The NASCAR All-Star Race is an annual NASCAR Cup Series car exhibition race for previous race winners. There are several ways to become eligible for the All-Star Race, and the rules have varied over time since the first NASCAR All-Star Race (then known as The Winston) took place in 1985.

For 2020, the NASCAR All-Star Payout was $1 million and no championship points were awarded.

Qualifying for the All-Star Race

NASCAR All-Star RaceUntil 2001, only champions of the past five All-Star Challenge events could qualify for the All-Star Race, but this rule is no longer in place. Since then, various formats have been explored.

Let´s take a look at the various ways through which a driver could become eligable for the 2020 NASCAR All-Star Race:

  • Be a driver who won a points event in 2019 or 2020.
  • Be a driver who have won a NASCAR All-Star Race in the past AND still compete full-time.
  • Be a driver who have won a NASCAR Cup Series championship AND still compete full-time.
  • Qualify for a spot through the Open, a three-race sprint at Bristol comprised of two 35-lap segments and one 15-lap shootout at the end. The winner of each stage earned a spot at the All-Star Race (to the rear of the field).
  • Be the winner of the fan vote.

Previous names of the race

1985-1993: The Winston

1994-1996: The Winston Select

1997-2003: The Winston

2004-2007: Nextel All-Star Challenge

2008-2016: Sprint All-Star Race

2017-2019: Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race

Venues

The NASCAR All-Star Race is strongly associated with the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina, and the very first All-Star Race took place here in 1985. The 1986 race was held at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia, but then the race returned to Charlotte for the full 1987-2019 period.

Because of the Covid19 pandemic, the 2020 race was moved to Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennnessee.

A few All-Star records

  • The driver with the most All-Star wins is Jimmie Johnson, who has won the event four times in the 1985-2020 period.
  • The team with the most All-Star wins is Hendrick Motorsports, with a total of nine wins in the 1985-2020 period.
  • The manufacturer with the most All-Star wins is Chevrolet, with a total of 19 wins in the 1985-2020 period.

Winners of the NASCAR All-Star Race in 1985-2020

Driver

Crew Chief

Organization

Date

Chase Elliott

Alan Gustafson

Hendrick Motorsports

July 15, 2020

Kyle Larson

Chad Johnston

Chip Ganassi Racing

May 18, 2019

Kevin Harvick

Rodney Childers

Stewart-Haas Racing

May 19, 2018

Kyle Busch

Adam Stevens

Joe Gibbs Racing

May 20, 2017

Joey Logano

Todd Gordon

Team Penske

May 21, 2016

Denny Hamlin

Dave Rogers

Joe Gibbs Racing

May 16, 2015

Jamie McMurray

Keith Rodden

Chip Ganassi Racing

May 17, 2014

Jimmie Johnson

Chad Knaus

Hendrick Motorsports

May 18, 2013

Jimmie Johnson

Chad Knaus

Hendrick Motorsports

May 19, 2012

Carl Edwards

Bob Osborne

Roush Fenway Racing

May 21, 2011

Kurt Busch

Steve Addington

Team Penske

May 22, 2010

Tony Stewart

Darian Grubb

Stewart-Haas Racing

May 16, 2009

Kasey Kahne

Kenny Francis

Richard Petty Motorsports

May 17, 2008

Kevin Harvick

Todd Berrier

Richard Childress Racing

May 19, 2007

Jimmie Johnson

Chad Knaus

Hendrick Motorsports

May 20, 2006

Mark Martin

Pat Tryson

Roush Fenway Racing

May 21, 2005

Matt Kenseth

Robbie Reiser

Roush Fenway Racing

May 22, 2004

Jimmie Johnson

Chad Knaus

Hendrick Motorsports

May 17, 2003

Ryan Newman

Matt Borland

Team Penske

May 18, 2002

Jeff Gordon

Robbie Loomis

Hendrick Motorsports

May 19, 2001

Dale Earnhardt Jr

Tony Eury Sr.

Dale Earnhardt, Inc.

May 20, 2000

Terry Labonte

Andy Graves

Hendrick Motorsports

May 22, 1999

Mark Martin

Jimmy Fennig

Roush Fenway Racing

May 16, 1998

Jeff Gordon

Ray Evernham

Hendrick Motorsports

May 17, 1997

Michael Waltrip

Leonard Wood

Wood Brothers Racing

May 18, 1996

Jeff Gordon

Ray Evernham

Hendrick Motorsports

May 22, 1995

Geoff Bodine

Paul Andrews

Geoff Bodine Racing

May 21, 1994

Dale Earnhardt

Andy Petree

Richard Childress Racing

May 22, 1993

Davey Allison

Larry McReynolds

Robert Yates Racing

May 16, 1992

Davey Allison

Jake Elder

Robert Yates Racing

May 19, 1991

Dale Earnhardt

Kirk Shelmerdine

Richard Childress Racing

May 20, 1990

Rusty Wallace

Barry Dobson

Blue Max Racing

May 21, 1989

Terry Labonte

Tim Brewer

Hendrick Motorsports

May 22, 1988

Dale Earnhardt

Kirk Shelmerdine

Richard Childress Racing

May 17, 1987

Bill Elliott

Ernie Elliott

Melling Racing

May 11, 1986

Darrell Waltrip

Jeff Hammond

Junior Johnson & Associates

May 25, 1985

Notes:

  • The 2001 race started on May 19 but ended on May 20 because of rain delay.
  • The 2020 race was postponed from May to July because of the Covid19 pandemic.