One driver will be voted into the NASCAR All-Star Race on Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway. Who is leading the vote as the race approaches?
After 16 points-paying races, the NASCAR Cup Series is set for a break this weekend — sort of. This upcoming weekend is All-Star weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, where there will be $1,000,000 on the line in the annual All-Star Race.
A total of 17 drivers are already locked into this 100-lap race around the four-turn, 1.5-mile (2.414-kilometer) oval in Fort Worth, Texas based on this year’s qualification criteria.
Those drivers 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.
But four other drivers will also qualify for the race.
Three will do so by winning of the three stages of the 50-lap All-Star Open, and the other driver will be the one who receives the most votes in the All-Star Fan Vote, excluding the 17 who have already qualified and the other three who get in via the Open.
So if the winner of the vote ends up being one of the drivers who wins one of the stages of the Open, the final spot in the All-Star Race will go to the driver who has the next highest vote total and is not already qualified for it. The 17 drivers who have already qualified for the main event are not include in the voting process.
Who is leading this vote as race weekend approaches? While NASCAR has not released vote totals or the exact rankings, they have revealed the 10 drivers who have received the most votes so far.
Here are the top 10 drivers in the voting, sorted by alphabetical order.
- Aric Almirola, #10 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
- Chase Briscoe, #14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
- Ross Chastain, #42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
- Matt DiBenedetto, #21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford
- Timmy Hill, #66 MBM Motorsports Toyota
- Erik Jones, #43 Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet
- Corey LaJoie, #7 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet
- Tyler Reddick, #8 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
- Daniel Suarez, #99 Trackhouse Racing Team Chevrolet
- Bubba Wallace, #23 23XI Racing Toyota
NOTE: If the winner of the Fan Vote crashes out of the All-Star Open, the final spot in the All-Star Race will go to the driver who has the next highest vote total and is not already qualified for it.
The All-Star Open is set to be broadcast live from Texas Motor Speedway on Fox Sports 1 on Sunday, June 13 beginning at 6:00 p.m. ET, and the All-Star Race is set to be broadcast live on the same network beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET.