As NASCAR gathers to celebrate its current stars, it also honors the passing of one of its legends.
Carl Edwards will lead off Saturday’s All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway after winning the pole Thursday with the name of the legendary Dick Trickle on his windshield
Famous for his winning ways on the short track, especially in the Midwest, Trickle reportedly died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound earlier this week and sent the racing world into a tailspin.
Trickle was the 1989 Winston Cup Series Rookie of the Year, and had 36 top ten finishes, and one pole victory in a 24-year 303-race Cup career.
Kurt Busch follows behind Edwards at the No. 2 spot, along with Greg Biffle, Kyle Busch, and Joey Logano.
Each driver has a shot at the $1 million prize in the 90-lap race that leads up to a 10-lap finale.
Last year’s winner Jimmie Johnson had his brakes lock up during his pole run, and slipped back to the No. 18 in the 19 driver exhibition. Johnson currently holds a strong 44-point lead over Edwards for the top spot in the Sprint Cup series.
Even in an exhibition drivers could gain retribution for any personal slights taken during the season. Kyle Busch said he wouldn’t be surprised if Kasey Kahne tries to take him out during Saturday’s race. Busch has taken Kahne out three times this year, including the last two weeks.
The race begins at 9 p.m. Eastern, and will be broadcast by Speed Channel.
Check out the top 10 on the starting grids below.
Carl Edwards, Ford, 99
Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 78
Greg Biffle, Ford, 16
Kyle Busch, Toyota, 18
Joey Logano, Ford, 22
Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 15
Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 11
Mark Martin, Toyota, 55
Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 5
Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 39