NASCAR has slightly altered what makes one eligible for their annual 'All-Star' exhibition race.
Per a report from NASCAR Talk, the eligibility rules for the annual NASCAR All-Star Race (ASR) at Charlotte Motor Speedway have been altered ... Slightly. There is no longer a ten year cap on provisionals for former ASR victors and series champions.
This means that 2003 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Matt Kenseth and 2002 ASR winner Ryan Newman are back in the show and will not have to race their way in through the Showdown.
The only stipulation to the change is that you must currently compete as a full-time driver at the Cup level. The format for the race itself, which is ever-changing, will be revealed in the upcoming weeks as we edge closer to the mid-May spectacle, doubling as somewhat of a support event for the Coca Cola 600 (NASCAR's longest race).
17 drivers have locked their place in the race and the rest of the field has seven more events to win a race and punch their own tickets. Otherwise, they must either race their way in or rely on the Fan Vote.