Last year featured the worst Sprint All-Star race in recent memory – Jimmie Johnson won the first segment and rode around in back until being bumped to first for the final restart – fans made it clear a change needed to be made.
NASCAR is doing just that.
On Tuesday NASCAR announced that they have changed the format of the race placing an emphasis on finishing well in each segment.
The race will feature four segments of 20 laps. After which the cars will be reordered based on average finish before a mandatory four-tire pit stop. How cars exit the pits will then determine the lineup for the fifth and final segment which is set for a 10-lap shootout. The winner earns $1 million.
“Having the average finish through the race’s first four segments determine how the cars come down pit road for the last mandatory four-tire pit stop takes the competition to an even higher level,” said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR Vice President of Competition. “The NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race is truly a showcase event for our sport and this format should bring out the best in our drivers and our teams.”
The sport’s annual classic is set for Saturday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m. ET (live on SPEED) at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The eligibility criteria for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race remain the same: