How to watch the NASCAR All-Star Race and FAQ

The NASCAR All-Star Race is one of the sport’s biggest events of the 2023 season as it represents a chance at winning $1 million. Throughout the years, the race has been critiqued but this season’s running is set to change that narrative for good.

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When is the NASCAR All-Star Race?

The 2023 NASCAR All-Star Race will take place on Sunday, May 21. It is the first non-points race since the Busch Light Clash at The Coliseum and allows teams to reset ahead of the Coca-Cola 600, which is NASCAR’s longest race of the year.

What time does NASCAR All-Star Race start?

The All-Star Race is set to start at 8:00 PM ET; however, there is more to the weekend that can be read below. The main event will follow the NASCAR All-Star Open which will take place two and a half hours prior to the start time at 5:30 PM ET.

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What channel is NASCAR All-Star Race on?

You can catch the 39th running of the NASCAR All-Star Race on FOX Sports 1 as the Cup Series takes on a new challenge in this year’s event. The NASCAR All-Star Open will also be aired on FOX Sports 1 approximately two and a half hours before the main event.

How to watch the NASCAR All-Star Race?

The NASCAR All-Star Race can be watched in several different ways, including through cable TV and streaming. Below, you can find the list of options available to watch the All-Star Race and the best option for your watching desires overall.

Streaming the NASCAR All-Star Race via VPN?

If you are looking to watch the NASCAR All-Star Race from outside the United States, you’ll need to use a VPN (Virtual Private Network). One of the best and most affordable options is ExpressVPN. You’ll still need access to FuboTV, Sling TV, or Hulu + Live TV, but you can connect via a private network and hide your location.

Where is the NASCAR All-Star Race in 2023?

The 2023 All-Star Race will take place at North Wilkesboro Speedway, which is located in North Wilkesboro, NC. It will be the first time that the NASCAR Cup Series competes on the historic venue since the 1996 season when Jeff Gordon claimed the victory.

NASCAR All-Star Race Schedule

This is the NASCAR All-Star Race schedule for the 2023 season.

Friday, May 19:

  • 4:00-4:50 PM: All-Star Race/Open practice (FS1)
  • 5:45-7:00 PM: All-Star Race/Open qualifying/pit crew challenge (FS1)

Saturday, May 20:

  • 7:35 PM: All-Star Race Heat #1 (FS1)
  • 8:15 PM: All-Star Race Heat #2 (FS1)

Sunday, May 21:

  • 5:30 PM: All-Star Open (FS1)
  • 8:00 PM: All-Star Race (FS1)

NASCAR All-Star Race format

This is the following NASCAR All-Star Race format during the 2023 season.


  • Pit Crew Challenge: Four-tire pit stop (no fuel)
  • Results determine starting lineups for All-Star Heat Races and All-Star Open

All-Star Heat Races:

  • Two 60-lap races ((all laps count)
  • Results of Heat Race 1 set All-Star Race inside row
  • Results of Heat Race 2 set All-Star Race outside row
  • Start on sticker tires, one additional set in pit box

All-Star Open:

  • 100 laps (all laps count)
  • Competition break on or around Lap 40
  • Top-2 finishers transfer to All-Star Race
  • Fan Vote winner transfers to All-Star Race
  • Start on sticker tires, one additional set in pit box

All-Star Race:

  • 200 laps (all laps count)
  • Competition break on or around Lap 100
  • Start on sticker tires, three additional sets in pit box
  • After the break, only one additional set of sticker tires may be used
  • Overtime rules in effect

How much are NASCAR All-Star Race 2023 tickets?

Tickets for the 2023 All-Star Race are an average of $45 per person, according to SeatGeek. The lowest admission to this year’s running is currently $29 per person. The event is not sold out at this period of time.

NASCAR All-Star Race line-up

The line-up for the 2023 NASCAR All-Star Race will be released when the final starting line-up is provided on Saturday, May 20.

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NASCAR All-Star Race winners

Previous winners of the All-Star Race are below:

  • 2022: Ryan Blaney (#12)
  • 2021: Kyle Larson (#5)
  • 2020: Chase Elliott (#9)
  • 2019: Kyle Larson (#42)
  • 2018: Kevin Harvick (#4)
  • 2017: Kyle Busch (#18)
  • 2016: Joey Logano (#22)
  • 2015: Denny Hamlin (#11)
  • 2014: Jamie McMurray (#1)
  • 2013: Jimmie Johnson (#48)
  • 2012: Jimmie Johnson (#48)
  • 2011: Carl Edwards (#99)
  • 2010: Kurt Busch (#2)
  • 2009: Tony Stewart (#14)
  • 2008: Kasey Kahne (#9)
  • 2007: Kevin Harvick (#29)
  • 2006: Jimmie Johnson (#48)
  • 2005: Mark Martin (#6)
  • 2004: Matt Kenseth (#17)
  • 2003: Jimmie Johnson (#48)
  • 2002: Ryan Newman (#12)
  • 2001: Jeff Gordon (#24)
  • 2000: Dale Earnhardt Jr. (#8)
  • 1999: Terry Labonte (#5)
  • 1998: Mark Martin (#6)
  • 1997: Jeff Gordon (#24)
  • 1996: Michael Waltrip (#21)
  • 1995: Jeff Gordon (#24)
  • 1994: Geoff Bodine (#7)
  • 1993: Dale Earnhardt (#3)
  • 1992: Davey Allison (#28)
  • 1991: Davey Allison (#28)
  • 1990: Dale Earnhardt (#3)
  • 1989: Rusty Wallace (#27)
  • 1988: Terry Labonte (#11)
  • 1987: Dale Earnhardt (#3)
  • 1986: Bill Elliott (#9)
  • 1985: Darrell Waltrip (#11)

How does the NASCAR All-Star Race work?

The All-Star race consists of race winners from 2022 and 2023, past All-Star Race winners, the top-2 finishers from the All-Star Open, and the Fan Vote winner. The rest of the field will not make the main event after coming up short in the All-Star Open.

Does the NASCAR All-Star Race count?

The All-Star Race does not count toward the point standings in any shape or form. The winner receives $1 million but no regular or playoff points are gifted during the event. Plus, the winner will not be locked into the playoffs or receive an official win toward their statistics.

What is the NASCAR All-Star Race vote?

The All-Star Race Vote allows the fans to vote one driver into the main event who would have to make it through the All-Star Open. The winner automatically locks themselves into the race and can forgo the All-Star Open. Voting for the All-Star Race begins on April 21 and ends on May 21.