Date: Saturday, May 20, 2017 in Concord, NC
Title Sponsor: Monster Energy
Open Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 6:20pm/et
All-Star Race Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 8:25pm/et
NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 4:00pm/et, FoxSports1(FS1)
Monster Energy Open Qualifying Coverage: 4:30pm/et, FS1
Open Race Coverage: 6:00pm/et, FS1
All-Star Race Coverage: 8:00pm/et, FS1
The race format is as follows:
- The race will feature four stages (20 laps / 20 laps / 20 laps / 10 laps), totaling 70 laps, an ode to the 1992 edition of the same distance.
- The goal for all competitors: Earn a spot in the final 10-lap, 10-car stage.
- The winner of each of the first three stages will lock up a spot in the final stage, as long as they remain on the lead lap after the third stage.
- The cars with the best average finish in the first three stages will make up the remaining spots needed to fill the 10-car final stage.
- The remaining 10 cars will be lined up by average finish of the first three stages and given the option to pit. Exit off pit road determines starting order for final stage.
- The winner will be awarded $1,000,000.
The Monster Energy Open will occur Saturday evening prior to the Monster Energy All-Star Race and will include three stages (20 laps / 20 Laps / 10 laps). The winner of each stage will earn a spot in the all-star race.
What to watch for - All-Star Race: $1 million up for grabs in NASCAR; Jimmie Johnson right at home; One more for Junior[More](5-19-2017)
Waltrip shakes down 'Option' All-Star tires: A past winner of the Monster Energy All-Star Race shook down Goodyear's green-walled, faster "Option" tires on Thursday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, as 1996 event winner Michael Waltrip tested the tires drivers can use one set of during Saturday night's $1 million dash for All-Star cash.[More](5-19-2017)
A look at many new, notes and story lines for the Monster Energy All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, see the stats on the NASCAR National Series News & Notes -- All-Star Race page.
A look at some of the top statistical performers at Charlotte Motor Speedway going into the Monster Energy All-Star Race on May 20, 2017, see the stats on the Statistical Advance - Analyzing the Monster Energy All-Star Race page
RACE RUNDOWN....News & Links
Race Recap: Kyle Busch finds his mojo at Charlotte with Monster Energy All-Star Race win: Kyle Busch took control of Saturday night's Monster Energy All-Star Race on the final restart with 10 laps left and motored away to a 1.274-second victory-his first in a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series car at Charlotte Motor Speedway.[More](5-20-2017)
Kyle Busch wins the Monster Energy All-Star Race: #18-Kyle Busch took the lead from #2-Keselowski on the start of the final segment with 10 laps to go and pulled away to win the Monster Energy All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway and $1 million.
#42-Laron finished 2nd, followed by #48-Johnson, #41-Busch, #1-McMurray, #4-Harvick, #24-Elliott, #22-Logano, #2-Keselowski, and #11-Hamlin.
#42-Larson won the first two segments, #48-Johnon won the 3rd segment.
Eliminated from the race for the final segment were: #14-Bowyer, #19-Suarez, #21-Blaney, #5-Kahne, #78-Truex, Jr., #20-Kenseth, #17-Stenhouse, #31-Newman, #88-Earnhardt, Jr., and #37-Buescher.
There were 3 lead changes among 4 drivers and 3 cautions for 3 laps (All at the end of segments. Caution laps did not count in the All-Star Race).
The average speed was 86.558mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, and more at:
Unofficial Race Results (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
NASCAR All-Star Race Race Recap:
- Kyle Busch: 1st time winning All-Star Race (12th start in race)
- Busch: entered race with 227 laps led in All-Star Race (2nd-most in event history; most by driver to never win)
- Busch: 1st Cup Series win at Charlotte (points or non-points)
- Busch: final stage win was the 8th All-Star stage win of his career; 3rd all-time (behind Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon)
- Kyle Larson: finished 2nd; won 1st 2 stages (3 career stage wins in 2 All-Star races) and led 40 laps
- Larson: 58 career laps led in All-Star Race; 2nd-most among drivers never to win race (behind Brad Keselowski, 108)
- Jimmie Johnson: finished 3rd; ties Dale Earnhardt for the most All-Star Race top-5 finishes (9)
- Chase Elliott: finished 7th after advancing via winning fan vote; finished 6th last year after winning fan vote
- Dale Earnhardt Jr.: finished 18th in final All-Star Race; holds event record with 14 top-10 finishes
(ESPN Stats & Info)(5-20-2017)
Monster Energy All-Star Race Fast Facts:
This is Kyle Busch's first Monster Energy All-Star Race victory and first Monster Energy Cup Series win at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
This is the second Monster Energy All-Star Race win for Joe Gibbs Racing (Denny Hamlin, 2011) and the second for Toyota.
Kyle Busch wins the Monster Energy All-Star Race in his 12th start; the largest number of starts before an All-Star Race win - previous record was held by Tony Stewart with 11 All-Star starts before his win in 2009.
Kyle Larson finished runner-up in the Monster Energy All-Star Race. Larson also won Stage 1 and Stage 2 of the event.
Jimmie Johnson won Stage 3. He also finished the event third, his ninth top-five finish in the Monster Energy All-Star Race - series-most.
Monster Energy All-Star Race Segment 3 Top 10 Results: lap 60 of 70
#48-Johnson, advances to the final round of the race
The segment was caution free.
Drivers advancing to the final 10 lap segment: #42-Larson (won segment 1 & 2), #48-Johnson (won segment 2), #18-Busch, #4-Harvick, #41-Busch, #1-McMurray, #11-Hamlin, #2-Keselowski, #24-Elliott, and #22-Logano.
Monster Energy All-Star Race Segment 2 Top 10 Results: lap 40 of 70:
The segment was caution free. #20-Kenseth fell out because of an oil leak.(5-20-2017)
Monster Energy All-Star Race Segment 1 Top 10 Results: lap 20 of 70
#42-Larson, advances to the final round of the race
The segment was caution free.(5-20-2017)
Results of the Monster Energy Open: #19-Daniel Suarez won the final segment of the Monster Energy Open at Charlotte Motor Speedway to advance to the All-Star Race. He led all 10 laps in the final segment.
#14-Bowyer, advanced to the All-Star race by winning the first segment, #21-Blaney won the second segment.
#24-Chase Elliott moves to the All-Star race by winning the fan vote
#3-Dillon finished 2nd in the final segment, followed by #24-Elliott, #43-Smith, #10-Patrick, #13-Dillon, #6-Bayne, #32-DiBenedetto, #27-Menard, and #38-Ragan.
The first two segments were caution free. There were 2 cautions in the final segment. The first when #34-Cassill spun after being bumped by #24-Elliott to start the segment. The next was with 3 laps remaining. #77-Jones moved inside of Elliott to try to make a pass for the lead, hit the grass on the trioval, damaging the front of the car and causing him to get loose and spin.
See complete results on the Open Race Results page (pdf).(5-20-2017)
Monster Energy Open Fast Facts:
Stage 1 Winner: Clint Bowyer (No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Fusion) is the Stage 1 winner, and the first driver to advance to the Monster Energy All-Star Race.
This is the third-time in his career he has advanced to the All-Star Race (2014 and 2015 Open winner) after competing in the Monster Energy Open. This is his eighth Monster Energy All-Star Race start.
Stage 2 Winner: Ryan Blaney (INo. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford Fusion) is the Stage 2 winner. Blaney is the second driver to advance to the Monster Energy All-Star Race tonight.
This is the first-time in Blaney's career he has advanced to the Monster Energy All-Star Race after competing in the Monster Energy Open. This is Blaney's first All-Star Race start.
Monster Energy Open Race Winner: Daniel Suarez (No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry) is the Monster Energy Open winner. This is his first Open win and first Monster Energy All-Star Race start.
