July 5, 2022

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All About the 2022 All-Star 101: Formats, Qualifying, and History

The Cup Series drivers are preparing for the 2022 NASCAR All-Star Race at Texas Motor Speedway and the Coca Cola 600 predictions are now out for you to make the correct picks.  

The winner of this exhibition will receive one million dollars. The following information will help you prepare for the much-coveted All-Star Open that’s coming up soon.

Read ahead to learn more about the vent, its roots, and many more!

The Qualifications

Twenty drivers have qualified for the All-Star Race, while the remaining sixteen will compete in the All-Star Open.

Open cars receive 15 to 20 minutes of practice time to begin the weekend, followed by All-Stars, who receive the same amount of time. The Open qualifier is a standard one-car, one-lap contest. 

The starting order for the 50-lap race is determined by the cars running one lap in the reverse order of their current owner points.

There will be two qualifying rounds for the All-Star squad. Typically, the first qualifying round consists of a single car and one lap. The top eight drivers will then advance to the second round, where things get wild.

Eight drivers will compete in a single-elimination bracket. Two cars will be placed in adjacent pit stalls near the end of the pit road. Upon hearing an alarm, each pit crew will replace all four tires.

Then, when the jack is lowered, the drivers will exit their pit stalls and re-enter the track at their discretion. The car that crosses the finish line first advances to the next round. The last two cars compete for the pole position.

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The Format

Sixteen teams compete in the All-Star Open for four spots in the All-Star Race. The 50-lap race will be divided into three 20-lap, 20-lap, and 10-lap segments. In addition to the fan-selected winner, the winners of each stage will also advance to the All-Star Race. 

If the driver wins the stage with the most fan votes, the next most popular driver advances to the All-Star Race.

There are 125 laps in the main event, divided into four stages 25, 25, 25, and 50 laps. Here is a summary of how it operates:

Stage 1 (25 laps): The winner of Stage 1 will start first in the final stage if he finishes 15th or better in Stages 2 and 3.

Stage 2 (25 laps): Stage 2 will start second in the final stage if he finishes 15th or better in Stage 3.

Stage Break (Pit-Stop Race): Each team must change all four tires in the pits. The team that spends the least amount of time on pit road (entering and exiting the pits) wins the pit crew award, and the driver will start fourth in the final stage if he finishes 15th or better in Stage 3.

The winner of Stage 3 (25 laps) begins the final stage in third place.

Stage four consists of fifty laps. The winner of Stage 1 is positioned; first, the winner of Stage 2 is positioned second, the winner of Stage 3 is positioned third, and the winner of the pit stop competition is positioned fourth.

If a “natural” caution occurs between laps 15 and 25 of the final stage, the race will continue. If there is no “natural” caution during that time, NASCAR will call it an “All-Star” competition caution. The race and a million dollars are awarded to the winner of Stage 4.

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All-Star History

The inaugural All-Star Race was held at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 1985. The winner was Darrell Waltrip.

Texas Motor Speedway will host the All-Star Race for the second year. Only Charlotte (1985, 1987–2019), Atlanta Motor Speedway (1986), and Bristol Motor Speedway have hosted the event in addition to Charlotte (2020).

The All-Star Race did not take place on a 1.5-mile track until 2020.

– Michael Waltrip (last transfer in 1996), Ryan Newman (Open champion in 2002), Kasey Kahne (fan vote in 2008), and Kyle Larson have all won the All-Star Race after transferring in from the Open: (2019, won Open).

All-Star Storylines

Hendrick Motorsports won the previous two All-Star Races (Chase Elliott, Bristol 2020; Kyle Larson, Texas 2021). There has never been a team to win three consecutive All-Star Races.

Kyle Larson has won the previous two All-Star Races, but he won’t be there in 2020 due to a 32-race suspension. No driver has ever won three consecutive All-Star Races.

Brad Keselowski has finished second in the All-Star Race three times, including last year. He has yet to win an All-Star game.

– The 2022 All-Star Race will feature all four drivers from Hendrick Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing, Team Penske, and 23XI Racing (two).

Kevin Harvick is participating in the All-Star race for the 22nd time, while Kurt Busch participates for the 21st time. Mark Martin has made the most consecutive appearances in the All-Star Race, with 24.