Rain Cancels Showdown Qualifying in Charlotte; Smith to Start 11th
May 21, 2010
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 21, 2010) -- Wet weather Friday evening at Charlotte Motor Speedway forced track officials to cancel qualifying for Saturday night's NASCAR Showdown race, a 40-lapper which will seed the top-two finishers into the evening's main event -- the non-points Sprint All-Star Race.
The field was set according to the driver's qualifying draw, meaning that Furniture Row Racing pilot Regan Smith will start 11th.
The Showdown, which is for drivers not qualified for the All-Star Race, will consist of 29 cars. The All-Star field will showcase 21 cars.
Starting on the pole will be David Ragan. Rounding out the top-five in order will be: Max Papis, Sam Hornish Jr., Kevin Conway and Greg Biffle.
All-Star coverage will be televised live on SPEED, beginning with the Showdown race at 5 p.m. MT. The All-Star race follows the Showdown with an approximate starting time of 7 p.m. MT.
The format for the Sprint All-Star Race is as follows:
Segment 1: 50 laps with a mandatory green-flag pit stop on Lap 25 at which time teams must pit and take on four tires. Following the end of Segment 1, the caution flag will be displayed for an optional pit stop.
Segment 2: 20 laps with the caution flag displayed at the end of Segment 2 for an optional pit stop.
Segment 3: 20 laps with a 10-minute break at the end of Segment 3. Teams may make normal adjustments to their cars during this break. The finishing order after the third segment determines the field’s lineup for the pace lap prior to the start of the fourth segment.
Segment 4: Once the field takes a lap behind the pace car, all cars must enter pit road for a four-tire stop. The order in which the cars exit pit road is how they will line up for the 10-lap shootout with only green-flag laps counting.