Elliott to Start Seventh in Sprint Showdown

Bill Elliott and the crew of the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford are hoping that the No. 7 starting spot will be a lucky one for them in Saturday’s Sprint Showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

When rains washed out Showdown qualifying on Friday, officials set the starting line-up by the order from the qualifying draw, and Elliott, the 1986 winner of the All-Star race, was the seventh driver to go out.

This year’s Showdown field is being called the strongest ever in the history of the preliminary race for the Sprint All-Star Challenge, as many of the sport’s top teams and drivers aren’t yet eligible for the main event.

The Showdown, which will consist of two 20-lap sprints with the winner and runner-up advancing to the All-Star Challenge immediately following, is set to get the green flag at 7:30 p.m. TV coverage will begin at 7 p.m. on SPEED.