Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Kyle Busch is 7/1 to win 2022 All-Star Race at Texas

 

KYLE BUSCH

Hey Now, You're An All-Star

 

HUNTERSVILLE, North Carolina (May 17, 2022) – With 13 NASCAR Cup Series points-paying races in the books and just 13 races to go before the playoffs start, it’s time for the annual NASCAR All-Star Race. Sunday’s All-Star Race will be the 37th edition of the event and for the second consecutive year it will be held at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.

 

The inaugural All-Star Race was held at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway in 1985. It moved to Atlanta Motor Speedway in 1986, then back to Charlotte in 1987, where it was held for the next 33 seasons before moving to Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway in 2020. Texas became the fourth All-Star Race venue last season and only the second that has hosted more than once, joining Charlotte.

 

With his extensive winning resume, Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 M&M’S Crunchy Cookie Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), is an all-star in every sense. Busch locked in his spot for Sunday night’s main event – comprised primarily of 2021 and 2022 Cup Series race winners, plus past All-Star Race winners and past series champions – via his two 2021 wins, as well as his win last month at Bristol. The Las Vegas native is certainly worthy to carry the title of all-star, having recorded 223 career wins in NASCAR’s top three divisions and sitting alone in ninth place on the all-time Cup Series wins list with 60. The two-time Cup Series champion brought home his first All-Star Race victory in 2017 at Charlotte and hopes to add another at Texas this weekend.

 

This year’s All-Star Race will consist of four stages, with the first three 25 laps in length and the fourth a 50-lap shootout for the $1 million prize. The new format has provided a major incentive to win any of the opening three stages or the pit stop competition during the break between Stages 2 and 3. Below is a breakdown how each stage will work:

 

● Stage 1 (25 laps): Stage 1 winner will start on the pole in the final stage as long as he finishes 15th or better in Stages 2 and 3.

● Stage 2 (25 laps): Stage 2 winner starts second in final stage as long as he finishes 15th or better in Stage 3.

● Special Stage Break (Pit Stop Competition): Each team must pit and perform a four-tire stop. The team with the shortest time on pit road (pit in to pit out) wins the pit crew award and the driver will start fourth in the final stage as long as he finishes 15th or better in Stage 3.

● Stage 3 (25 laps): Stage 3 winner starts third in final stage.

● Stage 4 (50 laps): Stage 1 winner starts first, Stage 2 winner second, Stage 3 winner third and pit stop competition winner fourth. If a “natural” caution occurs between laps 15 and 25 of the final stage, standard race procedures will be in effect. If no “natural” caution occurs during that time, NASCAR will call an “All Star” competition caution. Winner of Stage 4 earns $1 million.

 

M&M’S Crunchy Cookie will once again be adorning Busch’s No. 18 Toyota in Sunday night’s All Star event. M&M’S Crunchy Cookie combines two favorite treats – M&M’S and chocolate chip cookies – and is now available nationwide. It’s bound to give race fans a fun, nostalgic snack to enjoy during this weekend’s race.

 

So as Busch heads back to Texas for the second-ever All-Star Race in the Lone Star State, he’ll look to bring home his second All-Star Race victory, along with the traditional Texas victory lane cowboy hat, in Texas-style All-Star fashion.

KYLE BUSCH, Driver of the No. 18 M&M'S Crunchy Cookie Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing: 

 

What about the All-Star Race makes it so special for you?

 

“I think it’s just all about the money on the line. There’s a completely different set of how the race is going to unfold and things like that, but you essentially still have your stages, but they are mostly shorter. Other than that, it’s just about trying to go out there and win that million dollars and bring home a check or bring home a steering wheel, I guess, with our M&M’S Crunchy Cookie Camry.”

 

What does it mean to be a part of the All-Star Race in this sport?

 

“It matters, especially with who your fellow competitors are. For us, being an all-star and being in the All-Star Race is one of the most fun things we get to do each year. I’d say the Clash is another one of those and, with the All-Star Race, they are certainly two fun races where we get a chance to go after just a win and bring home the checkers or end up on the wrecker. It’s an exciting night and there’s a lot of energy there. It gives you the opportunity to run that many qualifying laps in a row. That’s all you’re doing – you’re giving it all you’ve got every single lap. You’re definitely up on top of the wheel and your guys do the best they can to give you a good car and to make it as lightweight as possible and throw away the air conditioning unit and keep all the front fans away from you – no radiator fan. All that stuff, just try to lighten that baby up and make it fast.”

