NASCAR revamps $1 million All-Star Race with major format change


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NASCAR All-Star racing returns to Texas Motor Speedway for the second straight year in May, but it will be very different from last year’s event.

The NASCAR All-Star Race returns to Texas Motor Speedway for 2022 with a new format.
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Instead of six rounds, the 125-lap main event will be split into four. The first three will be 25 spins each and the fourth will be 50 spins with a winning prize of $1 million on the line.

The winner of round one will start the final round on pole position as long as they finish 15th or better in rounds two and three. The winner of round two will start second in the final if they finish 15th or better in round three, and the winner of round three will start third.

The winner of the pit stop competition will start the last stage in fourth position.

The winner of the pit stop competition will start the last stage in fourth position.
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The fourth starting position in the final will be determined by a pit stop competition which will take place between stages two and three, with the winner having to finish 15th or better on lap three to retain their place. There is also a new qualifying format in place which includes head-to-head knockout rounds.

The first lap consists of single-car, one-lap races in reverse order of the season standings prior to the race. The fastest eight drivers then move on to a head-to-head elimination bracket that begins in the pit lane, where teams must complete a four-tire change before the cars take off without a speed limit and perform a lap.

Kyle Larson won the 2021 All-Star Race en route to winning the NASCAR Cup Series season championship.

Kyle Larson won the 2021 All-Star Race en route to winning the NASCAR Cup Series season championship.
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All-Star winners and season champions competing full-time this season get automatic entry to the All-Star Race, just like winners of the 2021 and 2022 Cup Series races, but other drivers can earn entry. place via the NASCAR Open earlier today.

The 50-lap race is split into three rounds of 20, 20 and 10 laps, with the winner of each advancing to the All-Star Race with the winner in a fan vote.

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Drivers who have clinched a spot in the All-Star Race so far include: AJ Allmendinger, Aric Almirola, Christopher Bell, Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman, Chase Briscoe, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, William Byron, Ross Chastain, Austin Cindric, Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, Michael McDowell, Martin Truex Jr. and Bubba Wallace.

The All-Star Race broadcast is scheduled for May 22 at 8 p.m. ET on FS1.


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