On Friday, NASCAR unveiled the formats for the Sprint All-Star Race and the Sprint Showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The Sprint Showdown is scheduled for May 20 and the All-Star Racing for May 21.
The All-Star Race will consist of 113 laps, broken up into two 50-lap segments and a 13-lap “trophy dash.”
In the All-Star Race, pit stops will be required between the two 50-lap segments and sometime during green-flag racing conditions before lap 85, or lap 35 of the second segment. Teams will be required to change at least two tires during each of the mandatory pit stops. Between the second 50-lap segment and the 13-lap dash, there will be a random draw to decide whether the top-nine, top-10 or top-11 cars will be required to pit for four tires. Everyone else will stay out on their old tires and restart in front of the cars that pitted for four.
“We worked with NASCAR and talked to several drivers to gather feedback for what they thought would make the very best race for the fans,” Charlotte Motor Speedway President and General Manager Marcus Smith said. “The drivers don’t all agree on the perfect strategy, which means some drivers will be fighting on race-worn tires to stay up front at the end, while others will be charging through the field on new tires after the final pit stop. At the end of the final shootout, one driver will have a million reasons why ’13′ is a lucky number.”
The winning driver/team will be awarded $1 million.
Drivers who won races last season or up to the date of the All-Star Race this season already have guaranteed starting spots for the All-Star Race. The final spots on the All-Star grid will go to the top-two vote getters in the Sprint Fan Vote. Three additional drivers will advance to the All-Star Race from the Sprint Showdown.
The Sprint Showdown will consist of 50 laps, broken up into two 20-lap segments and a 10-lap segment. Pit stops, with service including at least a two-tire change, will be mandatory after each of the 20-lap segments. The winner of each segment will advance to the All-Star Race. After winning a segment, drivers will not continue in the Showdown.
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