“This is an event that not only is highlighted on all NASCAR fans’ calendars, but on the SPEED calendar as well," said SPEED President Scott Ackerson. “It’s our biggest event of the year, it’s being held in our own backyard and we plan to cover the week better than we have ever done before … it simply doesn’t get any bigger than that."
All-Star pre-race begins at 4 p.m. ET with a three-hour edition of NASCAR RaceDay Fueled by Sunoco, as hosts John Roberts, Kyle Petty and Larry McReynolds build anticipation for the evening with a wide variety of guests and look at the 20th anniversary of “One Hot Night" and 25th anniversary of the famed “Pass in the Grass." Live racing begins at 7 p.m. with the Sprint Showdown, the final opportunity for drivers to race their way into the main event.
Hosted by Krista Voda, Jeff Hammond and McReynolds, SPEED coverage of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race begins at 9 p.m. ET, with Mike Joy, NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip and McReynolds calling the action, Voda, Hammond and Michael Waltrip in the “Hollywood Hotel" and Dr. Dick Berggren, Matt Yocum and Steve Byrnes working the pits.
On Thursday, May 17 at 8 p.m. ET, SPEED delivers coverage of the popular NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge from Time Warner Cable Arena in uptown Charlotte. Pit crews from all of the teams eligible for the All-Star Race compete for bragging rights and the No. 1 pit stall selection for Saturday’s race. For more information on the NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge, please visit: http://www.pitcrewchallenge.com/about_eligible.aspx
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series takes to the track on Friday, May 18 as SPEED delivers live coverage of practice (10:30 a.m. ET), qualifying (4 p.m. ET), pre-race with Krista Voda and NCWTS Setup (7:30 p.m. ET) and green-flag racing beginning at 8 p.m. ET. Coming off its most-watched season ever, Nielsen ratings for the Trucks on SPEED are up again in 2012, with Rick Allen, Michael Waltrip and Phil Parsons calling the action from the booth and Hermie Sadler and Ray Dunlap covering the pits.
Throughout the week leading up to the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, SPEED’s regular lineup of NASCAR programming, including NASCAR Race Hub, Trackside, NASCAR Live! and SPEED Center will deliver on the All-Star theme.
The SPEED Social Garage returns as the network sets up shop just outside the Cup garage, offering a location for members of the NASCAR family — including drivers, crew chiefs, crew members, NASCAR officials, celebrities and SPEED on-air personalities — a comfortable setting to communicate with fans through multiple social media outlets, including Twitter and the hash tag #SprintAllStar. For more information on the SPEED Social Garage, please visit: http://www.speedtv.com/allstar/
Fans also can enter for the chance to win $10,000 on the NASCAR on SPEED Facebook page, with special codes offered during SPEED coverage of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race for more chances to win.
Inside the Headsets, a 30-minute, all-access show chronicling the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race from the morning through the night’s final post-race interview, airs Sunday, May 20 at 9 p.m. ET. With less than 18 hours to turn the program around, this NASCAR Media Group-produced Emmy-winning show utilizes more than 20 additional cameras to capture the race with images and access not seen in SPEED’s telecast.
NASCAR Sprint All-Star Week on SPEED (All times ET and subject to change):
Thursday, May 17
o NASCAR Race Hub (6 p.m. to 7 p.m.)
o SPEED Center (7 p.m. to 8 p.m.)
o NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge (8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.)
o Emmy-award winning Inside the Headsets replay (10:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.)
Friday, May 18
o NASCAR Camping World Truck Series final practice (10:30 a.m. to Noon)
o NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (Showdown) practice (Noon to 1:30 p.m.)
o NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (All-Star) practice (1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.)
o Trackside (3 p.m. to 4 p.m.)
o NASCAR Camping World Truck Series qualifying (4 p.m. to 5 p.m.)
o NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (Showdown) qualifying (5 p.m. to 6 p.m.)
o NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (All-Star) qualifying (6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.)
o NCWTS Setup with Krista Voda (7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.)
o NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race (8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.)
o SPEED Center (10:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.)
Saturday, May 19
o NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge replay (Noon to 2:30 p.m.)
o Emmy-award winning Inside the Headsets replay (2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.)
o NASCAR Performance (3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.)
o SPEED Center (3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.)
o NASCAR RaceDay Fueled by Sunoco (4 p.m. to 7 p.m.)
o NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race (7 p.m. to 11 p.m.)
o Special preview of new SPEED series Hard Parts: South Bronx (11 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.)
o NASCAR Victory Lane (11:30 p.m. to Midnight)