Format Tweaked For 2015 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race

Format Tweaked For 2015 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race

by April 8, 2015 0 comments

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By: Hunter Thomas
Twitter: @HunterThomas08

CONCORD, NC – The purse is still $1 million, but the highly anticipated NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway will have a new format for the 2015 edition.

This year’s event will consist of five segments, 110 laps overall. The first four segments will be 25 laps each, caution laps included. Pit stops will be optional for the first three segments. At the end of the fourth segment, the average finish of each driver from all four segments will determine the lineup in which the drivers will enter pit road for a mandatory four-tire pit stop. The starting lineup for the fifth and final 10-lap segment will be determined by the running order off pit road. Only green flag laps will count in the fifth segment.

“These updates were made to ensure that our fans have every opportunity to see the best drivers in one of our crown jewel events and give them even more on-track action,” Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer said. “Expanding this field and adding laps delivers that to our fans, raising the competition level and ensuring that this race continues to be the biggest all-star event in all of sports.”

The NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race will consist of the 2014 and 2015 race winners, past champions, past winners of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, winner of each 20-lap Sprint Showdown segments and the Sprint Fan Vote winner.

Current eligible drivers:
• AJ Allmendinger
• Aric Almirola
• Kurt Busch
• Kyle Busch
• Dale Earnhardt Jr.
• Carl Edwards
• Jeff Gordon
• Denny Hamlin
• Kevin Harvick
• Jimmie Johnson
• Kasey Kahne
• Matt Kenseth (2004 winner)
• Brad Keselowski
• Joey Logano
• Jamie McMurray (2014 winner)
• Ryan Newman (2002 winner)
• Tony Stewart (2009 winner)

Coverage for Sprint Showdown will air live on FOX Sports 1, the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio starting at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, May 15. The 31st running of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race will air live on Saturday, May 16 on the same networks, with qualifying at 7 p.m. and the race at 9 p.m. ET.

Hunter Thomas
Hunter Thomas is a journalist who grew up in Darlington, S.C. His first motorsports-based endeavor was working as the Public Relations Director at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, S.C., and his journalism start came while he was freelancing at his hometown newspaper, the News & Press while in college.

Hunter has been working within the NASCAR industry since 2010, and throughout the years, he has done everything from PR/Marketing for drivers and teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, to working at Rockingham Speedway. As a journalist, Hunter has covered everything from regional short tracks to NASCAR, ARCA Racing Series, World of Outlaws, Red Bull Global Rallycross, NHRA and much more.

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