Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines! The NASCAR All-Star Race roars away from the starting line on Sunday, June 13. For the first time in its history, the 2021 race will be held at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. Here’s your chance to experience this thrilling duel of top drivers and machines up close.
Who’s Eligible for the 2021 All-Star Race?
Based on the eligibility criteria, 17 drivers have already qualified for this year’s field. They include Alex Bowman, Austin Dillon, Brad Keselowski, Chase Elliott, Cole Custer, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Blaney, William Byron, Michael McDowell, Christopher Bell, Kyle Larson, and Ryan Newman. If you don’t see your favorite driver on the list, you have until Friday, June 11, to vote a fan favorite into the race.
A Brand New Race Format in 2021
In an attempt to make the race more exciting for spectators, this year’s event is being broken down into six stages, or rounds, totalling 100 laps. The first four rounds are 15 laps each, the fifth round is 30 laps and the final round is a 10-lap shootout for the checkered flag, and only green-flag laps will count toward the total. Drivers in the All-Star Race don’t earn points toward the standings in the NASCAR Cup series, but the winner will take home a $1 million check, so you better believe they’re all in it to win it.
Tickets & Extras
Grandstand ticket prices start at $35 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under. The event is likely to sell out, so advance purchase is highly recommended. You can also experience some of the behind-the-scenes action by renting a scanner and headset for $40 that allows you to listen in on live driver and team communications during the event.
Tips & Tricks
Prior to arrival at the event, download the Texas Motor Speedway mobile app to manage your tickets digitally. The app also lets you access fan guides, the race day schedule, and additional information, plus live audio of the race broadcast. Don’t forget to bring ear protection (it’s LOUD), sunscreen, sunglasses, and some clothing layers, so you’re comfortable all day. A seat cushion may just become your new best friend. Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to do some walking. Outside food and beverages (including alcohol) are permitted in soft-sided bags of less than 14 inches square, but no glass containers are allowed. Come early and ready to tailgate before or after the race if you really want to make the most of the day.
Watching a NASCAR race and cheering on your favorite drivers right there at the track is an incredible experience – totally different than watching it on TV. So get out there and enjoy it, and check back at the Olympus 7th Street Station blog for more recommendations on events and entertainment in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.