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Race: NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race & Sprint Showdown
Date: Saturday, May 18, 2013
Location: Charlotte Motor Speedway

Four All-Star Wins for RCR ... Richard Childress Racing has won four NASCAR Sprint All-Star Races, most recently in 2007 with Kevin Harvick. Dale Earnhardt won the event in 1987, which included the legendary "Pass in the Grass." Earnhardt also went on to claim the checkered flag in 1990 and 1993.

RCR in the NSCS ... In 2,306 Sprint Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 102 wins, 42 pole awards, 438 top-five finishes and 919 top-10 finishes, with an average starting position of 17.9 and an average finishing position of 15.8. RCR has earned 14 total championships (six Sprint Cup Series championships with Earnhardt in 1986, '87, '90,'91, '93 and '94, five NASCAR Nationwide Series titles, two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series titles and one ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards title) and was the first organization to win titles in NASCAR's three national series.

RCR Darlington Rewind ... In the Sprint Cup Series event at Darlington Raceway last weekend, Harvick notched his second top-five finish of the season while Paul Menard and Jeff Burton finished 19th and 21st, respectively.

The Collective RCR ... Throughout the season's first 11 races, RCR's Sprint Cup Series entries have earned one win with Harvick at Richmond International Raceway (April), notched three top-five and nine top-10 finishes with drivers Burton, Austin Dillon, Harvick and Menard. RCR's three full-time Sprint Cup Series drivers are tied for 10th (Menard and Harvick) and 20th (Burton) in the driver championship point standings.

Interactive RCR ... For up-to-date news and exclusive content, visit RCR's Twitter page - @RCRracing - along with the RCR Sprint Cup Series team Twitter pages - @RCR27PMenard, @RCR29KHarvick, @RCR31JeffBurton and driver Twitter page @KevinHarvick. Information about the 14-time championship winning organization can be found on Facebook at and at along with official driver pages -, and

Catch the Action ... SPEED's live coverage of the Sprint Showdown and Sprint All-Star Race begins Saturday, May 18 at 7 p.m. Eastern Time. The race will also be broadcast on the Motor Racing Network and SIRIUS XM NASCAR Radio.


Paul Menard
No. 27 Serta/Menards Chevrolet SS 
Sprint Showdown Event Preview Fact Shee

This Week's Serta/Menards Chevrolet ... Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 386 in the Sprint Showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS raced at Texas Motor Speedway in 2012, but has not previously run this season.

Showdown Stats ... Menard has five-career Sprint Showdown starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway. His best start of third came in 2011 and best finish of fourth came in 2010. The Wisconsin native has completed 160 of 200 laps attempted (80 percent) in the NASCAR All-Star Race qualifying event.

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Showdown Format ... The Sprint Showdown consists of two 20-lap segments with the winner and second-place finisher qualifying for the 29th running of the Sprint All-Star Race. The Sprint Showdown is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time with live television coverage beginning on SPEED at 7 p.m. ET.

Cast Your Vote ... Fans have the opportunity to vote Menard into the Sprint All-Star Race with the Sprint Fan Vote. You can vote for Menard online at Voting is unlimited. Fans can also vote on their mobile handsets by using the NASCAR Mobile 2013 application. Votes from the application count twice.

Race Rewind ... In his last appearance in the Sprint Showdown, Menard started the No. 27 Chevrolet from the third position and was involved in an on-track incident causing damage to the car. Ultimately, Menard finished 11th in the 40-lap event.

Menard's Thoughts on the Sprint Showdown:

"The great thing about this weekend is there are no points on the line. We can just go out there, race hard and have fun. We're going to do our best to finish in the top two in the (Sprint )Showdown so we can race the Serta/Menards Chevrolet into the big show (All-Star Race) Saturday night. It's a fun night because with the race being in Charlotte, a lot of the crew guys can have their families come out and watch, so hopefully we can put on a good show for them."


Kevin Harvick 
No. 29 Rheem/Budweiser Chevrolet SS 
NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Event Preview Fact Shee

This Week's Rheem/Budweiser Chevrolet SS at Charlotte Motor Speedway ... Kevin Harvick will pilot chassis No. 378 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race under the lights of Charlotte Motor Speedway. Harvick last drove this RCR machine to a 13th-place result at Auto Club Speedway in March.

Proven Winner ... Saturday night's event marks Harvick's 13th appearance in the NASCAR exhibition race, dating back to 2001. In 2007, the RCR veteran visited Victory Lane following the marquee event. Harvick has collected a total of two top-five and seven top-10 finishes throughout the years, and is credited with 62 lap led.

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New BUD 360° App ... As the Sprint Cup Series teams compete at Charlotte Motor Speedway the next two weekends, fans can experience what it's like to hit speeds of up to 190 mph at the speedway with the new interactive BUD 360° app. The King of Beers' innovative new app utilizes surround video technology to provide users with a 360-degree look inside Harvick's Sprint Cup Series ride as the driver completes several laps around the 1.5-mile track. While Harvick controls the wheel, the consumer controls the view, allowing them to experience the sensation of speed in never-before-seen angles. The app is available for free in the Apple App Store for both iPhone and iPad users. The Budweiser Racing 360° video also is accessible on desktop computers at

Champion Chat ... Harvick will participate in his monthly Champion Chat on Tuesday, May 14, at 7 p.m. Eastern Time answering fan questions via Twitter and To ask a question, simply log on to or Federal-Mogul's @ChampionParts Twitter feed and add the #ChampionChat hashtag to the end of each tweet. Harvick's video "Touts" will be available through the @ChampionParts Twitter feed as well as (search for "#TeamChampion").

Race Rewind ... Harvick and the No. 29 team captured a sixth-place finish during the 2012 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, after battling a tight-handling condition throughout the non-points event at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Share your thoughts on participating in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.

"I was fortunate enough to win this race back in 2007. You definitely would rather win the All-Star race, than not. It's one of the marquee races in our sport that you want to win. Charlotte (Motor Speedway) hasn't been a great track for us, but we have had some success there throughout the years. The All-Star race was one of our successes; it was definitely a cool race to win."

What are your thoughts on the new format for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race this season?
"Anytime they put that much money in front of anybody it's going to cause things to rise to another level. Take the points away from that and you really have some unique scenarios that come up. I think adding the bonus for winning all five segments is really going to add a twist to the event as well, especially for the driver who wins the first segment. They're going to be giving it all they have to try and win the remaining segments to collect the additional $1 million bonus. It's always fun when you know there is really nothing on the line but to win. If you do, then usually there is a big check waiting for you at the end so that gives you some bragging rights and a lot of money."

How much does the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race help to prepare you and the team for the Coca-Cola 600?
"Usually, we can get a glimpse into the future, primarily in the engine department. They'll test out a few different things to try to see what we might be able to utilize the following weekend. We also get to be on the race track under conditions similar to those we'll see during the Coca-Cola 600. The extra track time will really help us determine how these new cars are going to handle under the lights at Charlotte (Motor Speedway)."


Jeff Burton
No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS
Sprint Showdown Event Preview Fact Shee

This Weekend's Caterpillar Chevrolet at Charlotte Motor Speedway ... Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 393 this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This No. 31 Chevrolet was utilized five times during the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season at Auto Club Speedway, Darlington Raceway, Michigan International Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway and Kansas Speedway. Burton also piloted this machine earlier this season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Kansas Speedway.

One Hot Night ... Burton has made eight appearances in the Sprint Showdown and qualified 12 times for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race during his 19-year career. Burton won the 2003 Sprint Showdown and finished eighth in last year's event. His best qualifying effort of fourth-place for the two-segment, 40-lap event came in 1995.

How It Works ... The Sprint Showdown consists of two 20-lap segments with the winner and second-place finishing driver qualifying for the 29th running of the Sprint All-Star Race. The Sprint Showdown is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time and live television coverage on SPEED begins at 7 p.m. ET.

Sprint Fan Vote. Vote Now, Vote Often ... Fans have the opportunity to vote Burton into the Sprint All-Star Race this weekend with the Sprint Fan Vote. The Sprint Fan Vote was launched in 2004 as a way to bring one more deserving driver into the Sprint All-Star Race to compete for the $1 million payout. There are three ways you can vote for Burton.
     - Mobile Handsets
         Use the NASCAR Mobile '2013 application
         Votes from the application count double (x2)
         Voting on handsets is unlimited
     - Online
         Voting is unlimited
     - The Sprint Experience
         Voting stations will be set up in the Sprint Experience mobile display each race weekend 

Race Rewind ... Burton and the No. 31 Chevrolet team brought home a top-10 result in the 2012 Sprint Showdown, finishing in eighth-place.

How do you view your strategy in the Sprint Showdown? Are you concentrated on qualifying for the Sprint All-Star Race, or more worried about getting valuable information for the Coca-Cola 600?

"I think it is always big-picture racing. Obviously, we want to win the Sprint Showdown, qualify for the Sprint All-Star Race and win it too, but every practice session and qualifying run we make that weekend gives us the opportunity to learn more about our 1.5-mile program. We must go in with the mindset that we want to win the race and qualify for the big show. If we do win the race and transfer over, it helps you out for the following week as well. Where else do we get to race the week before in a non-points paying event other than Daytona International Speedway? It doesn't happen very often and gives us a great opportunity to learn something."

What is your racing style for an exhibition event?
"I race the same way no matter what the situation is. If there is a guy in front of me that I know would knock me out of the way, he will probably get knocked out of the way and vice versa. I let the other drivers make the rules, but typically the rules have been set by how they have raced me to this point in the season. You have to be who you normally are. When you try to get out of character, I think it does more harm than good."

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