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NASCAR All-Star Race schedule, qualifying drivers, how to watch live

Sporting News — Kenan.Goyette@performgroup.com (Kenan Goyette)

The 2018 NASCAR schedule is nearing its halfway point, which means the Monster Energy All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is right around the corner.

The All-Star Race features winning drivers from this season and the previous season, along with all past All-Star winners and previous Cup Series champions. Drivers can also be eligible to race if they win one of three stages at the Monster Energy Open held in the hours before the All-Star Race, or if they win the fan vote.

As for the All-Star format, the race is only 80 laps long with four stages separated at Laps 30, 50 and 70 leading to a 10-lap shootout to decide the $1 million prize winner.

Below you'll find everything you need to know for the 2018 NASCAR All-Star Race.

NASCAR All-Star Race schedule

The 2018 NASCAR All-Star Race is scheduled for Saturday, May 19, at 8 p.m. ET. The Monster Energy Open is held two hours earlier at 6 p.m. ET to decide the final All-Star drivers. 

The All-Star Race is held at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. The race has been run at Charlotte since it began in 1985, with the exception of the 1986 race, which was held at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Charlotte Motor Speedway is a 1.5-mile oval track that's home to multiple races during the NASCAR season, including the Coca-Cola 600 and the Bank of America 500.

Where: Charlotte Motor Speedway (ticket information)
When: 8 p.m. ET Saturday, May 19
TV/radio: FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Streaming: fuboTV (7-day free trial), Fox Sports Go
Defending champion: Kyle Busch

NASCAR All-Star Race schedule

All times Eastern.

Friday, May 18
9 a.m.: Gate 5A open for early spectator access
11:30 a.m.: First practice (Monster Energy All-Star Race)
5:05 p.m.: Monster Energy Open qualifying (two rounds)
6:05 p.m.: Monster Energy All-Star Race qualifying (Round 1, three laps including pit stop)
6:35 p.m.: Monster Energy All-Star Race qualifying (Round 2, three laps with pit stop – top five)
8 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series prerace show, NC Education Lottery 200 (134 laps, 201 miles)
Saturday, May 19
2 p.m.: Spectator gates and suites open
6 p.m.: Monster Energy Open (20 laps/20 laps/10 laps)
8 p.m.: Monster Energy All-Star Race (Segments: 30 laps/20 laps/20 laps/10 laps)

How to watch the NASCAR All-Star Race live

Fans of NASCAR's All-Star event can watch on FS1 and can live-stream the race at FoxSports.com or via the FoxSportsGo app.

You can also live-stream the All-Star race on fuboTV with a seven-day free trial

NASCAR All-Star Race: Qualifying drivers

Here is the list of qualifying All-Star drivers as of May 17. The Open winners and the fan vote winner will join this group the night of the race: 

Ryan Blaney
Clint Bowyer
Kurt Busch
Kyle Busch
Austin Dillon
Denny Hamlin
Kevin Harvick
Jimmie Johnson
Kasey Kahne
Matt Kenseth
Brad Keselowski
Kyle Larson
Joey Logano
Jamie McMurray
Ryan Newman
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Martin Truex Jr.
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