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NASCAR Cup: All-Star Race format, rules package revealed

CHARLOTTE, NC – MAY 21: Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, crosses the finish-line to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 21, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/NASCAR via Getty Images)

By AMANDA VINCENT

NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell and Speedway Motorsports Inc. President and CEO Marcus Smith revealed the aerodynamic rules package and format for the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race, scheduled for May 19 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C.

“The All-Star Race has a long history of edginess and innovation,” Smith said. “We want to challenge drivers, spark on-track action and create the best show for the fans. This race has always been a proving ground for some of the best innovations in our sport, from running under the lights to stage racing and double-file restarts. It’s the perfect opportunity to try something different, and with a 10-lap shootout for a million dollars, expect the unexpected on May 19.”

Cars in the All-Star Race and the preliminary Monster Energy Open will run a rules package similar to that of the NASCAR Xfinity Series in its race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway last year, including a restrictor plate, aero ducts, a six-inch rear spoiler with 12-inch ears, and a 2014-style splitter.

“NASCAR is committed to innovation and will always work to improve the racing product for every series and venue,” O’Donnell said. “The yearly Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race is an opportunity to see your favorite drivers compete under a unique and exciting format and rules package. The positive feedback following last year’s Xfinity Series race at Indianapolis gave us the foundation to implement this dynamic package for the All-Star Race. We believe the hard work of the entire industry will provide the best race for our passionate fans.”

The race format has been simplified with the elimination of mandatory pit stops, and the race has been extended to 80 laps, split into four stages, a 30-lap stage, followed by two 20-lap stages and wrapping up with a 10-lap sprint to the finish. Only green-flag laps will count in the final stage. All four stages have the potential of going into overtime, as 2018 rules call for all stages of the race to end under green.

Drivers eligible for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race without running the Monster Energy Open include winners of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races in 2017 and up to the point of the All-Star Race this year, past winners of the All-Star Race who still compete in the series full-time and past series champions who are still competing full-time. Drivers eligible by that criteria include Ryan Blaney, Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Austin Dillon, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, Jamie McMurray, Ryan Newman, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Martin Truex Jr.

Three drivers from the Monster Energy Open will advance to the All-Star Race, courtesy of stage wins. The 50-lap open will be divided into two 20-lap stage and a 10-lap stage.

As in previous years, the final position in the Monster Energy All-Star Race will go to an online fan-vote winner.

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