NASCAR All-Star Race at Texas Preview: Watch, Stream, TV Channel, Race Format, Drivers, Choices

NASCAR All-Star Race at Texas Preview: Watch, Stream, TV Channel, Race Format, Drivers, Choices

Once upon a time, many years ago, the Republic of Texas drew men from far and wide with the promise that they could make it rich by drilling into the ground and unearthing the liquid gold of oil that lay in abundance beneath the fertile plains. Today, at Texas Motor Speedway at least, the path to wealth in the land of oil tycoons is much simpler: win the race and get a million dollars.

NASCAR’s annual All-Star Weekend is upon us again and Texas Motor Speedway will host the NASCAR All-Star Race for the second year in a row. Held at Charlotte Motor Speedway for much of its existence, this special event has been on the road for the past three years, forcing the top drivers in NASCAR to adapt as they try to beat each other and win the prize. of a million dollars to claim that goes to the race winner.

How to watch the NASCAR All-Star Race

  • Date: sunday 22 may
  • Place: Texas Motor Speedway — Fort Worth, Texas
  • Time: 5:30 PM ET (All-Star Open), 8:00 PM ET (All-Star Race)
  • TV: FS1
  • Flow: fubo TV (try for free

The All-Star Race Explained

  • Unlike other sports where All-Star teams are hand-picked, making the NASCAR All-Star Race is a fairly short and dry process. To be an All-Star, a driver must have either won a points-paying Cup Series race during the 2021 or 2022 seasons, been an All-Star Race winner who competes full-time, or be a previous Cup Series champion who participates full-time. With a host of different winners over the past two seasons, a total of 20 drivers have qualified for the All-Star Race this year.

Race winners of 2022

#1 – Ross Chastain
#2 – Austin Cindric
#5 – Kyle Larson
#9 – Chase Elliot
#11 – Denny Hamlin
#14 – Chase Briscoe
#18 – Kyle Busch
#22 – Joey Logano
#24 – William Byron
#45 – Kurt Busch
#48 – Alex Bowman

Race winners 2021

#6 – Brad Keselowski
#10 – Aric Almirola
#12 – Ryan Blaney
#16 – AJ Allmendinger
#19 – Martin Truex Jr.
#20 – Christopher Bell
#23 – Bubba Wallace
#34 – Michael McDowell

Past All-Star Race winner

#4 – Kevin Harvick

For those who have not yet qualified for the All-Star Race, there are still four spots available in the field. Three drivers will make their way through the All-Star Open, which will send the winners of the three stages to the main event. The last remaining spot in the field goes to the winner of a fan vote.

The following drivers are competing in the All-Star Open:

#3 – Austin Dillon
#7 – Corey LaJoie
#8 – Tyler Reddick
#15 – JJ Yeley
#17 – Chris Buescher
#21 – Harrison Burton
#31 – Justin Haley
#38 – Todd Gilliland
#41 – Cole Custer
#42 – Ty Dillon
#43 – Erik Jones
#47 – Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
#51 – Cody Ware
#77 – Landon Cassill
#78 – BJ McLeod
#99 – Daniel Suarez

  • The race format for the All-Star Race has long been a moving target, and this year the format has changed again. This year, the format of both the All-Star Race and the qualifying session will place a heavy emphasis on both a driver’s ability to advance as quickly as possible and the pit crew’s ability to get them off the pit lane as quickly as possible . possible.

    The first three stages of the All-Star Race will last 25 laps each, with major incentives for drivers to win each. The winner of stage 1 will start on the pole for the last stage, provided he finishes 15th or better in stages 2 and 3, and the winner of stage 2 will start second in the last stage, provided he finishes 15th or better in stages. stage 3. The winner of stage 3 will start third in the last stage.

    Between Stages 2 and 3, there is a pit stop race where each team has to perform a four-cushion stop. The team with the shortest time on the pit road (including pit entrance and pit exit) will win the Pit Crew Award, while their driver will start the final leg in fourth place.

    The fourth and final leg of the All-Star Race lasts 50 laps. If a “natural” warning (ie a crash, debris, etc.) warning occurs between lap 15 and 25, standard race procedures will be in effect for the remainder of the race. However, if there is no warning during that period, NASCAR will issue an “All-Star” competition warning. The winner of the All-Star Race will receive $1 million.

    This year’s grid for the All-Star Race will be determined through a brand new four-round knockout qualifying format. After an opening round of one-lap time trials, the fastest eight qualifiers advance to a three-lap competition. In these elimination laps, each pit crew will make a four tire stop at the sound of a warning, and the driver will be free to exit the pit lane with no speed limit once the jack drops and their stop is completed. The first car back to the start/finish line advances to the next lap until a pole sitter is determined.

  • While the All-Star Race has been part of the NASCAR schedule since 1985, it’s been quite some time since this race has had the kind of spectacular moment that made it a mainstay on the calendar — while the All-Star Race deserved its inclination to flair and spunk through moments like Dale Earnhardt’s “Pass in the Grass” in 1987 and “One Hot Night” between Davey Allison and Kyle Petty in 1992, more recent editions of the All-Star Race have served as petri dishes for experimental rule packs and other miscellaneous tweaks with mixed results.

    Lately, the All-Star Race intrigue has come from some of the new faces who have joined the list of All-Star Race winners. Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott are the last two All-Star Race winners, taking their first All-Star wins in 2019 and 2020 before Larson repeating his win in 2021.

Choose to win

(Opportunities via Caesars Sportsbook)

Kyle Busch (+700): It feels like All-Star Weekend came at just the right time for the Toyota teams as both Joe Gibbs Racing and 23XI Racing had some of the very best cars in the field at Kansas Speedway last week. Toyota’s outing in Kansas suggested they were starting to get to grips with the mile-long track, and it looks like Kyle Busch – who has one win, finishes in the top three three times and has a 144 lap lead since Bristol — is at the top of the list. pecking order.

That recent streak of success has put Busch, who thrives in situations where he can be aggressive or opportunistic, in a great position to compete for his second All-Star Race win after previously winning the race in 2017.