• gje627

    Schedule — all times are Eastern Time (ET)

    — Practice 1 (track): All Drivers (38 drivers) Friday, 11:30 AM (FS1)
    Practice 2 (track): All-Star Race (17 drivers) Friday, 12:15 PM (FS1)
    — Practice 2 (track): Monster Energy Open (21 drivers) Friday, 1:00 PM (FS1)
    — Practice 3 (track): All-Star Race (17 drivers) Friday, 1:45 PM (FS1)
    Practice 4 (pit road): Monster Energy Open (21 drivers) Friday, 2:30 PM (None)
    Practice 5 (pit road): All-Star Race (17 drivers) Friday, 2:45 PM (None)
    Qualifying: Monster Energy Open (21 drivers) Friday 6:05 PM (FS1)
    — Qualifying: All-Star Race (17 drivers) Friday, 6:35 PM (FS1)
    — Practice 4 (track): All Drivers (38 drivers) Saturday, 10:30 AM (None)
    — Race: Monster Energy Open (21 drivers) Saturday, 6:00 PM (FS1)
    — Announcement: Fan Vote Winner (1 driver) Saturday, TBD (post Monster Energy Open race)
    — Race: All-Star Race (21 drivers) Saturday, 8:00 PM (FS1)

    Note: Due to rain in the forecast, Practice 2 cancelled. All drivers will participate in Practice 1. Also, Monster Energy Open qualifying cancelled. While revised practices 1, 2 and 3 technically occurred very few laps were run and some drivers did not make a lap. Late Friday, NASCAR added an additional “all driver” practice scheduled for Saturday (race-day) morning.

    Race Details — Monster Energy Open

    — Stage 1: Lap 1-20
    — Stage 2: Lap 21-40
    — Stage 3: Lap 41-50

    Race Details — All-Star Race

    — Stage 1: Lap 1-30
    — Stage 2: Lap 31-50
    — Stage 3: Lap 51-70
    — Stage 4: Lap 71-80

    The field size for the All-Star race will be 21 drivers (see Note 1 below).

    Drivers 1-17 below are locked into the All-Star race. Three additional drivers will be added to the race based on winning any one of the three stages in the Monster Energy Open and one more driver will be included by fan vote.

    Drivers and Criteria Used to Qualify

    1. Ryan Blaney – 2017 Pocono winner
    2. Clint Bowyer – 2018 Martinsville winner
    3. Kurt Busch – 2017 Daytona 500 winner
    4. Kyle Busch – 2017 Pocono winner
    5. Austin Dillon – 2017 Charlotte winner
    6. Denny Hamlin – 2017 New Hampshire winner
    7. Kevin Harvick – 2017 Sonoma winner
    8. Jimmie Johnson – 2017 Texas winner
    9. Kasey Kahne – 2017 Indianapolis winner
    10. Matt Kenseth – 2017 Phoenix winner
    11. Brad Keselowski – 2017 Atlanta winner
    12. Kyle Larson – 2017 Auto Club winner
    13. Joey Logano – 2017 Richmond winner
    14. Jamie McMurray – Former All-Star Race winner winner
    15. Ryan Newman – 2017 Phoenix winner
    16. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. – 2017 Talladega winner
    17. Martin Truex Jr. – 2017 Las Vegas winner
    18. Monster Energy Open Stage 1 Winner
    19. Monster Energy Open Stage 2 Winner
    20. Monster Energy Open Stage 3 Winner
    21. Fan VoteVote Here

    21 Monster Energy Open Drivers & 20 Drivers Eligible for Fan Vote (Timmy Hill not eligible)

    1) Landon Cassill, 2) Chase Elliott, 3) Aric Almirola, 4) Ty Dillon, 5) Ross Chastain, 6) Daniel Suarez, 7) Erik Jones, 8) Paul Menard, 9) Gray Gaulding, 10) William Byron, 11) Matt DiBenedetto, 12) Michael McDowell, 13) Chris Buescher, 14) David Ragan, 15) Darrell Wallace Jr., 16) AJ Allmendinger, 17) Harrison Rhodes, 18) Reed Sorenson, 19) Timmy Hill, 20) Corey LaJoie, 21) Alex Bowman.

    Note 1: By rule, as few as 19 drivers could be in the All-Star race, since it is possible that the same driver could win two or all three stages in the open race. However, in reality, once a driver wins stage 1 he will likely park to save his car for the big race. The same should hold true for the Stage 2 winner; resulting in unique winners for each stage. Thus, the explanation above assumes 21 drivers in the All-Star race.

    Note2 : Due to the confusing protocol for this race, this thread header will be updated for corrections/clarifications as needed. Also, given space limitations, additional data, etc. will be added in posts, but not in this header, throughout race week.

  • stevietpfl

    Morning Grind co-host, Lead NASCAR Analyst

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    What an awesome race, we need it again next year!

  • Cooper08

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    @stevietpfl said...

    What an awesome race, we need it again next year!

    Need it next year in select 1.5 mile races….

  • gje627

    @stevietpfl said...

    What an awesome race, we need it again next year!

    Absolutely agree !!!

    Congratulations to all who won big !!!


    Nice grinding to all who a won little… like me :) !!!

    The big winners from those who frequent RG? As far as I can tell so far….


    And, a huge shout-out to @mcluchey21, who tied for 1st in the big DK $25,000 to 1st contest !!!

    If I missed anyone, sorry, BUT please come forward now and claim the admiration from the rest of us !!!


    Another week in Charlotte next Sunday….

    But compared to today, you won’t recognize that this is even the same track.

    Great week everyone. :)

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