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2018 Monster Energy All-Star Race

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Date: Saturday, May 19, 2017 in Concord, NC
Open Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 6:00pm/et
All-Star Race Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 8:16pm/et


TELEVISION COVERAGE
NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 5:00pm/et on FS1
Open Race Coverage: 6:00pm/et on FS1
NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 7:30pm/et on FS1
All-Star Race Coverage: 8:00pm/et on FS1

• The format for the annual non-points event will include four stages - 30 laps, 20 laps, 20 laps and 10 laps.

• Only green flag laps will be counted in the Final Stage.

• Normal stage break procedures will be in effect, but NASCAR Overtime will be in play for all stages.

• There will be no mandatory pit strategy.

• The Monster Energy Open will be three stages set at 20, 20 and 10 laps respectively. Each stage winner will advance to the evening's main event.


FAQ on NASCAR's All-Star Race: Drivers, aero package, winner's purse: Drivers and teams most likely won't have a great idea of how their cars will race in the 2018 NASCAR All-Star Race until ... the race. There's a good reason: They haven't received the actual front air ducts their cars will use.[More](5-15-2018)

New format for All-Star Race announced: NASCAR and Charlotte Motor Speedway today announced the format and competition package for the May 19 Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race, both tailored to achieve one goal - the best possible race for the fans. For the first time, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series cars will implement the competition package used in last season's successful NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which saw record numbers in leaders, lead changes and green flag passes for the lead.[More](4-11-2018)

Saturday Monster Energy All-Star Notebook: With new rules package, Logano predicted wild and crazy race; Aric Almirola says handling more of a factor at Charlotte; Short Strokes.[More](5-19-2018)

Friday Monster Energy All-Star Notebook: Kurt Busch expects Talladega-style racing in NASCAR All-Star event; Kyle Busch says Toyotas still have some catching up to do; Jeff Gordon trying not to think about possible NASCAR Hall of Fame.[More](5-18-2018)

What to Watch for: Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race: Eyes on the $1 million All-Star prize; Who to keep an eye on; Youth movement on hand in NASCAR Open; Who's Hot and Who's Not - NASCAR All-Star Race.[More](5-18-2018)

Monster Energy All-Star Weekend Preview: Ten of the 17 drivers already eligible to compete in the event have won it before - but four-time winner Jimmie Johnson is the only repeat winner in the last 20 years.[More](5-17-2018)

A look at many new, notes and story lines for the Monster Energy All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, see the stats on the NASCAR National Series News & Notes -- All-Star Race page.

A look at some of the top statistical performers at Charlotte Motor Speedway going into the Monster Energy All-Star Race on May 19, 2018, see the stats on the Statistical Advance - Analyzing the Monster Energy All-Star Race page

Goodyear tire notes

All-Star Race dignitaries announced: It's only fitting that the biggest all-star weekend in sports will feature an all-star cast of dignitaries this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Four-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion team owner and Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Joe Gibbs joins Machine Gun Kelly - one of rap music's preeminent artists - and Rampage Jackson, one of MMA's most famous fighters - as special dignitaries for the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race at America's Home for Racing, adding even more star power to the Saturday night showdown of racing's best drivers going wheel-to-wheel for $1 million.[More](5-14-2018)

Can't-miss attractions during Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star race weekend: The biggest stars in NASCAR are just days from dueling for $1 million in the most remarkable all-star spectacle in sports, the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. As the excitement builds for the slam-bang, no-holds-barred test of speed and strategy, here's a look at some things fans can't afford to miss when taking in the sensory overload that is the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race.[More](5-14-2018)



EVENT SCHEDULE - REVISED

Thursday, May 17
7:00 PM-9:00 PM MENCS HAULERS ENTER (EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)

Friday, May 18
7:30 AM-8:30 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
10:30 AM MENCS ROOKIE MEETING & RANDOM DRAWING
11:30 AM-4:00 PM MENCS 1ST PRACTICE (OPEN & MONSTER ENERGY ALL STAR)
6:05 PM MENCS QUALIFYING (MULTI-VEHICLE / TWO ROUNDS-15/5 MINUTES/TOP 8 TO FINAL ROUND - IMPOUND)
6:35 PM MENCS QUALIFYING (THREE LAPS, WITH PIT STOP, NO SPEED LIMIT - IMPOUND)

