NASCAR All-Star Race Format


The NASCAR Cup Series will travel back to the .625-mile track at North Wolksboro Speedway for the 2024 edition of the All-Star Race. Each All-Star Race has a theme. Last year it was “The Return of North Wilksboro Speedway.” This year it will be “Tires.” North Wilksboro was repaved since the Cup Series had their All-Star Race last year. The track is going to be faster and the tires will be different (I will get into the tires in the format section of this article). I really do not know what to expect this weekend. I sure hope this iconic track can put on a good race with the Gen-7 car, but I will keep my expectations low and hope to be surprised.

NASCAR once again made sure the All-Star Race is as complicated as it can be so that the fans have no idea what they are watching….



The teams will have a lot of track time this week to dial in their cars to prepare for the All-Star Race Sunday. The teams will have pit road practice, qualifying and a pit crew challenge Friday. The team with the fastest pit stop will start on the pole in Heat Race No. 1. The two Heat Races Saturday evening will set the field for Sunday’s All-Star Race. The teams that are not locked into the All-Star Race will compete in the Open Race Sunday Evening. Three drivers from the Open Race will transfer to the All-Star Race Sunday night. Got all of that…..?



The OPEN RACE will consist of all drivers who are not already locked into the All-Star Race. This race will be 100-laps with a caution at lap-50. All teams will be required to make a four-tire pit stop during the caution on lap-50. The top-two finishers in the Open Race will transfer to the All-Star Race Sunday night. The fans will vote on a driver from the Open Race to transfer to the All-Star Race. The winner of the fan vote gets a spot in the field for the main event Sunday night. This will put 20 drivers in the field for the All-Star Race this year.



The All-Star Race will be 200 laps with overtime rules in effect. There will be a caution at lap-100, which will require each team to make a four-tire pit stop. There will be another caution at lap-150. The teams can put on any tire that they want to at this pit stop. Oh, speaking of the tires….. let me explain the tires for this race:

Each team will have three types of tires for the All-Star Race.

PRIME TIRE: This tire was used at the tire test at North Wilksboro (William Byron, Ty Gibbs and Joey Logano took part in that test). This tire will be used for qualifying. These tires will have Yellow Goodyear Eagle lettering.

OPTION TIRE: This tire is a softer tire that will give the teams some added speed, but the tire will wear out quickly. These tires can be used in practice, the Heat Races or the All-Star Race. They will have Red Goodyear Eagle lettering

WET WEATHER TIRE: The Wet Weather Tire will only be used if the track is damp. This tire was used in the race last year until the track dried out.

The teams will be required to start the All-Star Race on the Option Tire.

The winner of the All-Star Race will earn $1M.

The All-Star field is open to 2023 and 2024 points race winners, past All-Star Race winners, past NASCAR Cup champions, top two finishers from the All-Star Open and the NASCAR fan vote winner.

Drivers who have qualified for the All-Star Race are:

AJ Allmendinger

Christopher Bell

Ryan Blaney

Chris Buescher

Kyle Busch

William Byron

Ross Chastain

Chase Elliott

Denny Hamlin

Brad Keselowski

Kyle Larson

Joey Logano

Michael McDowell

Tyler Reddick

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Daniel Suárez

Martin Truex Jr.

Shane van Gisbergen


I will post my DraftKings picks for the All-Star Race Sunday morning and then update them after the Heat Races Sunday evening.