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NASCAR hopes softer tires return the magic to All-Star race

Kevin Harvick NASCAR hopes softer tires return the magic to All-Star race
Montrelle Montesinos | 20 May, 2017, 12:37

The five fastest of the 16 drivers who qualified in Round 1 advanced to the second and final round.

According to the motorsport.com report, Indianapolis Motor Speedway will replace Richmond as the 26th race on the NASCAR schedule, meaning Indy will be the final regular-season race and the last chance for drivers to earn a spot in the playoff.

It was a close race for the pole, as Kyle Busch was just 0.01 seconds slower than Larson. Kyle Busch will start alongside Larson after finishing one one-hundredth of a second behind Larson. From there, a ten lap shootout will give one last guaranteed spot to the victor.

Johnson overshot his pit stall and had to back up.

Jones was fastest in opening practice for the Monster Energy Open at Charlotte Motor Speedway Friday afternoon.

"It's pretty intense, for sure", pole-sitter Larson said of his run.

Typically among the least flashy cars on race weekends, Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s No. 88 will sport a snappy new look for the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race on Saturday.

Initially, Kurt Busch had the fastest Round 2 time.

"I went into turn three a little bit hesitant to try to just see what was going on with the vehicle and it just - it was backward as soon as I let out of the gas - really weird", Hamlin said.

In a season when NASCAR has introduced stages to its points races, this year's All-Star event will borrow from an older format that calls for three 20-lap stages and the final 10-lap stage. And I'm definitely excited about getting the pole because I wasn't expecting to qualify this good.

NASCAR has once again tweaked the rules.

Distance: 70 laps, or 105 miles, over four segments (20, 20, 20 and 10 laps). "Thank God I got a lot of them back", he said. "I feel like starting up front with the way that the tires are and the way that everything is will be a huge benefit, because of the fact of your average position and all of the things that have to happen (to make the final 10 for the final segment of the race)".

The softer tires have at least one fan among NASCAR drivers in the form of Kyle Larson. Additionally, the compound gives a three- to five-tenths of a second advantage per lap, out of the box.