Top NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers will prove who can execute the best burnout and donuts during the inaugural Pennzoil Victory Challenge prior to the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on Saturday night, May 17, at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
The timed-competition will include five drivers who must demonstrate four essential skills of any victory celebration: a tire-smoking burnout; spectacular donuts; precision driving into "Victory Lane;" and, as with anything in racing, speed.
"This is going to be a great event for the fans and something else they can get excited about during All-Star weekend," said H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler, president and general manager of Lowe's Motor Speedway. "Just as Major League Baseball has the Home Run Derby and the NBA has the Slam Dunk Contest during their All-Star weekends, the burnout contest gives us a chance to highlight what has become an exciting part of race day. It also gives these drivers the opportunity to light 'em up for the fans."
Clint Bowyer, a first-time NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race participant and driver of the No. 07 Jack Daniel's Chevrolet, is the first official entry for the inaugural event. Other participants will be announced at a later date.
The Pennzoil Victory Challenge will take place on the frontstretch of the 1.5-mile superspeedway at 6:15 p.m., just prior to the start of the Sprint Showdown.
Each driver will be in similarly prepared Richard Petty Driving Experience cars wrapped with Sprint All-Star Race decals.
A $10,000 donation will be made to the winner's designated charity.
Pennzoil Victory Challenge Breakdown:
*The drivers will begin from a standing-start, triggering the electronic-timing system as they breakout of the "Start Box."
*A full drag racing-style, tire-smoking burnout must be maintained from the "Start Box" to a designated transition point.
*Upon reaching the transition point, the driver will throw the car into full 360-degree spins without crossing onto the apron of the frontstretch or they will receive a time penalty.
*The driver then must maneuver out of the donut and sprint into a "Victory Lane" marked on either side with traffic cones and into the "Finish Box," stopping the clock. A time penalty will be accessed for hitting lane marking cones or the end cone.
*The winner will be determined by the fastest time after penalties
(if any) are accessed.
The inaugural Pennzoil Victory Challenge will be televised live during SPEED Channel's pre-race coverage of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on May 17.