Sprint Showdown and Sprint All-Star Race rules

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With non-points races come unique rules and there are many for the Sprint Showdown and the Sprint All-Star Race.

Here’s a look at those rules:

SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE

* The 113-lap race will be divided into three segments.

*SEGMENT 1 (50 laps)

  • All laps (green and yellow) count.
  • Teams must make a mandatory green-flag pit stop with a minimum two-tire change.
  • After the first segment ends, teams must pit and make at least a two-tire change.
  • The starting lineup for the second segment will be based on how cars exit pit road after the mandatory pit stop.
  • After the lineup is set, the field will be brought down pit road again so NASCAR officials can check the lug nuts on each car. NASCAR states that “lug nuts must be up against the wheel. Missing or loose lug nuts must be corrected and the car will start at the tail of the field.”

*SEGMENT 2 (50 laps)

  • All laps (green and yellow) count.
  • Teams must make a mandatory green-flag pit stop with a minimum two-tire change before Lap 85 (Lap 35 of the segment).
  • After the second segment, there will be a random draw to decide if the top nine, 10 or 11 cars must enter pit road for a mandatory four-tire pit stop. Pit road is closed for all other cars.
  • The starting lineup for the third segment will be based on how cars exit pit road after the mandatory pit stop, lining up behind the cars that did not pit.
  • After the lineup is set, the field will be brought down pit road again so NASCAR officials can check the lug nuts on each car. NASCAR states that “lug nuts must be up against the wheel. Missing or loose lug nuts must be corrected and the car will start at the tail of the field.”

*SEGMENT 3 (13 laps)

  • Only green-flag laps count.
  • Overtime rule is in effect.
  • Winner gets $1 million.

*GENERAL ALL-STAR RACE RULES 

  • Teams are allowed to work on their car if there is a red flag.
  • NASCAR stated in the drivers meeting that teams are not allowed to take tires in the last 15 laps of the second segment or in the final segment unless approval from officials.
  • Penalty for taking a tire after Lap 85 is a 1-lap penalty and can’t take tires again.
  • NASCAR stated that its 100 percent rule is in effect. Rule 7.5.a states: “NASCAR requires its Competitor(s) to race at 100% of their ability with the goal of achieving their best possible finishing position in the Event.”

 

SPRINT SHOWDOWN

* The 50-lap race will be divided into three segments.

*SEGMENT 1 (20 laps)

  • Winner advances to the Sprint All-Star Race and does not continue in the Sprint Showdown
  • All laps (green and yellow) count
  • Pit road will be closed with three laps to go
  • After the first segment ends, teams must pit and make at least a two-tire change.
  • The starting lineup for the second segment will be based on how cars exit pit road after the mandatory pit stop
  • After the lineup is set, the field will be brought down pit road again so NASCAR officials can check the lug nuts on each car. NASCAR states that “lug nuts must be up against the wheel. Missing or loose lug nuts must be corrected and the car will start at the tail of the field.”

*SEGMENT 2 (20 laps)

  • Winner advances to the Sprint All-Star Race and does not continue in the Sprint Showdown.
  • All laps (green and yellow) count.
  • Pit road will be closed with three laps to go.
  • After the second segment ends, teams must pit and make at least a two-tire change.
  • The starting lineup for the third segment will be based on how cars exit pit road after the mandatory pit stop.
  • After the lineup is set, the field will be brought down pit road again so NASCAR officials can check the lug nuts on each car. NASCAR states that “lug nuts must be up against the wheel. Missing or loose lug nuts must be corrected and the car will start at the tail of the field.”

*SEGMENT 3 (10 laps)

  • Winner advances to the Sprint All-Star Race.
  • Only green-flag laps count in this segment.
  • Overtime rule is in effect.
  • Fan vote winners to the Sprint All-Star Race will be announced after the event.