Saturday, May 19 - REVISED
9:00 AM MENCS GARAGE OPENS
10:30-11:30 MENCS FINAL PRACTICE (OPEN & MONSTER ENERGY ALL STAR)
4:00 PM MENCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
5:30 PM MENCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS (OPEN)
6:00 PM MENCS RACE (20 LAPS / 20 LAPS / 10 LAPS)
7:30 PM Approx MENCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
8:00 PM Approx MENCS RACE (30 LAPS / 20 LAPS / 20 LAPS / 10 LAPS)


PRACTICE & QUALIFYING

Practices:
Open, Friday, May 18, 11:30am-12:55pm/et. and 1:00-1:40pm/et TV-FS1;
All-Star race, Friday, May 18, 11:30 -12:55pm/et & 1:45-2:25pm/et, TV-FS1

Pit Road Practice:
Open, Friday, May 18, 2:30-2:40pm/et
All-Star race, Friday, May 18, 2:45-2:55pm/et.

Monster Energy Open Qualifying:
Qualifying for all positions, Friday, May 18 at 6:05 pm/et, TV-FS1;
MULTI-VEHICLE / 2 ROUNDS- 15/5 MINUTES - TOP 8 IN 2nd ROUND

Monster Energy All-Star Race Qualifying:
Qualifying for all positions, Friday, May 19 at 6:35 pm/et, TV-FS1;
Three laps with pit stop.

RACE RUNDOWN....News & Links

Kevin Harvick continues phenomenal roll with Monster Energy All-Star victory: Kevin Harvick's answer to NASCAR's new competition package was the same old song-another victory in a season that already has produced a surfeit of success.This time it was Saturday night's Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, with a restrictor-plate limiting the horsepower and a large blade on the rear of the cars providing downforce and maneuverability.[More](5-19-2018)

Kevin Harvick wins the Monster Energy All-Star Race: #4-Kevin Harvick held off challenges through a final two-lap run to the checkered flag to win the Monster Energy All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway and $1 million.
#19-Suarez finished 2nd, followed by #22-Logano, #11-Hamlin, #9-Elliott, #48-Johnson, #42-Larson, #47-Allmendinger, #18-Busch, and #95-Kahne.
#4-Harvick also won the first and third segments, #18-Busch won the second segment.
There were 12 lead changes among 7 drivers and 8 cautions for 17 laps.
The average speed was 84.688mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, and more at:
Unofficial Race Results (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)

NASCAR All-Star Race Race Recap:
- Kevin Harvick: 2nd career All-Star Race win (2007); 7th driver to win race multiple times
- Harvick: after 1st All-Star Race win (2007), did not win another points race until April 2010 (at Talladega)
- Harvick: 36 laps led (double check against official box score); most by All-Star Race winner since Jeff Gordon in 1995 (49)
- Daniel Suárez: finished after transferring from Monster Energy Open (won 2nd of 3 stages); 2nd straight year transferring from Open (finished 15th in last year's All-Star Race)
- Suárez: was seeking to become 4th driver to win All-Star Race after running in Open (last was Kasey Kahne in 2008)
- Joey Logano: finished 3rd; 4th top-3 finish in last 7 All-Star Race (2016 winner)
- Chase Elliott: finished 5th; 6.0 career average finish in All-Star Races is best among drivers with more than 2 starts
- AJ Allmendinger: finished 8th after winning final stage of Open; 1st All-Star Race since 2015 and 1st top-10 finish in 5 career All-Star races
- Kyle Busch: finished 9th; was seeking to become 3rd driver to win consecutive All-Star Races (Jimmie Johnson 2012-13, Davey Allison 1991-92)
(ESPN Stats & Info)(5-19-2018)