 

What driving style does it take to succeed in the All-Star Race?

 

“I think just being aggressive and knowing when to be aggressive and how to be aggressive is the biggest thing. It’s a race where you have to get to the front and you have to get out there and get yourself, more importantly, in clean air in order to keep yourself out front and on your own.”

 

What drivers do you think are best suited for the All-Star Race?

 

“You look at the guys who historically are better in qualifying. I think qualifying well can always lend itself to racing the All-Star Race well because you’re running however many laps that segment is, which is usually short, and you’re running that many qualifying laps in a row. You’re just trying to get the most you can out of your car there. It’s sometimes hard to pass because the guy in front of you is trying to get the most out of his car and so are you, so you just can’t get there.”

 

 

Event Overview:

● Event: NASCAR All-Star Race (Non-Points Event)

● Time/Date: 8 p.m. EDT on Sunday, May 22

● Location: Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth

● Layout: 1.5-mile oval

● Laps/Miles: 125 laps

● Stage Lengths: Rounds 1-3: 25 laps / Round 4: 50 laps

● TV/Radio: FS1 / MRN / SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

The Stars of Texas Motor Speedway

Since this weekend will be the second time the NASCAR Cup Series has held the NASCAR All-Star Race and Open at Fort Worth’s Texas Motor Speedway, the best data to look at heading into Sunday is how drivers have performed in points-paying races at the famed 1.5-mile Texas track.

Of the seven former NASCAR Cup Series Texas Motor Speedway winners entered in this weekend’s festivities, all but one are already in the NASCAR All-Star Race. The lone star that hasn’t earned his spot in this weekend’s All-Star Race yet is Richard Childress Racing’s Austin Dillion (2020 Texas winner)

Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kyle Busch leads the series among active drivers in points-paying race wins at Texas Motor Speedway with four victories (2013, 2016, 2018, 2020). 2021 series champion and Hendrick Motorsport’s driver Kyle Larson is the most recent winner at the 1.5-mile track, grabbing the Playoff win last season.

Besides Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin and Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick are the only other active drivers with multiple wins at Texas.

 

Active Texas Winners

Wins

Seasons

Kyle Busch

4

2020, 2018, 2016, 2013

Kevin Harvick

3

2019, 2018, 2017

Denny Hamlin

3

2019, 2010 sweep

Austin Dillon

1

2020

Joey Logano

1

2014

Kurt Busch

1

2009

Kyle Larson

1

2021

 

Everything is bigger in Texas, even NASCAR All-Star Race weekend

For the second time in the prestigious event’s history, the NASCAR All-Star race and the NASCAR All-Star Open will take place at Texas Motor Speedway this Sunday, May 22. The NASCAR All-Star Open is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. ET and the main event, the NASCAR All-Star race, will follow at 8 p.m. ET (on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) with over a million dollars up for grabs.

The NASCAR All-Star Race was introduced in 1985 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and the first All-Star race was won by NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip and crew chief Jeff Hammond. Waltrip led 27 laps in the 70-lap inaugural All-Star event en route to the win driving the No. 11 Junior Johnson & Associates Buick. It was Waltrip’s only career All-Star win.

This weekend’s NASCAR All-Star Race will be the 38th running of the prized exhibition race and Texas Motor Speedway (2021-2022) is the fourth different track to host the event; joining Charlotte Motor Speedway (34 All-Star races: 1985, 1987-2019), Atlanta Motor Speedway (1986) and Bristol Motor Speedway (2020).

The second NASCAR All-Star Race in 1986 was held at Atlanta Motor Speedway and the event was dominated by NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott, who set the record for the most laps led in a NASCAR All-Star Race by a driver that won the event, leading 82 of the scheduled 83 laps (98.8%). Elliott started the event in the second starting position. Twice the NASCAR All-Star Race has been led by one driver flag-to-flag both at Charlotte; Dale Earnhardt led all 70 laps in 1990 and Davey Allison led all 70 laps (100%) in 1991.

