NASCAR announced the format for the 2013 Sprint All-Star Race, which puts an emphasis on finishing well in each of the five segments. The Sprint All-Star Race is scheduled for May 18th at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Under the new format, the reordering of the final segment will be based on the average finish for the first four segments directly behind the pace car prior to the opening of pit road for the mandatory four-tire stop. In the event of a tie, the finishing position of the fourth segment will be the tiebreaker.
The way the cars come off pit road after that stop will determine the final segment starting order.
The race will still consist of four 20-lap segments and a 10-lap segment. In the final segment, only green-flag laps will count. Teams will have the option to pit in the break during the first three segments, with the starting position for the next segment determined by the pit/stay out order of the cars.
To qualify for the event, a driver must have won a race in the preceding season, or must win a race in the current season leading up to the All-Star Race. If the driver won a race, but left the team, the driver is still qualified, but the team is not.
Past All-Star Race winners and Sprint Cup Series champions in the last 10 years are eligible.
The top two finishers of the Sprint Showdown will also qualify for the All-Star Race. The final spot will be filled by the winner of the Sprint Fan Vote, and whose car is deemed “raceable” by the series director.