After Sunday’s 50-lap All-Star Open, the starting field for the 2022 NASCAR All-Star Race at Texas Motor Speedway has been set.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. – driving the No. 47 Chevrolet Camaro for JTG Daugherty Racing — led all 20 laps of the race’s first stage, benefitting from All-Star Open polesitter Tyler Reddick having to drop to the rear at the start of the event.
Sunday will mark Stenhouse’s fourth appearance in the NASCAR All-Star Race, and his first with JTG Daugherty Racing. In three prior All-Star starts, the Olive Branch, Mississippi-native has a best finish of 11th.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will start 21st in the NASCAR All-Star Race.
Chris Buescher – driving the No. 17 RFK Racing Ford Mustang — was able to advance into the NASCAR All-Star Race by winning the race’s second 20-lap stage, giving the Prosper, Texas-native his second All-Star appearance.
In Buescher’s prior All-Star appearance with JTG Daugherty Racing in 2017, the 29-year-old recorded a 17th-place result, after being eliminated late in the event.
Chris Buescher will start 22nd in the NASCAR All-Star Race.
Daniel Suarez and Trackhouse Racing would then dominate the final stage of the NASCAR All-Star Open, providing the Monterrey, Mexico-native with his third appearance in the NASCAR All-Star Race.
In his two All-Star appearances, Suarez has a best finish of second-place, coming up just short of Kevin Harvick for the 2018 NASCAR All-Star Race at Charlotte.
Daniel Suarez will start 23rd in the NASCAR All-Star Race.
Erik Jones wasn’t fortunate enough to advance to the NASCAR All-Star Race through a stage of the NASCAR All-Star Open, finishing the final stage in fifth place. However, the fans have spoken, putting the Petty GMS Motorsports driver into the 24-car field for Sunday’s event.
Jones’ NASCAR All-Star Race appearance tonight, is the third of his NASCAR Cup Series career. His two prior results, both for Joe Gibbs Racing, have resulted in finishes outside the top-10, a streak he’s looking to break tonight.
Erik Jones will start 24th in the NASCAR All-Star Race.
Austin Dillon finished in the runner-up spot in the NASCAR All-Star Open, with Justin Haley, Corey LaJoie, and Erik Jones rounding out the top five. With the exception of Jones, those drivers will not compete in tonight’s All-Star event.
Ty Dillon, Cole Custer, Todd Gilliland, Cody Ware, Garrett Smithley, and BJ McLeod were running at the end of the All-Star Open, finishing sixth through 11th.
Tyler Reddick – arguably one of the favorites to advance to the NASCAR All-Star Race — was forced to start at the rear of the field, due to unapproved adjustments, but won’t advance further, after crashing in the final stage of the event.
Landon Cassill suffered a similar fate, crashing at the mid-way point of the second stage of the NASCAR All-Star Open, after electing to stay on the track after the first stage break.