NASCAR: All-Star and Sprint Showdown entry lists for the weekend are out

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Entry lists are out for the weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, which this weekend, are the non-points Sprint All-Star Race (Saturday) and Sprint Showdown (Friday). The top two from the Sprint Showdown, plus a fan vote winner, advance into Saturday’s All-Star Race.

The Showdown has been moved to Friday this year to increase action for the fans; the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race runs that night, as well.

For the All-Star Race, the 19 drivers already in the field are the 19 race winners from 2013 and thus far in 2014. So that includes:

  • Hendrick Motorsports: 48-Jimmie Johnson, 5-Kasey Kahne, 24-Jeff Gordon, 88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  • Roush Fenway Racing: 99-Carl Edwards, 16-Greg Biffle
  • Joe Gibbs Racing: 20-Matt Kenseth, 18-Kyle Busch, 11-Denny Hamlin
  • Stewart-Haas Racing: 4-Kevin Harvick, 14-Tony Stewart, 41-Kurt Busch
  • Team Penske: 2-Brad Keselowski, 22-Joey Logano
  • Front Row Motorsports: 34-David Ragan
  • Furniture Row Racing: 78-Martin Truex Jr.
  • Michael Waltrip Racing: 55-Brian Vickers
  • Richard Childress Racing: 31-Ryan Newman
  • Chip Ganassi Racing: 1-Jamie McMurray

By process of elimination, that leaves these 23 for the Showdown:

  • Richard Childress Racing: 3-Austin Dillon, 27-Paul Menard
  • Tommy Baldwin Racing: 7-Michael Annett, 36-Reed Sorenson
  • Richard Petty Motorsports: 9-Marcos Ambrose, 43-Aric Almirola
  • BK Racing: 23-Alex Bowman, 83-Ryan Truex, 26-Cole Whitt (ex-Swan)
  • Joe Falk/Mike Hillman teams: 33-David Stremme, 40-Landon Cassill
  • Stewart-Haas Racing: 10-Danica Patrick
  • Germain Racing: 13-Casey Mears
  • Michael Waltrip Racing: 15-Clint Bowyer
  • Roush Fenway Racing: 17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  • FAS Lane Racing: 32-Blake Koch
  • Front Row Motorsports: 38-David Gilliland
  • Chip Ganassi Racing: 42-Kyle Larson
  • Xxxtreme Motorsports: 44-JJ Yeley (ex-No. 30 Swan)
  • JTG Daugherty Racing: 47-AJ Allmendinger
  • Jay Robinson: 66-Joe Nemechek
  • Randy Humphrey: 77-Dave Blaney
  • Mike Curb: 98-Josh Wise

Figure Larson, Bowyer, Allmendinger, maybe Menard, Dillon and Patrick and for sure Mears and Ambrose will be the ones to watch in the Showdown as they race for the transfer spots.

Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.