Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

A complete breakdown of how the complex NASCAR All-Star Race works

A complete breakdown of how the complex NASCAR All-Star Race works

The Monster Energy All-Star Race is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on Saturday (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). According to Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority's meeting material in March, last year's spring race attracted 96,400 out-of-town visitors resulting in a $139.2 million economic impact.

The annual non-points event will again be broken into four segments for a total of 70 laps, with three 20-lap stages leading to a final 10-lap dash to the checkered flag for 10 cars.

Practice begins Friday at 1 p.m. (FS1) and qualifying is Saturday at 4:35 p.m., also on FS1. (188.232 mph). Sixteen cars, all of which have already qualified for the All-Star Race, logged laps in practice. The victor of the three stages - one of which is the race victor - will advance to the main event. "I did everything I could possibly do to be the best driver to the fans, to be as nice as I possibly could". Turn the All-Star Race into a true "run what you brung" event.

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Are there any major rule differences?

The victor of each of the first three will be locked into the final 10 vehicle, 10 lap stage, providing they stay on the lead lap. Hamlin would return to the race track from adjustments in the garage area to his Toyota and on his first lap the auto would stagger and head directly toward the outside wall in turns 3 and 4. However, teams that choose these tires will be required to start behind those with normal Goodyear rubber. But there's no speed limit on pit road for this required stop, so rather than being limited to 50 miles per hour or so, drivers could be pushing triple digits. Remember, each team will get one set of "option" tires - with green lettering - to use at any point during the race.

To win the $1 million prize, teams devise various strategies to pass as many cars on pit road as possible, because doing so on the track is a hard proposition even when the trailing vehicle is considerably faster than the one just ahead. Patrick has reached the All-Star main event via fan vote three times (2013, 2015, 2016). But, Kevin Harvick will win himself a million dollars when the night is over. "The two or three days leading up to the All-Star Race are like going to a county fair or something like that, where there's entertainment and things to do and drivers appearances and just a whole lot of fun things that go into the event before running the race on Saturday night".

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