NEXTEL All-Star Race Guarantees Green-Flag Finish
NASCAR¿s annual all-star event features a special, non-points race format of 90 laps run in three segments: 40 laps, 30 laps and 20 laps. Caution flags will not count in the final 20-lap shootout, guaranteeing a green flag-finish for participants and fans.
Celebrating its 20th year, this exciting event has seen its share of controversy through the years, but not because of a yellow-flag finish.
¿With its unique format, the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge allows NASCAR officials a little more latitude from normal race procedures,¿ said H.A. ¿Humpy¿ Wheeler, president and general manager of Lowe¿s Motor Speedway. ¿It¿s a race designed to entertain the fans. That¿s what all-star events are supposed to do.
¿Today, if we started with a clean piece of paper, you wouldn¿t see as many 500-mile or 500-lap races. You would see some points races on certain tracks with formats similar to the one utilized for the NEXTEL All-Star Challenge. It¿s easy to understand, fan-friendly and great for television,¿ said Wheeler.
Good seats, in various price ranges, are still available for the May 22 NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge and can be obtained by calling the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS or online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.