NASCAR needs this weekend’s All-Star Race at Texas Motor Speedway to be energetic from inexperienced flag to checkered flag. It is attempting to perform that by means of the principles for the race.
The annual occasion often consists of rule modifications which might be supposed to intensify competitors, however NASCAR took a number of the changes to a different stage this 12 months. It put in further levels and devised intricate strategies for setting the grid within the center portion of the race. Count on lots of people to say they’re confused as they fight to determine what’s going to come subsequent within the race.
Followers may additionally be puzzled by the race being at Texas as a substitute of the standard venue, Charlotte. Speedway Motorsports, which owns each tracks, made the swap to make sure that Texas had two Cup occasions this 12 months. It shifted Texas’ second race date to Circuit of the Americas in Austin.
There may be some consistency with the occasion, although. The All-Star Open will once more precede the All-Star Race and can once more produce three of the ultimate 4 starters within the discipline, which this 12 months will likely be 21 automobiles. The final spot within the discipline will once more come from a web based fan vote. This 12 months’s Open will roll off someday after 6 p.m. ET Sunday. The primary occasion will comply with someday after 8 p.m. ET. FS1 will present each races. The race will likely be proven on TSN3 in Canada. Radio protection will likely be supplied by MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
Beneath is a breakdown of the format and guidelines for the 2021 NASCAR All-Star Race at Texas, together with the brand new stage procedures.
NASCAR All-Star Race format
The eligibility necessities for the NASCAR All-Star Race didn’t change. Drivers gained computerized entry in 3 ways:
- Win a factors occasion in 2020 or 2021
- Be a previous NASCAR All-Star Race winner and compete full time within the Sequence
- Be a previous NASCAR Cup Sequence championship and compete full time
Seventeen drivers certified by means of these standards.
The drivers who failed to fulfill the factors will compete within the All-Star Open, which this 12 months will likely be a 50-lap race divided into three levels. The winner of every stage will advance to the All-Star Race, the place they’ll begin from the rear. The winners of Levels 1 and a couple of will exit the Open and start getting ready for the All-Star Race.
The final spot within the 21-car All-Star Race discipline will likely be decided by a fan vote. The winner of the vote will get into race, except that driver additionally received a stage within the Open. If the fan vote winner did win an Open stage, then the motive force with the second-most fan votes will get the spot, and so forth.
The NASCAR All-Star Race pays $1 million to the winner. No championship factors are awarded. Pit crews will compete for a $100,000 prize in Stage 5 as all automobiles are required to make a four-tire cease throughout the first 20 laps of the stage; quickest cease from entry to exit wins. Per Fox Sports activities’ Bob Pockrass, the tiebreaker will likely be the place automobiles end in Stage 5.
The automobiles will run a high-downforce aerodynamics bundle with a narrower spacer. Horsepower will likely be within the 500-510 vary. Per NASCAR.com, the setup is used on superspeedways.
NASCAR All-Star Race stage lengths
|The Open||20 laps | 20 laps | 10 laps|
|All-Star Race||15 laps | 15 laps | 15 laps | 15 laps | 30 laps | 10 laps|
Now comes the confusion. NASCAR is utilizing a number of strategies to reshuffle the sphere after Levels 1-4. None of them are straightfoward, so this is an try at a translation:
- After Stage 1: The highest eight to 12 finishers will likely be inverted. The precise quantity will likely be decided by a random draw.
- After Stage 2: The whole discipline will likely be inverted.
- After Stage 3: The highest eight to 12 finishers will likely be inverted. The precise quantity will likely be decided by a random draw.
- After Stage 4: The sector will likely be set by cumulative end from the primary 4 rounds. The motive force with one of the best cumulative end (stage win = one level, second place = two factors, and so forth; lowest cumulative rating wins) will begin Stage 5 from the pole. The tiebreakers are most profession All-Star wins, most profession Cup Sequence factors race wins and the 2021 Cup Sequence driver standings.
NASCAR will not mess with the sphere after Stage 5. Drivers will merely restart from the place they completed that stage.
If wanted, there will likely be extra time for all six levels. Limitless extra time makes an attempt will be made on the finish of Stage 6. Solely green-flag laps will depend throughout the race.
The select rule for restarts will likely be in impact. Drivers have the choice of restarting on the within or outdoors row. They will have to make the decision earlier than reaching the dedication arrow on the monitor. Final 12 months’s All-Star Race at Bristol had a select rule as properly.