As in the past, the race will be made up of four 20-lap segments and a 10-lap segment and feature drivers who won a race the previous season or have won in the current season prior to the date of the All-Star Race, event winners from the past 10 years and Sprint Cup Series champions from the past 10 years. The top-two finishers from the preliminary Sprint Showdown race earlier on the same night and the winner of a fan vote will also move on to race in the Sprint All-Star race.
There will be a change for this year’s All-Star Race, though. After the fourth segment, the driver running order will be shuffled to reflect each driver’s average finish from the first four segments. After the re-ordering, cars will head down pit road for a mandatory four-tire pit stop. The order in which they return to the race track will be the order in which they’ll start the final segment.
“Having the average finish through the race’s first four segments determine how the cars come down pit road for the last mandatory four-tire pit stop takes the competition to an even higher level,” NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton said. “The NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race is truly a showcase event for our sport and this format should bring out the best in our drivers and our teams.”
The race winner and his team will be awarded $1 million.
The Sprint All-Star Race is scheduled to take the green flag at 7:30 p.m. ET on May 18. It will be shown live on SPEED Channel