The 2020 NASCAR All-Star Race features a new track, new look and a new rule as it gets underway at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee on Wednesday, July 15 (7/15/2020).
The All-Star Race has been held at the Charlotte Motor Speedway for the past 10 years, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, it has been rescheduled for Bristol for the first time in the track’s nearly 60-year history of holding NASCAR races. The Last Great Colosseum features a half-mile bowl (in place of Charlotte’s 1.5-mile quad-oval) and the race will have a total of 140 laps: 55 laps to begin, two 35-lap stages, and a 15-lap dash to the finish.
The All-Star Open will determine three of the final four starting lineup, and the final spot will be determined by fan vote. Bubba Wallace was leading the pack for the fan vote as of last week.
Flashy new under-glow lighting and updated paint jobs will also make their debut at this year’s All-Star race, but there’s been much talk of the new “choose rule,” which will allow each driver to select the lane they want to restart from and adds more strategy to the mix.
Driver Clint Bowyer thinks the rule is being overhyped, and told reporters about his reservations on Monday.
“Can it make an impact? Absolutely. But if you oversell it, it will never hold up to the expectations of what people are expecting out of that,” Bowyer told reporters via Zoom. “For the most part, I don’t see that it probably will make a difference past a few rows. I just don’t see people giving up two or three spots to stay on the outside.”