New NASCAR Cup aero package to be trialled in All-Star race

The NASCAR Cup series believes that the Charlotte All-Star race is the "perfect opportunity" to trial a radically different format for the 2018 race

New NASCAR Cup aero package to be trialled in All-Star race

NASCAR confirmed it will trial a new aero package that was debuted in the feeder Xfinity series last year at Indianapolis.

It means that each Cup car will be fitted with aero ducts, a revised spoiler, a restrictor-plate and a 2014-style splitter.

A record number of lead changes and leaders were registered in the Xfinity race last year.

The All-Star Race has previously been a trial for NASCAR innovations such as racing under lights and the stage format.

"NASCAR is committed to innovation and will always work to improve the racing product for every series and venue," said Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer.

"The positive feedback following last year's Xfinity Series race at Indianapolis gave us the foundation to implement this dynamic package for the All-Star race.

"We believe the hard work of the entire industry will provide the best race for our passionate fans."

The format for the non-points paying All-Star race will include four stages, with the first totalling 30 laps, the second and third taking 20 each and a 10-lap finale.

Competition cautions following the end of each stage will remain in place, but NASCAR overtime rules - mandating a winner is declared under green flag conditions - will apply to all stages and there will be no mandatory pit strategies.

"The All-Star Race has a long history of edginess and innovation," said Marcus Smith, president and CEO of Speedway Motorsports, Inc.

"We want to challenge drivers, spark on-track action and create the best show for the fans.

"This race has always been a proving ground for some of the best innovations in our sport, from running under the lights to stage racing and double-file restarts.

"It's the perfect opportunity to try something different."

While the All-Star race has often been a precursor to NASCAR rule changes, the series previously admitted that the aero ducts proved difficult to adapt to the current Cup cars - although the Xfinity series will use them again at Pocono and Michigan this year.

The field for the race is set by multiple qualifications, including race winners from 2017 and '18, former All-Star winners and Cup champions competing full-time.

Current eligible drivers

Chip Ganassi Racing: Jamie McMurray, Kyle Larson
Penske: Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, Joey Logano
Richard Childress Racing: Austin Dillon, Ryan Newman
Stewart-Haas Racing: Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch
Joe Gibbs Racing: Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch
Roush Fenway Racing: Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Hendrick Motorsports: Jimmie Johnson
Furniture Row Racing: Martin Truex Jr
Leavine Racing: Kasey Kahne

Matt Kenseth left NASCAR at the end of 2017 but is also eligible for the All-Star race

shares
comments
Elliott gets second 2018 NASCAR points penalty for Texas violation
Previous article

Elliott gets second 2018 NASCAR points penalty for Texas violation

Next article

NASCAR minnow David Ragan defends controversial Cup pitguns

NASCAR minnow David Ragan defends controversial Cup pitguns
The ex-F1 driver taking on NASCAR with a new team Plus

The ex-F1 driver taking on NASCAR with a new team

Saddled with uncompetitive Minardi machinery, Tarso Marques didn't manage to score points in his three partial seasons of Formula 1. But now the Brazilian has the chance to show what he can do in NASCAR, and explains the story of his comeback with new Cup Series entrant Team Stange

Formula 1
Apr 13, 2022
The early benefits and challenges of NASCAR's Next Gen car Plus

The early benefits and challenges of NASCAR's Next Gen car

NASCAR’s new stock car generation is encouraging an influx of fresh blood into its top tier. But there are concerns that parts are in short supply as the entire paddock tries to build up stocks at the same time

NASCAR
Feb 22, 2022
How Penske's rookie sensation opened NASCAR's new era in style Plus

How Penske's rookie sensation opened NASCAR's new era in style

After holding his nerve and hip-checking his team-mate on the run to the line, Austin Cindric made a perfect start to life as a full-timer in the NASCAR Cup Series by winning the Daytona 500. Here's how the Penske Ford man emerged first across the line in the first points-scoring race for the much-anticipated Next Generation cars

NASCAR
Feb 21, 2022
Six key themes to follow in the 2022 NASCAR Cup season Plus

Six key themes to follow in the 2022 NASCAR Cup season

There are plenty of uncertainties ahead of the 2022 NASCAR Cup season as an all-new fleet of cars take to the track for the first time. Ahead of this weekend's Daytona 500, our experts explain what you need to know

NASCAR
Feb 17, 2022
How NASCAR had to learn a harsh lesson ahead of its Next Gen arrival Plus

How NASCAR had to learn a harsh lesson ahead of its Next Gen arrival

The NASCAR Cup kicks off with the Daytona 500 this weekend, but a major overhaul and a subsequent mountain of work has been required to be ready for the arrival of the Next Gen cars

NASCAR Cup
Feb 16, 2022
How Larson took the long way round to NASCAR Cup glory Plus

How Larson took the long way round to NASCAR Cup glory

From villain to hero, Kyle Larson’s journey to the 2021 NASCAR Cup title comes straight from the Hollywood blockbuster scripts. While Larson had to reach his lifelong goal the hard way and go through a very public shaming after a ban for using a racial slur, his talents shone long before his name grabbed the headlines for both the right and the wrong reasons

NASCAR
Nov 10, 2021
How NASCAR is gearing up for its "biggest change" in 2022 Plus

How NASCAR is gearing up for its "biggest change" in 2022

It’s not just Formula 1 that’s set for upheaval in 2022, as the NASCAR Cup Series adopts its Next Gen cars that will cast any in-built advantages aside and require teams to adopt a totally new way of operating. Far more than just a change of machinery, the new cars amount to a shift in NASCAR's core philosophy

NASCAR
Oct 12, 2021
Why Bubba Wallace’s Talladega win is such a big moment for NASCAR Plus

Why Bubba Wallace’s Talladega win is such a big moment for NASCAR

Bubba Wallace claimed his maiden NASCAR Cup Series at Talladega on Monday to become the first Black victor in the category since Wendell Scott in 1963. Both Wallace and Scott had faced obstacles and racism in their paths to their breakthrough wins, and NASCAR is trying to put it right with its range of diversity programmes

NASCAR
Oct 5, 2021