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Changes This Year For Nascar All-Star Race

Carl Edwards celebrates last year's victory at the Sprint Cup All-Star Race (Getty Images)

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.

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