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Entry lists for All-Star Race weekend in Charlotte

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All-Star Race week is here.

NASCAR returns home to compete at Charlotte Motor Speedway and hold Saturday’s 35th annual Monster Energy All-Star Race and the Monster Energy Open.

Those races are preceded on Friday with a Gander Outdoors Truck Series race.

More: Rules and format for All-Star Race

Here are the entry lists for each race and the rules for the All-Star Race and Open.

Monster Energy All-Star Race (8 p.m. ET Saturday on Fox Sports 1)

There will be 19 drivers in the All-Star Race, which will be divided into four segments of 30 laps, 20 laps, 20 laps and 15 laps.

Driver eligibility: Winners from last season and this season, previous all-star winners who are competing full-time in the series, Cup champions who are running full-time in the series, the three stage winners from the Monster Energy Open and the winner of the fan vote.

Fifteen drivers are already locked into the main event: Aric Almirola, Ryan Blaney, Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Austin Dillon, Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Erik Jones, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Ryan Newman and Martin Truex Jr. Three more will be added from the Monster Energy Open, plus a fourth will join the All-Star Race field from the fan vote.

Kevin Harvick is the defending winner of the All-Star Race.

Click here for the entry list.

Monster Energy Open (6 p.m. ET Saturday on Fox Sports 1)

There are 24 cars entered into Saturday’s preliminary race.

The 50-lap race is split up into three stages of 20 laps, 20 laps and 10 laps.

AJ Allmendinger won the final stage of the Open last year.

Click here for the entry list.

Truck Series – North Carolina Education Lottery 200 (8:30 p.m. ET Friday on Fox Sports 1)

There are 36 trucks entered into the race.

Kyle Busch will compete in his last Truck Series race of the season.

Johnny Sauter won this race last year over Busch and Brandon Jones.

Click here for the updated entry list.

NASCAR America presents the Motorsports Hour at 5 p.m. ET

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This week’s episode of the NASCAR America presents the Motorsports Hours airs from 5-6 p.m. ET NBCSN and features Krista Voda, Parker Kligerman and AJ Allmendinger.

The trio will discuss NASCAR, IndyCar and other motorsports disciplines.

If you can’t catch today’s show on TV, watch it online at http:/nascarstream.nbcsports.com. If you plan to stream the show on your laptop or portable device, be sure to have your username and password from your cable/satellite/telco provider handy so your subscription can be verified.

Once you enter that information, you’ll have access to the stream.

Click here at 5 p.m. ET to watch live via the stream.

NASCAR America presents MotorMouths at 5 p.m. ET with Matt DiBenedetto

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Today’s episode of NASCAR America MotorMouths is hosted by Marty Snider and includes AJ Allmendinger and Cup Series driver Matt DiBenedetto.

All three will discuss this week’s news and answer fan phone calls.

If you can’t catch today’s show on TV, watch it online at http:/nascarstream.nbcsports.com. If you plan to stream the show on your laptop or portable device, be sure to have your username and password from your cable/satellite/telco provider handy so your subscription can be verified.

Once you enter that information, you’ll have access to the stream.

Click here at 5 p.m. ET to watch live via the stream.

And don’t forget to watch NASCAR America Debrief on the Motorsports on NBC Youtube page immediately after the MotorMouths

NASCAR America: What are the top five upset wins at Talladega?

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Of his 76 career NASCAR Cup wins, Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt earned a record 10 victories at Talladega Superspeedway.

Brad Keselowski has the most wins – five – of active drivers at the 2.66-mile facility, NASCAR’s largest racetrack.

On Thursday’s NASCAR America The MotorSports Hour, Krista Voda and analysts Parker Kligerman and AJ Allmendinger recapped the top five upset wins at ‘Dega:

No. 5: 1981 Talladega 500 – Ron Bouchard beats NASCAR Hall of Famers Darrell Waltrip and Terry Labonte in a wild three-wide finish. Bouchard’s winning margin was 2 feet. He would also go on to win the 1981 NASCAR Winston Cup Rookie of the Year honors.

That was Ron Bouchard’s lone win in the Cup Series,” Voda said.

No. 4: 1988 Winston 500 – Phil Parsons earns the only win of his NASCAR Cup career, defeating runner-up and Hall of Famer Bobby Allison by .21 of a second.

Phil Parsons, stealing a win, in the black Skoal Bandit car, the classic Skoal,” Kligerman said. “The hair’s even better on Phil, it’s a blonde mullet.”

No. 3: 2006 UAW-Ford 500: Brian Vickers took out Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the backstretch on the final lap and wins under caution.

Brian Vickers tries to make a move on his teammate, Jimmie Johnson, and takes out Dale Earnhardt Jr.,” Kligerman said. “How did he make it out of Talladega alive?

No. 2: 2009 Aaron’s 499: Brad Keselowski earns his first career Cup win in one of the most dramatic finishes ever seen at Talladega. Carl Edwards tried to block Keselowski and force him below the yellow line at the bottom of the track. Keselowski wasn’t having any of it, held his ground, made contact with Edwards’ car – sending Edwards into the catch fence – and then held on to defeat Dale Earnhardt Jr. by .175 of a second.

You’re not supposed to go below the yellow line, Brad Keselowski said ‘I’m not going below the yellow line,’” Allmendinger said. “Carl Edwards went up in the grandstands and bounced back. I remember driving by there and said ‘wow, that was big.’”

Added Kligerman, “The reason (Keselowski) didn’t go below the yellow line is a year prior, Regan Smith got the win taken away for going below the yellow line. So (Keselowski) listened to that.”

No. 1: 2013 Aaron’s 499: This race went four laps into overtime before Front Row Motorsports teammates David Ragan and David Gilliland finished 1-2 for the organization’s first-ever Cup win. 

It was a long day,” Kligerman said, “It was basically nighttime (in victory lane) with rain delays and tornado warnings. It was a crazy day but that’s an exhilarating win for that team.”

Ragan comes into Sunday’s race “as a long shot, according to Vegas, 100-to-1 odds. Somebody’s got to take that bet,” Voda said. “David Ragan is a name you always have to pay attention to at Talladega.”

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NASCAR America presents The Motorsports Hour at 5 pm ET

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Today’s episode of NASCAR America presents The MotorSports Hour airs from 5-6 p.m. ET on NBCSN, with Parker Kligerman, AJ Allmendinger and Krista Voda.

We’ll cover multiple forms of motorsports, including NASCAR, IndyCar, Supercross and more.

If you can’t catch today’s show on TV, watch it online at http:/nascarstream.nbcsports.com. If you plan to stream the show on your laptop or portable device, be sure to have your username and password from your cable/satellite/telco provider handy so your subscription can be verified.

Once you enter that information, you’ll have access to the stream.

Click here at 5 p.m. ET to watch live via the stream.