NASCAR Limits Talladega Races to One Green-White-Checkered Restart

NASCAR Limits Talladega Races to One Green-White-Checkered Restart

by October 20, 2015 0 comments

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Days before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Camping World Truck Series descend upon Talladega Superspeedway, NASCAR has announced that changes have been made to the green-white-checkered restart rules ahead of the upcoming weekend.

Both the Sprint Cup Series’s 500 and the Camping World Truck Series’s Fred’s 250 will now only utilize one green-white-checkered restart – if needed – at the conclusion of the race.

Previously, the rulebook for both series and the XFINITY Series allowed for a total of three green-white-checkered restarts at all tracks.

The current limitation to only one green-white-checkered restart has currently only been legislated for the upcoming weekend’s Talladega races.

Since the implementation of the green-white-checkered ‘overtime’ rule in 2004, nine Sprint Cup races at Talladega have gone over their scheduled distance while three of nine Truck races at the track were extended beyond their scheduled distance.

“Following extensive dialogue with the industry, we have decided to make a procedural change at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend,” Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR’s Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer, said. “In the event the race goes beyond the advertised distance due to a caution, we will use a single attempt at a green-white-checker finish.

“We take very seriously the responsibility of balancing exciting finishes and safety. We’re confident that this is a positive direction for both.”

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Kyle Pokrefky
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