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All-Star: Qualifying and practice times

NASCAR takes a week off normal Sprint Cup Series competition this week, and instead the drivers will be setting their sights on the $1 million Sprint All-Star prize.
Kyle Busch will start from pole position in the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday evening, his third All-Star pole in his seventh All-Star race. He finished in second place last year behind Carl Edwards; four of the 27 All-Star races have been won from the pole.

Unlike normal qualifying, Friday night's All-Star session saw cars make three timed laps and a mandatory four-tyre pit stop to set their starting grid position. Regan Smith earlier blew an engine in qualifying, while Kasey Kahne wrecked hard in qualifying and had to take to his back-up car.

Meanwhile AJ Allmendinger topped qualifying for the Sprint Showdown race, the support event held earlier on Saturday evening which sees the winner and runner-up of that race make it onto the grid for the All-Star Race an hour later. It's Allmendinger's first Showdown pole in his sixth start, after having started last year's Showdown on the front row in second place. He's a previous Showdown winner, having gone to victory lane in the 2008 event which led to his sole appearance to date in the All-Star Race itself.

Sprint All-Star Race qualifying times

1. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 119.112s (Leader) 45.335mph
2. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 119.821s (-0.709) 45.067mph
3. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 120.168s (-1.056) 44.937mph
4. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 120.420s (-1.308) 44.843mph
5. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 120.622s (-1.510) 44.768mph
6. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 121.076s (-1.964) 44.600mph
7. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 121.147s (-2.035) 44.574mph
8. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 121.297s (-2.185) 44.519mph
9. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 121.482s (-2.370) 44.451mph
10. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 121.721s (-2.609) 44.364mph
11. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 121.861s (-2.749) 44.313mph
12. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 122.292s (-3.180) 44.157mph
13. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 122.420s (-3.308) 44.110mph
14. #34 David Ragan Ford 124.183s (-5.071) 43.484mph
15. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 125.351s (-6.239) 43.079mph
16. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 126.624s (-7.512) 42.646mph
17. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 128.074s (-8.962) 42.163mph
18. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 128.784s (-9.672) 41.931mph
19. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 130.436s (-11.324) 41.400mph
20. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet

Sprint Showdown qualifying times

1. #22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge 28.057s (Leader) 192.465mph
2. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 28.265s (-0.208) 191.049mph
3. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 28.272s (-0.215) 191.002mph
4. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 28.467s (-0.410) 189.693mph
5. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 28.609s (-0.552) 188.752mph
6. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 28.620s (-0.563) 188.679mph
7. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 28.622s (-0.565) 188.666mph
8. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 28.667s (-0.610) 188.370mph
9. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 28.727s (-0.670) 187.977mph
10. #30 David Stremme Toyota 28.753s (-0.696) 187.807mph
11. #13 Casey Mears Ford 28.762s (-0.705) 187.748mph
12. #10 David Reutimann Chevrolet 28.778s (-0.721) 187.643mph
13. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 28.788s (-0.731) 187.578mph
14. #33 Stephen Leicht* Chevrolet 28.922s (-0.865) 186.709mph
15. #195 Scott Speed Ford 28.927s (-0.870) 186.677mph
16. #38 David Gilliland Ford 28.928s (-0.871) 186.670mph
17. #119 Mike Bliss Toyota 28.955s (-0.898) 186.496mph
18. #249 J.J. Yeley Toyota 29.025s (-0.968) 186.046mph
19. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 29.047s (-0.990) 185.906mph
20. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 29.081s (-1.024) 185.688mph
21. #26 Josh Wise* Ford 29.188s (-1.131) 185.008mph
22. #36 Tony Raines Chevrolet 29.578s (-1.521) 182.568mph

Sprint All-Star Race practice 1

1. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 28.672s (Leader) 188.337 mph
2. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 28.767s (-0.095) 187.715 mph
3. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 28.845s (-0.173) 187.208 mph
4. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 28.885s (-0.213) 186.948 mph
5. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 28.929s (-0.257) 186.664 mph
6. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 28.937s (-0.265) 186.612 mph
7. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 28.986s (-0.314) 186.297 mph
8. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 29.019s (-0.347) 186.085 mph
9. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 29.050s (-0.378) 185.886 mph
10. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 29.105s (-0.433) 185.535 mph
11. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 29.166s (-0.494) 185.147 mph
12. #34 David Ragan Ford 29.176s (-0.504) 185.084 mph
13. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 29.182s (-0.510) 185.046 mph
14. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 29.192s (-0.520) 184.982 mph
15. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 29.208s (-0.536) 184.881 mph
16. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 29.275s (-0.603) 184.458 mph
17. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 29.301s (-0.629) 184.294 mph
18. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 29.374s (-0.702) 183.836 mph
19. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 29.408s (-0.736) 183.624 mph
20. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 29.573s (-0.901) 182.599 mph

Sprint Showdown practice 1

1. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 28.706s (Leader) 188.114 mph
2. #22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge 28.714s (-0.008) 188.062 mph
3. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 28.734s (-0.028) 187.931 mph
4. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 28.746s (-0.040) 187.852 mph
5. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 28.750s (-0.044) 187.826 mph
6. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 28.804s (-0.098) 187.474 mph
7. #13 Casey Mears Ford 29.001s (-0.295) 186.201 mph
8. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 29.014s (-0.308) 186.117 mph
9. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 29.062s (-0.356) 185.810 mph
10. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 29.069s (-0.363) 185.765 mph
11. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 29.079s (-0.373) 185.701 mph
12. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 29.136s (-0.430) 185.338 mph
13. #33 Stephen Leicht* Chevrolet 29.167s (-0.461) 185.141 mph
14. #38 David Gilliland Ford 29.246s (-0.540) 184.641 mph
15. #30 David Stremme Toyota 29.292s (-0.586) 184.351 mph
16. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 29.305s (-0.599) 184.269 mph
17. #249 J.J. Yeley Toyota 29.332s (-0.626) 184.099 mph
18. #119 Mike Bliss Toyota 29.366s (-0.660) 183.886 mph
19. #10 David Reutimann Chevrolet 29.428s (-0.722) 183.499 mph
20. #26 Josh Wise* Ford 29.445s (-0.739) 183.393 mph
21. #195 Scott Speed Ford 29.553s (-0.847) 182.723 mph
22. #36 Tony Raines Chevrolet 30.246s (-1.540) 178.536 mph

* Denotes Rookie



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