NASCAR Makes Modifications to Truck Speedway Qualifyingby Kyle Pokrefky July 1, 2015 0 comments
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR has made adjustments to the Camping World Truck Series’s qualifying procedures ahead of next Friday’s UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway.
The sanctioning body’s adjustments apply to strictly the intermediate tracks and superspeedways that the Truck Series visits with qualifying procedures for both short tracks and road courses being left unchanged.
Qualifying for both the intermediates and the superspeedways will now be split into two separate qualifying rounds with competitors in each round only allowed a single lap to set a time.
The fastest 12 drivers in the first round will advance to the second round, where they will then battle for the weekend’s Keystone Light Pole Award.
Each driver will be released onto the racing surface at a predetermined time interval. Officials will reserve the right to have two trucks on the track at the same time.
The order in which drivers will qualify in Q1 will be set by slowest-to-fastest practice speeds while the order in Q2 will be set by slowest-to-fastest speeds in Q1.
Elton Sawyer, the Camping World Truck Series’s Managing Director, says that the revisions to the series’s qualifying procedure helps shift the emphasis back towards the sheer speed and power of each truck.
“This revision puts renewed emphasis back on the pure speed of the trucks and team strategy during qualifying,” Sawyer said. “The trucks have unique aerodynamics at the intermediate tracks, and after discussions with drivers and teams and reviewing past qualifying sessions, we’ve found a more competitive and fair format with the single-truck runs.”
The revised qualifying format will debut on Thursday, July 9th.
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