The annual NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race is just a few months from now and it’s never to early to start talking about it. On Tuesday, NASCAR announced a new format for the race that they hope will bring an emphasis on finishing well in each of the races segments as well as the need to win races to get into the race.
It all begins on March 20th when NASCAR.com opens up voting for the Sprint Fan Vote. From that day until May 18th, fans can vote online at NASCAR.com or on the NASCAR Mobile ’13 application. Any votes cast via the NASCAR Mobile app will count as double! The top Sprint Fan Vote driver on the lead lap will transfer to the Sprint All-Star race form the Sprint Showdown.
On Friday, May 17th, drivers will qualify for the Sprint All-Star. Qualifying will consist of three laps that include a four-tire pit stop. The total time of the three laps and the pit stop will determine where the all-star’s of NASCAR will start.
The big night all begins on Saturday, May 18th with the Sprint Showdown. There will be two segments in this forty-lap showdown for teams that have qualified. The first segment will consist of twenty-laps as will the second segment. The top-two finishers of the Sprint Showdown will transfer into the Sprint All-Star race.
The Sprint All-Star race consist of five different segments that will total ninety laps.
Segment one will be twenty-laps. Teams will have the option to make a pit stop during the break and the field will be reset according to the running order after the pit stops are made.
Segment two and three will also be twenty-laps each with a five lap caution period where teams have the option to make a pit stop just as they do in segment one.
The fourth segment will be twenty laps. At the conclusion of this segment, the running order for the fifth segment will be determined by the average finishing position of the drivers in each of the first four segments prior to the mandatory pit stop. The order of the field after the pit stop will then determine the final starting order of the field for the fifth and final segment that will consist of ten laps.