The NASCAR All-Star Race weekend coming up May 20-22 brings racing, music, and more to Fort Worth’s Texas Motor Speedway. The top Cup Series drivers compete in a special race format and TMS has filled the weekend with activities to keep fans entertained when the cars are in the garages.
Tickets to all the events can be purchased at TexasMotorSpeedway.com or by calling 817-215-8500 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday. You can also visit the ticket office from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. To buy tickets on race day, go to the ticket window at Gate 4. Discounts are available for active-duty and retired armed forces members with a military ID when you buy tickets onsite or via phone.
The All-Star Race’s limited field showcases the hottest drivers in the sport. Active previous All-Star Race winners and season champions automatically get in, as do 2021 and 2022 race winners. Three other racers will get in by qualifying through the NASCAR Open, a three-segment race held immediately prior to the All-Star Race. One other driver will get in by winning a fan vote at NASCAR.com.
Which drivers might you want to find with your binoculars during the race?
Kyle Larson (no. 5 Chevrolet) won the All-Star Race last year, the first time Texas Motor Speedway had hosted it. He also won it in Charlotte in 2019. In addition, the reigning series champ took the checkered flag at TMS last fall in the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 and finished a close second in Kansas City this past weekend.
Kevin Harvick (no. 4 Ford) and Kyle Busch (no. 18 Toyota) have made the field. Busch has won four Cup Series races at TMS and Harvick has won three. Both have also won multiple times here in the Xfinity Series, so they’ve got this track figured out.
Chase Elliott (no. 9 Chevrolet) leads the Cup Series points standings in 2022 and has nine top-ten finishes plus a win in Dover. He also won the 2020 NASCAR All-Star Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
The Cup Series Race Format
NASCAR designed the unique format used for this race to create drama throughout and also showcase the pit crews.
To take the pole position to start the race, drivers must win Saturday evening’s four-round qualification that ends with two drivers and their pit crews going head-to-head to complete a four-tire stop and then be the fastest car to complete a single lap to earn the pole.
Sunday, the NASCAR Open allows drivers who have not yet made the field for the All-Star Race to compete for spots. The winners of the first and second 20-lap (green- and yellow-flag laps both count) stages each get in. The winner of the third stage, which consists of 10 green-flag laps, also makes the main event.
The All-Star Race itself is broken into four stages. Stages 1-3 run 25 laps each. The winner of Stage 1 gets the pole for the all-important Stage 4 as long as he finishes in the top 15 in Stages 2 and 3. The Stage 2 winner starts second in Stage 4 as long as he finishes in the top 15 in Stage 3 and the Stage 3 winner slides into the third position. Between Stages 2 and 3, the pit crews will compete to see who can perform a four-tire change the fastest. The winner puts their car into the fourth position to start Stage 4 so long as they can finish in the top 15 in Stage 3.
Then comes 50-lap Stage 4. Its winner takes home $1 million dollars.
If you can’t watch the race in person, FS1 will televise it. You can listen on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Ch. 90, Motor Racing Network, or 95.9 The Ranch locally.
Camping World Truck Series drivers will race their trucks Friday night in the Speedycash.com 220. Practice and qualifying take place earlier that afternoon.
The second-tier Xfinity Series stages its SRS Distribution 250 race Saturday afternoon, with practice and qualifying on Friday prior to the truck race.
You can watch both of these races on FS1 or listen on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Ch. 90, Motor Racing Network, or 95.9 The Ranch in Tarrant County.
Music and Entertainment
TMS always looks to put on a show beyond tires on pavement and 2022 features a big-time headliner. Country music superstar and The Voice TV personality Blake Shelton will play an hour-long show at 3 p.m. Sunday prior to the Cup Series racing.
After the race, Banda MS De Sergio Lizarraga will perform a ninety-minute set.
Texas country artists Brendyn Kyle, Aaron Copeland and Sarah Hobbs will play the JAG Metals Camper Shindig. The event is free and open to the public Saturday from 8:30-10 p.m. at the Camper Party Pad located just outside of the WinStar World Casino & Resort Lone Star Circle Reserved Campground near Lil’ Texas Motor Speedway.
If you wanna rock and roll Saturday, the AC/DC cover band Back in Black will play a free ninety-minute set at 9:30 in the speedway’s GEICO Infield Campground. You do not need an infield pass to attend.
Beyond the stages, Chachi “The Rocketman” Valencia will perform his human cannonball act both during and after the Xfinity Series race on Saturday and the Cup Series contest on Sunday. He’ll travel more than 150 feet at greater than fifty miles an hour.
In addition, the Great American High Dive Show will plunge world-class divers off an 80-foot platform into a makeshift pool and do it with flair, as in clowns and fire divers. You’ll find it near Gate 3 of the Fan Zone with two opportunities to watch them Saturday (10:15 & 11:30 a.m.) and three Sunday (12:30, 1:45 & 3 p.m.).
You can enjoy the best racing talk and special celebrity guests on the Trackside Live show Friday through Sunday, hosted by Performance Racing Network radio personalities. They’ll have their own stage in the Fan Zone near Gate 3. Sunday’s show starts at 1:30 p.m. and is jam-packed with star power, including Blake Shelton, Pro Football Hall of Famer Drew Pearson, world champion boxer Errol Spence Jr., former Dallas Stars All-Star goaltender Marty Turco, and NASCAR Cup Series drivers Brad Keselowski, William Byron, Christopher Bell, Daniel Suarez, Austin Dillon, and Austin Cindric. The episode concludes with a 4:15 p.m. visit from National Medal of Honor recipient U.S. Army Master Sgt. Matthew Williams.
And look for more acts Saturday and Sunday in the Fan Zone, primarily near Gates 3 and 7.
Full Steel Combat features steel-clad medieval soldiers battling each other in a tournament that includes individual duels with axes, swords, shields and maces.
Robert Castillo’s Freestyle BMX team will provide an awesome stunt show on their BMX bikes.
The Canine Stars Stunt Dog Show appeared on the TV program “America’s Got Talent” last season. These adopted dogs will show off their athletic talents in a flurry of extreme dog action.
Tumbleweed Crossing’s gunfight stunt show offers stunts, comedy, and special effects with an Old West theme.
You’ll also have the chance to be an active participant in some fun activities.
In the Mobile Escape Room Texas, you and a group problem-solve in an air-conditioned trailer.
Smacking Axes brings a mobile target setup so you can, yes, fling axes. They’re bringing their Master Axe Smacker to help you with your technique.
Plus they’ll have face painters & balloon artists to give the kids a little extra fun.
Fans can participate in several fundraisers organized by Speedway Children’s Charities-Texas Chapter during race weekend.
The Bill Walker Memorial Gears & Greens Golf Classic tournament presented by Premier Truck Group will take place Friday. Seven-time Cup Series race winner Ryan Blaney is scheduled to play.
The charity will hold its Texas Live Auction on the concourse in front of The Legacy Shop 30 minutes after the end of the Texas 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race. Admission is free to bid on unique racing memorabilia and experiences.
SCC will hold a 50/50 raffle in which the winner receives half the money collected with the other half going to the nonprofit. They’ll have kiosks on the concourse and volunteers in green 50/50 Raffle vests with signs.
You can drive your personal vehicle around the Texas Motor Speedway oval in the All-Star Laps for Charity event Sunday from 8-9:30 a.m. led by an official TMS pace car. Register online – spots are limited.