For solely the third time in historical past however for the second 12 months in a row, the NASCAR All-Star Race won’t be held in Charlotte.
Instead, essentially the most completed lively drivers will converge on Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, for the 150-mile race.
In addition to the brand new location, there may be additionally a brand new format. The area can be inverted a number of occasions after levels, with the inversion randomly chosen from the eighth and twelfth positions after the primary and third rounds and your entire area being inverted after the second spherical. For Round 5, the lineup can be set based mostly on cumulative end from the earlier 4 rounds, and Round 6, a 10-lap shootout, can be set based mostly on the place vehicles end at the tip of the fifth spherical.
“Drivers and pit crews better pack their lunch pails because they are going to have to work extremely hard to earn the honor of celebrating in Victory Lane,” Texas Motor Speedway president and GM Eddie Gossage said, according to NASCAR.com. “This is a full steel rodeo for an enormous ol’ bag of dough.”
Sporting News will provide updates and highlights throughout the All-Star Open qualifying race and the 2021 NASCAR All-Star Race.
NASCAR All-Star Race live updates, highlights from Texas
7:25 p.m: Drivers being introduced as they walk out double saloon doors.
All-Star Open results
7 p.m.: Think DiBenedetto was happy to get a spot in the All-Star Race?
6:36 p.m.: Reddick punches his ticket to the All-Star Race. Both drivers to reach the All-Star Race will be making their first appearances in the race.
6:30 p.m.: Reddick has a solid lead with 12 laps remaining in the second round. Matt DiBenedetto moves into second after a bold pass over Cindric. Aric Almirola is now up to third with Cindric in fourth.
6:25 p.m.: The first round is in the books. On to the second stage of the All-Star Open.
6:20 p.m.: Ross Chastain takes the lead over Reddick late and advances to the All-Star race with the Round 1 win.
6:15 p.m.: Daniel Suarez got caught up in Jones’ crash and both drivers are knocked out with damage to both cars.
6:13 p.m.: Green flag back with seven laps remaining. Reddick remains out in front with Chase Briscoe and Erik Jones right behind him.
6:07 p.m.: The green flag is back out and Tyler Reddick is keeping his lead from the start. Buescher spins out early after the green flag comes out, and this race is back under a caution.
6:03 p.m.: Chris Buescher and Austin Cindric will both serve pass-through penalties.
6:02 p.m.: A caution flag is out as Bubba Wallace spins out. It appears there was no contact to cause the spin.
5:49 p.m.: Brigadier General Lisa M. Craig has given the drivers at the All-Star Open the instruction to start their engines.
UPDATE: @AustinCindric‘s No. 33 automobile fails pre-race inspection twice and can begin at the rear for the All-Star Open. @starr_racing‘s No. 13 automobile will begin at the rear for the All-Star Open attributable to unapproved changes.
— NASCAR (@NASCAR) June 13, 2021
NASCAR All-Star Race begin time
The inexperienced flag for the Open, a qualifying race for drivers who did not routinely make the All-Star area, will wave shortly after 6 p.m. ET. The Open will set the 18th by twentieth positions within the 21-car area.
The twenty first and final spot within the area will go the winner of an online fan vote. If the highest vote-getter additionally wins a stage within the Open, then the motive force with the second-most votes will get in, and so forth, till a driver is chosen.
The All-Star Race is scheduled to start out at 8:10 p.m. ET. As of Saturday evening, the climate was anticipated to cooperate. The National Weather Service’s nighttime forecast for the track in Fort Worth, Texas, was for clear skies and a low temperature within the low to mid-70s. Daytime temperatures have been anticipated to succeed in the mid- to higher 90s, nevertheless, and the warmth index was forecast to climb over 100 levels.
NASCAR All-Star Race beginning lineup at Texas
The NASCAR drivers who routinely certified for the 2021 NASCAR All-Star Race area earned eligibility in 3 ways:
— Won a NASCAR Cup-Series points-paying race in 2020 or 2021. Michael McDowell, (Daytona 500) and Christopher Bell (Daytona Road Course) certified with wins in ’21.
— Won a NASCAR Cup Series championship. There are seven previous Cup champions within the All-Star Race area: Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and Martin Truex Jr.
— Won a previous NASCAR All-Star Race. Eight earlier race winners are within the area: Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Elliott, Denny Hamlin, Harvick, Larson, Logano and Ryan Newman. Harvick is two-time All-Star Race winner (2007, 2018).
The draw for the beginning lineup befell Tuesday. Below are the outcomes:
|Start pos.||Driver||Car No.||Team|
|1||Kyle Larson||5||Hendrick Motorsports|
|2||Kyle Busch||18||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|3||Christopher Bell||20||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|4||Cole Custer||41||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|5||Austin Dillon||3||Richard Childress Racing|
|6||Chase Elliott||9||Hendrick Motorsports|
|7||Joey Logano||22||Team Penske|
|8||William Byron||24||Hendrick Motorsports|
|9||Brad Keselowski||2||Team Penske|
|10||Martin Truex Jr.||19||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|11||Michael McDowell||34||Front Row Motorsports|
|12||Kevin Harvick||4||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|13||Kurt Busch||1||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|14||Ryan Newman||6||Roush Fenway Racing|
|15||Alex Bowman||48||Hendrick Motorsports|
|16||Denny Hamlin||11||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|17||Ryan Blaney||12||Team Penske|
|18||Ross Chastain||8||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|19||Tyler Reddick||42||Richard Childress Racing|
|20||Aric Almirola||10||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|21||Matt DiBenedetto||21||Wood Brothers Racing|