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Dale Jr's Last NASCAR All-Star Race

20 May 2017, 12:28 | Andy Ferguson

Dale Jr's Last NASCAR All-Star Race

Dale Jr's Last NASCAR All-Star Race

Two drivers from last year's class, Noah Gragson and Matt Tifft, have already earned full-time rides.Twelve of the drivers who began as NASCAR Next nominees have gone on to win a series race.

He's not won a race yet in the first 11 points-paying events of 2017, and would like to have his final All-Star Race end in Victory Lane. A signature event that was special is now anything but, instead just another race that is part of an overly long schedule that stretches from mid-February to mid-November.

This weekend, NASCAR's finest head to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Monster Energy All-Star Race. The leaders in Stages 1-3 advance to the final stage, provided they stay on the lead lap.

The schedule changes came as a result of what some participants in the discussions called "unparalleled" cooperation and collaboration among NASCAR, SMI and International Speedway Corp. Exit off pit road determines the starting order for the final stage. Teams that qualify for the final segment will be given the option to use softer tires, which provide more grip and, therefore, more speed.

Define certain broad parameters relating to the engine, fuel, and tires, but otherwise open up the rulebook and allow crew chiefs to showcase their ingenuity. Turn the All-Star Race into a true "run what you brung" event. Let's see what tricks Chad Knaus and Paul Wolfe have up their sleeves and what extremes they'd go to win.

Sure, it may raise expenses at a time when many teams are trying to find a way to cut costs, but this can be offset by NASCAR bumping the overall purse and increasing the winner's share.

NASCAR also reintroduces an elimination-style format in 2017. (88) crash during the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Series All-Star Race.

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- The victor is awarded $1,000,000.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which has traditionally hosted its lone Cup event in late July, will become the 26th race of the Cup season and the last chance for drivers to win their way into the playoffs. "There's a lot of pride to be in this race and I'll miss that feeling of accomplishment".

What to watch: Kyle Busch, Chris Buescher, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson, Martin Truex Jr. and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. go for their first Monster Energy All-Star Race wins. The answer is obvious. Next race: Coca-Cola 600, May 28, Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The second Cup date at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, which Speedway Motorsports Inc. moved from New Hampshire Motor Speedway, will serve as the kickoff race to the Cup series playoffs, replacing Chicagoland Speedway.

Joey Logano celebrates winning the 2016 All-Star Race.

- While he's seen success in the All-Star Race, Junior has never won in 33 Cup Series points races at his home track in Charlotte.



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