2017 Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race | Bonehead Picks

2017 Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race (Charlotte)

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Okay where to start on this humongous event coming up tomorrow night? Honestly no one knows since this is the first NASCAR All-Star Race sponsored by Monster Energy and from the look of the current format, this is bound to be an exciting one. But the only thing that hasn’t changed is the grand prize: $1,000,000! Once again, the format has been tweaked and hopefully it stays this way for good (of course what are the chances of that happening). But in any case, here is the latest format.

The Monster Energy Open will once again be the prelude to the All-Star Race on the same night. It will be 50 laps race broken down into three segments (20,20,10). One winner from each segment will advance to the main event along with the winner of the Monster Energy fan vote. In honor of “One Hot Night” 25 years ago, NASCAR implements the format of four segments with a twist (20,20,20,10). After three segments however, only the top 10 cars will advance to the 10-lap showdown for the money.

The All-Star race is said to have 20 cars with 15 already eligible due to past  points wins from Charlotte of last season to Kansas of this season. The field is also consisting of past All-Star winners and Monster Energy NASCAR champions. Qualifying will be determined by usual standards including the no speed limit pit road test which will determine who will start from the pole. As per normal qualifying, the Open will run on a regular basis only with two rounds instead of three before the official festivities begin.

Joey Logano won the event last season and it was only the third time ever that Team Penske has won. Chevrolet has the most All-Star victories with 17 and Ford a distant second with 11. Hendrick owns the most All-Star wins with eight.

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