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NASCAR All-Star Open & All-Star Race, explained

NASCAR is taking a break to run its annual All-Star Race. We break down the race and the All-Star Open that precedes it.

A general view of the track during the NASCAR Cup Series Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on October 25, 2020 in Fort Worth, Texas. Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images

UPDATE: Kyle Larson won the 2021 NASCAR All-Star Race and $1 million, edging out Brad Keselowski. Chase Elliott’s team won the fifth round pit-stop challenge and the $100,000 prize.

NASCAR has ten more races for drivers to accumulate points for the 2021 playoffs. However, before they open the final ten races, NASCAR is holding its annual All-Star race this Sunday, June 13th. This year the race is at Texas Motor Speedway and will feature 22 of the best drivers in the world competing for up to $1.1 million in prize money.

The All-Star Open gets going at 6 p.m. ET and the first green flag on the All-Star Race drops at 8 p.m. Both races air on FS1 and will be available via live stream at FOX.com/live and through the Bally Sports app.

How many drivers are competing?

There will be 21 drivers in the All-Star Race. 17 spots in the All-Star race were determined ahead of time. The list includes drivers who won a race in 2020 and/or 2021 and full-time drivers who are either past All-Star winners or past Cup Series champions.

The four remaining spots will be determined heading into the weekend. On Sunday, the All-Star Race will be preceded by 22 drivers competing in the All-Star Open for three of the final four spots. The last spot in the All-Star Race will be determined via fan vote.

Fan vote?

Correct. Public voting closed at NASCAR.com on Friday at noon ET. The top vote getter will claim the final spot in the All-Star, slotted on their own in row 11.

How does the All-Star Open work?

The Open will run in three segments of 20 laps, 20 laps, and a final 10 laps. The winner of segment 1 and segment and then the overall winner at the end advance to drive in the All-Star Race.

Who won in the All-Star Open?

Ross Chastain won the first 20-lap segment to secure the No. 18 spot in the All-Star Race starting lineup. Tyler Reddick won the second 20-lap segment to secure the No. 19 spot in the All-Star Race starting lineup. Aric Almirola won the final 10-lap sprint of the All-Star Open and will slot into the No. 20 spot in the All-Star Race starting lineup. Matt DiBenedetto won the fan vote and will claim the No. 21 spot.

Who is favored in the All-Star Open?

Tyler Reddick has the best odds to advance to the All-Star Race, installed by DraftKings Sportsbook at -118. He claimed pole position for the race, and a short 20 lap segment to open puts him in a strong position to claim the first segment and a spot in the All-Star Race. He’s followed by Matt DiBenedetto at +125, Erik Jones at +174, and Chris Buescher and Daniel Suarez at +200.

How is the starting lineup determined for the All-Star Open?

The 22 drivers in the Open were assigned based on owner points. Tyler Reddick of Richard Childress Racing claimed the pole position and Chris Buescher of Roush Fenway Racing will join him on the front row. Here’s the full Open starting lineup:

2021 All-Star Open starting lineup

Start pos. Driver Car # Team
Start pos. Driver Car # Team
1 Tyler Reddick 8 Richard Childress Racing
2 Chris Buescher 17 Roush Fenway Racing
3 Matt DiBenedetto 21 Wood Brothers Racing
4 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing
5 Ross Chastain 42 Chip Ganassi Racing
6 Bubba Wallace 23 23XI Racing
7 Daniel Suarez 99 Trackhouse Racing Team
8 Erik Jones 43 Richard Petty Motorsports
9 Chase Briscoe 14 Stewart-Haas Racing
10 Aric Almirola 10 Stewart-Haas Racing
11 Corey LaJoie 7 Spire Motorsports
12 Anthony Alfredo 38 Front Row Motorsports
13 Quin Houff 0 StarCom Racing
14 James Davison 15 Rick Ware Racing
15 Josh Bilicki 52 Rick Ware Racing
16 Austin Cindric 33 Team Penske
17 Cody Ware 51 Petty Ware Racing
18 BJ McLeod 78 Live Fast Motorsports
19 Justin Haley 77 Spire Motorsports
20 Garrett Smithley 53 Rick Ware Racing
21 Timmy Hill 66 MBM Motorsports
22 David Starr 13 MBM Motorsports

Who is favored in the All-Star Race?

Kyle Larson currently has the best odds to win the the All-Star Race, installed by DraftKings Sportsbook at +350. The odds currently (as of Friday) do not have the full list of drivers since we don’t know the fan vote winner or the three segment winners from the All-Star Open. In the meantime, Chase Elliott has the second best odds at +700, and Kyle Busch and Martin Truex, Jr. are tied for the third best odds at +800.

How is the starting lineup determined for the All-Star Race?

The 16 drivers who already qualified were assigned spots 1-16 in random order. Kyle Larson drew the pole position and Kyle Busch will join him on the front row. Here’s the full starting grid for the All-Star Race, pending the Open and the fan vote.

2021 All-Star Race starting lineup

Start pos. Driver Car # Team
Start pos. Driver Car # Team
1 Kyle Larson 5 Hendrick Motorsports
2 Kyle Busch 18 Joe Gibbs Racing
3 Christopher Bell 20 Joe Gibbs Racing
4 Cole Custer 41 Stewart-Haas Racing
5 Austin Dillon 3 Richard Childress Racing
6 Chase Elliott 9 Hendrick Motorsports
7 Joey Logano 22 Team Penske
8 William Byron 24 Hendrick Motorsports
9 Brad Keselowski 2 Team Penske
10 Martin Truex Jr. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing
11 Michael McDowell 34 Front Row Motorsports
12 Kevin Harvick 4 Stewart-Haas Racing
13 Kurt Busch 1 Chip Ganassi Racing
14 Ryan Newman 6 Roush Fenway Racing
15 Alex Bowman 48 Hendrick Motorsports
16 Denny Hamlin 11 Joe Gibbs Racing
17 Ryan Blaney 12 Team Penske
18 Ross Chastain (Rd 1 winner) 42 Chip Ganassi Racing
19 Tyler Reddick (Rd 2 winner) 8 Richard Childress Racing
20 Aric Almirola (Final Rd winner) 10 Stewart-Haas Racing
21 Matt DiBenedetto (Fan vote winner) 21 Wood Brothers Racing

What’s the format for the All-Star Race?

The race will be 100 laps spread over six rounds. Only green flag laps count for each round. Here are the round-by-round rules, via NASCAR.com.

  • Round 1: 15 laps. After this round, the field will be inverted starting anywhere from the eighth through 12th positions, to be selected by a random draw.
  • Round 2: 15 laps, with entire field inverted after this segment.
  • Round 3: 15 laps, again the field will be inverted starting anywhere from the eighth through 12th positions, to be selected by a random draw after this round.
  • Round 4: 15 laps.
  • Round 5: 30 laps. The lineup for this round will be determined by cumulative finish from the first four rounds, with the best cumulative finisher starting from the pole. Any ties in the aggregate score will be broken by (in order): Most career All-Star wins, most career Cup Series points race wins or 2021 Cup Series driver standings. All cars must enter pit road for a mandatory four-tire pit stop during this round. The crew with the fastest stop will pocket $100,000.
  • Round 6: 10 laps. Cars will line up according to their finishing position from the previous round for the final segment.