Changes Announced to Talladega Qualifying

Changes Announced to Talladega Qualifying

by September 4, 2014 0 comments

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TALLADEGA, Ala. — Officials from NASCAR and Talladega Superspeedway have announced today that changes are coming to the qualifying procedure used by NASCAR’s national series at the 2.66-mile superspeedway.

While NASCAR will still use its new knockout qualifying format for the Sprint Cup Series’ GEICO 500 and the Camping World Truck Series’ Fred’s 250 at Talladega next month, some minor tweaks will be made to the format for the race weekend.

With Talladega being a track well over 1.25-miles in length, three qualifying rounds will still be in play with the first round whittling the entire field down to the quickest 24 competitors and the second round cutting the field down to the quickest 12 drivers. However, the amount of time for each round has been cut and the format for the first round has been altered.

The first qualifying round will no longer feature every single car entered for the weekend’s event running together, instead, the drivers in Q1 will be split into two even groups. Drivers will be sorted into the two groups by a random draw that will take place prior to the session. Both groups will run for five minutes, making for a total of 10 minutes being allocated towards the running of Q2.

The second qualifying round will run all 24 drivers at the same time but will be shortened to a five-minute round. The final round will remain unchanged and will still consist of the final 12 drivers fighting it out for the pole position for either race for five minutes.

Qualifying for the Fred’s 250 will take place on Friday, October 17th, at 4:30 p.m CST. Qualifying for the GEICO 500 will take place on Saturday, October 18th, at 3:30 p.m CST.

It is presently unknown if these changes will be implemented for future national series races at Talladega and if they will carry over to Daytona International Speedway as well.

Kyle Pokrefky
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