Friday night saw an exciting race to find out which two drivers would qualify for the All-Star Championship at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It was Clint Bowyer and AJ Allmendinger that ended up taking the first and second places and being able to qualify. It was not really a big surprise that these top class drivers did so well, but what was a shock, was the fact that it was Josh Wise that won the fans vote to also get through to the big race. The relatively unknown driver only managed an 18th place in the qualifying race but now has a great chance competing in the All-Stars race against many top class drivers.
The favourite to win the vote was Danica Patrick, but Wise’s chances were increased by his sponsors who worked hard through their websites to get people to vote for him. Wise said afterwards that he could not believe it but that it was fantastic to have this many people behind him. He explained that he thought this was really good for the sport because his sponsors, Dogecoin and Reddit.com, had brought a lot of interest form younger people who may not have considered watching NASCAR races before.
The winner of the race, Bowyer started in fourth place but was already leading when there was 17 laps to go and managed to hold on to that lead. In third place came Casey Mears and Marcus Ambrose came in an astonishing fourth place after recovering from a spin with Ricky Stenhouse Jr on the fourth lap. Austin Dillon dropped back form pole position to a final eight place.
Afterwards Bowyer said that he was not that happy about being in the race because he had not won since 2012 but is grateful of the opportunity to be in the All-Stars race.