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The NASCAR Sprint Cup All-Star Race is Saturday night on SPEED at 7:00 pm ET, which means some lucky driver could go home with $2 Million. The night starts off with the Sprint Showdown, a 40-lap last-chance qualifier, followed by the 90-lap main event. The race’s format is perfect for risk taking and fans are always treated to some epic battles and unconventional passes as drivers attempt to cash in.
Here are the 5 drivers to watch when it comes to taking home the moolah:
5) Kurt & Kyle Busch – The All-Star Race is exactly the type of competition that gets the Busch boys’ engines revved up. The faster and more intense the race environment, the better they drive. Expect one or the other to be involved in a wreck or a critical pass on the last lap of a race segment as they push their cars and their opponents’ patience to the limits.
4) Dale Earnhardt Jr. – Junior won the 2012 Sprint Showdown and finished 5th in the All-Star Race. He has had a solid season so far, sitting in 3rd in the Sprint Cup standings and finishing in 2nd place twice (Daytona and Fontana). Dale Jr. always comes through for his fans, and since that is what the All-Star Race is all about, you know he will put on a show for the Charlotte crowd and everyone watching around the country.
3) Jimmie Johnson – Jimmie is the clear favorite to win the cash as he has won the event 3 times in the past and has 6 career wins at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He would be higher on this list, but you aren’t going to have to look hard to find him. He will be the guy in the No. 48 car near the front.
2) Brad Keselowski – Last year’s Sprint Cup champion has been a little on edge as of late, making remarks after Talladega about other drivers and their mistakes. He has finished in the Top 5 four times this season and should be plenty motivated to tear up the track on Saturday night. Keep your eye on the No. 2 car; he is going to be driving like a man possessed.
1) Tony Stewart – Smoke has won the All-Star Race before, he is a 3-time series champ and he still drives on some dirt circuits in order to get more racing into his schedule. The guy lives and breathes this stuff and it will show on Saturday night. Expect him to push harder than any other driver in each of the first four segments as he goes after that coveted No. 1 spot in the 5th and final 10-lap segment. Tony would drive across the infield if he thought it would improve his finish and that is why he sits atop this list.
For phenomenal racing action and a huge cash payout, be sure to tune into the NASCAR Sprint Cup All-Star Race on Saturday night at 7:00 pm ET on SPEED.