Monster Energy All-Star Race Fast Facts:
Kevin Harvick wins the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race, his second victory in the prestigious non-points event (2007, 2018).
Harvick is the second active driver to win multiple All-Star Races joining Jimmie Johnson (four wins).
Daniel Suarez (second) posted his first top-five finish in the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race.
Joey Logano (third) posted his fourth top-five finish in the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race.
This is the second Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race win for Stewart-Haas Racing, Harvick's 2018 win joins Tony Stewart's 2009 win.
(NASCAR)(5-19-2018)

Monster Energy All-Star Race Segment 3 Top 10 Results: lap 70 of 80
#4-Harvick
#19-Suarez
#42-Larson
#12-Blaney
#22-Logano
#11-Hamlin
#9-Elliott
#3-Dillon
#17-Stenhouse
#48-Johnson
The segment had 2 caution flags. The first fell after #95-Kasey Kahne hit the wall. The second caution waved when #78-Truex, #14-Bowyer got together. Their run-in collected #41-Busch and #18-Busch.
(5-19-2018)

Monster Energy All-Star Race Segment 2 Top 10 Results: lap 50 of 80:
#18-Busch
#19-Suarez
#42-Larson
378-Truex
#9-Elliott
#48-Johnson
#22-Logano
#95-Kahne
#11-Hamlin
#4-Harvick
The segment was caution free. (5-19-2018)

Monster Energy All-Star Race Segment 1 Top 10 Results: lap 30 of 80
#4-Harvick
#78-Truex
#18-Busch
#47-Allmendinger
#22-Logano
#48-Johnson
#9-Elliott
#42-Larson
#12-Blaney
#19-Suarez
The segment had one caution flag for a #41-Kurt Busch spin.(5-19-2018)

Results of the Monster Energy Open: #47-AJ Allmendinger won the final segment of the Monster Energy Open at Charlotte Motor Speedway to advance to the All-Star Race. He led two laps in the final segment after an intense battle with #9-Chase Elliott and #20-Erik Jones.
#88-Alex Bowman advanced to the All-Star race by winning the first segment, #19-Daniel Suarez won the second segment.
#9-Elliott moves to the All-Star race by winning the fan vote.
#20-Jones finished 2nd in the final segment, followed by #9-Elliott, #21-Menard, #37-Buescher, #10-Almirola, #24-Byron, #13-Dillon, #38-Ragan, and #34-McDowell.
All three segments were incident free. The only caution flags were for the end of the stages.
See complete results on the Open Race Results page (pdf).(5-19-2018)

Monster Energy Open Fast Facts:
AJ Allmendinger wins the The Monster Energy Open, and transfers to the Monster Energy NASCAR
All-Star Race. .
Daniel Suarez won Stage 2 and transfers to the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race. This is the
second consecutive season he has won his way into the All-Star Race.
Alex Bowman won Stage 1 and transfers to the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race for the first
time in his career.
Chase Elliott wins the Fan Vote - he is the first driver to win three consecutive Fan Votes into the
Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race (2016, 2017 and 2018).
(NASCAR)(5-19-2018)

Top-Ten Segment 2 Results (lap 40) of the Monster Energy Open at Charlotte Motor Speedway (lap 40/50):
#19-Suarez, led 18 laps, advances to All-Star race
#47-Allmendinger
#9-Elliott
#43-Wallace
#24-Byron
#10-Almirola
#37-Buescher
#20-Jones
#13-Dillon
#34-McDowell
The segment was caution free.(5-19-2018)

Top-Ten Segment 1 Results (lap 20) of the Monster Energy Open at Charlotte Motor Speedway (lap 20/50):
#88-Bowman, led 9 laps, advances to All-Star race
#20-Jones
#9-Elliott
#21-Menard
#43-Wallace
#24-Byron
#19-Suarez
#10-Almirola
#47-Allmendinger
#34-McDowell
The segment was caution free.(5-19-2018)

Race Coverage of the Monster Energy Open and All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, May 19, 2019.
Television (TV): Raceday 5:00pm/et; Monster Energy Open 6:00pm/et; Monster Energy All-Star Race 8:00pm/et. All on FS1.
Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
Scheduled Race Re-Airs: None

Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Monster Energy All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway have been made.
With the race field totaling 21, most pit stalls are not in use.
##48-Johnson has pit stall 1.
The final pit stall in use, #41, was taken by #47-Allmendinger.
To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.(5-18-2018)

Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Monster Energy Open at Charlotte Motor Speedway have been made.
With the race field totaling 21, most pit stalls are not in use.
#72-LaJoie has pit stall 2.
The final pit stall in use, #41, was taken by #88-Bowman.
To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.(5-18-2018)

QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES

Final Practice for the Monster Energy Open & All-Star Races at Charlotte Motor Speedway is over, the top-five and notes:
#42-Larson 173.505
#14-Bowyer 173.266
#4-Harvick 173.049
#10-Almirola 172.977
#19-Suarez 172.656
slowest: #15-Chastain 164.439 & #66-Hill 162.984.
most laps run: #11-Hamlin, 73 laps.
notes: Due to the limited amount of practice time on Friday, NASCAR added this practice Saturday morning for both Open and All-Star teams.
See fastest speeds, laps run on the All-Star Race Practice Speeds page (pdf)(5-19-2018)

Kenseth wins the pole in wild Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race Qualifying: On Friday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Matt Kenseth put an exclamation point on his return to racing at NASCAR's highest level, winning the pole for Saturday night's Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race. In the unique All-Star qualifying format, which features three laps and a four-tire stop with no pit road speed limit, Kenseth posted a total time of 2:07.644 for an average speed of 126.915 mph to edge Roush Fenway Racing teammate Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (126.427 mph) for the Monster Energy Pole Award in the exhibition race that pays $1 million to win.[More](5-18-2018)

Matt Kenseth wins pole for All-Star Race: #6-Matt Kenseth won the pole for the Monster Energy All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway with speed of 126.915mph.
Qualifying consisted of each driver making three laps on track with a four-tire pit stop.
#17-Stenhouse, Jr. will start 2nd followed by #14-Bowyer, #4-Harvick, #78-Truex, Jr., #12-Blaney, #18-Busch, #2-Keselowski, #3-Dillon, and #22-Logano.
The 17 drivers already in the All-Star race will be joined by the three segment winners in Saturday night's Monster Energy Open and the fan vote winner.
See round-by-round qualifying results on the All-Star Race qualifying results page (pdf) and the complete starting lineup on the All-Star Race Starting Lineup page (pdf).(5-18-2018)

All-Star Qualifying Fast Facts:
Matt Kenseth won the Monster Energy Pole Award for the The Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race with a lap of 127.644 seconds, 126.915 mph.
This is his third pole in his 18th Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race start - which ties Kyle Busch and Rusty Wallace for second-most all-time.
This is his ninth top-10 start in the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (second) posted his first top-10 start in three Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Clint Bowyer (third) posted his sixth top-10 start in nine Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
(NASCAR)

Monster Energy Open qualifying canceled: Rain at Charlotte Motor Speedway forced the cancellation of qualifying for the Monster Energy Open. The starting lineup was set by owner points.
#10-Aric Almirola will start from the pole with #20-Jones in second.
The rest of the top 10: #88-Bowman, #9-Elliott, #21-Menard, #24-Byron, #19-Suarez, #42-Wallace, Jr., #47-Allmendinger, and #38-Ragan.
The winners of the three Open segments, plus the fan vote winner, will move on to compete in the All-Star Race.
See the starting lineup on the Monster Energy Open Starting Lineup page (pdf).(5-18-2018)

Qualifying Order for the Monster Energy All-Star Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is posted.
The first driver out will be #48-Johnson.
The final driver will be #42-Larson.
Qualifying for the All-Star race will be individual drivers making three laps, with a no-speed limit pit stop.
For the qualifying order, see the Qualifying Order page (pdf).(5-18-2018)

First Practice for the Monster Energy Open & All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is over, the top-five and notes:
#4-Harvick 170.406
#41-Busch 169.502
#11-Hamlin 169.428
#17-Stenhouse, Jr. 169.412
#14-Bowyer 169.030
notes: Practice for the Open and All-Star race were combined into a single practice. Rain hit the track just after the start of practice and cars were only able to get on track briefly on two separate occasions.
See fastest speeds, laps run on the All-Star Race Practice Speeds page (pdf).(5-18-2018)

All-Star Race field: The All-Star race will consist of 21 cars -- the 17 eligible drivers, the winner of each stage in the Monster Energy Open, and the fan vote winner.

