Richmond International Raceway to host NASCAR Cup playoff race in 2018

Paola Ditto
Mag 20, 2017

MONSTER CUP ALL-STAR RACESite: Concord, North Carolina Schedule: Friday, practice, 1 p.m. (FS1), practice, 3 p.m. (FS1), practice, 6:05 p.m. (FS1), practice, 7:30 p.m. (FS1); Saturday, qualifying, 4:35 (FS1), race, 8 p.m., FS1.

Earnhardt has only won the All-Star Race once, and that was 17 years ago, and he's never won a points race in Charlotte.

This year's All-Star race will feature four stages: Three 20 lap stages and one final 10-lap 10-car round to crown a champ.

And now? Well, those unique characteristics have become standard, adapted as the rules for all 36 Monster Energy Cup Series points races.

He's not won a race yet in the first 11 points-paying events of 2017, and would like to have his final All-Star Race end in Victory Lane. The race will consist of two twenty lap segments, which the victor of both will move on to the main event. Two drivers from last year's class, Noah Gragson and Matt Tifft, have already earned full-time rides.Twelve of the drivers who began as NASCAR Next nominees have gone on to win a series race.

If drivers don't qualify through any of these means, the victor of a fan vote - which does not include the Open's stage winners - will be get the final spot. Turn the All-Star Race into a true "run what you brung" event.

Unlike traditional races, only 10 drivers will be allowed to compete in the final, 10-lap segment for the win. Only 10 cars will qualify for the 10-lap finale: Those who win the first three segments and those with the best average finish in the first three segments.

To determine the starting lineup for the race, each team will have three timed laps with a mandatory four-tire pit stop - so the pit crews have to be on their game as well. However, if a team chooses to use the softer tires going into the final stage, the cars have to start behind those with the regular tires.

Rolling Curveball.: In an effort to give teams more strategy with a million bucks on the line, NASCAR and Goodyear will be bringing the "Option" tire for the first time. And if Harvick happens to be the victor, one lucky fan will get that much too.

If the intent is to incite drivers to go all-out in a race where only winning matters, then put them on a track where emotions tend to overflow.

- Johnson has twice followed up an All-Star Race win with a championship, the only active driver to pull off that feat. "Really and truly, the race was just icing on the cake".

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