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Check out all the special rules for All-Star Race

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CONCORD, N.C. — NASCAR’s All-Star Race always has its special rules and tonight will be no different.

To help you better understand the Monster Energy Open and All-Star Race, here is a handy guide for all the special rules tonight.

MONSTER ENERGY OPEN RULE

— Race will be run in three stages.

— First stage is 20 laps. Second stage is 20 laps. Final stage is 10 laps.

— The winner of each stage advances to the All-Star Race.

— After each stage, the winner will go through a lug nut check. If the car has three or more unsecured lug nuts, the car will be disqualified and the No. 2 finisher will be awarded the stage win and advance to the All-Star Race (provided it passes the lug nut check)

— The winner of each stage is done for the Open.

— All laps count (green and yellow) in the first two 20-laps stages.

— Only green-flag laps count in the final 10-lap stage.

— There will be a maximum of three attempts at a green-white-checkered finish. The overtime line, although painted on the track, is not in play for this event.

— Teams can work on their car during a red flag.

— The five-minute crash clock will not be used in this event.

— Damaged vehicle policy (limited repairs) will be in effect.

— The fan vote winner will be announced after the Open.

MONSTER ENERGY ALL-STAR RACE

— The race will consist of four stages.

— First stage is 20 laps. Second stage is 20 laps. Third stage is 20 laps. Final stage is 10 laps.

— All laps count (green and yellow) in the first three stages.

— Only green-flag laps count in the final stage.

— The field will be trimmed to 10 cars for the final 10-lap stage. The winner of the final stage receives $1 million.

— The winner of each of the first three stages will lock up a spot in the final stage provided they remain on the lead lap after the third stage.

— The cars with the best average finish in the first three stages will make up the remaining spots in the 10-car final stage.

— Those 10 cars will be lined up by average finish of the first three stages and given the option to pit. Exit off pit road determines the starting order of the final stage.

— Each team will have one set of option tires to use at their discretion. Teams that start the final stage on the option tire must start behind those that start the final stage on regular tires.

— There will be a maximum of three attempts at a green-white-checkered finish. The overtime line, although painted on the track, is not in play for this event.

— Teams can work on their car during a red flag.

— The five-minute crash clock will not be used in this event.

— Damaged vehicle policy (limited repairs) will be in effect.

— Only green-flag laps count in the final 10-lap stage.

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Staff picks for today’s Cup race at New Hampshire

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Here’s a look at who the NBC Sports staff is picking to win today’s Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Nate Ryan

Kyle Busch. He puts last week’s disappointment behind him with another fast car and (this time) a clean day in the pits.

Dustin Long

Denny Hamlin. He sweeps New Hampshire and Toyota continues its dominance at this track.

Daniel McFadin

Kyle Larson. After charging through the field from the rear in July and finishing second, the No. 42 team finishes the job today.

Jerry Bonkowski

Kevin Harvick. He hasn’t been heard from much recently, but this is the kind of track Harvick is at his best. He wins and moves on to the Round of 12.

Today’s Cup Series race at New Hampshire: Start time, weather, TV/radio info

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LOUDON, New Hampshire – The middle race of the first round of the playoffs offers teams that had a bad start a chance to recover or fall further behind.

The pressure builds with the 16-team field cut to 12 after next weekend’s race at Dover.

Here are the details for today’s race:

(All times are Eastern):

START: Marc Del Vecchio, chief technology officer, ISM Connect, will give the command to start engines at 2:07 p.m. Green flag is set for 2:15 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 300 laps (317.4 miles) around the 1.058-mile speedway.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 75. Stage 2 ends on Lap 150.

PRERACE SCHEDULE: The Cup garage opens at 8:30 a.m. The driver/crew chief meeting is at noon. Driver introductions are at 1:30 p.m.

NATIONAL ANTHEM: Marine Corps Veteran, “The Singing Trooper,” Daniel M. Clark will perform the Anthem at 2:01 p.m., followed by a flyover from two F-15C Eagles from the 104th Fighter Wing, Barnes Air National Guard Base.

TV/RADIO: NBCSN will broadcast the race at 2 p.m. Coverage begins at 1 p.m. on NBCSN with NASCAR America, followed by Countdown to Green at 1:30 p.m. The Performance Racing Network radio broadcast begins at 1 p.m. on goprn.com and affiliates. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the PRN broadcast.

FORECAST: The wunderground.com site predicts a temperature of 81 degrees and a zero percent chance of rain at race time.

LAST TIME: Denny Hamlin led 54 of 301 laps to win the July race. Kyle Larson placed second. Martin Truex Jr. was third. Kevin Harvick led the final six laps to win this race last year. Matt Kenseth was second. Kyle Busch placed third.

 STARTING LINEUP: Click here for starting lineup

 

Justin Allgaier, Cole Custer tied at top of Xfinity playoff standings

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Justin Allgaier and Cole Custer are tied for the top spot in the Xfinity playoff standings after the playoff opener at Kentucky Speedway.

Each driver has 2,057 points.

Allgaier finished third after bouncing back from losing a tire on Lap 19 and going two laps down. He was two laps down for 27 laps and one lap down for 30 before getting back on the lead lap.

Custer, who finished fifth, won the first two stages of the race, earning two playoff points in the process.

The top five in points are Allgaier, Custer, Elliott Sadler (-2), Daniel Hemric (-5) and William Byron (-6).

Click here for the points standings.

Results from Xfinity race at Kentucky Speedway

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Tyler Reddick scored his first career NASCAR Xfinity Series win, leading a 1-2 finish for Chip Ganassi Racing on Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway.

Reddick beat teammate Brennan Poole by 14.5 seconds in the playoff opener.

Reddick is the seventh different winner in the last seven series races. He led twice for 66 laps. Reddick had not led any laps until Saturday night.

Playoff contender Justin Allgaier rallied from two laps down after a right front tire went down early in the 200-lap race to finish third. Ryan Preece placed fourth. Rookie Cole Custer, who won both stages, finished fifth.

Click here for race results