyota 29.265s (-0.603) 184.521 mph
16. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 29.267s (-0.605) 184.508 mph
17. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 29.378s (-0.716) 183.811 mph
18. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 29.490s (-0.828) 183.113 mph

Showdown

1. #6 David Ragan Ford 28.662s (Leader) 188.403 mph
2. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 28.757s (-0.095) 187.780 mph
3. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 28.796s (-0.134) 187.526 mph
4. #43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford 28.879s (-0.217) 186.987 mph
5. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 28.915s (-0.253) 186.754 mph
6. #34 David Gilliland Ford 28.937s (-0.275) 186.612 mph
7. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 28.977s (-0.315) 186.355 mph
8. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 28.979s (-0.317) 186.342 mph
9. #38 Travis Kvapil Ford 29.097s (-0.435) 185.586 mph
10. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 29.113s (-0.451) 185.484 mph
11. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 29.140s (-0.478) 185.312 mph
12. #83 Brian Vickers Toyota 29.158s (-0.496) 185.198 mph
13. #181 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 29.237s (-0.575) 184.697 mph
14. #181 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 29.237s (-0.575) 184.697 mph
15. #60 Mike Skinner Toyota 29.265s (-0.603) 184.521 mph
16. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 29.301s (-0.639) 184.294 mph
17. #13 Casey Mears Toyota 29.341s (-0.679) 184.043 mph
18. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 29.357s (-0.695) 183.943 mph
19. #09 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 29.390s (-0.728) 183.736 mph
20. #195 David Starr Ford 29.437s (-0.775) 183.443 mph
21. #66 Todd Bodine Toyota 29.521s (-0.859) 182.921 mph
22. #71 Andy Lally* Ford 29.570s (-0.908) 182.617 mph
23. #37 Tony Raines Ford 29.702s (-1.040) 181.806 mph
24. #150 T.J. Bell Toyota 29.760s (-1.098) 181.452 mph
25. #32 Boris Said Ford 29.786s (-1.124) 181.293 mph
26. #30 David Stremme Chevrolet 29.907s (-1.245) 180.560 mph
27. #64 Derrike Cope Ford 30.251s (-1.589) 178.507 mph
28. #192 Brian Keselowski* Dodge 30.438s (-1.776) 177.410 mph



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