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Charlotte Motor Speedway is the site of the next race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.


Charlotte Motor Speedway is the site of the next

race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.


Though a part of the Cup Series, because this is an All-Star event, the result will not count toward the NASCAR playoff picture.


But this is a chance for drivers to really let loose and have fun on the track in advance of the postseason push.  If you’re looking to bet on NASCAR, current odds favor driver Martin Truex Jr. at 6 to 1. Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, and Kyle Larson come in with 7 to 1 odds of wining.  Legendary racers Kevin Harvick and Jimmie Johnson are up next with 8 to 1 odds.

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While there is a steep odds drop off after that group, you can never really count out names like Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kasey Kahne, and other whose veteran savvy has long proven more than capable of what it takes to outpace the field.


Segmented by three stages, beginning at lap 30, this 80 lap All-Star race is chance for both fans and drivers alike to enjoy the fun of the sport.


While there is still some time for drivers to qualify and for fans to cast votes, the current field is set at 17 racers.


Image result for NASCAR fansWhat makes this All-Star format unique is that the participants aren’t only current-season All-Star drivers. Featuring drivers from both this and last season, all past winners of the All-Star race and all winners of  previous Cup Series races are also eligible, which is perhaps the most interesting format of any all-star event. What a treat for NASCAR fans.

Eighty laps in total, the race is segmented by four stages throughout. The first stage concludes with the thirtieth lap, the second at lap fifty, the third at lap seventy, and the final stage is a shootout lasting ten laps.

Although the race doesn’t count toward the playoffs, there is no shortage of incentive for all involved. With a $1 million prize at stake, rest assured that drivers are sure to be at peak performance. With so many big names among the pack, fans are guaranteed top-flight racing entertainment, and one would be hard-pressed to think of a better way to gear up for the second half of a memorable season.  

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Starting at 8 p.m. Eastern on Saturday, May 19th, it will follow the Monster Energy Open held two hours prior. The Monster Energy Open will determine the finalized field of drivers.  Any driver who emerges victorious from one or more of the qualifying race stages in the Open will automatically be entered into the final field of racers, but will not be eligible for fan voting.  Whichever driver leads in the fan votes and finishes the Monster Energy Open will be awarded the last slot in the All-Star race.


Regardless of your vested interest in NASCAR All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is a chance to watch some of the most iconic names in sports to compete against veteran and young drivers alike in a truly special format unlike that of any other All-Star event in sports.


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