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NASCAR hopes softer tires return the magic to All-Star race

NASCAR hopes softer tires return the magic to All-Star race

According to the motorsport.com report, Indianapolis Motor Speedway will replace Richmond as the 26th race on the NASCAR schedule, meaning Indy will be the final regular-season race and the last chance for drivers to earn a spot in the playoff.

It was Larson's first pole in his first attempt at All-Star qualifying. Finally, one lucky driver will make the field of 20 based on a fan vote that will take place before the race.

The unique qualifying format saw drivers complete three laps around the 1.5-mile Charlotte track and make a full pit stop where the standard pit road speed limit didn't apply. "It's not as insane intense as I thought it would be, but it's so much fun to get to come down pit road as fast as you can there". In the final round, Johnson overshot his pit stall and incurred a five-second penalty when his crew went over the wall too soon.

Only 10 cars will qualify for the final 10 laps - the 20-lap stage winners plus the drivers with the best average finish in the opening stages.

"It's pretty cool", Larson said.

Friday's qualifying session for the Monster Energy All-Star Race was all about staying mistake-free.

Kurt Busch appeared to have the pole locked up after posting a faster speed than Larson during the second round.




Kurt Busch had the pole, but was penalized for two loose lug nuts after his pit stop. He ultimately finished in fifth.

Last Saturday's Monster Energy Cup NASCAR Series race at Kansas Speedway demonstrated racing is still unsafe.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series points leader Kyle Larson is one of 19 drivers wholl race for $1 million on Saturday night. Joey Logano got into Danica Patrick. When I first got into the sport many years ago, losing a few drivers every year was a tragic, yet accepted, part of the sport. If all goes well in Charlotte, NASCAR is considering using option tires in points races.

A crew member rolls a tire to mount on the vehicle of driver Dale Earnhardt Jr during practice for Saturday's NASCAR Cup series All-Star auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Friday, May 19, 2017.

"The finality of it hasn't hit home yet", said Earnhardt, "but I guess it probably won't for several more months".

Depending on the outcome in Charlotte being satisfactory, why not bring a dimension to NASCAR racing that works so well in other forms of motor racing?

TV: FS1. Radio: PRN affiliates.


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