What you need to know for the 2019 All-Star Race

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<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nascar/sprint/drivers/205/" data-ylk="slk:Kevin Harvick">Kevin Harvick</a> won the 2018 All-Star Race. (Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick won the 2018 All-Star Race. (Getty Images)

2019 NASCAR All-Star Race

Charlotte Motor Speedway, 8 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1

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Will a seventh different driver win the All-Star Race for the seventh-straight season?

NASCAR’s All-Star Race has featured six winners over the past six seasons since Jimmie Johnson went back-to-back in 2012 and 2013. After Johnson’s second win, Jamie McMurray, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano and Kyle Busch each followed with wins. And Kevin Harvick dominated the race in 2018 to win his second All-Star Race.

Last season’s All-Star Race featured a bunch of changes to the cars that ended up being the foundation for NASCAR’s 2019 rules. This year’s race features some rules tweaks, but not nearly as many as there were a year ago. The cars will have a different splitter and different radiator ducts that will exit the car through the top of the hood.

NASCAR hopes the minor changes will lead to entertaining racing.

Race format

Stage 1: 30 laps

Stage 2: 20 laps

Stage 3: 20 laps

Stage 4: 15 laps

Drivers already qualified

A driver who made the 2018 playoffs, won a race in 2019 and/or is a past Cup Series or All-Star Race champion is automatically qualified for the All-Star Race. These drivers, plus four others, will race the 85-lap race.

No. 1 Kurt Busch

No. 2 Brad Keselowski

No. 3 Austin Dillon

No. 4 Kevin Harvick

No. 6 Ryan Newman

No. 9 Chase Elliott

No. 10 Aric Almirola

No. 11 Denny Hamlin

No. 12 Ryan Blaney

No. 14 Clint Bowyer

No. 18 Kyle Busch

No. 19 Martin Truex Jr.

No. 20 Erik Jones

No. 22 Joey Logano

No. 48 Jimmie Johnson

These 15 drivers will qualify for their starting positions on Friday in a qualifying format that includes a pit stop amidst timed laps on track.

How four other drivers will get in

The qualifying race for the All-Star Race is 60 laps spread out over three 20-lap stages and held before the All-Star Race on Saturday evening.

The winners of each of the stages will advance to the All-Star Race while a fourth non-winning driver with the most votes from fans will also advance. The top five in the fan vote as of Thursday are Alex Bowman, Kyle Larson, Matt DiBenedetto, Bubba Wallace and William Byron.

No. 00 Landon Cassill

No. 8 Daniel Hemric

No. 13 Ty Dillon

No. 15 Ross Chastain

No. 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

No. 21 Paul Menard

No. 24 William Byron

No. 32 Corey LaJoie

No. 34 Michael McDowell

No. 36 Matt Tifft

No. 37 Chris Buescher

No. 38 David Ragan

No. 41 Daniel Suarez

No. 42 Kyle Larson

No. 43 Bubba Wallace

No. 46 Joey Gase

No. 47 Ryan Preece

No. 51 Cody Ware

No. 52 Bayley Currey

No. 53 BJ McLeod

No. 66 Timmy Hill

No. 77 Quin Houff

No. 88 Alex Bowman

No. 95 Matt DiBenedetto

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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.

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