New Twist Added To All-Star Showdown
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A change to the format of this year’s NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown will add a new twist for drivers in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series super-late-model and the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series late-model divisions.
The postseason event, set for Jan. 28-29 at Toyota Speedway @ Irwindale (Calif.), will feature heat races for both divisions to determine the starting lineup for the each feature race.
Both the late models and super late models will have two-lap qualifying runs for each car to lock in the first 15 spots. All cars will then participate in two heat races per division — the super late models Friday and late models Saturday — to determine the remaining qualifiers and set the starting lineup. Cars will start the features based on their heat race finishes, similar to Daytona 500 qualifying.
The schedule for Jan. 28 includes qualifying for the super late models at 2:30 p.m., with qualifying for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series to follow at 3:30 p.m. Heat races for the super late models will follow, with qualifying for the late models set for 5:45 p.m. The 75-lap super-late-model race is slated to roll off at 7:15 p.m. Jan. 28, with the green flag for the 50-lap NASCAR K&N Pro Series Open set for 8:30 p.m.
Competition gets underway Jan. 29 at 4:30 p.m., with heat races for the late models. The 50-lap race for the late-model division is set to go green at 7:15 p.m. The green flag for the 225-lap NASCAR K&N Pro Series Toyota All-Star Showdown is scheduled for 8:30 p.m.