NASCAR, Texas Motor Speedway Announce Format For NASCAR All-Star Race
NASCAR and Texas Motor Speedway have announced the format, technical elements, eligibility, and pre-race festivities for the 2021 NASCAR All-Star Race. The event moves to TMS for the first time in its 36-race history.
The race format is as follows:
- The race will feature six rounds, totaling 100 laps.
- Starting lineup for Round One will be determined via random draw.
- Rounds One through Four will be 15 laps each; Round 5 will be 30 laps; the Final Round will feature a 10-lap shootout.
- At the beginning of Round Two, the field will be inverted via random draw (minimum of eight/maximum of 12) live on FS1.
- The Round Two random draw will also be seen live by fans attending the race on Big Hoss TV.
- Before the start of Round Three, the entire field will be inverted.
- At the beginning of Round Four, the field will be inverted via random draw (minimum of eight/maximum of 12).
- Starting positions for Round Five will consist of the cumulative finish from Rounds One through Four. The lowest cumulative finisher starts on the pole, second-lowest starts second, and so forth. All cars must enter pit road for a mandatory four-tire pit stop during Round Five.
- The starting positions in the Final Round are set by finishing positions of Round Five.
- Only green flag laps will count in the NASCAR All-Star race.
- The fastest team on pit road during the mandatory pit stop will earn $100,000.
- The race winner will be awarded $1,000,000.
From a technical side, all elements of the car remain the same except for the tapered spacer, which will be 57/64ths. The pre-race festivities will feature an Old Western theme during driver introductions.
“Texas has always felt like an All-Star market; it is a big-event market, and Texas Motor Speedway thrives under a bright spotlight,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer. “The entire Speedway Motorsports and TMS team has done an incredible job embracing and elevating this event, creating a fun, must-see show for fans at the track and watching from home on FS1.”
The NASCAR Open will run immediately prior to the NASCAR All-Star Race and will include three segments (20 laps/20 laps/10 laps). The winner of each segment will earn a spot in the All-Star Race as well as the winner of the Fan Vote, an online poll of favorite drivers on nascar.com.
Those eligible for the NASCAR All-Star include drivers who won a points event in either 2020 or 2021, drivers who won a NASCAR All-Star Race and compete full-time, and drivers who won a NASCAR Cup Series Championship and compete full-time.
Drivers who have already clinched an All-Star Race spot include Christopher Bell, Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, William Byron, Cole Custer, Austin Dillon, Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, Michael McDowell, Ryan Newman, and Martin Truex Jr.
Coverage of the NASCAR All-Star Race sponsored by Busch Beer, Coca-Cola, GEICO, and Xfinity will begin on June 13 at 5 p.m. ET on FS1. The NASCAR Open will air at 6 p.m., and the NASCAR All-Star Race starts at 8 p.m. on FS1, MRN, and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
For more information and for tickets that start at $35 for adults, visit texasmotorspeedway.com.