The 26th NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race airs Saturday, May 22, at 7pm ET on SPEED Channel (HD) from Charlotte Motor Speedway. Drivers qualify by winning a race in 2009 or 2010, winning a past All-Star Race, winning a past Sprint Cup Series championship, finishing in the top two in the Sprint Showdown 40-lap preliminary race or by winning the Sprint Fan Vote. The winner of the All-Star Race gets a $1 million prize.
â€śWe saw last year just how competitive this format can be, with Tony Stewart battling Matt Kenseth for the win on the final couple of laps,â€ť says Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition. â€śWith the addition of the four-tire pit stop, there is going to be even greater competition between the pit crews on who can get their driver serviced and out the quickest. I think fans are in for quite a show.â€ť
NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Format
Segment 1 50 laps with mandatory pit stop on Lap 25 in which cars must take on four tires.
Segment 2 20 laps with the caution flag displayed at the end for an optional pit stop.
Segment 3 20 laps with a 10-minute break at the end. Teams may make normal adjustments during the break. The finishing order after Segment 3 determines the fieldâ€™s lineup for Segment 4.
Segment 4 After one pace lap, all cars must pit for a four-tire stop. The order in which the cars exit pit road is how they will line up for the 10-lap shootout with only green-flag laps counting.
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