Monster Mash: Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race Ready To Roar At Charlotte
Mid-May is an exciting time of the year for the NASCAR World. It means it’s time for the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
This year’s Monster Energy All-Star Race consists of four stages. The first three stages are 20 laps, while the final stage is 10 laps. Only green flag laps will be counted in the final stage.
The final stage consists of 10 drivers: stage winners on the lead lap at the end of the third stage, and drivers with the best average finish in the first three stages.
Pit road will be open for the final stage. Starting positions for the final stage will be determined by the exit off pit road.
Each team will receive one set of softer tires for use during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series All-Star race. Teams that use these tires for the final stages will start behind the teams that use the primary tires.
The All-Star field consists of 2016 and 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship race winners, past all-star winners, past Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champions, the NASCAR fan vote winner and the three stage winners in the Monster Energy Open.
Monster Energy Open Set For Saturday
The Monster Energy Open (6 p.m. ET on FS1) will occur prior to the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race on Saturday. It includes three stages (20 laps/20 laps/10 laps). The winner of each stage earns a spot in the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star race. The Monster Energy Open field will be set by two rounds of traditional knockout qualifying.
Cream Of The Crop: 10 Active Drivers Have Won The All-Star Race
Ten active Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won the All-Star Race and taken home the $1 million that comes with the victory.
Leading the pack is Jimmie Johnson, who boasts a record four Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race victories. The other past winners have all won once: Joey Logano (2016), Denny Hamlin (2015), Jamie McMurray (2014), Kurt Busch (2010), Kasey Kahne (2008), Kevin Harvick (2007), Matt Kenseth (2003), Ryan Newman (2002) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2000).
Six drivers who have already qualified for the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race will search for their first win in the event: Kyle Busch, Chris Buescher, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson, Martin Truex Jr. and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Monster Energy To Host Bellator MMA Fights At Charlotte Motor Speedway Before All-Star Race
The Monster Energy Bellator MMA Fight Series heads to Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday, May 20 prior to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Race. All bouts are set to take place between 3:30 and 5 p.m. ET at the Monster Energy Display in the Charlotte Motor Speedway Fan Zone.
On Friday, May 19, former UFC champion Tito Ortiz and former PRIDE and STRIKEFORCE titleholder Dan Henderson will be available to sign autographs at the Monster Energy display in the Charlotte Motor Speedway Fan Zone between 3-4 p.m. ET.
Platinum Record Artist MGK To Perform At Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race
Platinum recording artist MGK (aka Machine Gun Kelly) will perform at Charlotte Motor Speedway following the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Race. The concert is free to anyone with a ticket to the race. Fans can walk down from the stands and watch the concert from the infield. MGK is best known for his single “Wild Boy” and his “Bad Things” collaboration with Camila Cabello. MGK will take the stage at approximately 11 p.m. His performance will be followed by a set from DJ MADDS, who will perform until 2 a.m.