Motor Racing Network is set to broadcast Wednesday night’s NASCAR All-Star Race at Bristol Motor Speedway with live coverage starting at 6:30 p.m. ET.
This year the race shifts to Bristol and will mark only the second time the annual non-points event will not be held at Charlotte Motor Speedway. In 1986, Atlanta Motor Speedway hosted the race.
"It should be exciting," said Martin Truex Jr., driver of the No. 19 Toyota. "Doing it a little different. Bristol is obviously a great short track and always exciting racing there. I think it’s the perfect spot to have the All-Star race. Hopefully, it will put on a big show."
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The night will start with the NASCAR Open that currently has 22 drivers on the entry list. Winners of each of the three stages (35 laps, 35 laps, and 15 laps) along with the Fan Vote winner will join the field for the All-Star Race that is comprised of 2019 and 2020 race winners along with All-Star winners and active full-time Cup champions.
Cole Custer became the 16th driver to add his name to the All-Star Race entry list as a result of his first career Cup Series win at Kentucky Speedway.
"It’s unbelievable," Custer said. "I was kind of nervous going into Bristol, trying to make it into the All Star Race. It’s not easy. There’s a lot of good guys that are probably not going to make the race.
"To be in the All Star Race right now takes a lot of stress off. Who knows, maybe we can go win the $1 million. We were solid at Bristol before. Ended up getting wrecked. We obviously have a lot of confidence now in what we’re doing. Just got to keep it going."
This year’s edition of the All-Star Race will see the introduction of the choose rule. For restarts when drivers approach a designated spot – which is usually a cone on the grassroots level – on the track, they must commit to the inside or outside lane for the restart.
The cars will also have a new look with updated paint schemes with a larger area for primary sponsors and the car numbers being positioned towards the rear wheel well. In addition to the new paint scheme concept, the cars already locked into the All-Star Race will feature underglow lighting.
"I think definitely the kids and people my age are going to enjoy that, to be honest with you," said William Byron, driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet. "It’s going to be something different. So, I’m kind of excited for the underglow idea."
The All-Star Race format will be 55 laps for Stage 1, 35 laps for Stage 2 and 3 and 15 laps for the final stage. Only green flag laps will count in the final stage.