Changes This Year For Nascar All-Star Race
It’s the first of back to back weekends at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Saturday night it’s the All-Star race with a million dollars on the line for the winner. No points, just a big payday.
This year's race will be in five segments for a total of 90 laps. The first four segments are 20 laps each and the final one a 10-lap shootout to the finish with only green flag laps counting in the shootout.
Also new this year – the winners of the first four segments will move to the front of the field and line up 1 thru 4 as they enter pit road for the final mandatory pit stop before the last segment.
Wherever they come out of pit road is where they’ll start the 10-lap shootout and starting up front is a huge advantage.
Carl Edwards won last year's all-star race and took away $1.2 million.
With no points at stake, the strategy is simple -- do whatever it takes to win.
Any driver who won a race in the past year, any past Sprint Cup champion or all-star winner from the past 10 years are eligible. That list stands at 20. It does not include Dale Earnhardt, Junior, but three more – including the fan favorite will be determined Saturday night. So expect Junior to be in the field.
There have been eight different winners in the last eight all-star races.
Nationwide drivers are in Iowa.