Friday, May 16, 2014

All-Star races through the years

      First was The Winston, then the NEXTEL All-Star Challenge, and now it's called the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.

'Boogity, boogity, boogity!' - Darrell Waltrip, winner of the first All-Star race, 1985

1993. 'Dale Earnhardt sprays the Victory Lane crowd, including his wife, Teresa, with champagne after his victory in the Winston. Earnhardt held off Mark Martin in the final 10-lap leg to win his third All-Star Race.' - Gary O'Brien/Staff

1995. 'PIT ROAD WARRIORS: Bobby Labonte's pit crew had the ninth-fastest stop Friday among 15 qualifiers for tonight's Winston Select all-star race, but Labonte's speed coming in separated him from the others as he earned the pole. Labonte sped around the track at 180.276 mph in his first lap before heading to pit road.' - BOB LEVERONE/Staff

1996. 'Michael Waltrip gets a victory lane hug from his brother Darrell Waltrip after Michael scored his first NASCAR Winston Cup victory in the Winston All-Star Race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.' - Robert Willett/Staff

1997. 'Jeff Gordon was showered with confetti after winning The Winston at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Gordon's victory, his second in the All-Star event, came after he started 19th -- next to last.' - Christopher Record/Staff

1999. 'Drivers Mark Martin and Rusty Wallace confer in the garage area at the Lowes Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Saturday, May 22, 1999, before The Winston all-star race.' - AP

2000. 'Bill Elliott, front right, and Mark Martin touch as they head out of turn four on a restart of The Winston all-star race at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C.' -AP Photo

2006. 'Kasey Kahne, Kyle Busch, Tony Stewart, Mark Martin and others are involved in a crash on the backstretch of Lowe's Motor Speedway during the second segment of the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge race.' JEFF SINER/Staff

2008. 'Fireworks explode around the stage area as NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers are introduced to the crowd prior to the running of the Sprint All Star race at Lowe's Motor Speedway.'  -JEFF SINER/Staff 

2012.  'NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver (48) Jimmie Johnson performs a burnout after winning the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.' Jeff Siner/Staff