NASCAR All-Star Race Preview: Change of Venue

NASCAR All-Star Race Preview: Change of Venue

This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.

NASCAR takes a break from its regular-season schedule this Wednesday night to hold its annual All-Star Race festivities.  Most fantasy racing leagues don't recognize this event in the fantasy racing season, but some do, along with daily fantasy racing and many racing pools that form specifically for this event and its unique format.  

NASCAR has held its annual All-Star event at Charlotte Motor Speedway since 1987.  The intermediate oval in North Carolina has become synonymous with this celebration of the sport's best drivers.  However, the sanctioning body decided to change venues in 2020.  This season's All-Star Race will be held at the short track in Bristol, Tenn.  For the first time ever, NASCAR will hold this high-profile exhibition on a short track, under the lights.  Throw in a few format shakeups and this All-Star event will be like none other.

This exhibition race is divided into several racing segments which ultimately culminate in the final segment in which a winner is crowned.  The racing begins Wednesday evening with the NASCAR Open, an 85-lap sprint race divided into three segments (35/35/15 laps) with the final 15-lap heat being the final dash to the finish.  As many as four Open drivers can transfer into the All-Star Race, three by winning each segment of the Open, and the potential fourth by winning an internet fan vote.  

To qualify for the Open, a driver must have finished inside the Top 50 of the 2019 Cup Series standings, attempted to qualify for the 2020 Daytona

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