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NASCAR revises format for May all-star race

4:43 PM, Mar 27, 2012   |    comments
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Concord, NC (Sports Network) - NASCAR on Tuesday revealed a host of format changes for the May 19 Sprint All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The 28th edition of NASCAR's annual all-star event will be split into five segments for a total of 90 laps. The first four segments will consist of 20 laps each, with the final one a 10-lap shootout to the finish.

Drivers who win the first four segments will move to the front of the field for a mandatory pit stop, which will occur prior to the start of the final 10- lap dash. Wherever the drivers are positioned as they exit off of pit road during that round of stops will determine where they line up for the last segment.

"This new addition to the format is going to provide even greater incentive for the drivers to go all out to win one of the four segments," NASCAR vice president of competition Robin Pemberton said. "It also puts even more focus on the pit crews and how they perform during that final pit stop. The team aspect of the sport will be highlighted more than ever, and it helps set the stage for an exciting race and an exciting evening for the fans."

The eligibility requirements for this year's all-star event remain the same. Race winners from either the 2011 season or the 2012 season, up to May 12 (Darlington), as well as any past winners of the all-star event or Sprint Cup Series champions within the past 10 years are eligible for the race.

In addition, the two-top finishers in the 40-lap all-star preliminary race, which remains 40 laps in length, and the winner of the "fan vote" will advance into the starting line up.

Nineteen drivers are currently eligible for this year's all-star race. The winner of the event will collect more than $1 million.

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