Fan Vote Wiinner: Chase Elliott (No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet SS) is the Fan Vote winner. Elliott is the first driver to win consecutive Fan Votes (2016-2017).
Top-Ten Segment 2 Results (lap 40) of the Monster Energy Open at Charlotte Motor Speedway (lap 40/50):
#21-Blaney, led all 20 laps, advances to All-Star race
The segment was caution free.(5-20-2017)
Top-Ten Segment 1 Results (lap 20) of the Monster Energy Open at Charlotte Motor Speedway (lap 20/50):
#14-Bowyer, led all 20 laps, advances to All-Star race
The segment was caution free.(5-20-2017)
Race Coverage of the Monster Energy Open and All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, May 20, 2017.
Television (TV): Raceday 4:00pm/et; Monster Energy Open qualifying 4:30pm/et; Monster Energy Open 6:00pm/et (green flag at 6:15); Monster Energy All-Star Race 8:00pm/et (green flag at 8:16). All on FS1.
Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Sunday, May 21, 12:00pm/et, FS1; Monday, May 22, 9:00pm/et, FS1; Tuesday, May 23 7:00pm/et, FS2
Bowyer wins pole for Monster Energy Open: #14-Clint Bowyer won the pole for the Monster Energy Open at Charlotte Motor Speedway with speed of 189.474mph.
#21-Blaney will start 2nd followed by #24-Elliott, #3-Dillon, #47-Allmendinger, #19-Suarez, #77-Jones, #13-Dillon, #10-Patrick, and #27-Menard.
#Bowyer was also fastest in the first round at 188.765mph.
The winners of the three Open segments, plus the fan vote winner, will move on to compete in the All-Star Race.
See round-by-round qualifying results on the Monster Energy Open qualifying results page (pdf) and the complete starting lineup on the Monster Energy Open Starting Lineup page (pdf).(5-19-2017)
Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Monster Energy Open at Charlotte Motor Speedway have been made.
With the race field totaling 20, most pit stalls are not in use.
#47-Allmendinger has pit stall 2, the first stall available.
The final pit stall in use, #40, was taken by #10-Patrick.
To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.(5-20-2017)
Larson wins pole for All-Star Race: #42-Kyle Larson won the pole for the Monster Energy All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway with speed of 143.839mph.
Qualifying consisted of each driver making three laps on track with a four-tire pit stop.
#18-Busch will start 2nd followed by #4-Harvick, #48-Johnson, #41-Busch, #88-Earnhardt, Jr., #2-Keselowski, #20-Kenseth, #11-Hamlin, #1-McMurray, #37-Buescher, #22-Logano, #5-Kahne, #78-Truex, Jr., #31-Newman, and #17-Stenhouse, Jr.
#4-Harvick was fastest in the first round at 144.313mph.
The 16 drivers already in the All-Star race will be joined by the three segment winners in Saturday night's Monster Energy Open and the fan vote winner.
See round-by-round qualifying results on the All-Star Race qualifying results page (pdf) and the complete starting lineup on the All-Star Race Starting Lineup page (pdf).(5-19-2017)
Practice for the Monster Energy All-Star Open at Charlotte Motor Speedway is over, the top-five and notes:
slowest: #66-Long 170.234
most laps run: #21-Blaney, 41 laps
#33-Earnhardt appeared to lose an engine with about 25 minutes left.
See fastest speeds, laps run on the Monster Energy Open Practice Speeds page (pdf)(5-19-2017)
Practice for the Monster Energy All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is over, the top-five and notes:
#78-Truex Jr 188.232
slowest: #22-Logano 179.539
most laps run: #17-Stenhouse, Jr. 52 laps.
#42-Larson spun early in practice but did not hit anything.
Practice was followed by pit road practice in preparation for qualifying tonight. #11-Hamlin hit the wall during that time. He will have to go to a backup car. #18-Busch spun but did not hit anything.