The next 33 All-Star events would be held at Charlotte Motor Speedway until the 2020 season due to the restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic- the race was rescheduled and moved to Bristol Motor Speedway. Hendrick Motorsports driver Chase Elliott grabbed his first NASCAR All-Star Race win at Bristol that season. The win made the Elliotts (Bill and Chase) the second father-son duo to win the NASCAR All-Star Race all-time, joining the Earnhardts (Dale and Dale Jr.).

Then last season, the special non-points event was moved to Texas Motor Speedway for the first time. And for the second straight season, the NASCAR All-Star Race was won by a Hendrick Motorsports driver – Kyle Larson. Hendrick Motorsports leads the NASCAR Cup Series in NASCAR All-Star race victories with 10 among five drivers - Jimmie Johnson (four: 2003, 2006, 2012, 2013), Jeff Gordon (three: 1995, 1997, 2001), Terry Labonte (1999), Chase Elliott (2020) and Kyle Larson (2021).

It also was the second consecutive season the NASCAR All-Star Race winner went on to win the NASCAR Cup Series Championship in the same season. The feat has occurred 12 times since the inception of the All-Star race in 1985 by seven different drivers - Darrell Waltrip (1985), Dale Earnhardt (1987, 1990, 1993), Rusty Wallace (1989), Jeff Gordon (1995, 1997, 2001), Jimmie Johnson (2006, 2013), Chase Elliott (2020) and Kyle Larson (2021).

In total, the 37 NASCAR All-Star Races have produced 25 different winners, led by the recently retired Jimmie Johnson with four All-Star wins (2003, 2006, 2012 and 2013). Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick (2007, 2018) and Hendrick Motorsport’s Kyle Larson (2019, 2021) lead all active drivers in NASCAR All-Star Race wins with two each. In total, seven former NASCAR All-Star Race winners are entered this weekend:

 

Active All-Star Winners

Wins

Seasons

Kyle Larson

2

2021, 2019

Kevin Harvick

2

2018, 2007

Chase Elliott

1

2020

Kyle Busch

1

2017

Joey Logano

1

2016

Denny Hamlin

1

2015

Kurt Busch

1

2010

 

 

The 37 NASCAR All-Star Races have also produced 19 different pole winners; three of the 19 are active this weekend:

 

Active Pole Winners

Poles

Seasons

Kyle Busch

3

2012, 2011, 2008

Kyle Larson

1

2017

Denny Hamlin

1

2015

The NASCAR All-Star Race has been won from the pole or first starting position six times by five different drivers, the first three came in consecutive years - Dale Earnhardt (1990), Davey Allison (1991, 1992), Kurt Busch (2010), Denny Hamlin (2015) and Kyle Larson (2021).

The on-track activity for the NASCAR Cup Series at Texas Motor Speedway will begin on Saturday, May 21 with practice for both the NASCAR All-Star Open and NASCAR All-Star Race from 7 p.m. – 7:35 p.m. ET directly followed by Qualifying for the NASCAR All-Star Open at 7:35 p.m. ET and Qualifying for the NASCAR All-Star Race at 7:55 p.m. ET (on FS1).

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

2022 NASCAR All-Star Race at Texas: Race Format & Entry List


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 17, 2022) –
 Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers in the NASCAR All-Star Race & Open. This season’s event is on Sunday, May 22 on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio with the NASCAR Open starting at 5:30 p.m. ET and the NASCAR All-Star Race at 8:00 p.m. ET. For additional information and statistics visit the NASCAR Digital Media Guide – NASCAR All-Star Race page on NASCARMedia.  

 

2022 NASCAR All-Star Race Entry List

Entry

Car

Driver

Organization

Crew Chief

Manufacturer

1

1

Ross Chastain

TrackHouse Racing

Phil Surgen

Chevrolet

2

2

Austin Cindric

Team Penske

Jeremy Bullins

Ford

3

4

Kevin Harvick

Stewart Haas Racing

Rodney Childers

Ford

4

5

Kyle Larson

Hendrick Motorsports

Cliff Daniels

Chevrolet

5

6

Brad Keselowski

RFK Racing

Matt McCall

Ford

6

9

Chase Elliott

Hendrick Motorsports

Alan Gustafson

Chevrolet

7

10

Aric Almirola

Stewart Haas Racing

Drew Blickensderfer

Ford

8

11

Denny Hamlin

Joe Gibbs Racing

Chris Gabehart

Toyota

9

12

Ryan Blaney

Team Penske

Jonathan Hassler

Ford

10

14

Chase Briscoe

Stewart Haas Racing

John Klausmeier

Ford

11

16

A J Allmendinger  (i)

