The NASCAR Sprint All-Star race works differently to other types of races. This Saturday will see the race taking place at Charlotte Motor Speedway and so if you want to know what to expect, then read on.
On Friday 16th May there will be the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Showdown and this has two segments of 20 laps each. The top two finishers in each of the races will qualify for the All-Star race.
The rest of the drivers in the race have other criteria that they have to satisfy. The past winners in 2013 and 2014 will get entry. These are Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logana, Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Kasey Kahne, David Ragan and Jeff Gordon. The past NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions from the last ten years will automatically qualify. Any drivers that have won the All-Star race in the last ten years will automatically qualify. There is also a Sprint Fan Vote and the most popular driver, voted by fans, will go through as well. You can vote online if you register on the NASCAR website or using an app.
The starting line-up order will be decided on from the results of trials which are three laps and a four tyre pit stop.
The race itself has five segments. Following the first three segments there are optional pot stops as well as five caution laps. The first four segments have 20 laps each and then the final one has just ten laps. After the first four segments have taken place there will be a new starting order which will be based on the average finish for the previous segments. The winner of the fifth segment will get the $1 million prize and of course the honour of being the victor.