Poll Shows Drivers & Crew Chiefs Favor Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch to win race
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C.– May 20, 2011 – With just over 24 hours remaining in the voting, Sprint (NYSE:S) announced today the top five drivers in the Sprint Fan Vote, which allows fans to decide which eligible driver will compete in Saturday’s NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. Fans have helped set a voting record this season, with more than 1.9 million votes cast since March 23. Voting remains open until 5 p.m. (EDT) Saturday, May 21.
The top five drivers in alphabetical order are: A.J. Allmendinger, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Bobby Labonte, Joey Logano and Brian Vickers.
Looking forward to the race, Sprint recently conducted an anonymous survey of more than 25 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers and crew chiefs, asking them who they feel is most likely to win the 2011 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.
The respondents named a number of different drivers, but the majority feel either Kyle Busch or Earnhardt are most likely to visit Victory Lane at Charlotte Motor Speedway in this year’s event.
While Busch’s spot in the all-star race starting lineup is confirmed, Earnhardt is still on the outside looking in. Earnhardt must either finish first or second in the Sprint Showdown qualifying race or win the Sprint Fan Vote while also finishing on the lead lap with a car in raceable condition (to be determined by NASCAR) to land a spot in the prestigious race field.
Fans can cast votes for their favorite eligible drivers by using the NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile application, visiting NASCAR.com or at the Sprint Experience, located in the midway at every NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event. As an incentive for Sprint customers, every wireless vote submitted from a Sprint, Nextel, Boost Mobile or Virgin Mobile device counts double in the driver standings.
To be eligible for the Sprint Fan Vote, drivers must be approved by NASCAR for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition and have met all other eligibility requirements. Those requirements include finishing in the Top 50 of the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship point standings; competing in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Event during the 2010 season; or attempting to qualify for the 2011 Daytona 500.
The driver who accumulates the most votes and finishes the Sprint Showdown qualifying race on the lead lap with a car in raceable condition (as determined by NASCAR competition) will earn a spot in the prestigious NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race field.
In addition to voting, fans can also use the NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile application to view the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race in its entirety on Sprint devices.
To download the new NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile, which is free with any data plan, Sprint customers should text “NASCAR” to 7777. Votes may also be cast on Sprint devices by texting “VOTE” to 7777 (standard text messaging and data rates apply).
Charlotte Motor Speedway is offering NASCAR fans a limited-time “Buy One, Get One Free” ticket offer for the 2011 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. To take advantage of this promotion, follow the link http://bit.ly/feJPly.
Drivers eligible for the 2011 Sprint Fan Vote: A.J. Allmendinger, Aric Almirola, Marcos Ambrose, Dave Blaney, Mike Bliss, Todd Bodine, Jeff Burton, Patrick Carpentier, Landon Cassill, Kevin Conway, Derrike Cope, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Bill Elliott, David Gilliland, Robby Gordon, Sam Hornish Jr., Brad Keselowski, Brian Keselowski, Travis Kvapil, Bobby Labonte, Terry Labonte, Andy Lally, Joey Logano, Michael McDowell, Casey Mears, Paul Menard, Joe Nemechek, Max Papis, David Ragan, Tony Raines, Robert Richardson, Elliott Sadler, Reed Sorenson, Scott Speed, David Stremme, Martin Truex Jr., Brian Vickers, Steve Wallace, Michael Waltrip and J.J. Yeley.
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