There will be a total of 90 laps with four 20 lap segments and then a final 10 lap segment. The order before a mandatory four-tire pit stop after segment four will be determined by the average finish the cars had in the first four segments.
“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,” said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR Vice President of Competition. “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 cars will line up for the final 10 lap segment the way they come off pit road which means the All-Star race is in the hands of the pit crews as much as the drivers. Only green flag laps will count in the final segment.
The race winner gets $1 million and if a driver can win all five segments they will get an extra $1 million.
Entry into the 29th running of the All-Star Race on May 18th can be gained five ways. First, all race winners up to the All-Star race this season will be in, along with the race winners from 2012. Second, past winners of the All-Star Race in the past 10 years will be in. Third, past Sprint Cup Series Champions in the last 10 years will be in. Fourth, the top two finishers in the 40-lap Sprint Showdown that precedes the All-Star race will be in. And fifth, the last spot goes to the top fan vote driver who finished on the lead lap in the showdown and who's car is determined to be in "raceable" condition as determined by the series director.
The new format seems exciting and if the Gen-6 car provides the type of racing we are all hoping for on the 1.5 mile tracks this year's Sprint All-Star Race will be a terrific show.
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