For Danica Patrick, there are two ways to make it into Saturday’s NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway to contend for the million-dollar winner’s check: win one of the segments in Friday’s Sprint Showdown, or win the Sprint Fan Vote.
Friday night, she has three chances to race her way into the field for Saturday’s featured event. This year, the winner of each of the three segments in the Sprint Showdown will advance to Saturday’s race. Patrick has earned top-10 finishes in all three prior starts in the Sprint Showdown.
Patrick’s other hope for making the All-Star Race is via the Sprint Fan Vote. She is one of 24 Sprint Cup drivers eligible for the Sprint Fan Vote this year. Fans can vote through 5 p.m. EDT Friday on the NASCAR mobile app or by visiting NASCAR.com/SprintFanVote. Last year, Patrick became the first repeat winner of the fan vote after previously winning in 2013. According to NASCAR officials, the margin of victory for the fan vote was the closest in history.
Whether she races her way in or gets voted in by the fans, Patrick hopes to be racing the No. 10 Nature’s Bakery Chevrolet SS for a shot at $1 million in Saturday night’s Sprint All-Star Race.