Sprint Showdown

Race: Sprint Showdown

Place: Charlotte Motor Speedway

Date and Time: Saturday, May 21 at 11 a.m. ET

Tune-in: FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 20 laps (30 miles) | 20 laps (30 miles) | 10 laps (15 Miles) (75 total miles)

What to Watch For: Sunoco Rookie of the Year contenders Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney attempt to compete their way into the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2000) and Ryan Newman (2002) are the only rookies to win an All-Star Race. … No driver has ever won the Sprint Showdown and advanced to win the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. Michael Waltrip (1996) and Ryan Newman (2002), however, did use transfer spots in the Showdown to win the All-Star Race.

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Greg is a published award winning sportswriter who spent 23 years combined active and active reserve military service, much of that in and around the Special Operations community. Greg is the author of "The Nuts and Bolts of NASCAR: The Definitive Viewers' Guide to Big-Time Stock Car Auto Racing" and has been published in major publications across the country including the Los Angeles Times, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was also a contributor to Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Soul, published in 2010, and the Christmas edition in 2016. He wrote as the NASCAR, Formula 1, Auto Reviews and National Veterans Affairs Examiner for Examiner.com and has appeared on Fox News. He holds a BS degree in communications, a Masters degree in psychology and is currently a PhD candidate majoring in psychology. He is currently the weekend Motorsports Editor for Autoweek.