Concord, NC (Sports Network) - NASCAR on Tuesday revealed a host of format
changes for the May 19 Sprint All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The 28th edition of NASCAR's annual all-star event will be split into five
segments for a total of 90 laps. The first four segments will consist of 20
laps each, with the final one a 10-lap shootout to the finish.
Drivers who win the first four segments will move to the front of the field
for a mandatory pit stop, which will occur prior to the start of the final 10-
lap dash. Wherever the drivers are positioned as they exit off of pit road
during that round of stops will determine where they line up for the last
"This new addition to the format is going to provide even greater incentive
for the drivers to go all out to win one of the four segments," NASCAR vice
president of competition Robin Pemberton said. "It also puts even more focus
on the pit crews and how they perform during that final pit stop. The team
aspect of the sport will be highlighted more than ever, and it helps set the
stage for an exciting race and an exciting evening for the fans."
The eligibility requirements for this year's all-star event remain the same.
Race winners from either the 2011 season or the 2012 season, up to May 12
(Darlington), as well as any past winners of the all-star event or Sprint Cup
Series champions within the past 10 years are eligible for the race.
In addition, the two-top finishers in the 40-lap all-star preliminary race,
which remains 40 laps in length, and the winner of the "fan vote" will advance
into the starting line up.
Nineteen drivers are currently eligible for this year's all-star race. The
winner of the event will collect more than $1 million.
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