Explaining the format of the Sprint All-Star Race

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CONCORD, N.C. — Over three decades of running the Sprint All-Star Race, the rules of the exhibition race have been fairly fluid.

Here is the format for the 2015 event:

Qualifying: Saturday at 7:10 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1

  • Three timed laps, including one four-tire pit stop
  • There will be no pit speeding penalty enforced for the four-tire pit stop. Aggregate total time will set the starting lineup for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.
  • A 5-second penalty will be enforced for the following violations: Too many crew members in contact with the pit service area; crew members over the wall too soon; throwing equipment; removing equipment; uncontrolled tire; running over equipment.
  • Pitting outside the box will be a disqualification.

Race: Saturday at 9 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1

  • Five segments.
  • Segments 1 through 4 will be 25 laps each.
  • Segment 5 will be 10 laps.
  • Teams may enter pit road during the yellow flag between segments 1 through 4 but will not retain their running position.
  • All laps (green flag and yellow flag) will count during Segments 1 through 4.
  • Only green flag laps will count during segment 5.
  • The running order at the completion of the fourth segment will be repositioned based on the average finish for the first four segments. Ties in average finish will be broken by finishing position in the fourth segment.
  • All cars must then enter pit road for a mandatory four-tire pit stop.
  • The order of cars returning to the track will determine the starting order of the fifth segment.
  • Crews will be permitted to work on the cars if the race is stopped due to a red flag. However, all work must be performed on pit road or garage area only.

And here’s a snazzy infographic if you’d prefer your information to be dressed up:

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