Sprint All-Star Race format still being finalized; could feature significant changes

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With just over two weeks remaining until the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, a format for the May 21 exhibition race still hasn’t been finalized.

Until a few weeks ago, it seemed the 2015 format – four 25-lap segments ending with a 10-lap shootout – likely would remain in place this season. But multiple people with knowledge of the discussions have told NBC Sports that Charlotte and NASCAR officials have lobbied for significant changes to add drama to an event in which the winner has led all 10 laps of the last segment for the past three seasons.

The sources spoke on the condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss the talks publicly.

Among the changes being considered are:

–Varying the length and number of segments;

–Adding a mid-event inversion (which has been tried in past editions of the All-Star Race);

–Dynamic pit stop strategies, such as requiring the top 10 to pit for tires before a final segment while allowing the rest of the field to remain on track.

It’s uncertain when the format will be determined, but discussions have continued this week. All-Star Race changes were among the topics discussed by NASCAR officials with the Sprint Cup Drivers Council last Friday at Talladega Superspeedway in a meeting that went three hours.