New format for NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race revealed


A new format for NASCAR’s Sprint All-Star Race was announced Friday.  While the format is new for 2016, In the past few years, the race consisted of four 25-lap segments ending with a 10-lap shootout.  But for this year’s event, there will be two 50-lap segments with mandatory green-flag pit stop, with a final 13-lap dash, with a twist.

Prior to the start of the final segment, a random draw will decide whether the top nine, 10 or 11 cars will enter pit road for a mandatory four-tire pit stop. The rest of the field will stay out on older tires and lead the field to green for the final segment. Cars with four new tires will line up behind those with older tires.

The race winner will pocket $1 million. NASCAR officials and Charlotte Motor Speedway officials have reportedly lobbied for a format change after the winner of the last three all-Star Races has led all ten laps of the final segment.

“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.


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