NASCAR Revises Daytona, Talladega Qualifying Proceduresby Kyle Pokrefky March 30, 2015 0 comments
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — In response to a widely-criticized qualifying session for the Daytona 500 in February, NASCAR has tweaked the qualifying procedures for Camping World Truck Series, XFINITY Series and Sprint Cup Series events at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway.
Formerly using the group qualifying format utilized at the intermediate and short tracks that comprise a majority of the schedule, the revised format retains some aspects of the group format but also brings back aspects of the old single-car qualifying method.
Drivers in each series will now take to the track by themselves, being released by NASCAR from pit road at timed intervals to complete a single timed lap.
The top-12 speeds from the first qualifying round will advance to the final round where they will utilize the same procedures for the final round. Positions 13-43 will be determined via speeds from the first round.
Drivers will be lined up at random on pit road for the first round while drivers will take to the track in the final round in order from slowest to fastest Q1 times.
NASCAR will impound cars following each qualifying lap but will allow for teams advancing to the final round to adjust tape and use a cool-down unit while on pit road during a 10-minute break between rounds.
The new format will make its debut during the Winn-Dixie 300/GEICO 500 race weekend at Talladega on May 2nd.
The qualifying procedure for the 2016 Daytona 500 will be announced at a later date.
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