The non-points All-Star Race is right around the corner. I love the All-Star Race because it’s all about the money and the trophy- and not about the points. Tony Stewart won last years All-Star Race- the first race win for the newly formed Stewart-Haas Racing team. It was a great victory for the team and set a blistering pace that included four wins and a spot in the Chase for both Stewart-Haas drivers.
The 2010 All-Star Race is going to throw something a little bit different into the mix- a mandatory full four-tire pit stop. I think this is great because often times it is the pit crews that can make or break a driver’s luck during the a regular points race so why not include them in the All-Star Race as well. This is the new format:
- Segment One: 50 laps with a mandatory green flag pit stop at lap 25. At the end of the fifty laps a yellow caution flag will wave where optional pitstops will be allowed.
- Segment Two: 20 laps after which a yellow caution flag will wave and optional pitstops will be allowed.
- Segment Three: 20 laps after which a mandatory ten minute break will be had. Crews will be allowed to adjust on the cars during this break. The finishing order at the end of this segment will determine the line up order for the four-tire stop .
- Mandatory Four-Tire Stop: Once the field lines back up and takes the yellow flag after the ten minute stop all cars will be required to enter the pits for a mandatory four tire pit stop. The order in which the cars exit the pits will be the line up order for Segment Four.
- Segment Four: 10 lap shoot out in which all laps must be green flag (yellow flag laps will NOT be counted).
So that adds a little excitment to the All-Star Race. I really really wish Misty and I were attending the All-Star Race (we would actually like to take in the whole week between the All-Star Race and the Coke 600). One of these days Misty and I will make it to Charlotte. This year would be a great year for Tony Stewart fans to attend the All-Star Race. Why? In celebration of his 2009 win Charlotte Motor Speedway is offering a special Smoke Double Down ticket special. The package is actually a GREAT deal. For $149.00 you get two tickets on the front stretch grandstand area for the May 22nd 2010 All-Star Race thus creating a cheering section for Tony and the team! The ticket package also includes two tickets to a special fan forum lunch with Tony Stewart at CMS on May 3rd as well as two Tony Stewart Souveniors. Plus there is the added benefit that $20.00 of every ticket packet purchased goes to the Tony Stewart Foundation. So really it’s win win. Tony fan’s get a great deal on tickets, a special lunch with Tony and other Tony fans, not to mention the Tony Stewart goodies. Tony and his Stewart-Haas Racing team win because they get their own cheering section at the race right there on the front stretch- which I am sure provides them with a great boost. And the Tony Stewart Foundation gets a donation that supports their grants assisting chronically ill children and animal charities as well. So I guess really it’s win-win-win really! For more information on the Smoke Double Down ticket package visit the Charlotte Motor Speedway website or call 1-800-455-FANS
- You can hear Tony talk about the Smoke Double Down ticket package here from the Big D & Bubba radio show.