The Monster Energy Cup Series hosts its annual all-star event in Charlotte on Saturday night
NASCAR has reached its annual all-star break as the Monster Energy Cup Series hosts its All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday, May 18. Thirty-nine drivers are expected to vie for a spot in the 19-man field with the winner to receive $1 million.
Fifteen drivers have already earned their spot by spot by virtue of making it to the winner's circle in either 2018 or through the first 12 races of this year. Additionally, two others (Jimmie Johnson and Ryan Newman) are in thanks to their past All-Star Race victories. The other spots will be determined through an Open race that will feature 24 other drivers looking to win one of three segments or get voted in by the fans.
So if you're wondering, "What NASCAR race is on TV this today?" know this: FS1 is airing the Monster Energy All-Star Race from Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race Time/TV Channel
Time: 6 p.m. ET (Saturday) green flag drops (Open race followed by main event at 8 p.m. ET)
Track: ;Charlotte Motor Speedway (Charlotte, N.C.)
TV: FS1, coverage begins at 5 p.m. ET
Radio: MRN, SIRIUS XM Channel 90
No points on the line, $1 million to the winner and bragging rights within NASCAR's home base of Charlotte, N.C. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Race sure does its best to carve a space for itself within a grueling nine-month regular season.
Sometimes, it makes a mark, like last year's surprising spark in the form of an experimental rules package. Too often, however, 1.5-mile Charlotte Motor Speedway becomes a speedbump as aerodynamics allow the leader up front to scoot away.
The boredom has caused critics to call the All-Star Race into question in recent years. Suggestions range from moving the event to a short track, like Bristol Motor Speedway, doing a full-field inversion halfway through or simply scrapping the race altogether.
Major schedule changes loom on the horizon and there's little incentive for NASCAR to hold a race for the fans at Charlotte Motor Speedway when the fans aren't tuning in to watch. It would be a huge blow to drivers and teams who love this two-week break at the end of May; it's a chance for everyone to sleep in their own beds and sneak in a little family time.
But the show must go on. So this weekend, Charlotte is very much in need of a show. That's what the All-Star Race is all about, right?