DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.
(March 19, 2015) – A favorite isn’t always the winner – as the Sprint Fan
Vote’s history suggests. In the last 10 seasons, fans have voted 10 different
drivers into the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race™ at Charlotte Motor Speedway,
including names like Danica Patrick, Kasey Kahne and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
You never know who will win. That’s what makes voting so
important. Polls are open for the 2015 Sprint Fan Vote – and unpredictability
will take center stage until the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on Saturday, May
16. Fans can vote their favorite Sprint Fan Vote-eligible driver into the All-Star
Race by casting ballots daily. Voting closes at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, May 15,
one day before the green flag.
For the first time in program history, votes shared via
Facebook and/or Twitter will count as double towards a driver’s total. Fans can
vote daily with a maximum of one vote per day per unique email address by downloading the NASCAR MOBILE application or visiting NASCAR.com/SprintFanVote. Eligible voters can
also enter into the Sprint Fan Vote sweepstakes, in which one lucky Sprint Fan
Vote participant will win a trip for two to any 2015 Chase for the NASCAR
Sprint Cup race.
The winner of the Sprint Fan Vote will be announced in
Victory Lane following the conclusion of the Sprint Showdown at Charlotte Motor
Speedway on Friday, May 15.
To date, 32 drivers are
eligible for the 2015 Sprint Fan Vote. Eligibility for participation is
restricted to those drivers who have been approved by NASCAR for NASCAR Sprint
Cup Series competition and have met all other eligibility requirements. Amongst
those eligibility requirements, drivers must have attempted to qualify for the
2015 Daytona 500 and race in the Sprint Showdown. Any eligible Sprint Fan Vote
candidate who wins a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race during the 2015 season will
automatically earn a spot in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and the driver’s
name will be removed from the Sprint Fan Vote ballot with their existing votes
Fans can catch the entire
weekend of May 15-16 All-Star action for just $99, including the Sprint
Showdown, North Carolina Education Lottery 200, Rayovac presents Little Big
Town pre-race concert, NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race qualifying and the biggest
all-star event in sports, the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. For an additional $20,
fans can purchase a special Golden Ticket for early stagefront access to the
Little Big Town concert. Tickets can be obtained by calling 1-800-455-FANS
(3267) or online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.
Tune in to the Sprint
Showdown at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, May 15 on FOX Sports 1, MRN Radio and SiriusXM
Radio. Then catch NASCAR’s biggest stars in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on
Saturday, May 16 with coverage of qualifying starting at 7 p.m. ET, followed by
the Sprint All-Star Race live on FOX Sports 1, MRN Radio and SiriusXM Radio,
with additional coverage on NASCAR.com.
The 32 drivers (as of March 19)
eligible for the Sprint Fan Vote include:
13.Ron Hornaday Jr.
14.Sam Hornish Jr.
26.Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
27.Martin Truex, Jr.
SPRINT FAN VOTE SWEEPSTAKES - ABBREVIATED
No purchase necessary to
enter or win. Void where prohibited. Open to legal residents of the fifty (50)
United States and the District of Columbia who are at least 18 years of age at
the time of entry. Sweepstakes/Promotion entry period begins at 12:00:01 a.m., Eastern
Time (“ET”), on March 8, 2015 and ends at 7:00:00 p.m., ET, on May 15, 2014.
For complete rules, visit http://www.nascar.com/sprintfanvoterules.Sponsor:Sprint Communications Company, L.P. NASCAR,
Inc. is not a sponsor of the Sweepstakes/Promotion.
Sprint (NYSE:S) is a
communications services company dedicated to delivering the best value in
wireless. Sprint served 55 million customers as of September 30, 2014 and is
widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative
technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier
in the United States; leading no-contract brands including Virgin Mobile USA,
Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international
push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Sprint has
been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America for the
last four years. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or
www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.
Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body
for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States. NASCAR consists of
three national series (the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™, NASCAR XFINITY Series™,
and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™), four regional series, one local
grassroots series and three international series. The International Motor
Sports Association™ (IMSA®) governs the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship™,
the premier U.S. sports car series. Based in Daytona Beach, Fla., with offices
in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in
more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information visit
http://www.NASCAR.com and http://www.IMSA.com, and follow NASCAR at www.Facebook.com/NASCAR and Twitter: @NASCAR.
About Charlotte Motor Speedway
For more than 50 years, Charlotte Motor Speedway has set the standard
for motorsports entertainment for fans of all ages. Charlotte Motor
Speedway is the only race vacation destination where fans can immerse
themselves in the heart of NASCAR country. Visitors can attend
one-of-a-kind race spectacles such as the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race,
Coca-Cola 600 and Bank of America 500; take behind-the-scenes speedway and race
shop tours; explore the NASCAR Hall of Fame; and drive an 800-horsepower stock
car. Through every event and every decade, Charlotte Motor Speedway puts FANS
FIRST with a never-ending commitment to enhance the fan experience. That
tradition continues with unmatched value through affordable season tickets, unparalleled
pre-race entertainment and more opportunities for fans to see their favorite
NASCAR Lifts Kurt Busch Suspension, Outlines On-Going Requirements
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 11, 2015) — NASCAR announced today that, effectively
immediately, the indefinite suspension of Kurt Busch has been lifted. He is eligible to return to NASCAR racing under indefinite probation subject to additional mandatory requirements that include but are not limited to participation in a treatment program and full compliance with any judicial requirements placed upon him. On Feb. 20, Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 car, was found to be in violation of:
Section 12.1.a: Actions detrimental to stock car racing
Section 12.8: Behavioral Penalty
The decision to lift the suspension was made by NASCAR after Kurt Busch:
Complied with all requirements in its reinstatement program;
Completed the mandatory behavioral assessment sessions; and
The behavioral health care expert who conducted the sessions recommended to NASCAR that Kurt Busch be allowed to return to competition.
Kurt Busch now will undergo additional steps to address the behavior for which he was penalized. The requirement that a driver must compete in all Championship Events of the current season to be eligible for The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup has been waived for the period of Kurt Busch’s suspension. Assuming he returns to NASCAR Sprint Cup competition, Kurt Busch would have zero Championship points to date after missing the Daytona 500 and the two most recent NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway. “As we stated last week, the elimination of the possibility of criminal charges removed a significant impediment to Kurt Busch’s return to full status as a NASCAR member,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer. “We therefore have decided to move him to indefinite probation and waive the Chase requirement. He has fully complied with our reinstatement program during his suspension and the health care expert who conducted his evaluation recommended his immediate return.
“We have made it very clear to Kurt Busch our expectations for him moving forward, which includes participation in a treatment program and full compliance with all judicial requirements as a result of his off-track behavior.”
After a seemingly endless
off-season, our wonderful racing is finally back tomorrow night under the lights at Daytona
International Speedway for the Sprint Unlimited live on FOX at 8:00 p.m. ET. The race will be split into two segments (75
laps total) with a competition caution at lap 25 to separate the segments.
To be eligible to race in the
field of twenty-five drivers, they had to meet one of the following criteria:
2014 Coors Light Pole Award winners
2014 Chase for the Sprint Cup drivers
Former Sprint Unlimited race winners
Former Daytona 500 pole winners who competed in
the Sprint Cup Series full-time in 2014
All remaining spots were filled by drivers
highest in the 2014 Sprint Cup Series driver standings who weren’t already