NASCAR’s process for the All-Star Race in Charlotte has undergone a few changes, including qualifying for the event. The majority of the field has already been set, but there is the All-Star Open where three qualifying spots are up for grabs. Instead of this qualifying race taking place on Friday night, race fans will have to wait until 6 p.m. Eastern on Saturday to watch the 50 lap race. The All-Star Open has three stages with the winner of each stage securing a spot for the NASCAR All-Star Race that takes place Saturday at 8 p.m. Eastern. Fans can watch both races on FS1.
How does a driver qualify for the All-Star Race? The field is made up of winning drivers in 2017 and 2018. Full-time drivers who have either won a past All-Star Race, or have a Monster Energy Series championship are also eligible. This makes up the majority of the field in addition to the three stage winners in the All-Star Open. There is also a driver that will make the field based on fan voting, which will be revealed on Saturday.
While the majority of drivers have already qualified, there will be a qualifying session on Friday day night with the 17 drivers to determine the starting lineup for the All-Star Race. This begins at 6:45 p.m. Eastern on Friday night, and will be broadcast live on FS1. Here’s how NASCAR explains the process for determining the starting lineup.
The ever-popular qualifying method is back this year. Drivers take three laps during qualifying, and it includes a mandatory four-tire pit stop. There is no pit-road speeding during qualifying, so drivers will look to push the limits.
The starting lineup qualifying for the All-Star Open will be held at 6:05 p.m. Eastern prior to the All-Star Race qualifying on Friday. The All-Star Race also has a few new rule changes that NASCAR hopes will make the race even more competitive.
Restrictor plates will be in use at 1.5-mile Charlotte Motor Speedway, along with a 6-inch high spoiler (with two 12-inch ears), a 2014 style splitter and aero ducts…It’s designed to promote passing and tight competition. It’s very similar to the package the NASCAR Xfinity Series used at Indianapolis last year, a race which set a record number of leaders and lead changes.
Here’s a rundown of the All-Star Open field of drivers courtesy of NASCAR who will be competing to qualify for the All-Star Race.
NASCAR All-Star Open Race Drivers
|43||Darrell Wallace Jr.|
NASCAR All-Star Drivers Qualified
Here’s a list of the drivers who have qualified for the All-Star Race heading into the weekend, and will be competing for $1 million in Charlotte.
|12 Ryan Blaney||2017 Pocono|
|14 Clint Bowyer||2018 Martinsville|
|41 Kurt Busch||2017 Daytona 500|
|18 Kyle Busch||2017 Pocono|
|3 Austin Dillon||2017 Charlotte|
|11 Denny Hamlin||2017 New Hampshire|
|4 Kevin Harvick||2017 Sonoma|
|48 Jimmie Johnson||2017 Texas|
|95 Kasey Kahne||2017 Indianapolis|
|6 Matt Kenseth||2017 Phoenix|
|11 Brad Keselowski||2017 Atlanta|
|42 Kyle Larson||2017 Auto Club|
|22 Joey Logano||2018 Talladega|
|1 Jamie McMurray||Former All-Star Race Winner|
|31 Ryan Newman||2017 Phoenix|
|17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||2017 Talladega|
|78 Martin Truex Jr.||2017 Las Vegas|