The wait is over. Speedweeks is finally here. On Saturday night, 25 of the best NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers will take to the track for the 2015 Sprint Unlimited. To be eligible for this non-points-paying event, you had to accomplish one of the following in 2014: 1. make the Chase, 2. win a pole in knockout qualifying, 3. be a previous winner of the Unlimited, 4. start on the front row in a Daytona 500. To fill the 25-man field, NASCAR then uses the highest-ranking drivers in points from last season.
So basically we’re going to see all the stars of the Sprint Cup Series on Saturday night. Not surprising from a company that constantly changes its mind is the fact that we have a new format for the Sprint Unlimited this season; Saturday night’s race will be split into two segments with a competition caution occurring at lap 25.
A random fan draw determined the starting lineup for this year’s Sprint Unlimited and it will be Paul Menard and Kasey Kahne leading the 25-driver field to the green on Saturday night. Click here for the full starting lineup. Although nobody will receive any Sprint Cup championship points this weekend, the winner of this event typically takes home around $200,000. Not too bad for a quick 75-lap race. Green flag is approx 8:15 pm ET.
There may not be many fantasy games available for the Sprint Unlimited, but this marks a little more than one week until the season-opening Daytona 500. Have you registered for fantasy racing leagues yet?