Tonight’s NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race: Start time, lineup, TV info and more

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The stars will shine in tonight’s Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Here are the particulars:

(All times are Eastern):

START: Tony Stewart, competing in his final Sprint All-Star Race, will give the command for drivers to start their engines at 9:17 p.m. The green flag is scheduled for 9:26 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 113 laps (169.5 miles) around the 1.5-mile track over three segments. The first two segments are 50 laps each. The final segment will be 13 laps.

PRERACE SCHEDULE: The Sprint Cup garage opened at 8:30 a.m. The driver/crew chief meeting is at 5 p.m. Driver and crew introductions are at 8:49 p.m.

NATIONAL ANTHEM: Caleb Johnson will perform the anthem at 9:11 p.m.

TV/RADIO:  Fox Sports 1 will broadcast the race with its coverage beginning at 7 p.m. with All-Star Race qualifying. Motor Racing Network will broadcast the race on radio and at MRN.com beginning at 7 p.m. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry MRN’s broadcast.

FORECAST: The wunderground.com site predicts 66 degrees and a 42 percent chance of rain at the start of the Sprint All-Star Race.

LAST YEAR: Denny Hamlin led the final 10 laps to score his first victory in the event. Kevin Harvick finished second with Kurt Busch third.

SPECIAL RULES: 

*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.

STARTING LINEUP: 

Z Star STarting Lineup