All-Star Race Preview: A Night for the Stars to Shine
All-Star Race Preview: A Night for the Stars to Shine

This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.

NASCAR takes a break from the regular-season schedule this weekend to hold its annual All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. Most fantasy racing leagues don't recognize this event in the fantasy racing season, but some do along with daily fantasy racing and many racing pools that form specifically for this event and its unique format.

This exhibition race is divided into several racing segments which ultimately culminate in the final segment in which a winner is crowned. The racing begins Saturday evening with the Monster Energy Open, a 50-lap sprint race divided into two 20-lap segments and a final 10-lap dash to the finish. As many as four Open drivers can transfer into the All-Star Race, three by winning each segment of the Open, and the potential fourth by winning an internet fan vote. To qualify for the Open, a driver must have finished in the Top 50 of the 2017 Monster Energy Cup standings, attempted to qualify for the 2018 Daytona 500 or competed in a NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series event during the 2018 season. This is an exciting heat race, because the winners of the segments are usually drivers that are not normally contenders for the victory on most Monster Energy Cup race weekends. After the Open and later Saturday night is the Monster Energy Cup All-Star Race. This is the weekend's main feature.

It is an 80-lap event divided into four segments of 30 laps, 20 laps, 20 laps and a 10-lap shootout

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Mark Taylor
Taylor is RotoWire's senior NASCAR writer. A nine-time FSWA finalist, Taylor was named the Racing Writer of the Year in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2016 and 2017. He is also a military historian, focused specifically on World War II and the U.S. Navy's efforts in the Pacific.
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