Charlotte Motor Speedway unveils new Sprint All-Star Race format
Charlotte Motor Speedway General Manager Marcus Smith paid a visit to "NASCAR Race Hub" on FS1 to announce a new format for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.
The unique format includes two 50-lap segments with mandatory green-flag pit stops, ending with a short 13-lap final segment giving Sprint Cup drivers 113 laps to decide who will win the $1 million prize.
The most unique part of the new format comes at the end of the second segment, where a random draw will take place to decide whether the top nine, 10 or 11 cars will be mandated enter pit road for a four-tire stop.
Pit road will be closed to to all other cars, and the order drivers exit pit road behind the cars that did not pit will determine the starting lineup for the final trophy dash.
The Sprint Showdown format has been updated as well, with three segments of 20, 20 and 10 laps. The winner of each segment and the Sprint Fan Vote will advance to the big show.
For a complete breakdown of the new format, see below:
NASCAR SPRINT ALL STAR RACE FORMAT (MAY 21):
· Segment 1 (50 laps): Field set determined by qualifying, mandatory green-flag pit stop for a minimum of two tires;
· Break 1 (3-5 minutes): Mandatory pit stop with a minimum two-tire change before Segment 2;
· Segment 2 (50 laps): Field set determined by pit-road exit, one mandatory green-flag pit stop for a minimum of two tires before lap 85;
· Break 2 (3-5 minutes): Random draw to decide whether the top nine, 10 or 11 cars must enter pit road for a mandatory four-tire pit stop, pit road closed for all other cars, pit-road exit determines Segment 3 starting order, cars leaving pit road line up behind cars that did not pit;
· Segment 3 (13 laps): Only green-flag laps count.
SPRINT SHOWDOWN FORMAT (MAY 20):
·Segment 1 (20 laps): Field set by practice speed, winner advances to NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and does not continue in Showdown;
·Segment 2 (20 laps): Field set by pit-road order after mandatory minimum two-tire pit stop, winner advances to NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and does not continue in Showdown;
·Segment 3 (10 laps): Field set by pit-road order after mandatory minimum two–tire pit stop, winner advances to NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.