Voting opens March 24, continues until May 22
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. – March 17, 2010 – Sprint (NYSE:S) today announced the 2010 Sprint Fan Vote, which allows race fans to choose which eligible driver gets to compete in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, will open next Wednesday, March 24. Voting will continue until one hour before the start of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race, Saturday, May 22, at Charlotte Motor Speedway in
In 2009, Joey Logano became only the second Sprint Cup Series rookie to be voted into the Sprint All-Star Race field. Martin Truex, Jr., earned the Sprint Fan Vote in 2005 during his rookie campaign.
“I was completely blown away last year when I won the Sprint Fan Vote into the Sprint All-Star Race,” Logano said. “I’ve said it several times before. That was one of the best moments of the year last year for me. To come out as a rookie and get that kind of fan support is something I certainly didn’t expect. The Home Depot Team has always raced in the Sprint All-Star Race, so I knew it was important to them. I have the fans and Sprint to thank for keeping that tradition alive.”
Fans can cast unlimited votes for their favorite driver during the March 24 - May 22 voting window. Sprint customers can vote using the NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile application on their Sprint or Nextel devices. As an added incentive for customers, every wireless vote submitted from a Sprint or Nextel device counts double towards a driver’s vote total.
To download the new NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile, which is free with any data plan, Sprint customers should text “NASCAR” to 7777 (Standard text messaging and data rates apply.)
Anyone may also cast a ballot by logging on to www.NASCAR.com or visiting the Sprint Experience display, located in the midway at all NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
To be eligible for the Sprint Fan Vote, drivers must have finished in the top 50 of the final 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver point standings, attempted to qualify for the 2010 Daytona 500 or competed in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event during the 2009 or 2010 season. The driver accumulating the most votes, who also finishes the Sprint Showdown qualifying race on the lead lap, will earn a spot in the prestigious All-Star field. The Sprint Fan vote winner will be announced immediately following the completion of the Sprint Showdown.
Two years ago, Kasey Kahne became the first driver to parlay his Sprint Fan Vote win into a victory in the Sprint All-Star event.
Past Sprint Fan Vote winners include Ken Schrader (2004), Truex, Jr. (2005), Kyle Petty (2006), Kenny Wallace (2007), Kasey Kahne (2008 – Sprint All-Star Race Winner) and Logano (2009).
Tune in at 7 p.m. Eastern time on Saturday, May 22 to SPEED TV to see who will win the Sprint Fan Vote for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. Sprint customers can watch the announcement, as well as SPEED’S coverage of the entire All-Star race, on their Sprint phones via NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile. Tickets for the event start at $39 and are available at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or by calling 800-455-FANS.
Drivers eligible for the 2010 Sprint Fan Vote:
AJ Allmendinger, Aric Almirola, Marcos Ambrose, John Andretti, Norm Benning, Greg Biffle, Dave Blaney, Mike Bliss, Todd Bodine, Clint Bowyer, Jeff Burton, Patrick Carpentier, Terry Cook, Derrike Cope, Erik Darnell, Carl Edwards, Bill Elliott, Jeff Fuller, David Gilliland, Robby Gordon, San Hornish Jr., Travis Kvapil, Michael McDowell, Casey Mears, Paul Menard, Juan Pablo Montoya, Joe Nemechek, Max Papis, David Ragan, Tony Raines, Robert Richardson, Scott Riggs, Elliott Sadler, Boris Said, Regan Smith, Reed Sorenson, Scott Speed, David Stremme, Martin Truex Jr., Mike Wallace and Michael Waltrip.
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