Preview: NASCAR All Star Race

Ryan Newman, No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS
Race Notes and Quotes

Event: Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race
Date: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Track: Charlotte Motor Speedway
Location: Concord, N.C.

This Week's No. 31 Caterpillar/Grainger Chevrolet SS at Charlotte Motor Speedway ... Ryan Newman is eligible to race in the sport's $1 million exhibition event thanks to his victory at Phoenix Raceway on March 19th. He also won the 2002 All-Star Race during his rookie season, a feat only accomplished by one other rookie driver. Saturday's event marks his 16th-straight appearance in the non-points race.

New Format ... This year, the All-Star race format is modeled after the 1992 event and consists of 70 laps, run in three 20-lap stages followed by a 10-lap shootout. The shootout will consist of 10 drivers - winners of the first three stages and the remaining drivers based on average finishing position in the first three stages.

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Four All-Star Wins for RCR ... Richard Childress Racing has won four Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race events, most recently in 2007 with Kevin Harvick. Dale Earnhardt won the event in 1987, which included the legendary "Pass in the Grass." Earnhardt also went on to claim the checkered flag in 1990 and 1993.

RCR in the MENCS ... In 2,769 Sprint Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 48 pole awards,106 wins, 477 top-five finishes and 1,036 top-10 finishes, with an average starting position of 17.7 and an average finishing position of 16.1. RCR has earned 15 total championships (six Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championships with Earnhardt in 1986, '87, '90, '91, '93 and '94, six NASCAR XFINITY Series titles, two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series titles and one ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards title) and was the first organization to win titles in NASCAR's three national series. 

Catch the Action ... Dillon and Menard are scheduled to compete in the Monster Energy Open on Saturday, May 20 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, which is scheduled to be televised live on FOX Sports 1 beginning at 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, Channel 90. Newman is scheduled to compete in the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race, on Saturday, May 20 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, which is scheduled to be televised live on FOX Sports 1 beginning at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Satellite Radio, channel 90.


What was it like for you to win the All-Star Race in 2002 as a rookie?

"For me, winning the All-Star Race in 2002 was totally unexpected because we weren't even in the race. We had to race our way in. I made the cut. We got the inversion on either the first or second segment when they were eliminating cars and then got the inversion again and I was able to stay up front. We stayed out on old tires, which was crazy for Charlotte. Somehow we were able to hold them off. It was an amazing team victory for us and unexpected."

It's the 25th anniversary of the All-Star Race and we're going back to 70 laps. What are your thoughts on how the segments will play out this year with the final segment being 10 laps?

"From my standpoint, eliminating cars in the last stage, I really don't think it matters a whole lot. I think you are only going to have about 10 cars that have a legitimate shot at winning. It's the All-Star Race, So it's all or nothing."