NASCAR has announced that the 2020 All-Star Race will be held at Bristol Motor Speedway instead of Charlotte Motor Speedway. This is will be on the second time that the All-Star Race will be held outside the home of NASCAR; in 1986, NASCAR ran the event at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The All-Star Race will be run on July 15th and will be held under the lights.
In a release, NASCAR Executive Vice President of Racing Development Steve O’Donnell said, “We are excited to take one of the most unique races in our sport to one of the most unique racetracks in our sport. Bristol Motor Speedway puts on classic short-track action every time we race there, and we’re anticipating an elevated level of intensity for the NASCAR All-Star Race.”
The winner of the All-Star Race will still win $1 million. 30,000 fans will be able to watch the race from the grandstands, but will have to follow social distancing and sanitary precautions.
The field will consist of 19 drivers. There are 15 drivers who eligible by being a winner from the 2019 and 2020 NASCAR season, past winners of the All-Star Race, or a past champion of NASCAR. The drivers eligible are Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman, Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, Justin Haley, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Erik Jones, Joey Logano, Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson and Alex Bowman. Three stage winners of the All-Star Open will get a chance to compete in the All-Star Race. Finally, one driver will be voted into the All-Star Race.
See who else can punch their ticket to the All-Star Race at Talladega Superspeedway on June 21st at 3 p.m. ET on FOX.