Entry List for the Monster Energy Open is posted.
21 teams are listed including: #00-Cassill, #15-Chastain, #51-Rhodes, #55-Sorenson, #66-Hill, #72-LaJoie.
See the Open entry list (pdf)

Entry Lists for the Monster Energy Open and All-Star races at Charlotte Motor Speedway are posted.
All 17 eligible drivers are entered for the All-Star race.
For the open, 21 teams are listed including: #00-Cassill, #15-Chastain, #51-Rhodes, #55-Sorenson, #66-Hill, #72-LaJoie.
See the All-Star entry list (pdf) and Open entry list (pdf)

PDF Links (will be posted when released)
All-Star Race Results
Penalty Report
All-Star Pitstall selections
All-Star Starting Lineup
All-Star Starting Qualifying Results
All-Star Qualifying Order
All-Star Final Practice Speeds
All-Star First Practice Speeds
All-Star Crew Rosters
All-Star Race Entry List

Open Race Results
Open Race Penalties
Open Starting Lineup

Open Final Practice Speeds
Open First Practice Speeds
Open Pitstall Selections
Open Crew Rosters
Open Entry List


TRACK NEWS & LINKS
Track Specifications:
Superspeedway: 1.5-mile quad oval
Banking: turns: 24 degrees; straights: 5 degrees
Straights: Frontstretch - 1952.8 feet; Backstretch - 1360 feet
Grandstand Seating: 89,000 [down from 146,000 in 2009]

Race Festivities/Officials (OPEN):
Grand Marshal: Misti Mason, Sr Marketing Manager Circle K Stores Southeast
Command to start engines: Misti Mason
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Tim Bailey, President Canteen Midsouth
Honorary Pace Car Driver: TBD
Color Guard: TBD
Invocation: TBD
National Anthem: TBD
Flyover: TBD

Race Festivities/Officials (ALL STAR RACE):
Grand Marshal: Machine Gun Kelly
Command to start engines: Machine Gun Kelly
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Dianna Dahlgren, fitness champion and Miss Supercross
Honorary Pace Car Driver: Quinton "Rampage" Jackson
Color Guard: UNCC Air Force ROTC Detachment Color Guard
Invocation: Joe Gibbs
National Anthem: Erica Nagashima, Monster Energy girl
Flyover: TBA

Track Websites & Social Media:
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Speedway Motorsports
Facebook - Charlotte Motor Speedway
Twitter - CLTMotorSpdwy
YouTube - CLTMotorSpdwy
U.S. Legend Cars
Cabarrus County Destination Guide
Track Stats - Racing-reference.info

Jayski.com's Charlotte Motor Speedway Track News/Rumors/Links page


LOCAL INFO

Charlotte Observer
Kannapolis Independent Tribune
Mooresville Tribune
Fayetteville Observer
High Point Enterprise
Lexington Dispatch
Raleigh-Durham News and Observer
Roanoke Daily Herald
Salisbury Post
Race City USA [Mooresville]
Go Lake Norman
North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame, Mooresville, NC
Memory Lane Museum, Mooresville, NC
NASCAR Hall of Fame
Tom Johnson Camping Center, Concord NC
Charlotte Chamber of Commerce
Visit Cabarrus
Speed Eats


WEATHER

Weather Channel - Concord, NC
Weather Channel - Mooresville, NC
Weather Channel - Charlotte, NC
Accuweather
National Weather Service
Race Weather
Race Day Forecast
WeatherBug
Weather Underground