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How does a NASCAR driver qualify for the Sprint Cup?

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Drivers can qualify for the NASCAR Sprint All Star Race by winning points races, winning previous All Star Races and by fan vote. The NASCAR Sprint All Star Race includes 20 drivers.

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Drivers are allowed to participate in the NASCAR Sprint All Star Race if they won at least one points race in the previous two years. NASCAR drivers who previously won the Sprint Cup Series and had a full-time ride the year before are also eligible, as are former NASCAR Sprint All Star Race winners.

Fans can also vote in a driver through the NASCAR Sprint Fan Vote. To vote, fans visit the NASCAR website to complete an entry online. They can also vote via the NASCAR app. Fans may only complete one entry per day.

As of 2015, the NASCAR Sprint All Star Race consists of two days' worth of activities. On the first day drivers are allowed to practice on the track and get their pit crews up to speed. The qualifying races occur on the second day. Drivers participate in three timed laps, including a four-tire pit stop.

Later the same day the actual race occurs. It consists of five segments with either 25 or 10 laps. The qualifying race determines the original running order, but the order is repositioned at the completion of the fourth segment based on average finish times.

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