Kaulig Racing

George Spencer

Chevrolet

12

18

Kyle Busch

Joe Gibbs Racing

Ben Beshore

Toyota

13

19

Martin Truex Jr

Joe Gibbs Racing

James Small

Toyota

14

20

Christopher Bell

Joe Gibbs Racing

Adam Stevens

Toyota

15

22

Joey Logano

Team Penske

Paul Wolfe

Ford

16

23

Bubba Wallace

23XI Racing

Bootie Barker III

Toyota

17

24

William Byron

Hendrick Motorsports

Ryan Fugle

Chevrolet

18

34

Michael McDowell

Front Row Motorsports

Blake Harris

Ford

19

45

Kurt Busch

23XI Racing

Billy Scott

Toyota

20

48

Alex Bowman

Hendrick Motorsports

Greg Ives

Chevrolet

 

Four additional positions will be added to the NASCAR All-Star Race field following the NASCAR Open:

o   NASCAR Open Stage 1 Winner

o   NASCAR Open Stage 2 Winner

o   NASCAR Open Race Winner

o   Fan Vote Winner

 

2022 NASCAR Open and NASCAR All-Star Race Formats:

 

NASCAR and Texas Motor Speedway announced the format and eligibility for the NASCAR All-Star Race on Sunday, May 22, that features four stages and 125 laps of on-track competition for a $1 million payday, stage winner incentives, amplified roles for the pit crews, and a distinctive head-to-head elimination qualifying format.

 

The NASCAR All-Star Race returns to Texas Motor Speedway for the second consecutive season and this 38th edition brings some unique twists for the eligible Cup drivers pursuing the winner-take-all $1 million payday. The most prominent twist will come in the form of a four-round qualifying format with head-to-head elimination rounds and the pivotal role of the pit crews.

 

The NASCAR All-Star Qualifying format is as follows:

·        Opening round is the traditional single-car, one-lap format in reverse order of the current 2022 owner points.

·        Fastest eight qualifiers transfer to a three-round, head-to-head elimination bracket.

·        Elimination bracket will feature two cars staged in adjacent pit stalls near the end of pit road.

·        At the sound of an alert, each pit crew will perform a four-tire stop and, at the drop of the jack, drivers will exit their pit stalls (with no speed limit) onto the track.

·        First car back to the start/finish line advances to the next round.

·        Final pairing competes for the pole.

 

The NASCAR All-Star Race format is as follows:

The race will consist of four stages, with the first three 25 laps in length and the fourth and final being a 50-lap shootout for the $1 million prize. The new format has provided a major incentive to win any of the opening three stages or the pit stop competition during the break between Stages 2 and 3.

 

·        Stage 1 (25 laps): Stage 1 winner will start on the pole in the final stage as long as he finishes 15th or better in Stages 2 and 3.

 

·        Stage 2 (25 laps): Stage 2 winner starts second in final stage as long as he finishes 15th or better in Stage 3.

 

·        Special Stage Break (Pit Stop Competition): Each team must pit and perform a four-tire stop. The team with the shortest time on pit road (pit in/pit out) wins the pit crew award and the driver will start fourth in the final stage as long as he finishes 15th or better in Stage 3.

 

·        Stage 3 (25 laps): Stage 3 winner starts third in final stage.

 

·        Stage 4 (50 laps): Stage 1 winner starts first, Stage 2 winner second, Stage 3 winner third and pit stop competition winner fourth. If a “natural” caution occurs between laps 15-25 of the final stage, standard race procedures will be in effect. If no “natural” caution occurs during that time, NASCAR will call an “All Star” competition caution.

 ·        Winner of Stage 4 earns $1 million.

 

NASCAR All-Star Open format is as follows:

 

  • The NASCAR All-Star Open will run immediately prior to the NASCAR 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 NASCAR All-Star Race.
  • The winner of the Fan Vote will also earn a spot in the NASCAR All-Star Race. Fans may vote for their favorite driver by visiting NASCAR.com.