10-lap shootout will close out Sprint All-Star Race
By: Special to the Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service, Superior Telegram
CONCORD, N.C.—The 25th running of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race will feature a 10-lap shootout as its final segment, Lowe’s Motor Speedway officials announced Wednesday.
The event, which is set for May 16, will consist of four segments. It will conclude with the 10-lap sprint and offer a $1 million payout to the race winner.
The opening segment will be 50 laps, with a mandatory green-flag pit stop on Lap 25. At that point, teams must pit for four tires. The second segment is 20 laps, with the caution flag displayed at the end of the segment for an optional pit stop. The third segment is 20 laps with a 10-minute break at the end. Teams may make normal adjustments to their cars during this break. The finishing order after the third segment determines the final starting positions for the 10-lap shootout.
Details on a fan vote for the event will be announced next month at Texas Motor Speedway.
Eligibility standards for the race remain the same: Race winners from the 2008 and 2009 seasons through May 9 or any past champions of the all-star event or Sprint Cup Series (over the previous 10 years) are eligible for the race.
In addition, the top-two finishers in the Sprint Showdown, a 40-lap preliminary race, and the winner of the Sprint Fan Vote, all advance into the all-star race lineup. Last year’s all-star winner, Kasey Kahne, was voted into the field by the fans.