Changes to NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race place premium on staying up frontThe participants in this year’s running of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race have an incentive to fight for the lead throughout all five segments – from both a monetary and competitive standpoint.
By: Staff Report, NASCAR Wire Service, Superior Telegram
The participants in this year’s running of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race have an incentive to fight for the lead throughout all five segments – from both a monetary and competitive standpoint.
The overall framework of the race remains the same from past years: four 20-lap segments followed by a 10-lap dash to the checkered flag. However, the exhibition event at Charlotte Motor Speedway, which will air live on SPEED at 7:30 p.m., on Saturday, May 18, will place more emphasis on staying up front in all five segments.
After the completion of the fourth segment (lap 80), the drivers will be repositioned directly behind the caution car based on their average finish in the first four segments. Ties will be broken by where they finished the fourth segment. After all drivers are seeded correctly, pit road will open for mandatory four-tire pit stops. The order in which the cars exit pit road and return to the track will determine the starting order for the fifth segment.
To create further incentive for drivers to lead the entire race, instead of just the final segment, Charlotte Motor Speedway will award a $1 million bonus to a driver if he leads at the conclusion of all five segments. This is on top of the $1 million payout the victor will receive from Sprint.
As in the past, all laps run in the first four segments (whether it’s green-flag racing or under caution) will count. However, only green-flag laps will count during the final segment.
After each of the first three segments, teams will have the option to make a pit stop during the five caution laps separating the segments. The field for each following segment will be set by the cars’ position during the caution period, whether they decided to stay out on track or pit.
There are five different ways drivers can make the race: win a NASCAR Sprint Cup race in the current or preceding year, be a past event winner from the last 10 years, be a past NASCAR Sprint Cup champion from the last 10 years, win or finish second in the Sprint Showdown or be the top 2013 Sprint Fan Vote getter to finish on the lead lap of the Sprint Showdown with a car that is drivable.