See fastest speeds, laps run on the All-Star Race Practice Speeds page (pdf)(5-19-2017)
PDF Links (will be posted when released)
All-Star Race Results
All-Star Pitstall selections
All-Star Starting Lineup
All-Star Starting Qualifying Results
All-Star Qualifying Order
All-Star Practice Speeds
All-Star Race Entry List
TRACK NEWS & LINKS
Superspeedway: 1.5-mile quad oval
Banking: turns: 24 degrees; straights: 5 degrees
Straights: Frontstretch - 1952.8 feet; Backstretch - 1360 feet
Grandstand Seating: 89,000 [down from 146,000 in 2009]
Grand Marshal: Victor Espinoza
Command to start engines: Victor Espinoza
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: J.B. Mauney
Honorary Pace Car Driver: Ricky Carmichael
Color Guard: TBA
National Anthem: TBA
Track Websites & Social Media:
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Facebook - Charlotte Motor Speedway
Twitter - CLTMotorSpdwy
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Track Stats - Racing-reference.info
Thursday, May 18
7:00 - 9:00 PM MENCS HAULERS ENTER (EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)
Friday, May 19
10:30 AM - 8:30 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
12:00 PM MENCS ROOKIE MEETING & RANDOM DRAWING
1:00 - 2:10 PM MENCS PRACTICE (ALL STAR)
2:10 - 2:25 PM MENCS PIT ROAD SPEED PRACTICE (ALL STAR)
3:00 - 4:25 PM MENCS PRACTICE (OPEN)
6:05 PM MENCS ALL-STAR QUALIFYING (ROUND 1 / 3 LAPS, W/PIT STOP - IMPOUND)
7:30 PM Approx MENCS ALL-STAR QUALIFYING (ROUND 2 / 3 LAPS, W/PIT STOP - TOP 5 - IMPOUND)
Saturday, May 20
1:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPENS
2:30 PM MENCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
4:35 PM MENCS OPEN QUALIFYING (MULTI-VEHICLE / 2 ROUNDS- 20/5 MINUTES - TOP 8 IN 2nd ROUND)
5:30 PM MENCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS (OPEN)
6:00 PM MENCS RACE (20 LAPS / 20 LAPS / 10 LAPS)
7:30 PM Approx MENCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
8:00 PM Approx MENCS RACE (20 LAPS / 20 LAPS / 20 LAPS / 10 LAPS)
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PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
(these times in eastern time)
Qualifying for the main event, which returns to Friday night, will again include the wildly popular 'no speed limit' four-tire pit stop. Each team will have three timed laps, one of which will include a mandatory four-tire pit stop with no pit-road speed limits enforced. The five quickest teams will advance to the final round of qualifying to determine starting positions one through five. The team that completes the fastest stop will earn the Pit Crew Competition Award.
The Monster Energy Open field will be set by two rounds of traditional knock-out qualifying, scheduled for Saturday afternoon.
Practices (one each):
All-Star race, Friday, May 19, 1:00 - 2:10 pm/et, TV-FS1 (and pit road practice);
Open, Friday, May 19, 3:00 - 4:25 pm/et, TV-FS1;
Monster Energy Open Qualifying:
Qualifying for all positions, Saturday, May 20 at 4:35 pm/et, TV-FS1;
MULTI-VEHICLE / 2 ROUNDS- 20/5 MINUTES - TOP 8 IN 2nd ROUND
Monster Energy All-Star Race Qualifying:
Qualifying for all positions, Friday, May 19 at 6:00 pm/et, TV-FS1;
(ROUND 1 / 3 LAPS, W/PIT STOP - IMPOUND)
(ROUND 2 / 3 LAPS, W/PIT STOP - TOP 5 - IMPOUND)
QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES
Entry List for the Monster Energy Open Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is posted, 24 teams/drivers are listed.
All cars / drivers will make the race.
Some of the drivers entered include: #15-Sorenson, #23-Gaulding*, #51-Ware*, #55-Cope*, #66-Long*, #83-LaJoie*.
See the full entry list on the Monster Energy Open Entry List (pdf)
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