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NASCAR’s all-star race is unique, to say the least.
Each year, the format seems to be a bit different. This year is no exception.
The May 22 race at Texas Motor Speedway will feature four stages over 125 laps, plus a pit-stop competition in between.
The first three stages will each be 25 laps, with major incentives for drivers to win each.
The fourth and final stage will be 50 laps.
The winner of the All-Star Race will receive $1 million.
However, this is an extremely oversimplified version of events.
So, how exactly will the race work?
And who is eligible to be in the race?
More work from Tim Walters:
To answer these questions and more, we welcome in Daytona Beach News-Journal NASCAR reporters Zach Dean and Ken Willis to the latest episode of “The *State* of Florida Sports Podcast,” powered by the USA TODAY Network.
Zach and Ken are some of the foremost experts in auto racing, putting out a weekly NASCAR page that is shared across our USA TODAY Network.
They’ll provide the best breakdown of the All-Star race that you’ll find anywhere.
From its inception in 1985 through 2019, the All-Star race was annually held in May.
In 2020, the pandemic forced the race to be held in July.
Last year, the race was held June 13, and this year, it has returned to its late May timeframe.
Kyle Larson has won two out of the past three All-Star races, with Chase Elliott sandwiched in between.
In addition to the race breakdown, I play my fun new game of “This or That” with Ken and Zach.
They are given two choices and have the difficult task of choosing one — and only one — answer.
If you’re a racing fan, you have to give it a listen.
If you haven’t given us a listen yet, what are you waiting for? Listening is as easy as pushing a button.
Join the tens of thousands that have downloaded us and find out why we give you the best sports breakdowns in the state.
We can be downloaded wherever you listen to podcasts, or simply type in “The *State* of Florida Sports Podcast” into your favorite search engine. We also can be found on any of the 17 USA TODAY-Network Florida websites.
If you like it, you can check out previous shows, which feature current and former professional athletes and coaches, as well as our stable of journalists who cover beats and write columns, all of whom have a tie to the Sunshine State.
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This article originally appeared on The Daytona Beach News-Journal: NASCAR All-Star race dissected on podcast by Daytona Beach News Journal experts